Top 10 Places to Get Married in California

Top 10 Places to Get Married in California

Are you looking for the perfect wedding ceremony and reception venue in California?  Then try one of these 10 places to get married.  California is a state of many cultures and communities.  Desserts, mountains, and beaches offer California a wide variety of places to get married.  So there are many choices and everyone is welcome here.

Awash in Aqua
Awash in Aqua $547.00 for 100

Descanso Beach Club, Santa Catalina Island, California is one of the greatest hidden treasures in California.  This beach club is a privately owned beachfront venue offering wedding ceremonies and receptions on the beach or at the club between May and October.  Plan for warm weather during the day and cool breezy nights for an outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

Ragged Point resort Ragged Point, California
Ragged Point Resort – Ragged Point, California

Ragged Point resort is located 15 miles from San Simeon on the Big Sur Coastline.  This rugged location has a natural beauty enhanced by its proximity to the cliff side and beach below.  A redwood pagoda on the cliff, over looking the ocean, is where you can have a small intimate ceremony.  The solarium with its 180 degree view is a great place for your reception.  Take advantage of their special events coordinator to plan your wedding.

Laid in Stone
Laid in Stone $181.90 for 100

The Queen Mary is a luxury liner with a deep history and there is no better place to get married than on the Sun deck or in the chapel.  The art deco styled ballrooms of the Queen Mary can accommodate any size reception and catering is offered through the ship’s restaurants.  Your wedding is sure to be a glamorous event on the Queen Mary.

Mount Shasta Resort Shasta California
Mount Shasta Resort – Shasta California

Mount Shasta Resort in California is the perfect wedding venue in both winter and summer.  Have a summer outdoor wedding surrounded by beautiful views or a warm and intimate indoor ceremony in either the Siskiyou or the Highland Room in the winter.  Their event director will help you create the day of your dreams by incorporating the wonderful catering, service and ambiance you desire.

Amber House Bed and Breakfast Sacramento, California
Amber House Bed and Breakfast – Sacramento, California

Amber House Bed and Breakfast located in Sacremento, California is a charming place for your wedding or commitment ceremony.  This Bed and Breakfast is an intimate place for a small (20 person) indoor or outdoor ceremony and reception.  Catering is done through a partner (Il Fornaio) and the event coordinator can arrange for musicians or a minister.

Lucky in Love
Lucky in Love $76.90 for 100

Wonder Valley Ranch Resort offers elegant indoor and outdoor weddings.  This venue is located in Sanger, California amid the foothills of Wonder Valley.  Get married and have your reception in the new Events Building or outside by Dalton Pond in the gazebo.  The resort has all inclusive wedding packages that including catering, food service and after party clean up.

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn Palm Springs California
The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn – Palm Springs California

The Willows Historic Palm Springs Inn is a stylish 1930’s villa.  The inn ensures the privacy of your event by closing the grounds to all except you, your guests and vendors so that you are free to enjoy your day.  After your wedding, enjoy a stay in one of the eight rooms of the inn.

Peacock Galore
Peacock Galore $370.00 for 100

San Diego Zoo is the place to go wild for your wedding day.  This is my favorite zoo in the U.S. and you will be able to have some stunning wedding pictures at this venue.  The zoo’s wedding packages include catering, admission for you and your guests, free parking, and many other amenities.

Mandala $470.00 for 100

Terranea is an oceanfront resort in  Palos Verdes.  Luxury and sophistication is clearly a part of the ambiance for this venue but so is practicality.  Terranea offers a wide variety of ballrooms and indoor/outdoor options for ceremonies and receptions.  Also because children are often invited if not part of the wedding party, the resort has activities for them too.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Monterey California
Monterey Bay Aquarium – Monterey California

Monterey Bay Aquarium is a fun way to experience the kelp forests, open ocean and tide pools that are a large part of the coastal California lifestyle.  This venue located on Cannery Row in Monterey can host weddings from 30 to 300.  Catering is provided by Bon Appetit for the aquarium and an event coordinator can help you plan everything.

