My TOP 6 Dream Wedding Locations
Ever since I got engaged to my soul mate a few years ago, I’ve thought about the perfect locations for a wedding.
My fiancé and I have entertained big and small celebrations, anything from local to international ceremonies. And yes, most options tend to depend on the size of your wedding budget and the number of guests you intend on having.
Now, even though I’m a dreamer by nature, I am also a realist. That must be the Libra in me, weighing both sides! LOL. But in real life, I am much more likely to see the glass as half empty than remotely full. Lately, though, I have begun to see the benefits of taking an optimistic approach with some facets of life. Why not dream a little after all? What could it hurt?
So if money was no issue, where might I choose for my wedding location? Well, I can’t pick one right now, but I will try to narrow down the regions a bit.
My familiarity with British TV shows and movies has always led to a fascination with areas ‘across the pond’, so to speak.
- Museum of the Moon
Located inside the Natural History Museum, this is a very modern event space which is only available from May to September. Looks like a cool place to hold a wedding reception, right? 😉
- Sky Garden
With its stunning panoramic views, a wedding there is bound to be an unforgettable event.
- One Marylbone
If you’re looking for an elegant place for a wedding and reception, this seems like a good choice.
- Porchester Hall
This modern event space with different rooms is rather versatile, suitable for any type of occasion.
- The Penthouse – Brick Lane
This private event space at a bowling alley might not seem like a great idea at first, but if you’re set on a casual yet intimate atmosphere, and aim to treat your guests to a lot of fun, it’s just perfect!
For London and its surrounding regions, Canvas Events is a great source for reserving a venue. You can even book Kensington Palace!
Wild, right? 😀
I have a weakness for historical romance novels, and I’ve always wanted to visit all the lovely castles in Europe. Let’s look at some fancy venues in England.
- Hedsor House – a country house with an Italianate style on the Buckingham-Berskshire border, and set amongst 100 acres of historic parkland.
- Hengrave Hall – a Tudor style mansion complete with great halls and elegant chambers in the Suffolk countryside.
- Chiceley Hall – a Georgian country mansion, decked out in the Baroque style with 48 rooms, a restaurant and a bar.
- Clevedon Hall – a huge wedding venue in Somerset, situated on seventeen acres and boasting 25 luxurious bedroom suites.
- Dumbleton Hall Hotel – a 19th century Cotswald stone manor house with nineteen acres of gardens and a private lake.
- The Grand Hotel – located at Tynemouth, close to the beach with a clifftop overlook. It has quite a history, having been originally built as a home for the Duchess of Northumberland.
- Matfen Hall Hotel – a 19th century country mansion in Northumberland, located on 300 acres of parkland. They recently added a newly refurbished wedding space.
- The Lodore Falls Hotel – situated on the shores of Derwentwater in Borrowdale, Cumbria in Lake District National Park. The site has 40 acres of tranquil land with a waterfall and a lakeshore.
These are all great choices! Here are some other venues to discover in England.
I have always been drawn to Irish mythology and Celtic music. So when I found out about two years ago that my great-grandfather was a full-blooded Irishman, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise that Ireland has been one of my top bucket list locations.
A. The Cliffs of Moher
Despite my fear of heights, this vista, which spans about eight miles across the Irish coast, is just too amazing to pass up! So, why wouldn’t it be an interesting locale for a wedding?
- Hotel Doolin – Located in County Clare on the West Coast of Ireland and famous for its traditional Irish music, this contemporary hotel has spacious, modern rooms.
Let’s explore some other great wedding venues in Ireland.
B. Drenagh Estate – a 19th-century house, complete with a tree-lined driveway and richly wooded grounds.
C. Ballyfin – Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the center of Ireland, Ballyfin is an exclusive luxury five star hotel, situated on 614 private acres of parkland with a 28 acre lake.
D. Dunluce Castle – This medieval castle is on a cliff overlooking the sea in Northern Ireland, and is arguably one of the best and most memorable castles in the country, despite its state of ruins. It isn’t surprising that visitors go for the dramatic views, and yes, some choose to have a wedding ceremony there.
E. Huntington Castle – a 17th century house situated on more than 160 acres of gardens, woodland and farmland. And you might even spot the occasional peacock or rooster!
F. Baily Lighthouse – On cliffs extending into Dublin Bay from Howth, this is one of Ireland’s most photographed lighthouses on the eastern coastline. The cliff walk/path appears to be stunning and quite a romantic adventure. It’s no wonder some have chosen to set their wedding locales in clear view of the lighthouse!
G. Ashford Castle (explore more wedding photos on the site here) – A medieval castle which was transformed into a five star luxury hotel, situated on 350 acres of parkland, this castle has always appealed to me. I’ve been getting their brochures for years, and I can’t deny the pull I have to it!
H. Adare Manor – Set on 840 acres, this neo-Gothic architectural masterpiece, once the family seat of the Earls of Dunraven, has been transformed into a five star hotel and golf resort. Such stunning views!
I. Castlemartyr Resort –The resort consists of a grand 17th century country manor house that sits adjacent to the ruins of an 800 year old castle. The five star hotel includes a 10 treatment room Spa and a luxurious golf course. With open meadows, manicured lawns and formal gardens, as well as a 24,400 square foot wellness, spa and fitness center, guests truly will want for nothing more.
J. Castle Leslie – One of the finest castle luxury estates in Ireland, set on 1000 private acres of rolling hills, parkland and lakes to explore…why wouldn’t this be an idyllic countryside, just perfect for a dream wedding?
