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Home-Based Happily Ever Afters

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

Couples getting married at Pelican Hill receive a complimentary 2-bedroom Villa (usually a $795 rate) on their wedding night. Other accommodations on property vary and include 204 Bungalow guestrooms and suites (ranging from 847 sq. ft.-2,486 sq. ft) and 128 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom villas, ideal for families. Call for rates.

Contact: (800) 315-8214; pelicanhill.com

ojai valley inn & spa Farther north on California’s Central Coast, Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers an array of wedding experiences that make the most of the resort’s unique valley location. Trendsetter brides and grooms will love some of the Inn’s distinctive ceremony sites, which include a hillside herb garden filled to the brim with 65 herb varieties and 25 types of fruit trees, a 1920s Spanish colonial courtyard dotted with orange trees—ceremonies here can include a classical guitarist to add a touch of formality to the courtyard’s Old World charm—and the Big Red Barn, the resort’s working barn—just a mile from the Inn in horse country—which features a hayloft, saloon and adjoining paddock and can accommodate up to 200 boot-stomping guests. For a truly memorable entrance, brides and grooms can even ride up to the altar outfitted with matching Western saddles. The Inn can arrange custom activities for couples and their guests, including horseback riding, guided hiking and championship golf. The onsite Artist’s Cottage & Apothecary is available for pre-wedding art and potion-blending classes to create special gifts for the bride and groom.

Rates at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa range from $300-$600 per night, depending on the season.

Contact: (800) 422-6524; ojairesort.com

the kahala hotel & resort Few things are quite as romantic as a tropical wedding in Hawaii. With its lush vegetation, awe-inspiring volcanoes and crystal-clear blue oceans, this destination can satisfy any couple’s craving for the exotic—with no passport needed. At The Kahala Hotel & Resort, located on the island of Honolulu, couples can enjoy romantic weddings on a secluded waterfront location with as many or few add-ons as they wish. Take the Marquise Wedding package, which includes an oceanfront ceremony, complete with musical soloist and 1-hour photo session priced at $4,200 for up to 40 guests. Or, have your clients opt for the Emerald Wedding package, which comes with some special Hawaiian touches such as a conch shell blower at the ceremony, fresh orchids and a signature Kahala ke aloha drinks (non-alcoholic) for guests. Rates run $6,800.

With 306 spacious guestrooms, each with views of the Pacific Ocean, Ko’olau Mountain Range, Diamond Head and Koko Head craters, or the tranquil Dolphin Lagoon, Kahala Resort offers an ideal location for a wedding of any size. And with a wide range of onsite amenities and nearby dining, shopping and cultural experiences, couples can easily extend their wedding celebration into a romantic honeymoon. Some of the amenities on property include six dining venues, the Kahala Spa and a 26,000-sq.-ft. natural lagoon, home to playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Room rates vary.

Contact: (800) 367-2525; kahalaresort.com