7 Top US Destination Wedding Venues - 2021 Edition
With many countries re-entering lockdown and interstate guidelines also in effect, it can seem tricky to find your perfect venue that is dreamy in appearance, while realistic accessible. Lucky for those planning destination weddings, there are states and nearby islands welcoming visitors without too many great travel implications. So on the bright side; you can still have your dream wedding in 2021!
Here are our Top 7 US based picks
1. Tucson, Arizona ($-$$)
If you’re looking for a south-of-the-border style wedding destination, without actually crossing the border, look no further than Tucson, Arizona. The Old Pueblo is celebrated for its Spanish-inspired architecture and Latin undertones. The southwestern state is home to waterfalls, cliffs, mountain tops, and of course, the renowned Grand Canyon. So along with the wedding, your guests will have plenty to explore! With 300 days of sunshine and sparkling starry nights, it’s no wonder this state is popular for destination weddings.
Airlines: American, United, Delta, Alaska, Sun Country, Southwest, Frontier, and Allegiant are all flying daily to Tucson International Airport (TUS).
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado ($-$$$)
The wondrous city of Colorado Springs appears straight out of a fairytale book. The snowy mountain tops in the distance and vibrant flowery fields are nothing short of a fantasy land. The red rock landscapes, whether sun-drenched or snowy, are magically scenic regardless of the season and many of the city’s ranches, garden resorts, country clubs, and villas operate year-round. Although known for its luxury, depending on the season and traffic, it's very possible to get a budget wedding in Colorado Springs with a spectacular view!
There are currently no statewide travel restrictions in Colorado.
3. Nashville, Tennessee ($)
The Music city is a blank canvas awaiting your imagination! The city has lots to offer as it provides a wide range of venues that are modern, traditional, rustic, historic, outdoors, urban, upscale, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. If you’re seeking the southern charm, seek no further. The best part, it is exceptionally affordable! In fact, Tennessee takes the cake on The 10 Most Affordable Places To Get Married In The US
There are currently no statewide travel restrictions in Tennessee.
4. Jackson, Wyoming ($$-$$$)
If you’ve always wanted to say your vows in the great outdoors, this one’s for you. Amidst the Rockies, Jackson is situated in one of nature’s greatest marvels. The mountain range is breathtaking any time of year. The floating hot air balloons in clear blue skies, alpine vineyards on grassy fields, and eucalyptus spas in uphill resorts are some of the many experiences to share here. Alongside the outdoor attractions, Jackson has many lovely indoor venues, including lodges, hotels, museums, and cabins that cater to all tastes. The city writes a romantic story for you to take home.
There are currently no statewide travel restrictions in Wyoming.
5. Charlottesville, Virginia ($-$$)
The city of Charlottesville is centrally located along the Rivanna River. One look at the scenic city is enough to understand why it is one of the most popular wedding venues in the state. Rolling green hills spread through the valley under the Blue Ridge Mountains. This venue is especially famous for rustic-chic weddings. You’ll find acres upon acres of green reserves, running along the countryside, housing barns, gardens and greenhouses, farm estates, lodges, vineyards, cottages, and villas.
There are currently no statewide restrictions in Virginia.
6. St Maarten, Carribean Islands ($-$$$)
The Dutch inspired Caribbean Island is so much more than white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. In fact, it has earned the reputation of the “Vegas of the Caribbean” for its fast-paced vibrant nightlife. The island's uniquely gorgeous locations to say “I do” are on the oceanside, rooftops, and patios. The island is conveniently located and flights (Delta, American and United) are direct from the States.
According to the U.S. State Department, St. Maarten is open to American travelers with negative PCR tests results taken within five days prior to arrival. Travelers will also need to fill out a health declaration form and provide proof of health insurance coverage.
7. US Virgin Islands ($-$$)
This destination is a breeze, pun intended, as the Island is affordable and marvelous while you don’t need a passport as it is a US Territory. Since this island hosts more weddings per capita than anywhere else in the US, it is well equipped for the role. Wedding officiants, planners, photographers, caterers, and florists are readily available onsite. Weddings performed in the Virgin Island are recognized in all 50 states. There are stunning villas, beaches, and churches to choose from. The island operates on the US Dollar so you don’t have to worry about currency exchange.
Travelers to the Virgin Island are required to submit negative PCR test results taken within five days before departure.
Your dream destination wedding is still a reality, even though it might be a bit closer to home now. There are some wonderful locations right here in the US to explore, or take a look at those close by for your magic day.