I hope you have found the perfect place to get married in California with one of these Top 10.  But, if you have a place you would like to suggest, leave a comment on my blog.

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Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arkansas

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arkansas

Do you need to find a great place to get married in Arkansas?  If so, check out these top 10 places to get married in Arkansas.

Arkansas is known as the “natural state” and offers some of the most beautiful and unique outdoor wedding ceremony and reception sites.  The Ozark Mountains in the North Western part of Arkansas are a great place to see some of the state’s natural beauty.  The weather in Arkansas is a milder version of all 4 seasons.  Be prepared for warm weather in July -October that may not be as comfortable as Spring and later Fall weather.  Also, Spring can be rainy while Summer and Fall are drier.  So keep in mind the weather for choosing a ceremony and reception venue.

The Gavioli Chapel in Eureka Springs is a unique ceremony choice.  In 2006 this chapel was renovated and a Gavioli organ was installed, thus the name of the church.  If music is the center of your ceremony, the chapel is a good choice.  The natural acoustics of the chapel and organ will provide beautiful music to delight you and your guests.  The chapel is nondenominational and all religions are welcome.

Thorncrown Chapel Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Thorncrown Chapel - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thorncrown Chapel is a glass chapel in the woods of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  The architecture of the chapel is very unique and inspiring for photos and the acoustics of the chapel will make your music soar.  This is a great way to have an outdoor ceremony indoors.

An Enchanting Evening Little Rock, Arkansas
An Enchanting Evening - Little Rock, Arkansas

An Enchanting Evening near Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle is a ceremony, reception and honeymoon destination.  This venue is located near Little Rock and offers outdoor ceremonies and receptions by the pool.  The lodge may be rented in case of bad weather but tents are also welcome.  There are also cabins to rent for your honeymoon and can be a part of a package deal.

Union Square Guest Quarters located by downtown El Dorado Arkansas offers the Myrtelle House for receptions.  The restored oil boom mansion boasts a grand stair case for formal entrances and a fully equipped kitchen for your caterer.  A garden room and patio will be excellent places for your reception and you can stay the night in one of the four bedrooms up stairs after your fete.

Little Rock Zoo - Little Rock Arkansas
Little Rock Zoo - Little Rock Arkansas

If you are looking for a place to go wild, the Little Rock Zoo is it.  The staff at the zoo can help you select where your ceremony and reception sites will be.  You can even have some of the zoo’s animals be included in your day.  The zoo can also cater your reception.  Be sure to plan extra time for reservations.

Timber Lodge Ranch Amity Arkansas
Timber Lodge Ranch - Amity Arkansas

Timber Lodge Ranch is located in Amity Arkansas.  This ranch is a unique experience as it is home to a variety of wildlife including albino peacocks and zebras.  Your wedding ceremony can be held in the chapel that seats up to 125.  They also offer catering for your reception and lodging for you and your guests.

Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock Arkansas
Arkansas Arts Center - Little Rock Arkansas
Terry House, Arkansas Arts Center Little Rock, Arkansas
Terry House, Arkansas Arts Center - Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Arts Center located in Little Rock has two rental facilities for you to choose.  The Terry House is a 1839 Greek Revival style home offering both indoor and outdoor venues.  Brick paved walkways and butterfly gardens are available along with the indoor galleries and sitting and dining rooms at the Terry House.  The Arkansas Arts Center offers multiple indoor spaces for rental including: Alice Pratt Brown Atrium, The Lower Lobby, and The Courtyard.  Simply the Best Catering is the exclusive caterer for all Arkansas Arts Center venues.

Chateau aux Arc Altus, Arkansas
Chateau aux Arc - Altus, Arkansas

Chateau aux Arc Vineyards and Winery is one of the newest wineries in Altus, Arkansas.  This enchanting venue offers rock gardens, vineyards and wine tasting for you and your guests.  Have your own private label served at your reception and enjoy the beauty of this romantic locale.

