With friends and family scattered all over the country, your wedding is going to be a destination for some â€“ or even most â€“ of your guests. Why not plan your day in a city everyone would want to visit even if you weren’t getting married? Check out three of my favorite wedding cities.
1. Sedona â€“ Best destination for wedding photos. Towering red rock formations contrast against a deep blue sky to make for awe-inspiring outdoor ceremony sites and phenomenal photo-ops. Sedona is perfect for nature-lovers and spiritual seekers â€“ free spirits are welcome â€“ and also for guests who enjoy active vacations. Hiking,white-water rafting, rock-climbing, horseback riding â€“ and a number of day-spas â€“ are within easy reach. Sedona is sure to please all ages and interests.
2. Santa Barbara â€“ As close to Europe as you can get, in California. Some visitors compare Santa Barbara to Monaco, and it does have that wealthy coastal European vibe from a distance. Up close though, it’s more of a sandal and sundress town, with quirky family-owned shops next to chic wine bistros, and run-down Victorian homes blocks away from newly-minted Spanish-style hotels. Santa Barbara weddings are pricey, but you can cut costs byhaving your ceremony on the lawn of the beautiful Santa Barbara County Courthouse for just a$625 site fee. Then, head over to the Canary Hotel’s rooftop for a reception with a view of the city and sea.
3. Las Vegas â€“ When you want to put the â€œpartyâ€ in “wedding party,” think of Vegas from your guests’ perspectives. Hotel rates are constantly discounted, automatically giving them better value for their dollar, and even Grandma can find a cozy chair in front of the slots. Cutting costs in Sin City is easy, and a little research pays off big time. Most resorts offer discounts for Sunday or weekday weddings, which can save you a few hundred dollars. Considering room rates also drop on those days, having a mid-week wedding is the easiest way to keep prices down for the entire wedding party â€“ as long as your guests can skip work for a few days.