Home-Based Happily Ever Afters

Brides and grooms don’t have to venture to far-off lands for their fairytale destination weddings. From remote beaches, to stunning mountain ranges, the U. S. and Canada offer some pretty impressive backdrops for couples tying the knot.

jupiter beach resort & spaNestled directly on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline in fabled Palm Beach County, the 168-room Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa provides the picture-perfect setting for Florida beach nuptials. With direct access to 1,000 ft. of secluded coastline, the resort can accommodate wedding parties large or small. Couples can choose a Waterside ceremony (up to 300 guests)—which takes place right on the shore—or for a more intimate setting (up to 160 guests), Sand Dune ceremonies can be arranged among the lush mangrove trees with views of the ocean below. The property also offers elegant and cozy indoor spaces for ceremonies and receptions, including the Marlin Room, featuring a wall of windows overlooking the pool; and the Terrace, with views of a nearby tropical wildlife preserve. During their stay, wedding guests can enjoy a bevy of activities and amenities, including award-winning golf, eco-adventures and word-class shopping nearby.

Jupiter Beach Resort’s Simple Elegance Wedding package includes complimentary deluxe 1-night accommodations for bride and groom, as well as a wedding cake and other essentials. Rates for the ceremony start at $99 per guest. Standard room rates start at $199 per night, and special group rates (10 rooms or more) start at $139 per night.

Contact: (866) 713-3780; jupiterbeachresort.com

viceroy miami What’s better than a South Florida wedding ceremony with stunning ocean views? How about one with wrap-around vistas of the sea and sparkling Miami skyline? Enter the Viceroy Miami. Located in the heart of Miami’s affluent Brickell neighborhood, this luxury 162-room resort is the ideal choice for chic couples looking for an elegant city wedding. With its ultra-contemporary architectural design elements used throughout the property—a trendy lobby accented with multiple chandeliers, modern sculptures and bright teal couches, and guestrooms adorned with palettes of emerald green, onyx and slate—Viceroy Miami feels worlds away from South Beach, while still just a short drive away. The resort’s 300-ft. infinity pool, complete with poolside bar and fireplace, and stunning views of Biscayne Bay, is a favorite for both wedding ceremonies and receptions. But for a wedding with the ultimate view, couples should head up to the Club 50 lounge. Perched atop the resort’s 50th floor, Club 50 offers an expansive indoor lounge, as well as a private rooftop pool area with spectacular views of the skyline.

Viceroy’s wedding coordinators can assist couples in customizing their event with everything from managing venue designs, to recommending florists and entertainers. Wedding packages start at $150 per guest for the ceremony. Call for room rates. Contact: (888) 622-4567; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

hotel monteleone French Quarter courtyards, Garden District mansions, steamboats, live jazz—we must be in New Orleans. And for fun-loving couples looking for a New Orleans wedding complete with all the traditional trimmings, the 600-room Hotel Monteleone offers just the right combination of elegance and New Orleans charm. Since 1886, the property has stood as one of the first landmarks in the world-famous French Quarter, located within walking distance of some of the city’s most famous attractions and restaurants. For weddings, Hotel Monteleone can host everything from grand events in its Queen Anne Ballroom to small rooftop receptions in the Riverview Room. And in true New Orleans spirit, brides and grooms can even arrange to “second line” down the street in the French Quarter on a red carpet with jazz band in tow before or after their ceremony. After a long night of celebrating, wedding guests here can enjoy the hotel’s full-service spa, heated rooftop pool with views of the downtown New Orleans skyline, two onsite restaurants, and the Carousel Bar, one of most popular hotel bars in town.

Wedding packages at Hotel Monteleone, which include a complimentary bridal suite the night of the reception, among other amenities, start at $63 pp. Call for room rates.

Contact: (866) 338-4684; hotelmonteleone.com


the hermitage hotel Set in the heart of Downtown Nashville, the 101-year-old The Hermitage Hotel has enough allure to make any bride feel like a true Southern belle. Think a majestic glass-ceilinged lobby with Victorian-style furnishings, dramatic curtains and marble accents throughout. Ideal for the most gracious of affairs, the hotel’s Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 350 guests and boasts deep wood paneled walls and coffered ceiling. The Veranda, meanwhile, is a stunning arch ceiling room with large picture windows overlooking Sixth Avenue that can play host to more intimate weddings. When it comes to accommodations, this AAA five-diamond property offers 122 guestrooms and suites, each averaging 500 sq. ft.-600 sq. ft. All accommodations come complete with plush bedding, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and complimentary wireless high-speed Internet, as well as spacious marble bathrooms with double vanity, deep-soaking tubs, separate showers and 20-inch flat-panel TV.