Destination Wedding Spots Around the World
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Hilton Head, SC
Why here? You can have an island wedding without leaving the country.
Sweet spot: Get your party started during the ferry ride from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie Island Resort & Breathe Spa, as dolphins dance in your wake. Relax with a mint julep on the veranda of the antebellum-style Island House or with a treatment at the Breathe Spa. Whether you wed in the oceanfront gazebo or in the First Union African Baptist Church down the road, you'll have an event steeped in Southern tradition. Doubles from $229, March through October; weddings from $3,035; 800-960-9089 or daufuskieislandresort.com.
Fact file: One-day residency requirement; fees from $50. Contact Beaufort County Probate Court at 843-470-5319 or bcgov.net.
Las Vegas, NV
Why here? The original Elopementville offers a world of nuptial locations.
Sweet spot: For vows with a Vegas view, set your ceremony in the natural amphitheater at Whiskey Beach, the eight-acre "backyard" at Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa. This desert hideout, perched high above the glittering Strip, is a playland for wedding parties, with casinos, a golf course, and spa treatments so good, celebs 'copter in for them. Doubles from $149, year-round; weddings from $1,700; 866-782-9487 or greenvalleyranchresort.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement; fees from $55. Contact Clark County Marriage Bureau at 702-455-4415 or co.clark.nv.us/clerk/Marriage_Information.htm.
Napa Valley, CA
Why here? Plan a vineyard reception with homegrown champagne toasts.
Sweet spot: Exchange rings under the redwoods at Meadowood Napa Valley, then mark the moment with some of the finest food and wine in America. This lush haven offers a full menu of activities for weekend nuptials: golf, biking, croquet, vino tastings, and hot-air balloon rides. Doubles from $625, April through November; weddings from $1,000; 800-458-8080 or meadowood.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement; fees from $70. Contact Napa County Recorder-Clerk at 707-253-4247 or co.napa.ca.us/living.
New Orleans, LA
Why here? Two words: Cajun buffet.
Sweet spot: Indulge your Southern fantasies at the Columns Hotel, one of the mansions lining St. Charles Avenue. (Book all 20 rooms and you can pretend it's your ancestral home.) Marry on the airy front porch, dine on Creole-inspired cuisine, then send your dear ones off the next day with a jumping jazz brunch. Doubles from $120, including breakfast, year-round; weddings from $500; 800-445-9308 or thecolumns.com..
Fact file: Three-day residency requirement (can be waived by officiant); fees from $28. Contact Orleans Parish Marriage License Office at 800-454-9570.
Why here? With theme parks aplenty, this town offers dreams by the dozen.
Sweet spot: Walt Disney World's nuptial jewel is the Wedding Pavilion, located on a private isle beside Disney's divine Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. (We love the separate "bride" and "groom" dressing areas.) Cinematic touches include arrival by horse-drawn coach, a castle-topped cake, and Mickey popping in to kiss the bride. Doubles from $475, February through April; weddings from $3,000; 321-939-4623 or disneyweddings.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement; fees from $94. Contact Orange County Clerk of Courts at 407-836-2067 or orangeclerk.onetgov.net.
Why here? Love can't take you higher than this charming village in the Rockies.
Sweet spot: The Inn at Lost Creek is a cozy home base for mid-mountain nuptials. Take a gondola to the top for a scenic first-kiss photo, then return to the hotel for a crackling fire, an elegant celebration, and, finally, some one-on-one hot-tub time. Doubles from $415, January through April; weddings from $500; 888-601-5678 or innatlostcreek.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement; fees from $10. Contact San Miguel County Clerk at 970-728-3954 or sanmiguelcounty.org/clerk.