Best Places To Stay In US Wedding Destination Towns

Say you're engaged and planning the next step. When choosing a location for a destination wedding, the U.S. is truly beautiful and offers many places to celebrate your big day. Imagine a quaint riverside setting, lush rose garden, sprawling shorelines, or elegant architecture of historic cities. Enhance your nuptials by holding your celebration in a location that expresses your passion and personality. Create memories of your big day with gorgeous views, sumptuous dishes, and picture-perfect accommodations. Imagine a glitzy and glamorous wedding in Las Vegas, a romantic setting in Hawaii, hot and trendy beaches in Miami, or basking in the sun on an Aspen mountain top. We have found some of the best places to stay in the United States.

No matter how intimate or grand you want your special day, there are top-notch resorts and boutique hotels to enhance both your and your guests' experience. Some locales host larger events and include full-service staff with on-site planners, caterers, entertainers, and concierges to coordinate every detail. Other venues offer smaller, more intimate weddings in stunning glades and gardens, exquisite wine cellars, historic libraries, or cozy parlors. All of these resorts and hotels provide spacious first-class luxury accommodations, gourmet cuisine, and unique indoor and outdoor venues. Each selection has character, charm, and beauty for you and your guests to enjoy your celebration. Come with us as we journey to our favorite places to stay for U.S. destinations weddings — from sea to shining sea.

Maui is no ka oi

Approaching the West Maui Kapalua airport, marvel at the scenic beauty of the Kapalua Resort and get ready to say aloha to the country's top-rated white-sand beach, Kapalua Beach, as per Hawaii Life. Merriman's Kapalua restaurant has three venues you can host your wedding: the lawn, Private Cabana, or inside the restaurant. A Maui Wedding Day says Chef Peter Merriman uses and promotes indigenous and local cuisine, allowing you to taste island-style dishes from the pupu (snack) platter to the keiki (kid's) menu, starting with local fruits and ending with a handmade ice cream cone.

Across the 22,000 lush acres, guests can stay at the revitalized Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, the Montage Kapalua Bay, or one of the 165 private and luxurious villas. The Montage boasts up to four-bedroom, 4,000 square feet residences with sweeping views of the Pacific. It also has a Hawaiian-themed spa, boutique, and upscale restaurants. The neighboring Ritz-Carlton has a luxurious oceanside pool with cabanas and six restaurants. Not only is it on the beach, but two golf courses surround it.

Find your hearts in San Francisco

The City by the Bay has hundreds of hotels, but none more lovely than the Taj Campton Place. Built in 1909, this historic San Francisco landmark mixes modern amenities and old-world charm. Intimate and elegant, your wedding will be the only one in the hotel, so you get personal service from talented event specialists. The staff offers several wedding packages that can be personalized for the event of a lifetime — all with their award-winning in-house catering. In the heart of downtown, and just a block from Union Square, the international feel of the hotel is expressed through the California and Indian-inspired cuisine. The eponymous restaurant is the only Indian-inspired Michelin-starred restaurant in the area.

Oyster loves how the hotel is just minutes from cable cars that travel the hills to Fisherman's Wharf, The Ferry Building, Nob Hill, and the so-called "crookedest" street in town, Lombard Street (via Fog City Secrets). With 101 rooms and nine suites, the plush accommodations have My Hotel Wedding raving about the unique style that feels European –  for example, the hotel offers a pillow menu for getting your beauty sleep. 

Get hitched in Oregon's City of Roses

Portland, whose motto is "Keep Portland Weird," is known as the hipster's paradise. A wedding in this eclectic city combines a love of great food and drink and an appreciation for natural beauty and fine art. In the inclusive Portland tradition, The Nines honors all unions in its 5-star location on Pioneer Square. With 331 romantically styled rooms, the downtown location overlooks the Willamette River and is only a few minutes' walk to the Portland Art Museum, and close to the photo-op-friendly International Rose Garden and Lan Su Chinese Garden.

