6 Best United States Destination Wedding Locations

Weddings are not a trend, but how you want to have one is. A lot of couples opt for destination weddings because there are plenty of options and it could really make their wedding a unique one. And you may not believe this, but doing destination weddings could be a lot cheaper than doing it in your own city basically because you will have fewer guests when you do a destination wedding.

There are plenty of destinations worldwide where you can have your wedding, but if you are trying to choose from different U.S. destinations, here are some options you may want to consider

1.   Rockport, Massachusetts

Rockport is a town in the coastal part of Massachusetts, making it a perfect wedding destination, especially for couples who want a great view of the sea. The town is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, by the way.

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There are plenty of seaside mansions available for rent in the area. You may also consider doing an outdoor wedding with an unobstructed view of the ocean. Just make sure to research the weather on your wedding date. You can monitor it through forecasts or by just researching the typical weather in the area during the month you are going to hold your wedding.

2.   The Big Island, Hawaii

This is the largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Though almost all of the islands in this state offers mesmerizing views, there is just something about The Big Island that draws you in.

The weather in Hawaii is often perfect for beach weddings year-round. But you should also monitor the weather as there are times when cyclonic storms hit the archipelago.

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Apart from the crystal blue waters, you also get a view of the lush green forests and surrounding volcanoes. After the wedding, you and your partner can also enjoy a lot of activities such as whale watching, surfing, and hiking. It could be your wedding and honeymoon rolled into one.

3.   Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas is popular for its casinos, hotels, and nightlife. Usually, it is the common setting of accidental or drunken weddings in popular culture. It is because you can easily get a wedding license in the city. And most probably because wedding officiants in the city are available even in the wee hours of the night.

But you can still have the wedding of your dreams and still make it as meaningful. There are plenty of hotels and chapels in Las Vegas that you can choose from. You can go from a wild one to an elegant one. What’s great about having a wedding in this city is the convenience. Because unlike in secluded islands or towns, you can almost get anything you need here. Not to discourage couples who are planning to do a wedding in private areas, but that type of wedding needs more planning and preparation. For a Las Vegas wedding, you can just do it instantly as there are a lot of service providers that you can easily access anytime.

4.   St. Pete Beach, Florida

St. Pete Beach is a coastal city and barrier island in Florida. The pristine beaches on the island could be a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. There are plenty of resorts on the island, but it is better to book ahead to avoid missing your preferred wedding date.

After your wedding, there are plenty of activities you can do on the island such as kayaking, helicopter ride, and dolphin watching. For your reception, you might want to consider party cruises as they are also available on the island.

5.   Half Moon Bay, California

Just like the other destinations in this list, Half Moon Bay is also a coastal city in California. Apart from offering the best scenery in California, the city also has its own wineries and vineyards just like Napa Valley in the same state – so this means the beverages for the wedding won’t be a problem.

There are also plenty of hotels in the city, including The Ritz-Carlton. Other activities after the wedding you can enjoy are wine tasting, biking, horseback riding, and many more.

6.   Bar Harbor, Maine

This town is located on the island of Mount Desert in Maine. It is surrounded by mountains and historic villages. Apart from the spectacular views of the mountain ranges, you also get the view of the crystal blue waters of Frenchman Bay.

There are plenty of hotels and resorts that cater to indoor or outdoor weddings in Bar Harbor. You can do your wedding here year-round, but if you want a certain ambience, the foliage during autumn adds a great character to your ceremony.

There are many other U.S. destinations for your wedding. Just consider what you and your partner both want. Consider also your budget because the wedding is the least of your concern throughout your marriage. It is a celebration, but you must remember that it is not the most important part of marriage.

If you are planning a destination wedding in the United States, you must first compile the requirements needed in order for you to get a marriage license. It would be a hassle to forget something when you want to do a wedding outside your home state or home country.

You should also research the vendors, suppliers, and service providers within the area of your wedding. It would be more practical to get everything nearby rather than bringing everything or everyone with you from your home city.

You can always enquire about the rates of the venues or hotels before actually booking them. Careful planning is the secret for a successful destination wedding in the U.S.

You should also not forget to get the complete list of your guests that are willing to travel and celebrate with you so that you can prepare the catering for the right amount of guests––not more, not less. It would save you a lot of money if everything you prepared is just right for you and your guests.