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What is a Destination Wedding?

A  destination wedding is known by many things:  location wedding, eloping, elopement wedding, and weddingmoon (get it, wedding plus honeymoon all at once?)  You can really make a destination wedding anything you want, from a simple eloping ceremony between the two of you, to a small ceremony in a romantic destination with family and a few friends, to a more elaborate, large destination wedding with extended family and many friends. 

Where are the best places to get married? 

Again, that's the beauty of eloping or having a destination wedding - it's what suits you.  You might be the type who love beach weddings, or Fall weddings in New England, or weddings on the top of a ski slope in Colorado.

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LocationWeddings.net is here to give you ideas on where to tie the knot.

You might want to have your destination wedding in a location which has appeared on "best of" lists.

"Best Places to Get Married" according to an MSN "best of" series:

Central Park - New York, N.Y.
Chapel of Love - Bloomington, Minn.
Columbia Gorge Hotel - Hood River Oregon
Disneyland - Anaheim, Calif.
Empire State Building - New York, N.Y.
Graceland Wedding Chapel - Las Vegas
Little Church of the West Wedding Chapel - Las Vegas, Nev.
Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco.
Philadelphia Zoo - Philadelphia, Pa.
Westin Beach Resort - Key Largo Fla.

For those looking to have a "weddingmoon" (eloping), you might want to look at places which have topped honeymoon lists:

Top 10 List on the Ten Best Honeymoon Destinations Around the World, according to National Geographic

1. Paris, France
2. Rome, Italy
3. Venice, Italy
4. Bahamas
5. Florence, Italy
6. Sydney, Australia
7. London, England
8. Tahiti
9. French Riviera
10. Fiji


Top 10 List on the Ten Best U.S. Honeymoon Destinations, according to National Geographic:

1. Hawaii
2. New York City
3. San Francisco
4. Miami
5. Las Vegas
6. New Orleans
7. Aspen
8. Lake Tahoe
9. Martha's Vineyard
10. Napa Valley


We at LocationWeddings.net have our own lists, one of which is our "Top 5 Beach Wedding Locations"

1. Cancun - Mexico
2. Mount Desert Island - Maine
3. Cape Breton - Nova Scotia
4. Vancouver Island - British Columbia
5. St. Thomas - US Virgin Islands




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California Winery Weddings

Thinking of a California winery wedding? Well, then you have a problem. A big problem. Why? Because there are so many wonderful winery destinations in California choose from!  Read our page on California Winery Weddings and discover great wineries for your wedding in such great wine regions as Nap, Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Temecula.  Read more

Weddings in Costa Rica

When you think of a wedding in Costa Rica you probably think of beautiful beaches and romance. And you would be right. With almost two thirds of Costa Rica's borders consisting of coastline, Costa Rica is the perfect place for a beach wedding. But what you probably don't know is all the other wonderful activities available in Costa Rica. You and your partner (and guests, if you have them) will have a honeymoon filled with adventure. Read more at Weddings in Costa Rica


Eloping 101

Why spend a fortune on a wedding that's only stressing you out? Take a small, intimate destination wedding just the two of you. That's right - elope! Find out why eloping is a great idea for you, and top places you might want to consider eloping to. Read more at Eloping 101.


Texas Wedding Locations

Texas has many wonderful destination wedding locations, from Victorian mansions in Austin, to yacht weddings in the Houston area. Where are some of the best spots to tie the knot in Texas? Read more at Texas Wedding Locations.


Florida Destination Weddings

Outside of Las Vegas, Florida is probably one of the most popular destinations for couples considering a destination wedding.

Why? Location, location, location, with some of the finest beaches and views in the United States. Below are just a few of the wonderful wedding venues to be found in Florida, from grand destination wedding resorts to more modest elopement venues, to downright inexpensive, basic beach weddings. Read more at Florida Weddings


Wedding Locations in South Carolina

From stunning beaches to beautiful waterfalls to historic B&Bs - South Carolina is a beautiful place to have a destination wedding. There are five areas of South Carolina you'll want to consider for your wedding. Read more at South Carolina Weddings.


Wedding Locations in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states, bordered on the north by New Hampshire and Vermont; on the west by New York; on the south by Connecticut and Rhode Island; and on the east by the Atlantic Ocean. It's also a popular place for destination weddings. Plan a wedding on a boat, in a lighthouse, a quaint B&B, or a luxury resort. Read more at Massachusetts Weddings.