5 Popular Wedding Destinations In The United States

Many options!

When planning a wedding, every bride wants to make it the most magical event in her life.  Choosing an exotic destination is a popular choice for adding to the experience.  A dreamy destination wedding on a white sand beach, a tropical garden overlooking the sea, the start landscape of a desert or a snow capped mountain as a backdrop can add a special touch to the ceremony as you exchange vows.  The US has several destination wedding options that are easily accessible, some of them extremely affordable.  Here is a look at some of the popular ones.

Las Vegas

Helicopter weddings over the strip, chapel weddings at Mt. Charleston, Red Rock Canyon or Lake Mead, a ceremony over the Grand Canyon in a hot air balloon, or weddings in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign – anything is possible in Las Vegas.  Whether you are planning a large wedding in a luxury hotel along the strip or an intimate wedding outdoors, the options are endless.  Add to this the ease of getting a marriage license and the affordability and it is easy to understand why Las Vegas is called the Marriage Capital of the World.


If you want to have an exotic beach wedding, a ceremony on a cliff overlooking the sea, in a lush tropical garden with hibiscus and bougainvilleas adding to the romance or in a forest with a waterfall in the background then a wedding in Hawaii is a good choice.  Makena Cove or Kapalua Bay in Maui, the chapel by the sea in the Kauai lagoons and the Na Aina Kai botanical gardens in Kauai with a waterfall in the backdrop are most common choices.


If you are tying the know in fall or winter, the mountains of Colorado present a host of options for your destination wedding.  Several majestic peaks over 14,000 feet along with lakes and rivers nearby help create a perfect backdrop with the colorful foliage on the mountainside in fall or romantic white wedding in winter.  Aspen and Vail in Colorado are popular choices as there are several resorts that offer wedding packages.


With beautiful beaches, clear blue waters, sunny skies coupled with easy accessibility, charming culture and world class resorts Mexico is a popular choice for destination weddings from the US.  The beaches on the Mayan Riviera, Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta make dream wedding venues with white sands, tropical foliage and turquoise waters.  In addition, since the USA has a treaty with Mexico, civil marriages in Mexico are immediately validated back home.

Napa Valley

Napa Valley Wedding

Vineyard weddings in Napa Valley are popular due to the beautiful setting of rolling hills and the sophisticated solitude of the vineyards all around.  In addition, the temperate weather makes it a good option all year round.  From an intimate ceremony to a big wedding, if your heart is set on a wedding in wine country there are many options to choose from between wineries, inn, estates and resorts.

While opting for a destination wedding package, you do not have to worry about making long distance arrangements as many hotels and resorts offer packages based on your requirements.  Be sure to check if there are any legal requirements in the state laws that need to be fulfilled so that you get your marriage license before you depart from the destination and remember to carry with you all essential documents and certificates.

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About Donna Beasley

Donna is a romantic travel expert who encourages couples to create memorable romantic moments, honeymoons, vow renewals and other special romance occasions in travel locations throughout the world. She is the founder and publisher of Romance Travel Magazine. A romantic at heart , she hopes to inspire everyone to find love in their own special place.

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