K. Castle Durrow – an 18th century country house in the Irish midlands – just an hour from Dublin – which was transformed into a luxury castle hotel. Looking over the wedding gallery on the site, the location has such picturesque gardens, and it’s easy to see why couples have chosen this site again and again.
Stunning! Here’s hoping that I make it to Ireland someday! Fingers crossed! 😉
Disover this link with more information on wedding locations in Ireland.
- New Zealand
From bustling cities to dramatic mountainscapes to forests to scenic waterways, this country appears to have it all. At least everything you could want for a destination wedding. Here are some options, just to name a few.
A. The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs – Set on 6000 acres near Matauri Bay, The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs affords spectacular 180-degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Situated atop a cliff and overlooking three pristine private beaches, alongside offering the amenities of a serene spa and a golf course, as well as a hotel restaurant, numerous local activities, and spacious suites to stay in, you just can’t go wrong!
B. Huka Lodge – Regarded as one of the top luxury lodges in New Zealand, surrounded by seventeen acres of countryside on the banks of the Waikato River, the Huka Lodge features an outdoor swimming pool, a tennis court, free airport transportation and a hot tub. It has air-conditioned suites with a private terrace and lovely river views. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the famous Huka Falls. Sounds like a great place to visit!
C. Blanket Bay – Located on the beautiful shores of Lake Wakatipu on a 10,000 acre high country farm with quintessential South Island lake and mountain views, Blanket Bay Lodge offers guests a relaxing hot tub and rooms with stunning views. The staff at this luxury lodge in a majestic mountain setting can arrange mountain bike tours, jet boating and Milford Sound tours. What a perfect wedding or honeymoon retreat, right?
D. Annandale Coastal Farm Escape and Luxury Villa – In one of the world’s most spectacular coastal locations, this is a rare 4000-acre sheep and cattle farm which also offers exclusive use of four multi award winning luxury villas.
Here is a list of other options in New Zealand.
- Turks and Caicos
With such clear blue beauty, what couldn’t be better than this view during a wedding ceremony? ♥♥♥
Here are some locales for a destination wedding. I won’t go into much detail with each site from now on, as I think I’m starting to sound like a travel agent. LOL. I figure you can decide for yourself where you’d like to base your dream wedding, and if any of the pictures appeal to you.
A. East Bay Resort
B. Blue Haven Resort and Marina
C. Beach House
D. The Regent Palms
Why not go for something more local? I have always dreamed of living by the ocean, so I wouldn’t mind a beach wedding in the U.S. either! 😉
Especially if it’s a little easier to get to, here in my homeland. Hmm…let’s see what’s possible.
Here are some venues in this beautiful, sunny locale.
- Hollywood Beach – Marriott
- Panama City Beach – Legacy By the Sea
Barefoot Hide A Way Grill
- Miramar Beach – Sol Mate (vacation rental home which is sometimes used for a wedding venue)
- Destin – Emerald Grande
- Fort Walton Beach – Holiday Inn Resort
For more information on Florida venues, click here.
- Muir Beach – Pelican Inn
- Santa Cruz – Santa Cruz Dream Inn
- Monterey – Monterey Tides Hotel
- Laguna Beach – Surf & Sand
- Santa Monica – Shutters on the Beach
- Ventura – Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach
- Santa Barbara – Rincon Beach Club
- Redondo Beach – Chart House
For more California sites, click here.
- Bar Harbor – Harborside Hotel
Bar Harbor Inn
For more places in Maine to have your dream wedding, go here…
- Koloa – The Beach House
Sheraton Kauai Resort
- Lahaina – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
Montage Kapalua Bay
- Kapolei – Paradise Cove
For more places to have a wedding in Hawaii, click here.
- St. Simons Island
The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
The Golden Isles
- Jekyll Island – Villas by the Sea Resort & Conference Center
- Tybee Island – Hotel Tybee
For more wedding venues in Georgia, click here.
F. North Carolina
- Manteo – The Outer Banks of North Carolina
- Nags Head – Jennette’s Pier
- Ocean Isle Beach – Oceanfront Weddings of N.C.
- Duck – Sanderling Resort
- Wilmington – Southern Beach House
- Havelock – Neuse Breeze
- Kitty Hawk – Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks
For more locations in North Carolina, explore this link.
- South Yarmouth – Red Jacket Beach Resort & Spa
- Mashpee – The Club at New Seabury & The Popponesset Inn
- Provincetown – The Provincetown Inn
- Dennisport – The Sea View
Corsair & Cross Rip Oceanfront Resort
- Hyannis – Cape Codder Resort and Spa
- North Falmouth – Sea Crest Beach Hotel
- Nantucket – Galley Beach
Oops, I almost forgot! Can’t overlook France. It’s breathtaking!
So…I’ve always wanted to visit Paris for a vacation, but if I was going for a wedding venue? Nah, I’d probably pick something more natural or unique. Perhaps a villa, castle, a vineyard, or even some lavender fields.
- Provence – Chateau de Tourreau
Bastide St Mathieu
- Loire Valley – Chateau de Jalesnes
Château de Chissay
Here is a link which includes more options in France.
Wow, lots of choices to go over! They all seem like perfect settings for my books, too. Am I right? 😉
Well, I hope I covered everything. Maybe this post sparked your own ideas for a dream wedding, huh?
So after all this, what place have we as a couple chosen for the big day? That will most likely depend on the date of the wedding and our budget for the event. Okay, so maybe I didn’t narrow them down all that much. I like to have some variety! 😉
I just hope this helped you in your own search. I’ll keep you informed of our decision, however…
As always, happy reading, and have a beautiful summer! 🙂
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