We are coming up on 'wedding' season. June is the most popular month in which to get married.In fact, I'm already seeing photos on Facebook of those planning their upcoming nuptials. I see a lot of people on Pinterest, as well, posting their favorite hair-do's, cakes, dresses, decorating ideas and of course, venues. That got me to thinking about unique places right here in Abilene to have a wedding.

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    The Windsor Hotel

    The Windsor Hotel in downtown has a long history in Abilene. Built in 1890 it, of course, has been refurbished and now has an elegant ball room and also serves as an apartment complex for those 55 and older. The hotel is located at 401 Pine St. and is available for weddings, special occasions and bridal photo shoots as well.This is a great all inclusive location for a wedding and reception. For information about pricing and reserving the hotel for your special day call (325) 677-0824.

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    The Grace Museum

    The Grace Museum in another historic building in downtown Abilene that has multiple purposes. It's a museum of history, art exhibition hall, children's education facility and more. The Grace has 8 different venues that can be rented for receptions, dances, weddings, quinceaneras, board meetings and more. One particularly unique quality of the Grace is the rooftop. This is a popular place for summer weddings. The scenery is great especially at night; overlooking downtown Abilene and the lights. The Grace is located at the corner of Cypress and N. 1st (102 Cypress St.). Prices vary based on venue room. I've actually been to a wedding on the rooftop and it was beautiful, very peaceful and romantic. For more information contact the Grace at  325.673.4587.

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    Willow Creek Chapel and Events

    Willow Creek is a cute little old time looking chapel. It's non-denominational and can accommodate 150 guests. There is also the option of an outdoor ceremony that can accommodate 200 guests. The outdoor ceremonies are held under a lighted white arbor snuggled within large pecan trees. You can get all inclusive packages or individual wedding/reception packages. Pricing will vary based on package choice and time of year.   For more information contact 325.692.5506.

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    The Meadows at Creative

    This venue is located 8 miles outside of Abilene and run by Danny and Vera Snook. Being photographers and shooting hundreds of weddings they decided to start their own wedding business. They have an in-house wedding coordinator to make things easier. The grounds are surrounded by 30 ft. oak trees and can seat up to 500 guests. You can choose to have your ceremony outside in The Meadows or inside the Celebration Hall. Also with this is the inclusion of your rehearsal night. You can also use Creative to photograph your wedding to make it that much more convenient. Vera and Danny created this to make a bride's life easier and more enjoyable. For package pricing check their website or contact Vera at 325.529.5725.

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    The Mill Winery

    The Mill Winery is a new facility in Abilene...sort of. Once known as the Texas Mill & Elevator Company it has recently undergone a transformation into an elegant winery and event center. Located at 239 Locust St. in Abilene it is full of rich history. The venue will officially open in May 2014 but they are already taking bookings for weddings and other events. It has a rustic, eclectic indoor area and beautiful landscaping with gazebos and fire pits outdoors. Prices vary depending on number of guests and amenities. This is a great addition to Abilene's unique wedding venues.

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    Lytle Cove Cottage

    Lytle Cove Cottage is located on 5 acres just South of Abilene. The gorgeous Victorian Cottage has a wrap around porch and a white picket fence and a rustic/chic covered pavilion with chandeliers and tin walls. They will supply tables and chairs, you can bring your own decor, or you can choose to use decor and supplies that are provided. The home is exquisite with a beautiful bridal dressing and powder room as well as lending itself to many wonderful photo back drops. This is your day and you can make it what you wish, the possibilities are endless with this beautiful home as a base. Pricing starts at $2500 with $500 deposit and includes 12 hour facility use on your wedding day and 1 hour for rehearsal the day before. For more information contact 325-529-4871 or visit their Facebook and website listed below.

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    Denton Valley Farms

    Denton Valley Farms is a brand new location just a few miles south of Abilene. It has an 8100 sq. ft. pavilion perfect for weddings or receptions.It is nestled under big oaks and overlooks an orchard and vineyard. You can also use the area for your bridal or engagement photos.There are beautiful areas for photo backdrops such as a rustic house built in 1902, the vineyard, fruit trees and wildflowers. Tables and chairs are provided but it is BYOB at this point. Contact Amanda or Colby for more information at (325)370-5159 or (325)665-2349.