Best Local Wedding Venue

Idaho Botanical Garden

What better place to celebrate the blossoming of a marriage than among the blooming flowers of a garden. Or, in this case, the biggest garden in the state of Idaho. It would be hard to invent a better setting for a nuptial ceremony than the 50-acre Idaho Botanical Garden, with its graceful paths, elegant covered spaces and immaculate landscaping. Just save the "ball and chain" jokes about the nearby Old Idaho State Penitentiary until after the honeymoon. idahobotanicalgarden.org

2nd Place: Still Water Hollow—At Still Water Hollow, they say "family is the name of the game around here," and they're not kidding. The family-owned venue offers everything needed for a fairy tale wedding: a shimmering pond with burbling water feature and white metal bridge; expanses of lush green grass; a country village complete with cottages, a dance floor and stage; a barn facility with a nursery, prep rooms and restrooms; even a white-painted chapel straight out of a picture book. stillwaterhollow.com

3rd Place: Chateau des Fleurs—Feel transported to the villas of France at Chateau des Fleurs, a truly sumptuous wedding and event center in Eagle. Built in the high style of 18th century French nobility, the grounds evoke the fabled gardens of Versailles while the interior spaces sparkle like the salons of old. Equipped with every amenity imaginable, it has to be seen to be believed. chateaueagle.com

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