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Love lots of nightlife, sophisticated settings, and a cool vibe? Consider one of these hot spot cities for your wedding! Whether you jet set across the country (or world!) or stick with your hometown haunt, these big cities are perfect for your formal affair.
Why here: You'll find to-die-for good, brass bands and second-line parades, and that sultry creole vibe.
Where to wed: Just outside the French Quarter, the Windsor Court Hotel (Doubles from $425, Windsor Court Hotel) epitomizes old-world elegance. Wed at the St. Louis Cathedral, then grab a carriage back to the hotel's Chinoiserie ballroom to dance under crystal chandelier.
Insider tip: Host a rehearsal dinner at Pêche Seafood Grill, one of the best new restaurants in the U.S., according to, well, everyone.
Why here: Think all Vegas vows involve drive-through chapels and Elvis impersonators? Think again. Most of the city's five-star resorts now employ crack wedding teams, allowing couples to plan super-chic Sin City affairs.
Where to wed: At Wynn Las Vegas (Doubles from $179, Wynn Las Vegas), say your vows at the Primrose Courtyard, the only private outdoor venue on the Strip, or at Tryst Nightclub, near the lagoon and 90-food waterfall.
Insider tip: For an extra $70, the hotel will webcast your big day and host it online for a month.
Why here: The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. Parks galore. Amazing Instagram pictures are guaranteed!
Where to wed: Weylin B. Seymour's's a 19th-century bank, has reinvented itself as the wedding spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn's hippest nabe. A top planner like Jung Lee of Fête will design your party, set under a glorious 110-foot-high frescoed dome.
Insider tip: Photos at Brooklyn Bridge Park, with views of the skyline and the bridge, are a must. Just keep in mind couples need a permit to take wedding pics there.
Why here: With its candy-colored buildings and cobblestone streets, Old San Juan is a portal into the past. Best part: The only wedding requirements you have to follow are your home state's.
Where to wed: Walk the aisle at Fort Sand Cristóbal, a 16th-century fortress with ocean views. Then transport guests in open-air trolleys to Hotel El Convento (Doubles from $180, Hotel El Convento) to party in a Spanish-style ballroom with stained-glass windows.
Insider tip: For favors, give out bags of coffee from local shop Cuatro Sombras.
Why here: The romance quotient is higher than the Eiffel Tower; this year, couples nearly collapsed a bridge by putting love locks on it to celebrate commitment.
Where to wed: Book a bash at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris (Doubles from $1,000, Raffles) and a Michelin-starred chef will whip up your wedding feast while "the Picasso of Pastries" does your desserts.
Insider tip: French laws require couples to reside in the country for 40 days before making it legal, so have a civil ceremony back home before celebrating in the City of Light.