Enchanting Nuptials American-Style

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the woodlands resort & conference center, texas

Whether your clients wish to exchange vows in a glass-enclosed ballroom or in a forested lakefront location with a wide-open sky, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center—located 30 minutes outside of Houston, TX—can accommodate even the most staunch “bridezilla” with more than 30 dazzling wedding and reception venues. But why not have the best of both worlds: walk down the aisle at the lakeside boardwalk and be wed under its pavilion, then enjoy a night of dancing and celebration plus a catered dinner in one of the resort’s many ballrooms.

Reception and dinner packages start at $84 per guest, and the resort doesn’t skimp on the inclusions, such as catering manager, butlerpassed hors d’oeuvres, customized wedding cake, and, of course, deluxe accommodations for bride and groom on the wedding night.

If your client’s guests stay in one of the 440 guestrooms and suites for a few days pre- and post-wedding, amenities at The Woodlands Resort won’t disappoint. Two onsite golf courses—Panther Trail and The Oaks—offer 36 holes plus driving range, lighted putting green, pro shop and even golf tournament coordination. 180 miles of Woodlands trails can be explored via bike, a 21-court tennis facility offers four indoor courts and a pro shop of its own, and roundtrip transportation is available to access Market Street and The Woodlands Mall. Plus, two pools and three whirlpools make up the Forest Oasis Waterscape, a beautifully designed pool and deck area ideal for some R&R after the big night. Rates start at $159 per night.

Why we chose it: Perfect for large groups, lots of options for ceremonies and myriad activities for the wedding party.

Contact: (800) 433-2624; woodlandsresort.com

semiahmoo resort, washington

A jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine, WA, offers the utmost in seaside charm. Think waterfront terrace featuring a beautiful brick patio opening onto a perfectly manicured lawn, with each row of seating offering views of the Gulf Islands, Mount Baker and White Rock, British Columbia. And at Loomis Trail Mansion, a Tudorstyle mansion facing the Loomis Trail golf course, wedding guests will be greeted by a grand staircase, crackling fireplace and crystal chandeliers before being escorted upstairs to an elegant grand dining room. But these are just two of the many wedding and reception sites at Semiahmoo Resort—capable of accommodating parties of up to 350 guests. The pier, ballroom, courtyard and pavilion tent also offer elegant ceremony options.

Accommodations at Semiahmoo are just as delightful, with 198 guestrooms and suites featuring water views, fireplaces and private balconies, plus the option for added goodies such as romance turndowns or floral and candy bouquets. Wedding guests get a 10-20 percent discount off rack rates, as well as the opportunity to enjoy a bevy of activities, both on- and off-property, such as wine tasting, golfing, biking, kayaking, whale watching and tennis. Oh, and for the truly pampered, there’s a full-service health spa and outdoor pool.

Standard nightly rates range from $149-$199, with summer rates from $189-$229. Weddings are customized, so pricing differs accordingly. Why we chose it: Superb service, a gorgeous setting and beautifully decorated spaces.

Contact: (800) 770-7992; semiahmoo.com