When it comes to planning a wedding, you want everything to be absolutely perfect. That's why some couples decide to take the plunge and plan their dream destination wedding at one of these stellar locations across the country. Whether you want a rustic farmhouse or an extravagant extravagance, there are dozens of options for exchanging your vows in the location of your dreams.
There are many reasons why couples choose to have a destination wedding: they may be trying to cut down on travel costs, they might be looking for an exotic locale, or they might just want the ceremony and reception to seem more like a vacation. Whatever the reason for your destination wedding, you'll want to find a venue that will make your special day memorable, and exciting. Here are the top 18 places to get married in the USA:
1. The Belmond El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California
The Belmond El Encanto, a Historic Hotels of America member, is a luxury hotel located in the heart of Santa Barbara, California.
The hotel is located in the historic downtown district, with views of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. It offers an extensive range of accommodations including one-bedroom suites with kitchenettes to three-bedrooms suites that can accommodate up to eight guests.
2. Sunset Key Cottages in Key West, Florida
Sunset Key Cottages is a private island located in Key West, Florida. The island is part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and is situated on Sunset Key Drive.
The island has two cottages available for rental by the night or week: Sunset House and Sunset Cottage. Both accommodations feature outdoor showers, outdoor living rooms with hammocks, satellite TV and Wi-Fi access (fee applies).
3. Amangiri in Canyon Point, Utah
Amangiri is a luxury resort in Canyon Point, Utah. This destination wedding venue is known for its world-class spa, both of which are open to guests and non-guests alike.
Located on the edge of Canyon Point, Amangiri offers sweeping views of the La Sal Mountains and Lake Powell – a perfect backdrop for photos that will last forever! The resort also has several outdoor spaces where couples can exchange vows under the sky (or stars) with their friends and family by their side.
4. The Hermitage Inn in West Dover, Vermont
The Hermitage Inn is a wedding venue located in West Dover, Vermont. Nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont offers luxurious accommodations for your wedding celebration.
The Hermitage Inn is a wonderful wedding venue with lots of options. They have a variety of wedding packages available to choose from, and each package comes with its own unique perks. The Inn has a ballroom that seats 160 people, as well as smaller private rooms inside for the ceremony and reception.
5. The Resort at Pelican Hill on Newport Coast, California
Located on Newport Coast, the Resort at Pelican Hill is a luxurious wedding setting that offers everything you need to make your special day truly unforgettable. With an award-winning golf course and world-class spa, this resort caters to weddings of all sizes and styles. The resort has also been named Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards Top Southern California Resort (2013 & 2012), Top U.S. Resort (2011), Top-Rated Golf Resort Worldwide (2012) and Top-Rated California Resort Spa (2012); in Travel + Leisure's "Top 100" World's Best Hotels (2011 Readers' Poll), and with two courses ranked among Golf Digest's America's 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses (2011)..
The Resort at Pelican Hill has 204 rooms across five types: one-bedroom suites; two-bedroom villas with ocean views; three-bedroom villas with poolside terraces; four-bedroom mansions; and six-bedroom estates. All of these rooms come with private balconies or patios overlooking breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean or lush green fairways. The hotel also provides complimentary valet parking for guests arriving by car.
6. Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California
Hotel del Coronado is a Spanish-style resort located on a beach in Coronado, California. The location is one of the most famous places in America and has been featured in several movies and TV shows.
The hotel has 220 rooms available for your guests to stay at during your wedding weekend. Each room is decorated with period furnishings including brass beds, velvet curtains and antique furniture. There are also three different types of suites available for those who want something more luxurious than a standard room
7. Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California
The Grand Del Mar is a luxury golf resort and spa located in San Diego, California. The resort is located on 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, CA 92130. The resort is comprised of 249 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites, all are individually decorated with materials sourced from around the world and feature marble floors and fireplaces or whirlpool tubs.
8. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in Palm Springs, California
If you're looking for an unconventional venue, look no further than the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This tourist attraction features the world's highest aerial tramway, boasting incredible views of the Coachella Valley and its surrounding mountains. The Palm Springs Tramway offers wedding packages which include a ceremony at the summit of Mountain Station, as well as a rehearsal dinner and reception at one of their three on-site venues: The View Restaurant & Lounge, The Stables Bar & Grill or Cascada Lounge. Wedding costs vary depending on which package you choose; however they start at $25 per person.
9. Cathedral of Christ the Light at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California
The Cathedral of Christ the Light at Lake Merritt in Oakland, California is a stunning wedding venue. The building is relatively new and features a beautiful glass roof that floods the space with natural light. It’s also in an excellent location: right next to Oakland’s famous Lake Merritt. This makes it a perfect spot for any couple who want to get married near water without feeling like their ceremony has been moved from its original location (which can be stressful). The cathedral also has an adjoining garden area for your cocktail hour or reception, so you won’t have to worry about finding some other place for guests after your ceremony ends!
10. Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
One of the most beautiful wedding venues in the U.S., Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, North Carolina. It’s also one of America’s most popular destinations for weddings, honeymoons and destination weddings. If you want to get married at this gorgeous estate that was once home to George Vanderbilt, you can choose from four different types of ceremonies: traditional (held outside), garden (in front of a fountain), indoor (in front of stained glass windows) or carriage house (under a big tent).
Biltmore boasts over 250 acres with numerous gardens, ponds and fountains so there are plenty places to take photos after your ceremony or while you're on your honeymoon!
11. Terranea Resort in Los Angeles, California
Terranea Resort, located on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, is a luxury hotel and resort. It has a spa and fitness center, as well as a restaurant and bar.
The resort has an outdoor wedding chapel that can accommodate up to 100 guests. The chapel overlooks the ocean with views of Catalina Island. The venue also offers indoor options for larger parties: two ballrooms (each can hold up to 300 guests) or Oceanview Hall (which accommodates 400 people).
12. Red Agave Resort in Sedona, AZ
Red Agave Resort is a stunning, lush garden property located in downtown Sedona. Tucked away off the beaten path, the resort offers an intimate and quiet space for weddings and receptions.
The property features artistically designed gardens with a background of natural red rock formations creating a desert oasis. The Red Agave Resort is a great place to get married. It has great food, service, location and views. The resort is great for camping, hiking, swimming and relaxing.
13. The Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
The Phoenician is a luxury resort in Scottsdale with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. The Phoenician has been a Scottsdale landmark for more than four decades. The resort is situated on the southwestern edge of Camelback Mountain, overlooking the city and surrounded by desert beauty.
The Phoenician is a luxury resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. It has several different wedding venues and many options for customization. The Phoenician offers several wedding packages to help make your special day even more memorable!
14. Cheyenne Mountain a Dolce Resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dolce Resort at Cheyenne Mountain is the perfect venue for outdoor weddings and indoor receptions. This amazing venue is located Colorado Springs and provides you with endless options for your perfect wedding day. Cheyenne Mountain a Dolce Resort offers an unforgettable and unique place to get married!
With Cheyenne Mountain Resort’s stunning views and elegant wedding planning services, you can plan your dream wedding in no time.
15. Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada
Located on the Las Vegas Strip, Bellagio Hotel is one of the most beautiful wedding venues in all of the United States. The Bellagio fountains are a sight to behold, especially when you're getting married at this luxury hotel.
The Bellagio offers many different packages for your big day, including:
A bridal suite that can be used by you and your bridesmaids before your ceremony or to get ready at any other time during your stay.
An elegant ballroom with stunning views of either the beautiful pool area or iconic fountains that dance along a 1-acre lake between performance times (5 pm - 8 pm).
16. Aria Resort and Casino at CityCenter Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada
The Aria Resort and Casino at CityCenter Las Vegas is a luxury resort casino located at the CityCenter development on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The resort features a modern design, with a curved facade and a series of high-tech chandeliers.
Located within walking distance of the Bellagio, Monte Carlo, City Center and Crystals shopping malls, Aria boasts five star restaurants such as JOEY by Alain Ducasse; Scarpetta New York by Scott Conant; BLT Steak by David Burke; Herringbone by Geoffrey Zakarian; Jaleo by José Andrés; Nobu Hotel & Residences by Nobu Matsuhisa; and China Poblano from Chef José Andrés.
17. Caesars Palace Hotel Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
Caesars Palace is one of the most iconic hotels in Las Vegas. The 3,960-room resort is also home to a massive shopping mall, as well as many restaurants and lounges. With its central location on the strip, Caesars Palace is an ideal place for weddings or any other event.
18. Atlantis Paradise Island Resort Nassau Bahamas
The Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas. It has a casino, water park, lazy river, dolphin habitat, and more.
The resort is located on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The island is full of tropical plants, trees and flowers that surround you as you walk around looking for your next adventure. The hotel offers many activities including a pirate ship that takes guests out to sea every evening for dinner on a different part of the island. Guests can also take advantage of their lazy river or go on excursions that include snorkeling or scuba diving trips around reefs surrounding Paradise Island (Atlantis).
Miscellaneous Cost of Weddings
The average cost of a wedding is $27,329. If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want a destination wedding, this might be the deciding factor in swaying your opinion. The average cost of a wedding cake is $742; the average cost of a wedding dress (including alterations) is $1,873; and for photographers and videographers it's $2,749 per hour for both services.
For venues, expect to pay between $2,500 and $10,000 depending on where you go. The average fee for planning services ranges from around 15% - 25% (or more) of total costs but can still be quite significant when taking into account all aspects that come with planning an event like this one!
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a destination wedding? If you’re thinking about having one, make sure you read up on all the information. What are the best places to have your wedding? What are the costs associated with it? And most importantly: Where should we go? The truth is that there are so many great places in this country alone. We’ve compiled a list of 18 top destinations based on feedback from actual brides and grooms who have recently had their special day at these locations.