Tie the Knot at a Top Destination Wedding Location


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As Middle Tennessee becomes harder and harder to book because of its “It City” status, engaged couples are looking to other locations to tie the knot before returning home to start their lives together as newlyweds. From tropical beaches to rustic vineyards, there’s a location perfect for any wedding vibe. And since they are all in the states the best part is no one will even need to renew their passport.

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Aspen, Colorado

The gorgeous Rocky Mountain range is just one reason to choose Aspen, the luxurious amenities are definitely another. High-end shops and swanky restaurants can keep the non-skiing and snowboarding guests occupied, especially if the event is booked during the high winter season of November through early March. Still, even without the snow the landscape is stunning, so consider a summer or fall wedding as well.

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Hotel Jerome

The luxurious resort is right in the heart of everything, offering an elevated experience that will be hard to top anywhere else. One of the city’s major landmarks, it was built in the 1880s by the owner of Macy’s, Jerome Wheeler. Hotel Jerome is also home to one of Aspen’s best nightlife options, the Western-themed J-Bar that operated throughout Prohibition.

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Tucson, Arizona

Known for its turquoise jewelry and deep orange sunsets, Tucson offers couples a gorgeous, rugged Southwest landscape to tie the knot. The weather is typically mild all year long, so weddings at any time work, and guests can immerse themselves in the local culture while in town, checking out the many galleries full of Native American and Mexican textiles and jewelry.

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Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

The historic Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort has some of the most amazing views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the very same views that drew some famous fans from Old Hollywood like Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne. Recently renovated, everything is updated and modernized without losing any of the original fireplaces or hand-painted tiles.

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Las Vegas, Nevada

With drive-through chapels and Elvis officiants, weddings can be over-the-top fun, but with elegant ballrooms and sophisticated menus nuptials can be upscale traditional affairs too. Guests will never lack for entertainment options – beyond the casinos there are Elvis and Liberace museums, even roller coasters at the Stratosphere Tower. The food is top-notch too. However, the hottest months of the summer may be too much when considering guest comfort.

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ARIA Resort & Casino

Couples can choose to get married at the hotel’s on-site chapel, poolside veranda or fireside lounge. But for a truly breathtaking backdrop there is even the gallery featuring the contemporary glass art of internationally-renowned artist Dale Chihuly. Couples are able to get married in that unique space with up to seventy guests, or access it during cocktail hour.

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St. Augustine, Florida

For sunny beaches in the southeast, Florida is filled with options from coast to coast. There’s hardly a bad time to have a wedding in Florida, though it all depends which part of the state has your eye. North Florida’s high season runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, while southern Florida’s busiest time is December through April. If you don’t mind the heat summer is an option too. Just be sure to avoid party hotspots during peak spring break season. 

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Casa Monica Resort & Spa

History buffs will love tying the knot in one of the country’s oldest cities, and Casa Monica’s breathtaking architecture, lush tropical gardens and flowing fountains are like paradise. Casa Monica features enchanting ballrooms, adorned with gilded mirrors and brass chandeliers, and the outdoor Sultan’s Pavilion complete with a sparkling pool is Moroccan inspired.

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Newport, Rhode Island

Newport is a charming mix of old-fashioned glamour and rustic seaside community with huge mansions lining the cliffs, built at the turn of the century by the rich and famous. Still a favorite summer destination for the numerous activities from sailing to shopping, it is warmest then but also the busiest. May and September still offer good weather while being easier to book, and evenings will always offer something to do, especially for fans of music thanks to the many live blues, jazz, or rock venues.

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Atlantic Resort

The brand new Atlantic Resort has begun hosting events and will be open full-time spring 2017 for weddings, offering three different venues that can be used all together if needed. With views of the Atlantic Ocean and Easton’s Pond, each banquet room offers couples elegance and New England charm.

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Napa Valley, California

For some people the epitome of romance includes a backdrop of rolling hills, lush valleys and wine. Lots and lots of wine. Napa offers all of that and more, including world-class restaurants, indulgent spa services and charming boutiques, galleries and gourmet stores. Golf lovers will embrace the world-class courses, and adventure-seekers must try a hot air balloon ride. Summer and October are the best times to visit but can be hard to book because it is peak season for harvest.

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Silverado Resort

Start with the stunning views at Silverado Resort and the benefits just add on from there. Guests will dine on fresh farm-to-table catering from reception to rehearsal dinner to post-wedding brunch – all in idyllic settings – with tons of personalized touches to make everything perfect.

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Bristol, Maine

The East Coast’s northernmost state is filled with natural beauty, including the 35,000-acre Acadia National Park with its awe-inspiring mountains, woodlands, lakes and oceanfront coastline. For those who prefer the indoors, there are plenty of antique stores to poke through and a wide selection of art museums and galleries. Late summer pulls the most visitors, but weddings in September are amazing too thanks to the fall weather foliage. Just make sure everyone indulges in at least one lobster roll and slice of blueberry pie.

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1812 Farm

Atmosphere is everything at the 1812 Farm with its soaring ceiling, rustic beams and over-the-top chandeliers inside the restored 18th Century barn. The bridal suite alone offers a quiet oasis for the ultimate in pre-wedding prep – there are even salon chairs on site for the whole party.

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