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Where to Have Dream Destination Weddings in the US in 2020: Part II

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photographer: Taylor Abeel Photography | venue: Cedar Lakes Estate | planner: ASE, Amanda Savory Events | floral design: Faye and Renee

Who says you have to leave the country for a spectacular multi-day destination wedding? From the pristine beaches of Hawaii to the glittering skyscrapers of New York City, America is home to a host of extraordinary locations that draw people from all over the world. We’ve gone from “sea to shining sea” to find some of the most picturesque settings for your one-of-a-kind domestic destination celebration.

In this second feature of a two-part series (see part one here), we’re taking you down south and out east — think the vibrant streets of New Orleans, pristine beaches in Palm Beach, and more. There are endless perfect spots for destination weddings in the US — that don’t require you to pack your passport.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

Hotel Monteleone

Hotel Monteleone
Hotel Monteleone | photographer: Art De Vie

With the French Quarter just steps away, this historic hotel is the perfect place to host your destination New Orleans wedding. Couples can choose from the opulence of the Queen Anne Ballroom with its ornate chandeliers to the rooftop Riverview Room with its stunning views. We love how this couple used both the iconic hotel and the picturesque French Quarter for their bridal party portraits. Don’t forget to remind guests to pay a visit to the Carousel Bar & Lounge where diners can enjoy a circus-style Merry-Go-Round, the only revolving bar in the city.

Queen Anne Ballroom Capacity: up to 225

Iberville Ballroom Capacity: up to 300

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Southern Hotel, Covington

Southern Hotel, Covington
Southern Hotel | photo courtesy of Southern Hotel Instagram

Go beyond Bourbon Street and discover the beauty of Lake Pontchartrain. Set amidst mineral springs and piney woods, this historic hotel first began hosting weddings in 1907. The mission-style boutique hotel features unique artwork by local artists and sumptuous furnishings.

With glittering chandeliers and classic pillars, Camellia Ballroom is an elegant setting for a stylish wedding celebration. The adjacent Courtyard features an ornate fountain and ivy-covered archways for an idyllic ceremony site. 

Camellia Sunroom Capacity: 55 (seated) – 70 (standing)

The Courtyard Capacity: up to 160

Camellia Ballroom Capacity: 140 (seated) – 225 (standing)

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum | photo courtesy of Musician's Hall of Fame

For most of us, Nashville is synonymous with country music. The Musicians Hall of Fame promises to literally set the stage for an epic destination wedding. This 13,000-square-foot space boasts built-in stages for unforgettable entertainment and museum tours for a unique interactive wedding activity. Guests will love posing for photos in front of the original instruments belonging to such legendary performers as The Beach Boys and Simon and Garfunkel.

Musicians Hall of Fame Capacity: up to 2,000

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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA

Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection

Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection
Mansion on Forsyth Park | photo courtesy of Mansion on Forsyth Park, Autograph Collection

Just steps away from the historic Forsyth Park and the city’s iconic cobblestone streets, Mansion on Forsyth is a luxurious setting for a Savannah wedding. Various gallery spaces provide a unique backdrop for first looks or family portraits. Couples will also love escaping for a few hours to Forsyth Park where Spanish moss and the park’s renowned fountain create a romantic scene that your photographer will love to capture. 

Marble Garden Courtyard Capacity: 80 (seated) – 100 (standing)

Viennese Ballroom Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)

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PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach

Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach | photographer: Suzanne Delawar Studios

Looking for a tropical vibe but closer to home? Palm Beach’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel consistently raises the bar in luxury accommodations. With a recent multi-million dollar renovation, the hotel continues to provide its world-renowned service in a stylish new setting. Hosting only one wedding at a time, the staff at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach are able to provide couples with their undivided attention. Outdoor weddings on the Pool Terrace offer views of Palm Beach’s most stunning beach. We love the sunset alfresco dining at this opulent wedding reception. For indoor receptions, the Royal Poinciana Ballroom boasts high coffered ceilings, Lalique chandeliers, and mirrored wall treatments. Regardless of setting, this lavish hotel promises to make your wedding dreams come true.

