Congratulations on your engagement! The team at Invitations by R Squared is always thrilled to hear of a wedding in the works. We’re a little way into the new year already, and we’re hearing about couples now planning for a late fall or winter wedding.
While many couples choose an exotic location at a far-away place for their fairy-tale, fully one third of today’s savvy couples are choosing to host a destination wedding. And many of these are held in the United States at some of the most beautiful locations the world has to offer. Not only is this more economical and budget friendly for the couple, but it often makes it easier for the wedding guests to actually attend the event. An added bonus to a stateside destination wedding is, if there are elder guests, it might be easier for them to travel across the country, than across the planet.
Our team spent a ton of time checking in with wedding planners across the country to find out the hottest up-and-coming destination wedding locations for the rest of this year and next as well.
Here are the destinations predicted to be THE places to wed in the coming year in the west:
Taos, New Mexico ~~ Taos truly is one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world to visit. Can you imagine how magical YOUR destination wedding will be at any one of a dozen fabulous venues in this lovely southwestern town? Taos offers so much to couples planning a destination wedding, and there is enough diversity among the venues that every size wedding, in virtually every budget range can easily be accommodated. From gorgeous old churches to panoramic mountain vistas, the possibilities are endless. This site offers a plethora of options in venues, vendors, planners, and more. The team found the folks they spoke with in Taos to be friendly, helpful, and – really – ALL about the wedding ceremony. They are also totally LGBTQ friendly, and excited to assist all of the couples wishing to wed in the beautiful southwest in making their wedding dreams come true.
Breckenridge, Colorado ~~ A perfect mountain small town setting with stunning scenery, an impressive cultural background, and a quietly quaint Victorian feel, Breckenridge is a year-round destination for visitors of all ages and interests. Its Main Street is populated with historic buildings, many over a century old, housing the best dining, shopping and nightlife you can find in a ski town anywhere. Unlike some of the trendier Colorado mountain and ski towns, Breckenridge offers more choices for today’s discerning couples. Indoors or out, panoramic views abound. You will find this to be true across the board for Breckenridge; choices in venues, vendors, photographers, and an amazing array of activities in any season for your guests. Breckenridge is, quite literally, the perfect setting for a mountain destination wedding. Learn more about what this lovely little town has to offer right here.
Big Sur, California ~~ Omigosh, the team was raving about the beauty of this California coast location for a destination wedding! It’s a location that doesn’t ever seem to dim in popularity, and is experiencing a big boost right now. Extremely LGBTQ friendly, and really one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in California, Big Sur is nothing short of amazing. There are plenty of activities for the guests in your wedding party as well. Something for everyone, from botanical gardens to hiking the coast, from beachcombing to a range of art galleries that is unrivaled. While Big Sur is very laid back, there is an air of quiet elegance about it, that makes it the perfect location for your destination wedding. Just look!
Friday Harbor, Washington ~~ Located on San Juan Island, Friday Harbor couldn’t possibly be a more picturesque location if it tried! One of our team members dreams of a kayak adventure wedding in the San Juan Islands, with a ceremony at Friday Harbor! The beauty of the location and the serenity to be found on the island itself make it the PERFECT location to exchange vows, and start of on a new path together. There is enough variety in venue choices that any couple would be able to create a memorable event for their most special day. The natural backdrops from which to choose are many. You can choose indoor or outdoor, adventure or extreme, traditional or decidedly outside the box. And the wedding professional available to help you plan, should you choose to hire one? All top drawer. Whatever it is that the happy couple is wishing for with regard to their dream wedding, they can find it in the San Juan Islands!
Paia, Hawaii ~~ On the island of Maui, along the west slope of the Haleakala volcano, is a breathtakingly beautiful string of gently rolling hills and valleys. Just to the north of this area is the town of Paia. Known for Ho’okipa Beach, and the world-class windsurfing to be found there, Paia boasts great shopping and dining experiences, especially if you enjoy fresh seafood. In an area packed with all kinds of agriculture, you will find venues tucked away here and there … botanical gardens, a lavender farm, coffee plantations (complete with plantation houses to host your ceremony!), flower farms, wineries. And, of course, the incredible Hawaiian beaches, if it is a beach destination wedding that make your hearts race. Activities for your wedding guests are definitely diverse; really something for everyone. Fishing, sightseeing, beachcombing, surfing, snorkeling, hiking, biking … the list goes on and on. Check out these fabulous venue ideas! Famous for its sunsets, many of the venues available in and around Paia will gift your magical day with a spectacular sunset. Does it get any more romantic than that?
We know you’re going to have the wedding of your dreams, and we’re here to help you along the way. Once you’ve settled on a destination, the next step will be choosing Save the Date cards, invitations and the other elements of your destination wedding stationery suite. There are some really lovely beach theme stationery suites here, boarding pass and passport motifs here, and invitations in the shape of the state where your dream day will take place right here. Get in touch and let’s schedule a consultation for your wedding stationery!
We’d love to help keep you inspired, too! Check out our inspiration boards right here, at Pinterest!
We are beyond thrilled with your fabulous news, and want you to know that the team at Invitations by R Squared is here to help!