U.S. Destination Weddings: 10 Best Places to Get Married Right Now

Posted Dec 30th 2010 02:15 PMUpdated Dec 17th 2013 12:35 PM

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Destination weddings come with the good and the bad. It can sometimes be a real hassle to get everyone down, find all your vendors and plan a party that uniquely fits your needs. But some places were just made for tying the knot. From picturesque landscapes to ceremony-ready staff, you can't beat simplicity when it comes to destination wedding locations.

Here are 10 great places to get married right now.

Best Place to get Married for Children-at-Heart: Walt Disney World
Many have the misconception that a Disney World wedding is all cartoons. However, when the masters behind the elaborate sets at this mega park are the brains behind your destination wedding, it can be anything you want it to be. Fans of old Hollywood glamour can have an understated theme park wedding at Disney Hollywood Studios. Ocean lovers can go sophisticated at an Epcot restaurant. With caterers, florists and a host of well-trained staff on your side just let your imagination soar.

Best Place to Get Married for City Dwellers: New York City
The 'City That Never Sleeps' just added another notch to its resume- excellent and simple wedding location. If a week at the Ritz is not your style, don't fret. With NYC's City Hall marriages you can custom create the wedding of your dreams. After officially tying the knot with the City Clerk, their office will set the stage for your intimate reception - you just need to bring the party.

Best Place to Get Married for Beach Bums: Kauai
There's a chic little chapel located right smack in the middle of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Couples can choose the officiant of their choice and whether to have a quiet indoor ceremony, or toss the French doors wide open and let the Hawaiian breeze in. The staff will even assist you with acquiring the necessary licenses and must-do's before the big event. You don't have to sacrifice ceremony for a beach wedding location.

Best Place to Get Married for Music Lovers: New Orleans
Imagine walking down a cobblestone street, amid rows and rows of French Quarter architecture, piles of Creole cuisine and a marching band playing you off. The best part? This is New Orleans, home of the best jazz bands worldwide. This culture rich city has a way of attracting artists of all kinds, from jewelry designers to musicians, and there's no doubt the one you want is waiting for you. There's a reason they call it the Big Easy.

Best Place for Quick Weddings: Las Vegas
Vegas is still the undisputed king of quick weddings. Whether your aim is a last-minute ceremony or no-fuss reception, you can have it all and then some with Lady Luck on your side. Clergymen, rabbi and any other officiants you could want all reside here, as do thousands of florists, dress boutiques, jewelry shops and planners waiting at your every call. Some call it tacky, others call it classic, but Las Vegas is still one of the fastest, cheapest and easiest places to get married.

Best Place to Get Married for Movie Fans: Paramount Studios
Studio backlots are filled with a lot of fantasy, after all, they're the stuff movies are made from. And if you and your honey are big cinema lovers, what better place is there to get married than Paramount Studios? Be sure to snag your California marriage license, and then prepare for the reception of a lifetime in one of 10 backlots made-up to match your taste, from New York brownstones to exotic beaches.

Best Place to Get Married for Nature Lovers: The Great Smokey Mountains
There's a reason Gatlinburg is considered one of the top wedding destinations of the South. Quick, back-to-basics log cabin ceremonies start at under $100 with everything included. If a big party is more your style, you can rent the tables, chairs and decor of your choice, grab your marriage license and plan a huge reception in the shadow of the idyllic Great Smokey Mountains.

Best Place to Get Married for Foodies: Napa Valley
Napa is known for its wine, which alone makes it a perfect destination wedding location, but this surplus of amazing vino has attracted some top-tier chefs. Viansa Winery and Marketplace features tables and tables of Italian fare in a Tuscan inspired courtyard. For a true California destination wedding, Ramekins Culinary School offers numerous menus under the stars in an outdoor bar setting.

Best Place for Après-ski Weddings: Beaver Creek, Colorado
Ski bunnies unite! If winter chic is your thing, you won't find anything more luxurious than a reception at The Osprey at Beaver Creek. This lush resort is totally accommodating with a nearby chapel and spaces that can hold up to 80 people. But the real prize in this destination wedding location is the sensational mountain top view.

Best Place to Get Married for Art Lovers: The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago's infamous Art Institute is second in collection size only to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its facade has been featured in numerous television shows and movies. It has roots born in the late 1800's. And it can be your dream wedding location. The Institute offers space for private events ranging from the ultra modern Morton Staircase to sunny and casual McKinlock Court.

Photo by Pev&Rali.
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