The Living Room Capacity: 100 (seated) – 275 (standing)

Royal Poinciana & Flagler Ballrooms Capacity: 300 (seated) – 300 (standing)

Pool Terrace Capacity: 300 (seated) – 400 (standing)

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The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach
The Breakers Palm Beach | photographer: KT Merry

The Breakers Palm Beach offers several settings for your destination wedding. Imagine an elegant garden party reception in a romantic courtyard or a lavish outdoor ceremony with the ocean as your backdrop. The Venitian Ballroom brings the magic indoors with crystal chandeliers, frescoed ceilings, and gilded mirrors. This vibrant tropical wedding took place in both indoor and outdoor settings, proving the perfect versatility of this seaside hotel.

The Gold Room Capacity: 85 (seated) – 250 (standing)

The Ocean Lawn Capacity: 100 (seated) – 500 (standing)

Venetian Ballroom Capacity: 300 (seated) – 550 (standing)

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CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Cannon Green

Cannon Green
Cannon Green | photographer: Emily Baucom Photography

Cannon Green, known as “a gathering common of uncommon spaces,” captures the historic elegance of Charleston. The Garden Room is built around the original façade of an 1840s Charleson single house. Step outdoors to The Courtyard and host a wedding celebration amidst palmettos, reflecting pools, and lavish greenery. A southern portico and live-planted wall offer the perfect place to add twinkling lights or innovative installations. We love how this elegant wedding brought the greenery indoors to the adjacent Trolley Room where lush greens were woven through the exposed trusses. Cannon Green’s event services team will cover everything from rentals to custom menus, so couples can enjoy a stress-free planning process.

The Garden Room Capacity: 70 (seated) – 125 (standing)

The Trolley Room Capacity: 150 (seated) – 225 (standing)

The Courtyard Capacity: 150 (seated) – 225 (standing)

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards | photographer: Branco Prata

The beauty of Tuscany is closer than you think. Imagine exchanging vows surrounded by the majestic Blue Ridge foothills. At Pippin Hill Farm, couples can indulge in both the natural beauty of the Monticello Wine Trail and the elegance of a distinguished boutique winery. Ceremonies on the manicured lawn are breathtaking affairs with pristine mountain views. The sprawling greenery affords plenty of space for unique wedding activities like putting greens or a beanbag toss. A weather-protected veranda with bistro lighting and candle-lit lanterns means winter weddings are just as spectacular. The winery Tasting Room boasts a Tuscan style wood-burning oven and custom bar crafted from a 400-year-old Cypress tree. Guests can savor artisanal local wines paired with fresh cuisine from Pippin Hill Farm’s heirloom garden. 

The Reserve Room Capacity: 60 (seated) – 75 (standing)

Ceremony Lawns Capacity: up to 200

The Granary Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)

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Montage Palmetto Bluff

Montage Palmetto Bluff
Montage Palmetto Bluff | photographer: fourteensixteen

The beauty of the Lowcountry awaits you at this romantic resort. Gas lamps and cobblestone streets take guests back in time, while moss-covered oaks and lagoon waterways create a scenic backdrop for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. For tented celebrations, Village Green features sprawling lawns overlooking the May River. The surrounding maritime forest of Sunrise Lawn offers a dreamy setting for an exchange of vows. Indoor ceremonies are just as stunning in the May River Chapel with its arched windows and picturesque steeple. For intimate receptions, Montage Palmetto Bluff boasts the Wine Cellar. With over 4,000 bottles and original artwork by local artists, this unique venue beckons travelers from across the country. Couples may even want to stay for their honeymoon and enjoy all that Lowcountry has to offer — think sunset cruises and horseback riding.

