One thing's for sure—this country knows how to celebrate. From chardonnay-and-cab bashes in Cali to gourmet grits and gospel in the South, join us as we road-trip across the nation's wedding landscape, one rollicking region at a time.

• With almost 3,400 wineries, 840 miles of coastline, eight national parks, and more than its share of sunshine, the Golden State has a well-earned rep as a big-day dream spot.

• Hoping for an outdoor wedding in January? Fantasizing about saying "I do" under a giant redwood? Anything's possible in Hollywood's home state.

• Hot Locale: LAGUNA BEACH
When you live in an ocean town where the sun is almost always shining, you'd better believe you're marrying outdoors. Instead of getting hitched on the beach, many Laguna couples wed on a hotel deck by the sea. During a sand ceremony, two containers of colored grains are poured into one, symbolizing the merging of two lives.

Photo by Tanja Lippert Photography