While some couples may wish to still marry out of state but not travel as far as the Caribbean or Europe, they have the option of several beautiful locations in the United States. They could still visit a tropical island in Texas, enjoy wine country in California, or explore historic beauty and beaches of Martha’s Vineyard.
South Padre Island, Texas
Once a hidden location in the tropical tip of Texas, South Padre Island has become a popular destination for weddings because of its 34 miles of endless beaches and sand dunes. Couples may choose to relax on the white sand beaches, or visit the Point Isabel lighthouse, the only lighthouse in Texas still open to tourists. Couples will be amazed when they see the largest sand castle ever constructed that the Sons of the beach Sand Castle Wizards built. They also will build sand castles, wedding altars or personalized sculpture photos for couples starting as low as $100. Couples have a choice of four different wedding coordinators who will assist them in planning their wedding ceremony on the beach and selecting a venue for the reception. Couples sometimes choose Louie’s Backyard for a more open-air setting, complete with a seafood menu and rich chocolate cake.
South Padre Island
7355 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas 78597
Auberge Du Soleil, California
Located in Napa Valley, California, this resort and spa allows couples to enjoy wine country and relaxation to the very fullest. The resort provides fine accommodations for the couple and their guests, including suites with garden, valley or hillside views. Several suites include in-room Jacuzzi tubs with scented bath oils and candles for a romantic evening. The resort offers a wedding package, including a ceremony on the terrace, with an intimate reception for up to 10 guests. This includes flowers, the officiant, two bottles of their champagne, and appetizers for $5,500. Couples may also choose to add a dinner reception in the resort’s fine dining room, prepared by their catering team for an extra fee.
Auberge du Soleil
P.O. Drawer B
180 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, California 94573
Couples may choose to get married on Martha’s Vineyard because there is so much to explore and the colonial architecture of the buildings and museums is beautiful. Martha’s Vineyard is separated into six different towns, and visitors will find a variety of activities in each. Besides relaxing at several of the public beaches, couples may wish to explore the five lighthouses on the vineyard. Couples may choose to exchange their vows on a beach, by one of the lighthouses, off the Aquinnah Cliffs, or in a historic church. Some of the bed-and-breakfast inns or hotels may also have grounds that may work for an outdoor ceremony. Martha’s Vineyard houses more than 85 hotels and inns and 80 restaurants that offer services for couples, including Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Edgartown. The Winnetu Oceanside Resort, located right on the water, can house a reception up to 145 guests, and will offer rooms to the couple and their guests.
Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1698
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568