Summer & Winter Wedding Destinations

While destination weddings are not for every bride and groom, more and more adventurous bride and grooms are choosing to wed outside of their familiar, near-to-home surroundings.  Formerly, destination weddings typically involved flying the wedding party to some exotic, tropical beach location; however, the contemporary bride and groom of today are choosing to get hitched in other much more unique settings that are more meaningful to them as a couple.  Below are some popular mid-western (and a bit surrounding) settings for your destination wedding!

#1. Rocky Mountain National Park; Estes Park, Colorado.

Did you know that you can actually rent outdoor, wedding space within the Rocky Mountain National Park and for a very reasonable cost?  There is no wedding décor necessary when the breathtaking mountains is the backdrop to your ceremony!  There are some specific restrictions to be aware of prior to booking one of the wedding sites available in the Rocky Mountain National Park site; however, the payoff is well worth it!  Estes Park is a charming town located directly outside one of the entrances to the Rocky Mountain National Park. Its adorable downtown, beautiful vistas, and amazingly, friendly people make this a wonderful destination for any bride and groom-to-be. While shopping, dining, breweries, and outdoor activities are in abundance, Estes Park has a small-town feel as opposed to a bustling, commercial atmosphere. Cabin and home rentals are in abundance for each guest along with hotels that will reserve blocks of rooms or offer reception areas. Luxury vacation rentals are a great idea for family and wedding party prep.  Check out some of the stunning views and popular wedding sites that are within this awesome national treasure! Check out some of the photos below of a Rocky Mountain wedding and the surrounding Estes Park reception.

#2.  The Grand Teton National Park; Jackson, Wyoming.

Yet another great American National Park that will allow a couple to secure a wedding site, is the Grand Teton National Park.  With absolutely gorgeous vistas in every single direction, you and your guests will not want to leave!  The surrounding area of Jackson (or Jackson Hole), Wyoming has some amazing options for wedding receptions as well as an endless amount of activities and wonderful accommodations.  Guests can take a tram to the top of the Tetons, or hike through the Teton National Park (or nearby Yellowstone), or sip some wine in a rooftop hot tub amidst the mountains!  Check out some of the stunning views and popular wedding sites that are within this awesome national treasure!

 #3.  Nashville, Tennessee.

With the huge popularity and growth of Nashville, Tennessee, it is no surprise that it has become a draw for the destination bride and groom.  With the beauty of nature, combined with the friendliness of the people, the amazing accommodations, and the active nightlife,  Nashville is a premier location for any destination wedding ceremony.  Whether one prefers a historic mansion, a charming old barn, a Nashville rooftop bar, or an old plantation, Nashville has a wedding site for every bride and groom-to-be.  With the popularity of this very historic city, there are endless amounts of florists, caterers, photographers, musicians, and other important vendors in which to choose.  While the city of Nashville is booming, the average cost of hosting a wedding there is actually very reasonable and below the national average of a cost of a wedding.  With the nearby airport and the plethora of accommodations, it is a perfect destination for every wedding guests.

#4.  Michigan.

If you have never been to Michigan, you are missing out on one of the jewels of the Midwest!  As many “Michiganders” will report, Michigan is a “four-season” state due to its ability to attract visitors throughout every season.  Whether it is for the beautiful fall foliage, the ski resorts, or the stunning summer sunsets, or to enjoy the beauty of the 1,640 miles of shoreline that line four of the five Great Lakes, or the plethora of vineyards, wineries, or breweries, Michigan is the true definition of a destination state for the traveling bride and groom!  St. Joseph, Grand Haven, Charlevoix, Traverse City, Harbor Springs, and Mackinaw are just a few of the many beach towns that attract wedding parties.  However, if the sandy beach is not your thing, urban Michigan has plenty to offer as well.  Grand Rapids in central Michigan as well as Detroit and Kalamazoo are a draw for the contemporary bride and groom due to their active nightlives and cultural appeal.