Love is in the springtime air! This week we’re rounding up our favorite top five historic wedding destinations that offer locations for soon-to-be brides and grooms with design aesthetics ranging from rustic elegance to classic opulence for their upcoming nuptials. Whether you’re planning on a destination wedding or perhaps looking for the perfect spot to unwind on your honeymoon, or both—these historic destinations will be sure to make long lasting memories for you, your loved ones and your guests. May you live happily ever after!!
Inns of Aurora
Nestled in the adorable village of Aurora, New York, the Inns of Aurora offers three distinct historic properties that are each steeped in history and restored to absolute perfection. Each inn has its own stunning design aesthetic combining historic architectural details, modern art, and eclectic design elements giving each building a unique yet cohesive feel. All three inns are located on Cayuga Lake, the perfect sunset backdrop for a wedding event in any season. The skilled and attentive team at the Inns of Aurora will help you create the menu of your dreams, catering your event with the utmost attention to detail. This attention ensures that your special day goes off without a hitch, and gives you the space to worry about other important details about your special day (like your wedding dress, shoes, and the uncle you haven’t seen in ten years who’s known for making awkward comments in public about what you looked like when you had braces as a kid). The village’s significant history-coupled with these three beautiful properties and the Inns of Aurora’s stellar service-creates a food and wine experience that will please even the most discerning palate, making this the perfect one-stop-shop to make your own unforgettable history.
Old Monterey Inn
If you’re looking for magical, look no futher than the Old Monterey Inn located in Monterey, California. This historic Tudor estate built in 1929 is the embodiment of relaxed California elegance and modern glamour, and can host weddings in either their parlor or in their impressive formal gardens that will provide the perfect backdrop for any intimate wedding or elopement. If you opt to have an outdoor wedding the inn’s formal gardens will no doubt set a magical tone with its fairytale fountains and established plants and trees. If you need any help with the details of your wedding, the knowledgeable and experienced staff will happily make suggestions for local vendors who can handle the catering, flowers, music or any other detail needed for your event. If all of this wedding planning is getting you stressed, make an appointment at the inn’s spa that offers a variety of relaxing treatments including massage therapy and facials that will have you feeling euphoric on your special day.
Castle Hotel and Spa
Gilded Age wedding in a castle anyone? Castle Hotel and Spa located in scenic Tarrytown, New York provides a journey back in time. Only thirty minutes north of Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa sits majestically atop one of the highest points in Westchester County overlooking the Hudson River amid sprawling acres of manicured gardens and grounds and is the perfect place to host your wedding. Whether you have an outdoor ceremony in the garden or choose to host your nuptials in the Great Hall with its forty-foot vaulted ceilings, Tiffany-style stain glass windows with heraldic motifs, Castle Hotel and Spa is the perfect venue to create a sophisticated and unforgettable event. Already exhausted from handling the guest list and family politics? Let the exceptional wedding specialists and award-winning culinary team handle all of your wedding details and create the menu of your dreams for your reception. Still stressed? Thann Sanctuary is the Castle Hotel and Spa’s full-service spa on the premises that will be sure to have you relaxed and beautified on your special day. With over 100 years of history, beautiful grounds and stunning architecture, the Castle is undoubtedly the perfect wedding venue for you to make your own lasting memories that will last a lifetime.
Dunton Hot Springs
Nestled in the heart of the majestic San Juan mountains in its own valley outside of Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs is a former mining town that has been converted into a boutique, Old Colorado resort that epitomizes rustic luxury. Dunton was established in 1885 and underwent a massive renovation by its current owner in 1994 that took seven years. The town is now one of the most sought after private wedding destinations in the US for the newly engaged who want a stunning backdrop of snow covered mountains, natural hot springs, luxurious accommodations, and an exceptional food and wine experience. We’ve actually been to a wedding at Dunton Hot Springs ourselves when a friend and his fiance rented out the entire town (resort) for the weekend. It’s the best wedding we’ve ever been to. And we’ve been to many. Even some friends for the second and third time around!
Perfect climate, classic Mediterranean landscapes, and rich culture have made the French Riviera one of the most desirable locations in the world for destination weddings. Whether you’re looking for a private villa or chateau that can accommodate up to two hundred of your closest friends and family for your upcoming wedding, A.M.A. Selections has a portfolio of historic luxury vacation rentals where your every wish will be attended to down to the smallest of details. A.M.A. Selection’s skilled and connected concierges’ can take care of all of your arrangements on your behalf with their network of trusted local professionals. From wedding planners to caterers to private jet or yacht transportation no detail is unattainable for the guests of A.M.A Selections’s luxury properties where they aim to provide in incomparable level or discreet and tailored service to all of their guests.