U.S. News lists The Nines as one of its favorite wedding hotels thanks to its 18-foot ceilings and blown Italian glass chandeliers in its main ballroom. Arrange for your private ceremony and reception and share with your guests a creative culinary experience with award-winning celebrity Chef Gregory Gourdet, a "Top Chef" finalist. A selection of tables and linens, votive candles and centerpieces, butler-passed canapes, as well as discounted room rates for guests are included with every package. Plus, they have thoughtfully included all you need to prepare for the main event, from clothes steamers and sparkling wine or juice to artisan chocolates, a facility photography pass, and a food and beverage credit. 

Wedding bells in L'Auberge de Sedona

Peaceful, spiritual, and nestled in the colorful and red rocks on the banks of Oak Creek in Sedona lies the luxurious L'Auberge. While Sedona is about 30 miles from Flagstaff and 1.5 hours from Phoenix, it can feel like you're a thousand miles away from any hustle and or bustle. The rare and mesmerizing rock formations surround the 11 acres of natural beauty. Sedona Bride raves about the views from the Spirit Song Terrace, and after the ceremony, you can have a creekside reception or head to the Monet Ballroom Garden Lawn.

This pet-friendly hotel has a pool, two fine restaurants, a healing spa, and an experienced staff to coordinate your big day. Casey Green Weddings says L'Auberge is enchanting and has a charming collection of Creekside Cottages. You can also swirl a glass in the extensive award-winning Wine Cellar, where Arizona wines are included, or get centered at the spa's daily retreats. And after the reception, the wedding planners can arrange for your guests to ride in colorful hot air balloons,  helicopters, or ATVs, keeping them entertained after your nuptials.  

Have a mountaintop marriage

Nature and adventure lovers have long been drawn to the high-altitude town of Aspen, and The Little Nell is a wedding venue packed with mountaintop views. Take the gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain to the hotel's Wedding Deck, which sits 11,000 feet above sea level. Here Comes the Guide loves winter weddings at this venue thanks to the snowtopped Elk Mountains that create impressive photographs. Springtime brings blankets of colorful wildflowers to this setting. After the ceremony, start the party by hosting your friends and family at the exclusive, private AspenX Mountain Club.

Travel + Leisure touts the 2022 reopening following a complete refurbishment and renovation. There are six restaurants on site, including The Sundeck in Aspen, the largest option, hosting receptions for 500 people and meals for 200. The onsite wedding planners will work to create the event of your dreams and can tackle details like catered meals, pet snacks, and last-minute shoe needs. Winning the Wine Spectator Grand Award for over 20 years, its master sommeliers can create a masterful pairing menu for each of your wedding events. When ready to relax, all the suites and rooms have free mini-bars (no alcohol), cozy fireplaces, heated floors, and Bose Bluetooth speakers.

Get hitched in the Land of Enchantment

The serene beauty of Santa Fe draws thousands of couples to the high desert city each year. As one of the oldest cities in the nation and home to the oldest church, it's a wonderful wedding spot. One great place to get hitched here is the downtown Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi, which offers five wedding venues: The Library, The Living Room, The Wine Cellar, Anasazi Restaurant Bar & Lounge, and the Anasazi Suite Parlor. The Library has an elegant feel, and can accommodate a 50-guest ceremony and a 58-person reception (via WeddingRule). Built in the traditional Pueblo style, it features the traditional wood beam and viga ceilings with huge windows to let in the views and light. The restaurant can seat 100 and offers a Tequila tasting in addition to fresh New Mexican cuisine.

Rocky Mountain Bride says that all 58 rooms and six suites have modern Southwest decor and indoor-outdoor kiva fireplaces. The inn's experienced wedding specialists can bring your wedding dreams to reality. From romantic micro-weddings in their eight-seat Living Room to the 20-guest parlor, the inn offers full sound and light equipment, mouth-watering locally-sourced cuisine, and a staff who wants to make your day the best. Plus, the high desert town is steeped in history and art. With over 250 art galleries (per Santa Fe), hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and amazing restaurants, start your adventure at the Inn of the Anasazi.

