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 first feature of a two-part series (see part two here), we’re focusing on the western part of the United States — think gorgeous ocean views in California, mountainous backdrops in Colorado, and more. There are endless perfect spots for destination weddings in the US — that don’t require you to pack your passport.
Say “I do” in paradise. The pristine sandy beaches and dramatic Pacific views at Montage Kapalua Bay offer an unforgettable backdrop for your destination wedding. Consider hosting a reception under an airy linen tent glittering with candle-lit chandeliers and twinkling string lights. We also love how this couple brought in fire dancers, a staple of Maui entertainment, to their beachfront wedding. We love how Montage Kapalua Bay’s premier catering team is there to help you create a personalized menu that includes everything from local pupus appetizers to custom wedding cakes. For post-wedding activities, staff can assist you in booking memorable activities such as snorkeling or horseback riding in Maui’s picturesque pineapple fields. Mix and match six beautiful indoor and outdoor event spaces to customize each event in your celebration.
Sunset Room Capacity: 60 (seated) – 125 (standing)
Point Lawn Capacity: 260 (seated) – 500 (standing)
Pacific Lawn Capacity: 200 (seated) – 600 (standing)
When we think of Hawaii, we often think of sprawling ocean views. Of course, locals know that some of the most beautiful scenery is farther inland. This landmark property rooted in Maui’s sugar cane industry boasts vine-draped ruins and French-inspired décor. Lush natural greenery brought a secret-garden vibe to this rustic outdoor wedding, while the twinkling lights at this floral-themed wedding set the scene for a real-life fairytale celebration. We appreciate this spot’s natural, tropical beauty.
Haiku Mill Capacity: 100 (seated) – 100 (standing)
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
The Santa Barbara Historical Museum, located in Santa Barbara’s historic district, boasts the greenery, ornate fountains, and red roofs so quintessential of Spanish-California style architecture. Couples can celebrate their wedding on two interconnected courtyards with lush landscaping and romantic fountains. We love how this vibrant Santa Barbara wedding added bright floral arrangements that popped against the verdant greenery.
Adobe Courtyard Capacity: 175 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Museum Courtyard Capacity: 450 (seated) – 450 (standing)
NAPA & SONOMA VALLEYS, CALIFORNIA
Wine country beckons at this village-within-a-village nestled on 22 verdant acres. Couples can choose between a variety of locations with distinct aesthetics. From chic farmhouse to terraced gardens, the options are limitless at The Estate Yountville. Couples can even exchange vows in between the grape-laden vines. We love how this couple lined their ceremony aisle with pampas grass to complement the vibrant colors of the surrounding vineyards. This rustic chic wedding indulged in vivid sunset-skies with a clear tent propped on the lawn pavilion. Emerald-green grass became lush, organic flooring. Guests will want to linger long after the wedding to take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles and daily air balloon launch.
The Estate Yountville Capacity: 400 (seated) – 700 (standing)
There’s more to wine country than meets the eye — but there’s also plenty of eye-pleasing beauty, especially at Viansa Sonoma. The spot offers panoramic views of both its world-renowned vineyards and its 97 acres of coastal wetlands. This stunning property boasts rolling hills, an ivy-covered courtyard, and a romantic wine cellar. Sculpted trees dramatically frame the sweeping scenery at stunning events like this fuschia-and-white wedding. With multiple indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from and tons of picture-perfect spots that your photographer will thank you for, we love Viansa Sonoma for its natural beauty.
Viansa Sonoma Capacity: 400 (standing)
Host a romantic wedding at an elegant country estate situated among 33 acres of olive groves. In addition to gorgeous views, guests can expect five-star accommodations and a Michelin Star-rated culinary program. Wedding ceremonies at Auberge du Soleil also include the use of hand-held white shade parasols. We love how these parasols match the petal-strewn ceremony aisle at this modern outdoor wedding.
Auberge du Soleil Capacity: 120 (seated) – 120 (standing)
Situated on 220 oak-studded acres within a rare coastal valley, this iconic hotel offers a myriad of luxurious settings for your wedding celebration. The Hacienda Courtyard features stunning views of Ojai Valley and the Topa Topa mountains. The Orchard Garden, with its fruit trees and vine-covered pergola, is always picturesque. This couple opted for a tented celebration on the Artist Cottage Lawn with impressive views of the surrounding mountains.