Comption Gardens Bentonville, Arkansas
Comption Gardens and Conference Center - Bentonville, Arkansas

Compton Gardens and Conference Center is a 6.5 acre garden located in Bentonville, Arkansas.  The Conference Center was the former home of Dr. Neil Compton, savior of the Buffalo River.  The Conference Center includes a fully equipped kitchen for your caterer, audio/visual equipment and wireless microphones for your ceremony.  The Garden Room can seat up to 65 for a small, private wedding.

Ozark Mountain Gallery and Wedding Gardens Calico Rock, Arkansas
Ozark Mountain Gallery and Wedding Gardens - Calico Rock, Arkansas

Ozark Mountain Gallery and Wedding Gardens is located in Calico Rock Arkansas.  A wedding chapel, pavilions and gardens are available for rental.  Contact call 870 – 297 – 2038 for questions and rentals.

I hope you are inspired by these Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arkansas.  If you are looking for wedding invitations to go along with these wedding venues try one of the following.  Click on an image for more information, to order a sample, and to order your invitations.

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Top 5 Places to Get Married in Alaska

Top 5 Places to Get Married in Alaska

If you are getting married in Alaska, check out these top 5 places to get married!  Alaska is the northern most state in the U.S. and has some of the most striking outdoor venues.  However, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, there are only a few months in the year that it will be comfortable for you and your guests.  I have included mostly indoor venues but if this is not for you, check out the many parks and glaciers Alaska has to offer.

Anchorage Convention Centers Alaska
Anchorage Convention Centers – Anchorage, Alaska.  Photo by Chris Cupp

Anchorage Civic Convention District consists of several convention centers close together near downtown Anchorage.  The Eagan Center was remodeled in 2009 and has two main halls.  The new Dena’Ina Center has both indoor and outdoor spaces for you.  The Anchorage Civic Convention Centers have event planners who can help you with your planning so you can relax during your engagement.

Alyeska Resort Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort – Girdwood, Alaska

Alyeska Resort located in Girdwood, has multiple spaces available for your wedding.   Choose from their outdoor Pond Courtyard or the indoor Columbia Ballroom and Kahiltna Court.  Also available to you are the Daylodge, Seven Glaciers Restaurant and Glacier Express.  The Alyeska resort offers beautiful glacier and mountain views.

Alpenglow Lodge – Anchorage, Alaska

Alpenglow Lodge in the Chugach Mountains has indoor and outdoor facilities available to rent.  The lodge is open to the caterer you desire and the kitchen is large with a buffet style serving center.  For an additional fee you can rent the ski lift for your guests to enjoy the view of the Chugach Mountains.

Cordova Rose Lodge Cordova Alaska
Bridge at the Cordova Rose Lodge – Cordova, Alaska

Cordova Rose Lodge located in Cordova, Alaska is situated on the Orca Inlet.  This bed and breakfast has its own lighthouse and is especially suited for small intimate weddings.  For added fun, plan to stay at the nautical themed bed and breakfast.  They can arrange special charters and adventure trips for you and your guests.  Including fishing, hiking, and multiple tours.  This bed and breakfast is a unique and scenic setting for your wedding.

Galley Gourmet Kodiak, Alaska
Sea Breeze, Galley Gourmet - Kodiak, Alaska

The Sea Breeze is a private cruise boat run by Galley Gourmet on Kodiac Island, Alaska.  The Sea Breeze is available for “Nautical Nuptials” performed by Marty the captain of the Sea Breeze.  Marty and Marion can help you with photography, catering and the cake.  The small intimate weddings with the Alaskan coastline in the background are a great way to get married and enjoy your ceremony.

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Alabama

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Alabama

If you are getting married in Alabama, check out my top 10 places to get married.  Alabama is a state that has a rich history and an eye to the future.  Filled with historical homes, paddle wheel boats, camp grounds, beaches and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, there are many options for fun, and unique wedding sites.

