Domestic destination weddings offer beauty, value
(ARA) - Every wedding is as special as the bride who takes her vows
that day, no matter if the setting is a centuries-old church, a hotel
ballroom or the bride's own backyard. But if you dream of saying your
"I do's" beside the gentle tide, or greeting your guests from the top
of a staircase that looks like it's straight out of "Gone With the
Wind," then a destination wedding might be right for you.
Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular, but
dragging your wedding dress, favors and all the guests overseas can be
pricey for brides and grooms on a budget. However, many
domestic destinations right here within the continental U.S. can offer
the same breath-taking scenery, diverse settings and luxurious
amenities you would expect to find - and pay more for - if you go
What kind of domestic destination should you seek? Here are a few
popular, cost-effective options that don't require a long trip for your
guests or you to spend a lot of money:
Beauty at the beach
When it comes to versatility in a natural setting, it's hard to beat
the beauty of the beach. A beach
wedding can capture the romance of the sea, evoke the party
atmosphere of an island escape, and tap the depth and power of Mother
Nature in all her glory.
With miles of beautiful beaches on both coasts, the good old U.S. of A.
offers plenty of locales for your beach wedding. On the East Coast,
Myrtle Beach, S.C. is a popular spot that offers a wide range of
versatile venues and accommodating lodging for you and your guests. The
region is a reasonable drive from just about anywhere along the eastern
seaboard. Plus, you can find affordable direct flights to the nearby
Myrtle Beach International Airport.
For a pure beach wedding, check out Myrtle Beach State Park, which
offers pristine white beaches and breathtaking views of the Atlantic
Ocean. Or, to marry the beauty of the beach with elegant style, check
out Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park in nearby Murrells
Keep in mind if you're holding your wedding on a public beach or park,
you'll likely need to obtain permits from the appropriate city or
The charm of the Old South
She might have had trouble staying happily married, but "Gone with the
Wind" heroine Scarlett O'Hara sure knew how to throw a romantic
wedding. You can recapture the grace, elegance and romance of
Scarlett's bygone era with a plantation destination wedding. Throughout
the south, you'll find representations of the gracious architecture
that personified the classic southern plantation, with grand
staircases, sweeping front porches and sprawling green gardens.
You can build an entire wedding theme around the locale, with attire
that evokes the elegance of the Old South and southern colors like
peach and lavender. A simple online search will yield numerous
plantation-style venues, like Litchfield Plantation and Pawley's
Plantation, both in Pawley's Island, S.C., or Brookgreen Gardens in
Murrells Inlet, S.C.
To the sea, to the sea
If you relish in the beauty of the sea but not the idea of the sand
that comes with it, holding your wedding at an oceanfront hotel may be
the perfect way to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the beach.
Many oceanfront hotels and resorts offer event venues with
great views of the beach and ocean.
Plan to hold your wedding in one of Myrtle Beach's many oceanfront
hotels, and you can savor the benefits of a beach destination
with all the comforts, conveniences and luxuries of top hotels. These
resorts cater to brides with comprehensive wedding packages, creative
menus and breathtaking views.
By looking for a domestic destination, you can