There are certain parts of your wedding that can either make or break your entire big day. Things like not having the right food will put everyone in a bad mood, which can be hard to spring back from. The most important part of your wedding that will put your ceremony on the right or wrong path is where you have it. While you sift through destination wedding locations in your early planning stages, make sure that you’ve seen all possible options.
Where you have your wedding will influence everything you do for your ceremony after you choose where you want to have it. A beach wedding could never be the same as a winter mountain ceremony! Think about what you want the most for your big day and keep your list in mind while you read about the most stunning destination wedding locations. You’ll find the perfect place that matches your needs and wants so nothing has to be left out.
Roland is the place you’ll want to go if you have a wedding that would work with a rustic chic setting. It has a red-roofed farmhouse surrounded by vegetable gardens, orchards and terraces. There’s even a rose garden that would host the perfect spring wedding with its sculptures and wrought-iron gates. Enjoy your reception in a field full of daffodils with a cool spring breeze.
Some of California’s biggest attractions are the vineyards it offers. Have your wedding set up at the Beaulieu Garden to experience one of the best spots in Napa Valley. The ceremony will take place in a sunken garden next to a fountain. Afterwards, the estate’s own caterer will lay out a feast that everyone can enjoy under outdoor chandeliers and fairy lights.
Dolores used to be a ghost town, but now it’s the location of one of the best small resorts in the country. If you’re a cowgirl at heart, you’ll love it in Dolores. Guests can stay in log cabins, there’s an open-air chapel for the ceremony and a lovely dance hall for all your reception needs. Plus, hot springs. Who can say no to hot springs?
When your bid day finally arrives, take your wedding back in time at the Saltwater Farm Vineyard. It’s a 100 acre spot of land surrounded by gorgeous coves and deep green vines. What draws people into the vineyard, and what can be worked into your reception, is the vintage airport hangar from World War II that’s been converted into an elegant winery. It’s the perfect place to relax after a scenic outdoor ceremony.
Artsy couples love to have their weddings hosted at Winterthur because of its collection of arts. The venue has a long history of being a great place to view art and nature. You could get married in the antiques gallery or in the center of the carefully curated grounds. It’s also an equal distance from Washington, D.C. and New York City, so it should be easy for family and friends from out-of-town to reach whether they’re driving or flying in.
The land around The Cloister is straight out of a Nicholas Sparks novel. There’s an endless beach that’s empty of the swirling tourism culture. Towering and ancient oaks line the streets and surround the chapel itself. The main ballroom has moldings and chandeliers that are taken straight out of history, giving your wedding an antique look with a modern edge.
Barns are popular places for weddings because they’re so easily decorated to fit any theme. The Barn on Walnut Hill was originally built in 1887 and in 2009, a restoration brought it to hearts and minds of many couples looking to get married. Everything in the barn has a natural, rustic look, from the chandeliers to the reclaimed wood patio. With a large open ground for tents, it’s the perfect place for even the largest wedding.
Book lovers will enjoy arriving to celebrate your wedding at The Mount, a Georgian Revivle-style house that novelist Edith Wharton personally designed. There’s a garden for outdoor ceremonies and a drawing room for your reception. Enjoy cocktails and have photos taken while everyone lounges on the terrace. It’s a stunning house on gorgeous grounds that will win the heart of anyone looking for a place their ceremony can call home.
Don’t let the name fool you! Nothing about Cedar Lake Cellars is underground. In fact, the venue specializes in outdoor events, with an open air patio for receptions. The stone heated floors and hand built tables will make anyone fall in love with the place, and that’s before anyone sees the waterfall and decorated upper deck where you can have the perfect spot to star gaze after your wedding.
Save yourself some money and have your guests stay where your ceremony is going to be held. Paws Up welcomes guests to stay in their rustic ranch and offers activities like horseback riding and fly fishing. After everyone has had their daily adventure, the wedding can take place in the Bull Barn, a stunningly remodeled barn space. Relax afterwards around a fire pit under the stars.
If you’re not looking to have a more traditional wedding in a local church, it’s easy to feel lost with all the choices there are for destination wedding locations. The best way to make your decision is to decide what you want the most from your wedding. Do you want something small? A laid back ceremony? Scenery for the perfect pictures? The perfect venue will match what you want from your wedding so you can have the best ceremony ever.