The Loft at Flower Stems The rustic style of the Loft adds glamour and elegance to its repertoire while providing a multitude of services to help you create an unforgettable event.  Flower Stems is a full service florist that pushes the boundaries with their unique creations.  Be sure to schedule an appointment to view this venue by calling 205-527-9639.

Wynfrey Hotel
Wynfrey Hotel Exterior – Birmingham, AL

The Wynfrey Hotel Don’t be fooled by the modern exterior of this hotel near downtown Birmingham, warm and inviting spaces are just the beginning of what this hotel has to offer.  Wedding events of any size are welcome.  This hotel boasts space for up to 1200 guests.  Take full advantage of their planning services and relax during your engagement!

The Bama Belle If you are looking for a unique experience, try reserving the Bama Belle.  This split paddle wheel river boat was constructed in 1970 and calls Tuscaloosa her home port.  With a capacity for 150 passengers, this river boat provides an intimate setting while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty of the river.  Call 205-339-1108 for reservations.

Grace Hall Mathews Manor Springville, AL
Grace Hall,  Mathews Manor – Springville, AL

Mathews Manor is located in Springville.  Cake, catering, floral and event planning services are available at Mathews Manor for your convenience.  This event venue has both indoor and outdoor sites.  Choose from three different settings:

Grace Hall features indoor and outdoor settings with a contemporary chapel or a courtyard and pavilion.  A large ballroom is also available for receptions.

At Rebecca’s Garden, you can be wed poolside, or by the pavilion.  Beautiful gardens and waterfalls await you and your guests at this outdoor site.

Micah’s Meadow is the newest site at Mathews Manor.  This outdoor venue can seat limitless numbers of guests.  Full audio and visual equipment exist for this site.  Check out the chandeliers hanging from the oak trees and the 50 foot rock stage.

Richards DAR House Museum - Mobile, AL
Richards DAR House Museum - Mobile, AL

Richards DAR House Museum will take you back to 1860 in the DeTonti Historic District of Mobile.  Small, private weddings can held in the parlor or outdoors at the gardens and courtyard.  This beautiful townhouse offers plenty of picture taking opportunities with its lacy iron work and charming curved stairway.

The Reserve at Oak Bowery LaFayette, AL
Plantation House, The Reserve at Oak Bowery - Lafayette, AL

The Reserve at Oak Bowery is the perfect place to “jump the broom.”  This charming plantation house offers valet parking for your guests and a historic home and grounds to explore.  An altar made from an old hearth and chimney is available for you to be wed.  The plantation house, party barn and grounds are available for your reception.

Caribe the Resort Orange Beach, AL
Caribe The Resort - Orange Beach, AL

Caribe The Resort offers beachside weddings and honeymoons.  This venue has a 4 star restaurant that can cater your reception.  Best of all, you and your guests can relax while their wedding coordinator handles all of your service vendors.  So enjoy the sugar white sands of the beach and explore this destination wedding venue that is right around the corner from you.

Winston Place - Mentone, AL
Winston Place - Mentone, AL

Winston Place, circa 1831, is one of Alabama’s most beautiful historic homes.  Located near Mentone, AL, this home offers full amenities for guests to stay.  Each room has a private bathroom and deck.  A new driving range for golf fanatics has been added, making a fun family oriented activity for your guests.  The grounds, dinning rooms and verandas are available to host the party of your dreams.

Stoney Creek Christian Camp and Outreach may be the best choice for those who seek adventure outdoors.  This camp has a woodsy church located on the grounds.  The church has been newly constructed and has plenty of natural beauty with picture windows looking out on the woods.  To ask for more information or make a reservation, email

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Huntsville, AL
Apollo Terrace, U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Huntsville, AL

U.S. Space and Rocket Center is the most unique setting for an unbelievable wedding.  Set your sights on the stars because this venue offers many exciting exhibits.  Dine underneath rockets at your reception or get married outside in Rocket Park.  This family friendly museum is a great place for your event.

