Top Wedding Venues for Winter
December 19, 2014
THE US GRANT, San Diego, CA
Guests can say “I do” in one of the luxuriously appointed San Diego wedding venues inside THE US GRANT. The historical property offers ballroom venue options that are each distinct in style – yet all equally romantic for a dream wedding destination.
Among the most requested San Diego wedding venues for intimate receptions and ceremonies are the opulent and aptly named Crystal Ballroom, the Chairmans Court, the Chaffee Court or the stately Palm Court – with a wall of west facing windows which pays homage to hotel’s 1910 Palm Terrace landscaped by Kate Sessions of Balboa Park fame.
For larger celebrations, the Celestial Ballroom and Presidential Ballroom rival Hollywood’s grandest sets. With a storied legacy as a Speakeasy and “Little Club” welcoming the jazz bands of the 1940’s, the Celestial Ballroom’s historic wood stage, metallic blue hand painted arches and hand blown Italian chandeliers accent the room with timeless elegance. Illuminated by nine crystal chandeliers lining the twin barrel vaulted ceiling, the beaux arts design of the Presidential Ballroom is worthy of a royal affair.
The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI
Featuring a historical mansion of classic beauty and elegance, The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, RI is a natural choice for luxurious weddings. The Chanler is a cliffside mansion featuring 20 unique and exquisite accommodations, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at the start of Newport’s famous cliff walk and is a truly romantic destination. The property specializes in buyouts and intimate weddings, creating truly customizable experiences backed by the culinary creations of the award-winning Spiced Pear restaurant. Brides and grooms are able to customize their menus in order to add personal touches and express themselves through their food choices, creating unforgettable wedding celebrations that take place inside the mansion’s Spiced Pear with breathtaking views and a decor of grace and splendor.
With each of the 20 elegant accommodation options having its own signature style, virtually any room at The Chanler makes a wonderful bridal suite. Just some of the many features include luxurious crystal chandeliers, four-poster kind beds with ocean views, a private courtyard, an outdoor hot tub, sauna and jacuzzi bathtub with an open shower.
Manchester Grand Hyatt | San Diego, CA
For couples looking a spectacular, indoor wedding venue – the newly renovated, Southern California hotel, Manchester Grand Hyatt is the perfect fit. With 50,000-square-feet of recently transformed event space, updated facilities, part of a multimillion-dollar resort-wide renovation, feature new technology and contemporary design inspired by the California coast to emphasize the property’s impressive picturesque views of the city and bay — the ideal wedding backdrop. The Coronado Terrace and Ballroom, offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, with seating for up to 250 guests for a ceremony. Inside, guests can enjoy a relaxing cocktail hour in the indoor pre-function space before adjourning the ballroom for a celebration with as many as 500 in attendances for a seated event. Another bonus for couples tying the knot at Manchester Grand Hyatt is that you can earn free honeymoon nights at whichever honeymoon destination you choose. Coupes who book and hold a wedding or commitment ceremony at a participating Hyatt hotel by December 31, 2014, earn Hyatt Gold Passport® bonus points redeemable for free nights with no blackout dates at any Hyatt hotel or resort worldwide.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, Long Island
Situated along the most desired stretch of coastline in all of Long Island, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is the only four-season resort in Montauk, offering an unparalleled fall wedding location on the east coast. As part of a multiphase relaunch, Gurney’s features updated event spaces and facilities boasting unobstructed ocean views of its 1,000 sq-ft private beach including a refreshed beachside banquet hall and a new Bridal Suite. New York City’s hottest food & beverage leaders are spearheading the culinary and events revival of Gurney’s, and will assist with the planning and execution of flawless wedding events. Gurney’s can accommodate weddings of up to 300 guests and offers 109 rooms, suites, and cottages, each with dramatic ocean views.
Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, RI
Vanderbilt Grace, a historic mansion turned 33-suite luxe hotel in Newport, RI can accommodate the most intimate weddings in a private suite to a gathering of up to 50 people. Situated in the heart of Newport and just minutes from the waterfront, the property will allow guests to step back in time and experience the glamour of another era – the so-called Gilded Age – when leisure, luxury and elegance were all. Magnificent suites and reception rooms make for a unique backdrop to any wedding, and the highly trained team will make sure your special day goes seamlessly. For those who would like to make the boutique property their own, Vanderbilt Grace allows entire mansion buy-outs for the wedding weekend.
The Lodge at Glendorn – Bradford, PA
Set on 1,500 acres, adjacent to the Allegheny National Forest, The Lodge at Glendorn boasts beautiful views of fall foliage and brings the most delightful weather to travelers. This Relais & Chateaux property features rustic – luxe accommodations across a main lodge and twelve private cabins, offering guests many options for the perfect indoor Fall wedding. Guests have the option of getting married in the large main house which features a manmade stone fireplace two stories high or in Hideout Cabin, a private cabin that can be used for smaller weddings, situated high up on Glendorn’s property. Hideout features a full size kitchen and fireplace as well as a private outdoor terrace with a fireplace and barbecue grill. Executive Chef Joseph Schafer offers an enticing menu infused with classic French techniques and will even prepare game or fowl caught by guests on property for the main course. The Lodge at Glendorn guarantees a unique wedding experience for not only the bride and groom but all guests as well.
Brockton Villa | La Jolla, CA
Located in the charming seaside neighborhood of La Jolla, Brockton Villa offers several separate dining areas for rehearsal dinners, intimate weddings and receptions. With spectacular oceanfront views of the La Jolla Cove, the inside dining room features a large cozy fireplace which adds an inviting feel. Tables and seating are available to cater up to 100 wedding guests. Along with Brockton Villa’s beautiful setting, the restaurant offers special arrangements for rehearsal dinners, weddings and receptions including:
Wine, beer and cocktails
L’Auberge de Sedona | Sedona, AZ
L’Auberge de Sedona, the exclusive luxury hotel, spa and restaurant on Oak Creek in Arizona’s famed Red Rock country introduced an all-new set of romance packages as part of the Love Series. From the first remarkable vacation together to the fairy tale moment of saying “I do”, L’Auberge is an idyllic destination spot adorned with romance. Love Series allow couples to unwind by cozy wood-burning fireplaces, enjoy an intimate brunch, unwind during couple’s massages on spacious decks, and relax in private outdoor, open-roof cedar showers under Sedona’s brilliant skies. The opportunity for an unforgettable wedding can all be experienced through one of the Love Series packages, Elopement. Elopement package includes:
• Romantic indoor location for a private dinner or ceremony
• A magnificent cake created by L’Auberge de Sedona’s talented pastry team
• One-hour wedding photography
• Customized flowers for the bride and groom
• Two-night stay in a luxurious Garden Side or Spa Cottage Couple’s Swedish massage
• Six-course dinner the with wine pairings and champagne toast
• Designed for weddings, the L’Auberge “Classic” Elopement package is available starting at $3,500