So, you’ve decided to tie the knot? Congrats! While there’s obviously a ton of decisions that go into planning for the big day, picking the perfect destination is one of the most important choices that you’ll have to make. We’ve found some of the hottest spots to say “I do.”
Amelia Island, FL
Mix the tropical feel of Florida with charming Southern touches like live oak trees, and you have the beautiful oasis of Amelia Island. While it’s just about a 40-minute drive from Jacksonville, it feels lightyears away from all of the hustle and bustle. From the Ritz-Carlton to the island’s Plantation Resort, there are several venues that provide a picture-perfect setting for such a special day.
Outer Banks, NC
For the ultimate beach wedding, head to the coast of North Carolina to exchange your vows. You don’t necessarily have to stay on the sand, though; why not get hitched in front of a lighthouse or on a coastal peak? The temperature is often warm and pleasant, but just steer clear of hurricane season; while it runs from summer through fall, the most threatening weather usually occurs during August and September.
Bar Harbor, ME
Another pick is this bustling Maine town, which is home to several spots that are ideal for an outdoor summer ceremony. The obvious choice is Acadia National Park, which promises tons of natural beauty and a tranquil setting, but the Bar Harbor Inn or the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel & Conference Center provide packages as well.
Las Vegas, NV
Despite its reputation for shotgun chapel weddings, Vegas weddings can actually be sophisticated and understated if you, uh, play your cards right. In fact, any one of the many hotels on or off the strip can host a day to remember for you and your boo. The Bellagio, Venetian, and the Wynn all offer upscale ceremony and reception options right in the heart of the Vegas action.
Dreaming of winter nuptials? The choices are virtually endless in this magical resort town. While Vail draws scores of snow bunnies and ski bums, it also makes for an excellent destination wedding if you’re a fan of the white stuff and don’t mind the cold weather. The Vail Cascade Resort & Spa stands out with beautiful views and top-notch cuisine, while the Sonnealp boasts luxurious accommodations in the heart of Vail Village.