Getting married far from home is becoming more and more popular these days, and with good reason. It’s less stressful (and sometimes cheaper) to get a small gathering of friends and family for a mini-vacay somewhere authentic and fun than to go through the hassle of planning a big and costly wedding at home.
These 5 domestic locations offer plenty of diversity for the beach-bound duo, outdoorsy couples who love the mountains and family members who demand a high level of hospitality.
Bar Harbor, Maine
Surrounded by rugged coastline and sandy beaches this destination comes with the perfect backdrop. Maine’s breathtaking waterfront is known for its iconic lighthouses and colorful weather changing scenery. Bar Harbor is the epitome of seaside chic with an undeniable American flair to incorporate into your wedding theme. Serve up fresh lobster, host a pre-wedding clambake or skip the traditional cake for some homemade blueberry pie.
Sea Island, Georgia
With its turquoise colored waters and pristine beaches, Sea Island feels like a Caribbean, dream only without all the tourist traps cramping your wedding style. The oceanfront setting lies on five miles of private beach and couldn’t be a more romantic spot to exchange wedding vows. In addition to the world-class fare and amenities offered here, this tiny retreat has plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy, including golfing, horseback riding, boating, fishing and more.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
This picturesque, car-free island is wedged between Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas near where Lakes Michigan and Huron meet. The island is full of charm, starting with the fact that you’ll need to rent a bike or hire a horse and buggy to get around. Mackinac Island is a National Historic Landmark known for its historic Victorian feel but there are so many unique venue styles to choose from.
San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is known as the gateway to the Southwest and offers numerous wedding venue options from historic missions to modern day hotel ballrooms. Rich Mexican and Spanish influences make weddings in San Antonio unlike other locations. You’ll get all the sophistication and style, along with that infamous Southern hospitality.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Located in the northwest corner of Washington State, the San Juan Islands are a cluster of low key, forested islands dotted with cow pastures and quiet villages. Though it is an eco-tourist hotspot the islands themselves have only recently been developed for tourism and remain a well kept secret to most. The laid-back tranquility of island life and rustic Victorian chapels are perfect for wedding ceremonies.