Come journey with me to a few gorgeous places for a Destination Wedding in our home land. No need for a passport and frequent flyer miles will apply. Of course, a plenitude of venues are available of which I have chosen only five dramatically different possibilities. Shall we begin our trek…
The California Wine Country was my home for 20 years. In my mind there are few places more beautiful year around than this corner of the world. Vineyards, valleys, hills, the ocean not too far away, and mild weather make it a fantastic destination. If your idea of perfection would be a wedding at an elegant manor house, with beautifully sculptured gardens, and restaurant given Zagats highest overall rating for dining in Sonoma County, The Madrona Manor would be the ideal location.
Built in 1881, this Victorian estate stands on eight acres of landscaped gardens in the hills above the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. Madrona Manor offers the opportunity to experience the wine country from a stylish and gracious setting. Your guests will be able to relax in one of the Manors marvelously comfortable rooms, stroll through the lovely gardens, have a swim in the pool, and go off to explore the pleasures of nearby Healdsburg and the local wineries.
Traveling to the Inland Northwest to my new home, a setting of mountain grandeur and spectacular lakes, the Panhandle of Northern Idaho. Here we shall visit a mountain top and a forest glade.
Celebrate your “Happily Ever After” on top of Schweitzer! Yes, the bride and groom and all the guests ride a ski lift to the very top of the mountain at Schweitzer Mountain Ski Resort for a wedding with an unbeatable panorama view. The wedding couple join hands upon a deck overlooking 3 mountain ranges, Canada, Montana, Washington. Turn around and feast your eyes on the incredible grand lake of Ponderey. Summers, July and August are the best months for weddings at this splendid resort. The winter ski lodge becomes your reception area with stunning views as well and the condos and resort hotel your accommodations. Recently, I attending a wedding show at Schweitzer, savoring culinary delights produced by the Schweitzer chefs which were amazing. The transformations of a ski lodge into a gracious reception area was lovely. The rooms were northwest moose (which are still common up here) and deer decor with simple elegance and comfort. Your guests will be able to relax a short walk from the wedding plus enjoy many outdoor adventures while in northern Idaho.
Forest wood nymphs dancing about a rustic cabin where the pretty maid marries a handsome woodsman can be a fantasy come true at Heartland Ranch in Northern Idaho. Heartland Ranch has an old west, country charm in the middle of the woods. For couples looking for an economic wedding in beautiful lake mountain country, you could search far and wide without finding a better option. Their “Just A Few” packages start at $245 for the Bride and Groom plus up to 15 guests with $50 off Monday and Fridays. Heartland accommodates up to 80 guests. Your hostess and owner of the ranch, Becky Applegate, will create memorable occasion for you. Psst… She also designs and sews affordable wedding dresses. Visit www.weddingsbybecky.com to learn more. accommodations for guests, tours and activities are located at nearby Sandpoint or Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Come a day ahead or stay a day over to visit the lake beaches, silver mines, melodrama, quaint towns, or Hiawatha Trail.
Board the airplane now to check out some United States beaches for blissful barefoot weddings. Who said you had to leave the states for sand between your toes as you say “I Do”?
First we fly to Hawaii to the Honeymooners favorite island, Maui. Though Maui has some economical options, my top choice here is exclusive luxury at The Waldorf Astoria Collection of Hotels, the Grand Wailea. Grand Wailea is a truly stunning Maui hotel. Whether it is just the two of you, a small group of family and friends, this exquisite resort is an unforgettable Maui wedding location. Choose from the romantic and intimate Seaside Chapel, a ceremony on the beach, or in a picturesque gazebo. Listen to a comment from trip advisor to see why I chose the Grand Wailea, ” Our main reason for going was to renew our vows. The hotel is absolutely stunning. Very exotic location and when compared to the others it stands out like a sore thumb. The hotel is like paradise. It fulfills the Hawaii experience 100%.” The ultimate in modern elegance combined with Polynesian tradition will create for you a blissful Hawaiian Wedding.
To end our journey, we fly across the continent to Florida for another beach wedding catering to the familymoon. If you are getting married with children alongside, consider the all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper Bay, Florida. This is the only all-inclusive resort in the United States, which means you know your cost before you go. All food and most all activities are included so all you need is money for extras! My Club Med families always come back with raves and often will never try another resort. One couple met at a Club Med, married and honeymoon at a Club Med, and return every year with their children.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay is the perfect romantic setting for a large family vacation-wedding or a vow renewal ceremony. Breathtaking ocean views provide the perfect backdrop for your special day. The resort offers modern elegance with a cheerful array of color to delight children of all ages. A wedding at Club Med Sandpiper Bay is especially great for the couple who just wants to kick back, relax, spend time with their friends and family and enjoy the scenery. Your kids will have the time of their life at Club Med’s children’s clubs with dedicated activities and sports for babies, children and teenagers from morning to evening, and all coordinated by qualified and enthusiastic professionals. This would be perfect for a family wedding on the beach under the warm Floridian sunshine.
Hope you enjoyed our travels. There are so many possibilities so do some exploring yourself or call your travel agent for help. See you next time with a focus on beach weddings in exotic destinations.