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
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 Arizona

Top 10 Places to Get Married in Arizona

Are you looking for places to get married in Arizona?  Then check out these top 10 places to get married in Arizona!  This state is marked by its varied culture and weather for weddings.  Arizona is a beautiful state with the Grand Canyon in the north, pine forests in its mountain regions and deserts in the South.  Because tourism is a very active business in Arizona, there are many hotels, resorts, and convention centers.  These great wedding venues will let you get creative and have an unforgettable wedding.

Tlaquepaque arts and crafts village Sedona, Texas
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Sedona, Arizona

Tlaquepaque has all the charm of old world styling in their outdoor courtyards.  This arts and crafts village in Sedona is modeled after a Mexican village.  Get married in a small private ceremony in the chapel and then hold the fete of your dreams in the courtyards or gardens.

The Castle at Ashley Manor Chandler Texas
The Castle at Ashley Manor - Chandler Texas

The Castle at Ashley Manor is located in Chandler, Arizona.  The castle provides an exquisite background for your ceremony and reception.  Take advantage of the event coordinator and relax while your fairytale wedding unfolds.

Heard Museum Phoenix Arizona
Heard Museum - Phoenix, Arizona

The Heard Museum provides a classy and artistic choice for your wedding.  Explore the museums arched walkways and sculpture courtyards for a unique location. With many choices, you are sure to find the place that fits with your style.  With your rental fee also comes a docent for the museum.

Shenandoah Mill Gilbert Arizona
Shenandoah Mill – Gilbert, Arizona

Shenandoah Mill, a former grist mill, was moved to Gilbert, Arizona and has become a charming and rustic wedding ceremony and reception site.  The rental time and benefits are generous as only one wedding a day is scheduled.  The mill  can accommodate up to 225 guests for your ceremony and reception.

Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden Phoenix, Ari
Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden - Phoenix, Arizona

Ro Ho En Japenese Friendship Garden is a 3.5 acre Japanese garden with a serene Koi pond.  This garden is a shared cultural vision.  If you would like more information to plan your wedding, contact (602) 256-3204.

The Windmill Winery Florence, Arizona
The Windmill Winery – Florence, Arizona

The Windmill Winery offers a rural setting just outside of Phoenix in Florence, Arizona.  Have the country wedding ceremony of your dreams lakeside. Enjoy a getaway in a horse drawn carriage.  Then party all night in the restored historic barn or outside.  This venue is also a winner of the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

Reid Park Zoo Tucson, Arizona
Reid Park Zoo – Tucson, Arizona

Reid Park Zoo in Tucson is the right place to go wild for your wedding.  This zoo offers more than 17 acres to rent after the zoo is closed to the public.  So plan on a late day event when the animals will be more active.  The zoo also offers catering and facilities managers to help with your planning.

The Views at Superstition Gold Canyon, Arizona
The Views at Superstition – Gold Canyon, Arizona

The Views at Superstition, nestled in Gold Canyon, provides a beautiful ceremony and reception venue for you.  Enjoy the multitude of services including separate bride and groom dressing suites, limo service, officiant, horse drawn carriage, and more!  Indoor and outdoor facilities for your ceremony and reception are available.  Tours are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 6-8PM (check on availability, as times and days can change).

The Boulders Resort Scottsdale Arizona
The Boulders Resort – Scottsdale Arizona

The Boulders Resort is an elegant resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The resort has multiple ceremony locations for your selection and can accommodate 50-300 guests.  The natural beauty of the high Sonoran desert is the backdrop for your wedding vows.  Your choice of indoor and outdoor locations for your reception are also available.  The Boulders Resort offers catering, audio/visual equipment and planners to help you celebrate your wedding with style.

The Grand Canyon National Park.  For a ceremony or reception at this national treasure, you will need to enlist the help of a trusted planner.  The south rim of the Grand Canyon is by far the most accessible and for DIYers the best option.  This is a venue that will require some effort for planning but is worth the effort.

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 rphinkle@hughes.net.

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.