The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made many couples reconsider their wedding plans. Gone are the huge affairs with hundreds of guests in attendance. Instead, many couples are opting for a small-scale destination wedding, combining their nuptials with a trip with their closest friends and family. Here are five of the most beautiful locations for a small destination wedding.
What could be more beautiful than getting married under the backdrop of the stunning red rocks of Sedona, Arizona? There is no shortage of choices of places to exchange your vows. Choose from a spot in a gorgeous canyon, on top of a flat mesa, or near a bubbling brook. Whatever you choose, you will have the splendor of Mother Nature on your side.
Sedona features a number of intimate restaurants that make perfect venues for your rehearsal dinner or wedding reception. Your guests will also enjoy the opportunity to make the most out of their time in this corner of the country. Sedona is located only two hours from the fun city vibe of Phoenix and a little over two hours from the marvel of the Grand Canyon.
Colorado’s High Country features a wide variety of destinations for your wedding site. The mountain town of Breckenridge is particularly popular with couples looking for a laid-back vibe. The town offers a handful of churches across a variety of denominations. Or you can choose to plan your wedding outdoors.
During the off-season, you will find a myriad of condo facilities and mountain lodges at affordable price points. This makes it easy for your group to all gather under one roof and enjoy this special time together. Breckenridge is also a good choice if your group appreciates outdoor recreational activities. This trendy town offers everything from snow skiing and snowboarding in the winter to hiking, boating, and mountain bike riding in the warmer months.
Take in the wonder of the Great Smoky Mountains with a wedding in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Regardless of the season, it is always beautiful in this part of the US. Exchange your vows with snow-capped mountains in the distance or choose a summer date amidst the wildflowers. Gatlinburg is also known for its colorful fall foliage, offering a great backdrop for all of your wedding photos.
A wide array of Gatlinburg cabin rentals make it easy to find accommodations for your wedding party and guests. Your friends and family will love a day exploring Gatlinburg and the surrounding area and returning to the cabin home base for a soak in the hot tub. And nothing beats a cup of coffee in the morning out on your deck overlooking the Smoky Mountains. Romance is certainly in the air in Gatlinburg.
San Juan Islands, Washington
Looking for that cozy island vibe? You would be wise to check out the San Juan Islands, located in Washington state. You can reach these islands via a ferry or floatplane from the Seattle area. The tranquil islands are the epitome of relaxation. In addition to being surrounded by water, the islands also offer a lush wooded landscape that screams Pacific Northwest.
For a little more energy, choose Friday Harbor as your home base. Or go with the laid-back vibe of Orcas Island. Your guests can spend their downtime going boating, on a whale watching tour, or hiking through the woods. Everyone will leave the islands feeling relaxed and refreshed, making it a perfect place to start this next season of your life.
Coronado Island, California
If you want a warmer beach vibe, be sure to consider the popular Coronado Island just outside of San Diego, California. The many oceanfront beaches of Coronado are popular for many reasons. The weather in this area of Southern California is remarkably consistent, providing you with the conditions that you need for a beautiful wedding.
While the iconic Hotel Del Coronado is undoubtedly a fabulous wedding destination, the area offers a number of other options. With a smaller wedding group, you should look into some of the more intimate lodging facilities and restaurants to host your nuptials. Even planning a small-scale wedding can be hectic though, so if you don’t want the hassle try hiring a wedding planner, who will plan the whole event for you.
All five of these destinations will provide exactly what you are looking for in a small-scale wedding.