8 North American Nuptial Venues
Toast to the newlyweds around the fireplace and enjoy a candlelit reception dinner as the snow begins to fall.
North American weddings are larger-than-life celebrations where an average of up to two hundred family and friends come together to witness the marriage of their loved ones. Consisting of a legal ceremony and a fun-filled reception at a beautifully decorated venue, their one-day format is similar to those held in European countries. Steeped in the wedding traditions of a romantic fairy tale, their elaborate scale and creative design often involve an extended period of professional planning.
Modern-day North American wedding ceremonies can also take place in any venue of choice, as long as they are officiated by a licensed State celebrant. This flexibility beyond the classical church setting opens up a new horizon of potential wedding locations for engaged couples, from breathtaking North American mountain scenery to chic city hotels and everything in between. Whilst the summer months remain a desirable season to marry in, there has been a notable rise in popularity for Fall and winter weddings across America. Here are eight spectacular cold-weather wedding venues to spark ideas for a stateside celebration.
The Plaza, New York
In the city that never sleeps, you can host a mesmerising wedding celebration that raises the bar to new heights. The Plaza in New York has been long-established as a hotel icon since its debut in 1907. From the moment the grand doors opened, royalty, world leaders and movie stars have graced its halls and have reaffirmed its status as one of the most desirable hotels in the city. Overlooking the lush lanes of Central Park and the Pulitzer Fountain, its unbeatable location and romantic ambience makes it the perfect setting for a fairy tale wedding in New York.
The highly trained staff at the hotel have meticulous attention to detail and impeccable hospitality standards, meaning that every guest is treated with utmost care. No ask is too complicated for the team at The Plaza, they are dedicated to ensuring that all wedding guests have an unforgettable time during their stay. With three on-site ballroom venues to choose from and 282 guestrooms, there is the flexibility to make the luxury hotel feel like your own majestic residence for the weekend. With the option to book the new wedding service, ‘Fairmont Weddings by Neil Lane’, you can receive expert guidance from a renowned wedding planner to create an exquisite event tailored to your vision. www.fairmont.com/the-plaza-new-york
Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah
No experience at the Sundance Mountain Resort is ever the same. Its mindful ethos of art, nature and community allows you to reconnect with your surroundings and personalise your itinerary each time. Nestled at the base of the imposing 12,000 foot Mount Timpanogos, Sundance’s Founder, Robert Redford, took great care in seamlessly blending the facilities with the environment, whilst preserving the area along the way. The resort is a haven of natural beauty where you can host an unforgettable wedding across its indoor and outdoor spaces.
Sundance Mountain Resort is composed of 95 luxury guest cottages, 10 mountain homes, flexible event spaces and 5,000 acres of untouched alpine scenery to explore. It’s an all in one destination where you and your guests can gather, dine and dance beneath the towering pines and starry skies. If you’d like to book recreational activities for your wedding party during their stay, there are a fantastic variety of things to do including skiing, horse riding, zip line tours and spa treatments. The awe-inspiring Sundance Resort is a sanctuary of inspiration and discovery. www.sundanceresort.com
The Little Nell, Colorado
Poised beautifully on the mountainside where guests can ski in and out as they please, The Little Nell is proud to be Aspen’s only 5-star, 5-diamond hotel. The panoramic mountain views, spacious suites and warm hospitality have an authentic alpine charm that reflects Aspen’s laid back nature. From the moment you enter, it will feel like a luxury home from home, where you can kick off your ski boots and enjoy a drink by the crackling fire. The Little Nell’s atmosphere beckons families, friends and loved ones back again and again. The exceptional location near Aspen Airport, combined with unparalleled service and amenities makes it an irresistible location to host your wedding celebrations.
The Little Nell is a stunning 92-bedroom hotel at the top of the slopes, where grand or intimate weddings take place throughout the year. For a winter ceremony, the Wedding Overlook is a spectacular setting with 360-degree snowy mountain views at over 11,000 feet. Here there are limitless opportunities for newlywed photographs and the Aspen Mountain Club reception venue is just a stone’s throw away. Inside, the experienced team of chefs will cook up a feast to your taste, paired perfectly with a palatable wine that’s hand-selected by the sommelier team.