Top 10 Columbus, Ohio Wedding Reception Sites

Getting married in the “Heart of it all”

Are you looking for the most unique wedding reception sites in Columbus Ohio?  Then look no further.  We have ten ideas just for you in Columbus, the heart of Ohio!

Outdoor wedding sites:

Indian Run Falls, one of Dublin, Ohio’s many parks, is the perfect place to plan your outdoor wedding fete.  Two shelter houses are available as well as walking trails, a bridge, and observation decks.  The natural beauty of the falls and surrounding wildlife make this small park a unique reception site.

The Topiary Park in downtown Columbus is a whimsical reception venue that is sure to captivate.  Create your vision here at this public park. You and your guest can stroll around the interpretation of Georges Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon on the Isle of La Grand Jatte!

The Chadwick Gardens located on OSU’s agricultural campus is a beautiful place to wander and drink in nature’s beauty.  The North Arboretum includes many tree specimens and gardens of interest.  The Ohio 4-H Center is in the heart of these gardens and would make a great space for guests to escape inclement weather.

Indoor Wedding Sites:

Signature Wines is a working winery located in Columbus.  Imagine your guests sipping a selection of locally brewed wines while exploring the winery.  This is a connoisseurs treat!

BoMA is a turn of the century church turned into a reception hall.  Its tall cathedral ceilings and unique decor make this venue worth checking out.

The Columbus Athenaeum is a venue like no other.  This multipurpose space has multiple rooms to offer.  From grand theaters to cozy quiet sanctuaries the Athenaeum can accommodate any size and style of reception.  Take a an online tour and sample all of the pics they have to offer and you will be impressed!

Unique experiences:

Boltonfield Airport is one of Columbus’s most unique wedding reception sites.  Bring your vision of your reception and create a beautiful and unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Columbus Zoo is a great place for  a truly wild party.  Show your enthusiasm for conservation with this unforgettable venue and have an elegant event too.  The Zoo has multiple spaces to accommodate you and your guests indoors or out.

Franklin Park Conservatory is where art and nature meet to create beautiful and engaging exhibits.  This venue can provide you with both indoor and outdoor spaces in a variety of sizes.

So get inspired by these unique Columbus, Ohio wedding reception venues and get planning for your wedding today.

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

Destination Wedding: Mansfield, OH?

The Destination Wedding:

So most of you are probably wondering how you can have a destination wedding in Mansfield, OH?  When most people think of a destination wedding, they think of exotic locations and a weekend of never ending fun celebrating the marriage of a new couple.  If you live in Ohio and are on a budget, you still want the excitement of exploring a new place while celebrating with your friends and family.  Mansfield, Oh has all of the excitement of an exotic location but is still budget friendly for you and your guests.

Why marry closer to home.

So why not plan a destination wedding that isn’t that far away.  The benefits far out weigh any inconveniences.  For example: no passports or travel visas are needed, and none of your vaccinations needed to be updated either.  Mansfield, OH is toward the center of the state which makes for an easy drive no matter where you live, eliminating costly airfare.  There are a wide variety of places to explore including: Snow Trails for skiing or snowboarding, Mohican State Park and Lodge, or Richland Carrousel Park.  The city of Mansfield’s website has a detailed listing of great places to visit on their visitor’s page.  You can access it by clicking here.

Mansfield can suit any bride’s style!


If you are looking for a cosmopolitan night on the town, try having your wedding reception at the Mansfield Art Center.  This chic modern building has big city flair.  Imagine your guests sipping cocktails while admiring the latest exhibition.

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Like most of Ohio, Mansfield has several farms that can be visited.  Malabar Farm State Park allows visitors a taste of farm life with an eco-friendly eye.  Enjoy the elegant tended gardens at the Kingwood Center.  Both Parks have been homes to famous Ohioans and are worth visiting for your outdoor wedding ceremony and reception.

