Destination weddings are growing in popularity. It is the perfect opportunity to combine a wedding, honeymoon, and vacation with your closest family and friends into one whirlwind trip. For many couples, it ticks off one or more bucket list items. Destination weddings can accommodate 300 guests, just the wedding party, and everything in between. You don't even need to travel far to get the wedding of your dreams. Here's a look at ten ideal locations to tie the knot.
1. New York City: If you and your fiancee love a hip, fast paced vibe, the Big Apple is the place for you. You can plan a wedding in a chic club, a historic site, or even right in Central Park. The glass rotunda of Brooklyn's Botanical Gardens is also a very popular spot.
2. Vegas: Getting hitched is often the perfect reason to plan a trip to Las Vegas, Nevada. Whether your preference is a simple, romantic wedding for two or the classic kitsch of a drive-thru wedding with Elvis, you can have exactly what you want when you get married in Vegas.
3. Hawaii: There are six major islands in the chain that makes up the state of Hawaii. Each has their own unique characteristics and atmosphere for a wedding. Maui has some of the best beaches in the world while smaller Lanai doesn't even have a traffic light. There is something for everyone here.
4. Aspen: Many brides like to re-create the idea of a winter wonderland for their wedding. Why re-create when you can have the real thing in Aspen? If snow-covered mountains, pine trees, and twinkling lights are your thing, look no further than Aspen, Colorado.
5. Puerto Rico: The intensely blue waters surrounding Puerto Rico are reason enough to have your wedding in this lovely spot. As an added bonus, you can have the Caribbean wedding of your dreams without your guests having to deal with any passport issues. Puerto Rico is a Commonwealth of the United States and, as such, passports are not required for US citizens.
6. Alaska: If you prefer Mother Nature's northern beauty, why not plan an Alaskan cruise for your wedding? Enjoy the rugged wilderness that is Alaska during the day—excursions can include whale watching, glacier climbing, and kayaking—and plan a fashionable wedding in the evening on board the ship.
7. Upstate New York: Nothing compares to the vivid colors of fall in upstate New York. The Hudson Valley has been inspiring artists for centuries and makes the perfect backdrop to your fall wedding. Whether you choose a classic setting, like the Poconos, or a historic reception site in Albany, upstate New York will be everything you want for an autumnal wedding.
8. Napa Valley: Celebrities have been discretely traveling to Napa Valley for years due to its sweeping views, romantic atmosphere, and fabulous wine. Your wedding could be in a sweet Bed and Breakfast or directly in the vineyard. Be sure to include a wine tasting as part of your hors d'oeuvres hour to add to the theme.
9. Miami: If you like it hot, then Miami is it. From the brightly colored, Art Deco hotels to the white sands of Miami's beaches, there are plenty of wedding choices. For a unique twist for your guests, hire salsa instructors for the reception that get everyone up and dancing.
10. Mackinac Island: This tiny island between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas is a popular wedding spot for Midwesterners. Located in majestic Lake Huron, part of the draw of the island is the fact that no motorized vehicles are allowed; everyone traverses its winding paths on foot, by bicycle, or in a horse-drawn carriage.
Start comparing your options all over the country by contacting venues such as A Little White Wedding Chapel.