Get lucky in love

Who doesn't look at those iconic fountains at the 4,000-room Bellagio when flying into Las Vegas? Walk down the aisle overlooking those choreographed waters if you want. The numerous wedding venues and reception spots in this iconic hotel are just as fab. Stepping through the botanic garden into the lobby topped with the Dale Chihuly glass flower installation, this place has it all. Get married with a few thousand of your nearest and dearest in the 45,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. Or plan the perfect elopement or micro wedding in its two chapels — the terrace Terrazza di Sogno or the picturesque Fountain Courtyard.

Cactus Collective Weddings says the Bellagio is right in the center of the action on the Las Vegas Strip, and can arrange weddings and receptions for all budgets and styles. Plus, it's a great honeymoon spot. After the nuptials, relax with a private poolside cabana in the full-service spa and salon area, which comes with a personal server for a luxurious experience. 

Wed in the birthplace of jazz

Towering 34 floors over New Orleans, the Four Seasons sits on the mighty Mississippi River between the trendy Warehouse District and the world-famous French Quarter. Opened in 2021, this 341-room hotel has all the magic your Big Easy wedding deserves. Not just the run-of-the-gin-mill wedding, this experienced team of planners and hosts can take care of all the details, from booking babysitters to private jets. New Orleans Magazine loves the open-style design of the modern ballrooms, so no columns or supports block the riverside view. The contemporary landmark offers open decks on the 33rd and 34th floors in addition to two ballrooms in the 11 indoor and ground-level outdoor venues.

With three customizable wedding packages, you can treat your guests to a rich and vibrant New Orleans experience. Its talented staff can arrange a private concert at the famous Preservation Hall, book jazz lessons, an elite chef tour of the city, or a "Streetcar Named Desire" tour. Plus, three executive chefs each have their restaurants on-site, each with a unique take on NOLA cuisine.

Toss a garter at Wentworth Mansion

If you're looking to give your guests a heaping helping of Southern hospitality, look no further than Charleston's grandest home, The Wentworth MansionHistoric Hotels of America lists the Wentworth in the top 25 landmark hotels to have a romantic proposal. Adorned in romantic Empire-style furnishings, the interior has a classical French design from the early 19th century interpreted by American craftsmen (via LoveToKnow). A winner of the Conde Nast 2022 Readers' Choice Awards, the boutique hotel's 21 rooms are unique. Some have balconies, deep whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, and original Tiffany glass windows. 

This landmark property is right in the center of downtown Charleston, and its expert planners can take care of brunches, cocktail receptions, and elopements with its complete packages with massages and exclusive access to their rooftop cupola. After the ceremony, host up to 40 guests in The Tack Room at Circa 1886, which is one of Charleson's most romantic spots (via U.S.A. Today). The farm-to-table restaurant is executive chef Marc Collins's homage to Charleston's authentic Lowcountry cuisine.

Unlock love in Key West

The most beautiful aqua water in the Southernmost point in the contiguous U.S. beacons like the sound of a conch at sunset. Nicknamed The Conch Republic, this Floribbean town has architecture and aesthetics. And right at the intersection of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico is the Ocean Key Resort & Spa. Wonderdog Studios says this is one of the best places for nuptials in Key West, and recommends its 4,000 square-foot Sunset Pier for a reception overlooking the aqua water. Its wedding planners can arrange a ceremony fit for a mermaid, including a suite for getting the wedding party glammed up.

With numerous awards and accolades, Limelight Photography says this is Key West's most exclusive wedding destination. All the packages include a choice of two upgrades, including butler-passed beverages at your reception and an extra hour of hors d'oeuvre service, drink service, or upgraded linens. Wedding packages include choices of over 20 appetizers, and then plated buffet, family-style, or numerous dinner station service. While all bars have beer, wine, soft drinks, and a champagne toast, enhance your experience with one of 10 sumptuous cocktail bars. Afterward, don't forget a take your sweetie for a ride on one of the Key's pedicabs.