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From the quirky like the Richland Carrousel Park to the thrilling Snow Trails skiing, Mansfield is filled with family fun.  So plan your wedding to incorporate swimming at Mohican State Park Lodge, or touring through one of Mansfield’s many museums.  There is something to do for everyone in Mansfield.

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The New Destination Wedding:

So use your imagination and you can create the best destination wedding while traveling closer to home.  Mansfield, Ohio has many great places to visit that will suit your style from elegant, cosmopolitan nights to family fun on the farm.  Check Mansfield out today and plan your destination wedding!

Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married

Since there are so many great places in Ohio to get married, I thought I would share some more of them with you.

  1. Dawes Arboretum Newark – This is a great outdoor site with its cultivated gardens.
  2. Alexandra’s Bed and Breakfast London – The B&B offers both indoor and outdoor settings.
  3. Galleria at Erieview Cleveland – is a modern space that can accommodate larger weddings.
  4. Mansion View Inn Toledo – This Victorian style B&B is just minutes from the Toledo Museum of Art, a favored photography setting, and can also cater for your bridal shower or reception.
  5. Mary Nelle’s Windswept Farm Lebanon – offers a beautiful country style wedding site with all the charm and space you’ll need.
  6. Pro Football Hall of Fame Canton – For the die hard football fan this site is uniquely you.
  7. Dayton art Institute Dayton – The Institute offers many choices for your ceremony and is a must see.
  8. Sister City Garden Sylvania – This smaller garden and gazebo is a great choice for a more informal outdoor ceremony.
  9. Ravenwood Castle New Plymouth – Who new there was a 12th century Norman style castle in Ohio?
  10. Pine Lakes Lodge near Cambridge – The log cabin style lodge offers intimate indoor and outdoor weddings.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos. Those of you getting married in Cincinnati check out – Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings.

Top 10 Locations for Cincinnati, Ohio Weddings

So Christmas is past and you are engaged. Where are you getting married? Why not in Cincinnati? The Queen city is known for some beautiful locations for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Check out some of these locations. Cincinnati has something to offer for every person and budget.

  1. Cincinnati Art Museum. What more can I say but to check out the museum. It has a lot of grandeur and sophistication.
  2. The Funny Bone comedy club at Newport on the Levee is a great place by the Ohio River.
  3. East Fork State Park located in Bethel is the place for an outdoor wedding with its hills and natural beauty. This beautiful state park offers many activities including swimming, and hiking.
  4. Weller Haus Bed and Breakfast The B&B is located on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River is the perfect place for a small, intimate wedding. The Weller Haus B&B offers two locations for weddings, outdoors in their English style flower garden with fish pond or indoors by the fireplace.
  5. Garden Park Unity Church This church located in Cincinnati, is nondenominational and offers indoor and outdoor weddings depending upon size. Officiants can be provided by the church and membership or classes is not required.
  6. The Golden Lamb established in 1803 is one of Ohio’s Oldest Inns and has provided accommodations for 12 presidents. This is a must see in downtown Lebanon.
  7. 20 Century Theatre is an unusual choice for weddings. This theater has a Friday Night special for the budget conscious and features announcing your wedding on their marquis.
  8. Vinoklet Winery located in Colerain Township is available for both ceremonies and receptions. This site includes beer, wine and soft drinks in their pricing along with cake cutting.
  9. Oasis Conference Center offers many time saving amenities with flowers and cake selections built into their pricing. They can also accommodate large and small wedding sizes.
  10. Grandeur Hall located near Florence, Kentucky just across the river from Cincinnati is a great place for receptions. This venue also has dance floors, DJs, catering and more.

If you haven’t already seen my first article Top 10 Places to Get Married in Ohio check this article out as it has more unique ceremony sites. Another Top 10 Places in Ohio to Get Married has even more suggestions for ceremony sites. Also some more sites to visit can be viewed in my article Top 10 Places in Ohio for Wedding Photos.