Top 3 Wedding Destinations

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Top 3 Wedding Destinations in the United States 

I am sure you have heard about the term “destination wedding,” and you may be asking yourself, what does that mean?  Destination weddings are held in a vacation location away from the couple’s hometown and are popular among couples and their guests for many reasons. They allow you to exchange your vows in an exciting and picturesque, beautiful location, and sometimes even save money in the process! Here are three of the most popular wedding destinations in the United States. 

Number One: Hawaii

Aloha means more than just “hello”—in Hawaii. The “Aloha Spirit” is a way of life that encompasses a friendly, welcoming attitude. There is a reason why these islands make such an irresistible destination: a Hawaiian wedding is effortlessly steeped in natural beauty. From crystal-clear blue ocean waters and fiery lava flows to tall mountain peaks and crashing waterfalls. Aside from its breathtaking scenic beauty, the Aloha State is home to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet.  

The tropical state is a popular vacation destination, but there are so many ways to make it your own. Hawaii offers a bounty of opportunities for elegance, privacy, and intimacy, so you can enjoy your wedding with the people who matter most. Planning a wedding in Hawaii provides you with an abundance of fantastic venue options. Each island offers its unique hot spots and quiet areas, allowing you to choose the ideal setting for the ceremony you want, whether you prefer a party atmosphere on Waikiki or a tranquil ambiance in a Kauai rainforest.  

Getting married In Hawaii is big business. In the state of Hawaii, they have over 20,000 weddings per year! The good thing about Hawaiian weddings is that you can have it as small and intimate as the couples only or find a venue that can accommodate hundreds of guests. With so many options, the difficulty is figuring out which location is the right one for your special day.  

There are beautiful beaches on each island where ceremonies can occur with the purchase of a permit, but most do not have changing rooms, facilities, or a place to hold the reception. All beaches are public, so you cannot host a reception on the beach even if you wanted to. And in some cases, you cannot even put chairs on the sand for your guests. If you decide that you want a beach wedding, you will most likely have to find a different venue for the reception unless you decide on a private estate with beach access.  

Number Two: Napa Valley Wine Country

Located in one of California’s most beautiful locations, the Napa Valley is pristine and well-known for being a popular wedding destination. However, it is essential to note that most Napa Valley wineries cannot host a wedding due to the Winery Definition Ordinance (WDO) established in 1989. The WDO was put in place to protect the agricultural land by clearly specifying what sorts of activities were allowed and not allowed on the property. Only a few wineries are permitted to host weddings, as they were “grandfathered” in due to their pre-regulatory status.  

Wine and weddings go hand in hand, which makes any wine country an excellent choice. Plus, wedding venues surrounded by vineyards make such pretty locations for your big day. It’s the perfect blend between a garden and country wedding, and this comes with many benefits. The Napa Valley Wine Country is synonymous with luxury, class, and elegance, making it one of the United States’ finest regions for weddings. Napa Valley boasts vineyards that are stunning and aesthetically pleasing destinations with plenty of natural lighting for gorgeous wedding photographs.

Couples and guests alike enjoy the drinks that are both plentiful and delicious, keeping everyone happy and refreshed throughout your big day.  The romantic setting in relative privacy among the rows of grapes and grand buildings is hard to beat, especially at sunset.  Napa Valley offers divine cuisine, and since the area is mostly farmlands, you will be dining on the freshest fruits and veggies from nearby lands for your wedding.  A vineyard wedding in Napa Valley will have you feeling like you’re far away from it all. It’s a proper destination wedding without the expensive to travel abroad.  

Between the romantic setting and abundant flow of wine, you can’t go wrong with a wine country wedding in Napa Valley. Although we love exotic wine countries worldwide, Napa Valley has a special place in our hearts. Napa Valley is truly the perfect spot for any couple who wants the thrill of a destination wedding while remaining in the United States. Best of all, Napa Valley has some of the most luxurious and stylish wedding venues in the country. And delicious, award-winning wines!  

In Napa Valley, you can host your ceremony outdoors amid the rolling vineyards and then party inside grand vineyard estates. You can stay in Napa Valley for the honeymoon too. Whether you plan your wedding yourself or use a wedding planner, a wine country wedding is all about the senses and makes for a magical experience. If you need more reasons to love a wine country wedding in Napa Valley, look no further than the excellent properties available for weddings. We know you’ll fall in love with the Valley and the many dreamy wine country venues.  

Number Three: Florida

With a destination wedding in Florida, you and your guests are killing two birds with one stone. Orlando has so much going on that your guests can go off and do their own thing, and you can all get together for the occasional meal or activity. The other decision you have just fixed is your honeymoon. The day after you are married, you can get away to the coast or go and do something with your other half for a few days. A nice bit of intimate time together in a sub-tropical paradise. All this for probably less money than you would pay for your wedding at home.  

Florida is a top-rated wedding destination due to its excellent weather year-round. Florida is called the sunshine state for a good reason. There is a lot of sunshine and palm trees and places to enjoy the sun, such as the beaches, Disney World, Universal Studios, and other World-class theme parks. Florida offers warm winters and even warmer summers. The state has a sub-tropical climate, so there are many rain showers daily in the summer, but they usually build up in the afternoon and are gone as quickly as they arrive.   

Another great draw to Florida is that it is effortless to obtain your marriage license in Florida. If you decide on a destination wedding in Florida, you are in good company. Since it is such a popular destination, many have found it easy to get your marriage license from your closest courthouse a couple of days before your big day.   

One last factor that draws many to Florida is that it is a great place to stay for your honeymoon! Immediately after the wedding, you do not have to go very far. You have the option of leaving your guests to enjoy the theme parks and all the fun that Orlando has to offer, and you can drive off into the sunset for a romantic honeymoon. You can head to the gulf coast beaches, drive down to the famous Florida Keys, or even sail away on a Caribbean cruise from nearby Port Canaveral. It is all possible because you will already be in Florida.

About the author: Milestone Events Group is Northern California’s most experienced Wine Country Wedding Experts & largest event management company providing site selection services to multiple locations throughout Sonoma County. Over the past 7 years Milestone has helped hundreds of couples simplify the venue selection process by providing clarity, predictability and ultimately confidence for clients who work with them to evaluate wineries, ranches, and other locations for their private events. 

After the venue selection process is complete, Milestone is also available to help produce events in a stress reduced and highly professional manner. www.MilestoneEventsGroup.com 

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