For a back-to-nature experience in the mountains, look no further than Amangani, in the foothills of the powder white peaks of the Grand Tetons. The contemporary all-season resort is comprised of sleek redwood and sandstone materials, leaving it very easy on the eye from both the inside and out. Amangani has a dazzling vantage point overlooking the mountains and the meandering Snake River Valley. Not only does it make the ultimate retreat to unwind in true Aman resort fashion, but it also offers easy transfers to some of the USA’s finest ski slopes and National Parks.
The resort’s unusual name translates to a familiar feeling of ‘peaceful home’. It’s a secluded setting on the crest of the East Gros Ventre Butte at approximately 7000 feet above sea level. From this incredible height, your stay here will rise above the rest, with beautiful views through floor-to-ceiling windows, complemented by discreet hospitality that goes above and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a romantic escape or a honeymoon with your other half, Amangani has it all. www.aman.com/resorts/amangani
Montage Deer Valley, Utah
The pinnacle of romance awaits you at Montage Deer Valley, where breathtaking mountain scenery meets 5-star comfort. This authentic alpine retreat has ski-in / ski-out access for guests and direct entry into one of America’s finest ski resorts. Marrying here in the heart of the mountains with panoramic vistas of the glistening white snow is a dreamlike vision. With the flexibility to host up to 400 guests in the Grand Ballroom or just a few of your closest family members, your special day at Montage Deer Valley will be tailored entirely to your preferences.
The hotel houses a variety of exquisite restaurants and the professional team of in-house chefs can prepare a bespoke meal for your wedding schedule. Whether you’d like an intimate rehearsal dinner, a stately banquet for your reception meal or some late-night snacks on the dance floor, the team understand how to bring the very best out of your event. Then once your all partied out, you can head to the 35,000 square-foot spa sanctuary, where a whole host of soothing treatments await to ease you into married life.
Twin Farms, Vermont
Blending harmoniously with the land it sits upon, Twin Farms is a relaxed country estate that sets the stage for an enchanting celebration. Its 300 acres provide excellent opportunities for wedding photographs, featuring a nine-acre pond, woodland trails and vast meadows with mountain backdrops. Or if you’re keen on outdoor activities with your loved ones, there’s always time to go hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and ice-skating. It’s a tranquil destination of its own where you’ll soak up the crisp Vermont air and leave restored and revitalised.
Each of the cottages at Twin Farms is individually designed with cosy fireplaces and free-standing bathtubs so you can settle in and feel welcome at once. Their spacious layouts are perfect for getting ready on the morning of the wedding, with plenty of natural light streaming through the windows. With all the amenities and home comforts around you, getting married at Twin Farms feels like a natural setting for many brides and grooms around the world. www.twinfarms.com
The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Experience alpine luxury like no other at The Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe. A world-renowned hotel in North America where you can ski right in and out of the hotel at your leisure. With a myriad of activities and indulgent cuisine to enjoy, you and your guests will be endlessly entertained and inspired by the beautiful mountain environment. With two, three or four-bed Residential Suites also on offer, it’s easy to keep families together and provide unparalleled facilities at their fingertips. With a vast spa, a slope-side heated pool and a popular après ski terrace, it’s a vibrant and luxurious place to spend time with your loved ones.
Weddings at The Ritz Carlton are a decadent affair that’s entirely personalised around your ideas. It’s possible to walk through a pine tree-lined aisle for your outdoor woodland ceremony, followed by drinks on the Fireside Terrace. The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom is another favourite for wedding celebrations, where evening receptions can go on late into the evening. Whether you’ve got a specific plan or are open to fresh perspectives, the experienced Events Manager can help you pick out the right package for you, with all the little details that will make your day extra special.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
This historic 19th-century homestead is where lifetime memories are made. Teeming with heritage and pristine private land, The Ranch at Rock Creek is a desirable place to start your next married chapter. Enveloped in one of Montana’s most scenic valleys, its timeless Western ambience mixes with state-of-the-art facilities to provide every guest with a premium rural experience. There are also plenty of activities on offer for your friends and family to try, including horse riding, fly fishing, archery and downhill skiing excursions at the Discovery Ski Area.
Ranch weddings are a refreshing alternative to busy city venues and hotels. The Ranch at Rock Creek is a peaceful respite from the buzzy tourist hubs and it allows you to focus on what it means to marry the one you love. The homestead can accommodate up to 75 guests when it is hired exclusively, which allows you to design a bespoke event flow in seclusion. Complete with 29 unique lodges and glamping accommodations, surrounded by ten square miles of forest, river and valley, there are limitless ways to plan a sensational wedding that’s unlike any other.
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