A big day in the Big Apple

In the City that Never Sleeps, you'll be happy to rest your head on a plush sateen pillow at The Beekman Hotel. Right in Manhattan, the opulent hotel boasts curated furnishings, exquisite dining, and complete wedding packages. For all your event needs, the event planners have connections with the city's premier vendors. Combining the elegant and eclectic, each event includes candles, menu cards, fancy linens, and upgraded room block reservations. The cherry on top is "Top Chef" judge and world-renowned chef Tom Colicchio can create a paired menu to astonish your eyes and palate.

Susan Stripling says stepping into The Beekman Hotel is like stepping back in time. The oft-photographed wrought iron and glass nine-story atrium, the marble lobby, and the intrinsic beauty of the art and architecture make this one of her favorite photos stops in the city. Giving a nod to nostalgia without being kitsch, ReadyLuck recommends this venue for intimate ceremonies and 90-guest weddings. Stay in one of its turret penthouses, and host guests on your private rooftop terrace overlooking the nearby Brooklyn Bridge or Woolworth Theater. 

This resort is Nantasket

A short ferry ride from Boston, Nantasket Beach Resort is a beachside hotel great for any kind of wedding. Located on three miles of Atlantic Ocean shoreline, this classic Northeastern resort is set to host all sorts of celebrations. From a casual gathering or cocktail party overlooking the sea on its sunny rooftop deck to the three ballrooms offering 10,000 square feet of customizable rooms, its venues can host up to 225 guests. If you want even more scenic beauty, take advantage of its new, heated 1,800-square-foot Nantasket Tent outdoor pavilion. 

Premier Bride loves the expansive ocean views from the Nantasket Beach Resort. The catering menu includes an extensive choice of four-course meals, highlighted by savory hors d'oeuvre, duets of seafood and steak, and dessert stations. The 108-room resort offers oceanfront, oceanview, and balcony accommodations. All rooms have amenities like high-thread-count sheets, gas fireplaces, kitchen appliances, and premium coffee and tea. Aside from the beach, there is a fitness center, a brand new spa called Salt, and a pool and spa with a retractable roof.

Start anew in Newport

Set on the Atlantic's Narragansett Bay, the Castle Hill Inn provides a picturesque setting for weddings with up to 400 guests. With four distinct venue choices on 40 acres, the inn can arrange for everything to make your special day effortless. The Lawn is a large oceanside space for weddings and receptions. Or enjoy the seaside view from The Chalet Terrace, which features a dancefloor and elegant chandeliers inside a unique Sperry tent. Or perhaps the staff can arrange for a sunset wedding at The Lighthouse, where smaller groups can gather by the rugged shoreline adjacent a working lighthouse. Photographer Erin McGinn says the inn is one of her top choices because of all the diverse beauty. 

Its experienced staff can not only see to your nuptials but activities for your wedding party and guests. Make sure to tour the nearby incredible mansions, including the Vanderbilt's 70-room summer "cottage," The Breakers (via Newport Mansions). Sail on the bay, get messy at a clambake, or enjoy a beverage and a relaxing game of bocce ball at the inn. Get pampered at the spa, or walk down to Grace Kelly Beach, where the movie star spent time while filming 1956's "High Society."

Say 'I do' on the Atlantic

The coast of Maine offers quaint towns, expansive coastlines, beautiful lighthouses, and delectable seafood. The Cape Arundel Inn And Resort is Kennebunkport's preferred venue for classic, elegant, and intimate weddings. Surrounded by mansions, this exclusive resort looks upon former President Bush's compound. Guaranteed to delight, a ceremony surrounded by unparalleled views, the Atlantic Ocean can be your something blue. Your guests will appreciate the variety of accommodations. From a spacious suite in the Main House or a room in the vintage Club House, the event staff will cater to your every wish. 

Spend an afternoon relaxing with your party surrounded by Maine's scenery on what New England Today names its favorite porch in Maine. Winner of numerous Conde Nast Reader's Choice awards, this resort is a romantic place to start your forever together. And after you say "I do," let its event managers arrange kayaking, bicycling, painting, and lawn games for your guests to be entertained for the weekend.