Look Beyond the Chapel: Five Stunning Racetrack Wedding Venues

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The San Gabriel Mountains make a gorgeous wedding backdrop at Santa Anita Park. (Courtesy Santa Anita Park)

When it comes to romance, few people might think of horse racing; if anything a prince on a white steed might come to mind. But many U.S. racetracks are jaw-droppingly beautiful and several offer wedding packages.

If you’re newly engaged, or if Valentine’s Day has you planning for your future, check out this list of tracks perfect for your big day and let the racetrack romance begin.

Arlington Park racetrack wedding
Courtesy Arlington Park

Arlington Park

Located just outside Chicago in Arlington Heights, Ill., Arlington Park is in its prime in the spring and summer months: perfect for a wedding. The track features stately, modern white architecture and a picturesque walking ring, plus several different settings to choose from.

Del Mar racetrack wedding
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Del Mar

Just steps from the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar’s beautiful, Spanish mission-style architecture makes a perfect backdrop for your nuptials. The iconic Southern California track actually leases its facility from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which is also who makes arrangements for any weddings at the track, located near San Diego.

Gulfstream Park racetrack wedding
Courtesy Gulfstream Park

Gulfstream Park

This South Florida paradise is between Ft. Lauderdale and Miami and offers a variety of sites for your wedding or reception. With tall palm trees listing in the ocean breeze, who wouldn’t want to get married here?

Keeneland racetrack wedding
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A bucolic track in the heart of horse country, Keeneland has a classic, timeless feel and weddings there give off the same vibe. Quintessential Kentucky architecture set atop rolling hills and surrounded by horse farms makes an ideal setting to start your happily ever after.

Santa Anita Park racetrack wedding
Courtesy Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita Park

With art deco styling and a majestic San Gabriel Mountains backdrop, Santa Anita Park is an unforgettable wedding venue. Located near Los Angeles, the track offers a variety of settings for your wedding or reception, ranging from the glamorous Chandelier Room to the lush paddock gardens.

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