6 Dreamy Domestic Destinations for Weddings

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Travel insights from Andrea Sedlacek, editor of The Compass


A destination wedding doesn’t have to be in a far-flung location halfway around the world – the good ol’ US of A has some excellent wedding locales. Here are some domestic wedding destinations and beautiful hotels in them, approved by The Knot, the #1 wedding experts.

Destination #1: Miami, Florida

Why: Miami gives visitors a mix of big city life and beach living. Couples have a range of background options for their wedding pics like a high-rise rooftop, a classic beach backdrop or cool city vibes from the Art Deco District in South Beach or the vibrant Española Way.

Hotel picks:

  1. Delano South Beach – The Knot
  2. Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort – VAX pick

Destination #2: Las Vegas, Nevada

Why: Do you really need to know why Las Vegas is a perfect destination wedding locale? The drive-thru chapels are still there of course, but more options abound. Party-centric, chic, classic – you name it, Vegas has it.

Hotel picks:

  1. Bellagio – The Knot
  2. The Mirage – The Knot

Destination #3: Napa Valley, California

Why: What could be more romantic than a Wine Country wedding? Though most wineries cannot host weddings because of the Winery Definition Ordinance, which protects the precious agricultural land in the area, there are many gorgeous hotels, resorts and landmarks to choose from.

Hotel picks:

  1. The Meritage Resort & Spa – VAX pick
  2. The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa – VAX pick

Destination #4: Charleston, South Carolina

Why: Charleston is the destination for a unique, historic wedding venue. Think historic homes, beautiful parks, garden rooms, courtyards and even the harbor. Plus you can easily find a charming hotel for the guests and the couple.

Hotel picks:

  1. Grand Bohemian Hotel Charleston Autograph Collection – VAX pick
  2. The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel – VAX pick

Destination #5: Chicago, Illinois

Why: Bright lights, windy city! Chicago is perfect for couples wanting a vibrant cityscape for their wedding. Plus, Lake Michigan is so accessible from downtown, giving couples the option to include a little nature into their wedding aesthetic.

Hotel picks:

  1. Kimpton Gray Hotel – VAX pick
  2. The Langham – VAX pick

Destination #6: Austin, Texas

Why: Live music, beautiful parks, scenic lakes, plus a vibrant cityscape give couples and their guests plenty to see, do, eat and drink when in town for a Texan wedding.

Hotel picks:

  1. Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa – VAX Pick
  2. Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt – VAX Pick

Disclaimer: Get the latest mask and travel restrictions on the destination you’re traveling to before you go from the city, county or state’s tourism board website or government website.