May River Chapel Capacity: 120 (seated) – 120 (standing)

Sommerset Chapel Capacity: 185 (seated) – 200 (standing)

Village Green Capacity: 500 (seated) – 500 (standing)

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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK

Rainbow Room

Rainbow Room
Rainbow Room | photographer: Fred Marcus Studio

Think beyond the beach or ski slopes for your romantic destination wedding. There’s no place on earth like New York City and no better way to experience it than by a celebration in the iconic Rainbow Room. With a grand debut in 1934, the Rainbow Room continues to draw distinguished guests from all over the world. This landmark space offers the New York skyline as your ceremonial backdrop; and with the city at their fingertips, couples can enjoy posing for photographs in front of New York’s most iconic monuments, just like at this elegant wedding. A rotating dance floor, inspired by the former Murray Roman Gardens on 42nd Street, offers guests a revolving view. Tiered seating and a shallow balcony for entertainers distinguish this exceptional venue from more traditional ballrooms. Executive Chef Mathew Woolf creates a curated menu that continues to lure guests back to the Rainbow Room year after year. 

Rainbow Room Capacity: 300 (seated) – 400 (standing)

Full Floor Buyout Capacity: 400 (seated) – 700 (standing)

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Carnegie Hall

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall | photographer: Jonathan Scott Studio

With views of Central Park and the New York skyline, world-renowned music hall Carnegie Hall is a premier venue for a luxurious wedding celebration. While the Weill Terrace is the perfect place to host an outdoor ceremony, the adjacent Weill Terrace Room is just as impressive with its soaring ceilings and dramatic catwalk overlooking the main floor. Couples looking to indulge in Carnegie Hall’s historic architecture will love the brass trim and hardwood paneling in the Rohatyn and Shoring Club Rooms. For an in-between cocktail hour, the Rose Museum is a unique space containing exhibits that chronicle the hall’s rich history. STARR Events specially curates a menu of seasonal and locally sourced ingredients for an exceptional dining experience.

Shoring Club Room Capacity: 50 (seated) – 79 (standing)

Rohatyn Room Capacity: 180 (seated) – 200 (standing)

Weill Terrace Room Capacity: 230 (seated) – 300 (standing)

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Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis

Cedar Lakes Estate, Port Jervis
Cedar Lakes Estate | photographer: Taylor Abeel Photography

We’ll always be a little nostalgic for childhood summer camp. Cedar Lakes Estate recreates the tranquility of bygone days in a paradise of surrounding mountains and tree-lined lakes. Boasting indoor and outdoor venues with sweeping views, this idyllic estate is both rustic and — unlike our childhood spots — elegant. Imagine an intimate Treehouse space with a wood-burning fireplace and outdoor deck tucked into the treetops. Ceremonies are always stunning affairs on The Mountaintop, a spacious lawn overlooking the Shawangunk Mountains. Move indoors afterward for a reception at The Barn. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows guarantee that the great outdoors is never far from view. Of course, the celebration doesn’t have to end with the reception. We love how these wedding guests enjoyed some of the fun activities that Cedar Lakes Estate has to offer, including canoeing and giant water rafts.

Treehouse Capacity: 100 (seated) – 500 (standing)

The Mountaintop Capacity: 500 (seated) – 500 (standing)

The Great Lawn Capacity: 500 (seated) – 1,000 (standing)

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Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, Montauk

Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, Montauk
Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa | photographer: Hannah Thomson

For a breathtaking oceanfront setting, head to the Hamptons. This upscale resort offers everything from a gorgeous private beach ceremony site to multi-level outdoor decks. Even indoor celebrations in the Spa Deck or Great Hall boast spectacular ocean views. We love how this couple took the celebration late into the night with a visit to the Regent Fire Pit. Guests roasted marshmallows as they sat around the campfire and enjoyed the ocean breeze.

Regent Fire Pit Capacity: up to 150

Great Hall Capacity: 216 (seated) – 300 (standing)

Spa Deck Capacity: 420 (seated) – 500 (standing)

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