Outdoor Spring Wedding
Scottsdale, Ariz., has an average of more than 300 days of sunshine yearly, so the odds are in your favour for a picture-perfect day. Getting married at sunset on a golf course with purple mountains glowing in the background is a spectacular way to walk down the aisle. The Hyatt at Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale offers fantastic views, delicious food and helpful staff. The resort has outdoor pools, hot tubs, waterfalls and a beach. hyattregencyscottsdale.com.
Scottsdale also offers wedding guests plenty of activities. They can hike nearby Camelback Mountain, shop at Scottsdale Fashion Square and take in Native American culture at the Heard Museum.
Florence is an over-the-top romantic city. There are endless museums, as well as spectacular backdrops for photos. It is an unusual city because it hosts stunning and historic locations for many religions. For instance, a Catholic wedding can be celebrated in one of the Renaissance churches, while a Jewish wedding can be held at the Moorish-influenced Great Synagogue of Florence, one of the prettiest in Europe.
The Lungarno Hotel Collection has a team that can arrange all the details, from the ceremony to the reception. They can also help with photography, floral design, music, accommodation, wedding party and a gala dinner. lungarnocollection.com
For the bride looking to create an elegant wedding, the Château de Challain located in the Loire Valley region of France will wow the imagination.
It is the venue of choice for any bride wishing to live out a fairy tale, as it appears to be straight out of a storybook.
The château can be rented out.
Host a wedding in the château, which provides fabulous accommodations and guests can sleep in an ornate canopy bed in a tower.
Hawaii might be one of the easiest places to plan a destination wedding. Many hotels have entire staffs devoted to planning weddings. The packages are all-inclusive and the resorts provide detailed websites, with photos of venues and menu choices.
Couples can tie the knot by waterfalls, the ocean, or in coconut groves at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, which is nestled on 12 hectares on the Kohala Coast of the Island of Hawaii. fairmont.com.
Another option is the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua in Maui. It offers wedding packages for intimate ceremonies of two to four people all the way up to big events for 500 people. ritzcarlton.com
Bridesmaids and Mermaids
Getting married at sea is fabulously romantic and a way to keep the party going for several days.
Holland America offers a plethora of options, ranging from a marriage ceremony on board to an exotic Caribbean island beach or even at the top of a majestic Alaskan glacier.
Packages include a personalized ceremony, flowers, a cake and a wedding certificate.
Co-ordinators will customize the couple’s special day according to their wishes. It’s an ideal way to extend the party and celebrate with families as well as the bridal party. hollandamerica.com