Getting married can be crazy stressful. It’s no joke, and finding a destination for your wedding can be even more hectic. You will want to choose a place that isn’t insanely expensive, a place your guests will love, and a place that will make for stunning pictures. Well, no matter the season, these 5 places will have you and your soon-to-be spouse smiling.
Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid has some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. During the winter, you’ll have images of white-capped mountains and shining snow in each picture. In the fall, leaves will begin to change colors resulting in a plethora of orange, green, and red.
The winter resort area will be super busy and expensive during the winter months, but if you’re shooting for the “white” wedding, April is the month to go. It’s less crowded, but there’s still plenty of snow on the ground. For fall, the colors look best in October, so book early.
After the wedding, you can enjoy the Whiteface Lodge, complete with skiing, snowmobiling, and dog sledding. Inside activities include an on-site movie theater, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, plus live music and karaoke at the Kanu Lounge.
With a perfect mix of natural beauty, country charm, and convenient amenities, you’ll have a hard time finding a downside to Aspen. The Rocky Mountains are only one reason to visit this town. Late November to early March is the best time to get married for the fall and winter seasons. The summer is also gorgeous, but it’s much more crowded and touristy.
Aspen definitely has something for everyone, outdoor and indoor enthusiasts alike. If you love nature, there are several outdoors activities such as river rafting, hiking several scenic trails, and gondola rides. If you’re more of an indoor person, you can take in the culture of the Wheeler Opera House, visit the city's many museums, or trek around Independence Ghost Town.
For a Caribbean summer wedding, Antigua would be a fantastic choice. With 365 beaches to get married on, the perfect wedding location won't be hard to find. Staying in one place is next to impossible because you can easily hop from beach to beach or even duck down into one of the many secluded coves. Overall, it is a romantic spot for you and your spouse-to-be.
There are also several activities for you and your guests to take part in. Scuba diving, snorkeling, boat tours, wildlife tours, and windsurfing are only some of the many things that Antigua offers. If you’re more of an indoors type of person, you can always visit the Zemi Art Gallery or take part in a cooking class.
Booking after April will allow you to take advantage of some reduced rates, but many places close between August and October. Avoid June through November, though, as it is Antigua’s hurricane season!
While some areas can be extremely hot during the summer, Australia shouldn’t be discounted. With some of the friendliest people around, Australia also comes with magnificent landscapes and memorable beaches.
One of the greatest things about Australia is the wine. The local wines are known for being world-class, but if that’s not your thing, there’s plenty more to do. You and your guests can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, or hiking. It would be best to avoid December and March due to the hot weather, and always remember to carry sunscreen!
Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre consists of a string of centuries-old seaside villages. This place is beautiful no matter what season you visit, but might be harder to traverse in the winter.
The first and last towns (Monterosso and Riomaggiore) see the most tourism. To avoid crowds, it’s best to stay at Corniglia. This quaint town has beautiful houses that are painted different colors along the side of the mountain. Overall, there are around 300 people in Corniglia at any given time, so you’ll be able to snap fantastic photos without people running into your shot.
For activities, Corniglia has two small beaches you can visit, though they’re fairly rocky and the tide can be rough. You can also hike the trails or visit any one of the numerous beautiful orthodox churches that are in every town.
Thanks to Italy’s public transit system, it’s also easy to visit other parts of the country if you have the time. With tickets only costing around $55, how could you not?