Ojai Valley Inn Capacity: 350 (seated) – 600 (standing)
Choose between flowering gardens, elegant salons, or magnificent ballrooms at this AAA Five Diamond resort. Ceremonies on the Orchid Lawn are particularly resplendent with views of the Orchid Waterfalls. For an indigenous desert vibe, exchange vows at Canyon Lawn. For a truly majestic setting, Canyon Patio features impressive views of Camelback Mountain and a glittering waterfall. The spot also boasts two massive ballrooms for celebrations for up to 1,000 guests.
Canyon Patio Capacity: up to 60
Orchid Lawn Capacity: up to 250
Canyon Lawn Capacity: up to 300
Let the sweeping Sonoran Desert be the setting for your lavish destination wedding. Saguaro cacti, awe-inspiring mountains, and landscaped gardens bring timeless romance to every celebration, regardless of theme. With world-class golf outings and luxurious spas, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess also offers plenty of activities to keep your wedding party and guests entertained over the whole weekend.
Princess Ballroom Capacity: 1,980 (seated) – 2,400 (standing)
Palomino Ballroom Capacity: 1,940 (seated) – 2,350 (standing)
PARK CITY, UTAH
With ski-in/ski-out access to this elite ski resort, Montage Deer Valley offers a one-of-a-kind destination wedding experience. Ceremonies on the Grand Lawn offer riveting 180-degree views of the Uinta Mountain Range. Vista Lounge and Terrace, located on the sixth floor of the resort, provides a bird’s-eye view of expansive mountain range. Even the ballrooms come equipped with breathtaking terraces. For a unique first-look, consider posing at the ski lifts.
Montage Deer Valley Capacity: up to 450
The St. Regis Deer Valley, located in the Lower Deer Valley of Park City, offers AAA Five Diamond accommodations. Ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet, and a private ski beach turn winter celebrations into adventurous affairs. Ceremonies on The Grand Lawn are picturesque with dramatic views of the Wasatch Mountains. Astor Terrace is the ideal setting for a clear tented celebration that allows guests to indulge in the natural light and twilight vistas. With more than eight spaces to choose from, this resort offers beautiful flexibility.
The Grand Lawn Capacity: 200 (seated) – 250 (standing)
Astor Ballroom Capacity: 230 (seated) – 295 (standing)
While engaged couples may only have eyes for each other, this Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel offers some of the most magnificent views in the entire state of Colorado. The Little Nell Wedding Deck rises three miles above Aspen, surrounded by the Elk Mountain Range. This luxurious hotel also offers exclusive access to places like the Sundeck, situated at a magnificent 11,212 feet. We especially love the sparkler exit at this destination wedding high up in the clouds.
The Little Nell Capacity: 300 (seated) – 500 (standing)
BIG SKY, MONTANA
Sweeping mountain views, abundant wildlife, and adventurous summer and winter activities make Big Sky Resort a favorite for outdoor enthusiasts. Couples will fall in love with the pristine landscape of this majestic resort. In addition to offering dramatic event spaces with incredible views, the resort provides on-site activities that go far beyond the usual wedding activities — think mountain biking or riding the Tram 11,166 feet in the air. Bridal parties will especially love Big Sky’s Solace Spa & Salon for some pre-wedding pampering.
The Peaks Capacity: 100 (seated) – 100 (standing)
The Lone Peak Pavilion Capacity: up to 200
The Huntley Dining Room Capacity: up to 300
JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
With Yellowstone National Park and the Teton Range at your doorstep, Snow King Resort combines rugged natural beauty with glamorous accommodations. Couples can choose to host a celebration in the Grand Teton Ballroom or venture out into the heart of Grand Teton National Park for a picturesque ceremony in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart. The National Museum of Wildlife Art, overlooking the National Elk Refuge, is another impressive venue in the vicinity.
Chapel of the Sacred Heart Capacity: up to 115
Grand Teton Ballroom Capacity: up to 350
National Museum of Wildlife Art Capacity: 130 (seated) – 500 (standing
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