Looking for that perfect destination wedding location? Have you thought about a domestic destination wedding – a place where you’ll speak the language, have no customs rules or fees to worry about, your guests won’t even need a passport, and of course, you can legally wed at the ceremony without international restrictions. Sounds like a great idea to me! But where? Today we’re taking a look at some of our favorite cities for a destination wedding within the U.S.
How about LaLaLand?! That’s right, Los Angeles is home not only to beautiful beaches, great weather year round, and your favorite celebrities, it also has an amazing wedding community waiting to produce your Oscar-worthy red (or white) carpet moment. Consider downtown as a modern twist on a Hollywood classic. It has a fantastic foodie scene, is walking distance to many of the iconic landmarks and attractions you’ll want to see and do, and of course, is home to the Omni Los Angeles Hotel, perfect for a fabulous city chic west coast wedding.
If you head just two hours south, you’ll find yourself in sunny San Diego! Minutes from Mexico (if your guests did want to venture into international waters for a day or two of their travels), San Diego is known for its tourism and hospitality, making it a great place for a destination wedding. If you enjoy the outdoors, then you’ll love the hiking trails, golf courses, beach, and active lifestyle in this city. And after a long day of play, San Diego has some of the most spectacular spas too. Omni La Costa Resort & Spa is among the finest, and suits a wedding party with oodles of guests in case this big day is an extra big one.
If you or your fiancé are sports fans, then consider Boston or Chicago for plenty of groom-centric before and after wedding day activities. Take in a game with your group, whether baseball, basketball, or even hockey to kick off the wedding weekend. And enjoy views and activities out on the water in both cities. In Chicago, you can get a downtown experience on the magnificent mile at the all-suite Omni Chicago Hotel, whereas in Boston, you’ll fall in love with the rich history at the classic downtown Omni Parker House, along the Freedom Trail and complete with 160 years of stories within its walls.
Austin is another destination becoming increasingly popular for social travel thanks to its booming music, food and nightlife scenes. If you love a laidback party with great tunes, craft cocktails and specialty bites, then consider this city on a lake in Texas as home for your nuptials. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa is rural luxury set in the Hill Country just outside of Austin, or if you prefer a cityscape, then check out Omni Austin Hotel Downtown and to land in the center of it all, enjoy the entertainment and sites at the Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark.
For the most popular stateside destination wedding location, say “I do” to the warm weather of Florida. Orlando is one of the easier cities to travel to in the state, a quick trip for many southern families and of course, very family friendly once you arrive. If you’re a Disney fan or enjoy a theme park or two, then the kids at your wedding and the kid in you will love the greater Orlando area activities. But weddings in Orlando aren’t all characters and cartoons; you can enjoy a lavish reception overlooking a golf course at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate and save the character sightings for another day.
No matter where you wed in the U.S., you’ll be happy you did thanks to the ease of planning along the way and the opportunity to experience a semi-local city you and your guests may not have explored before!
Harmony Walton is the founder of The Bridal Bar and host of Bridal Bar Radio on iHeartRadio. Harmony also expanded the brand into her passion of destination weddings with Jet Fete, a destination weddings and honeymoons blogsite dedicated exclusively to weddings abroad and romance travel. Her company has been recognized around the world as a trendsetter in weddings and featured in 100+ media outlets, including The Associated Press, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, and many more.