Get Married with a View: 15 Spectacular Wedding Venues Where You Can Say “I Do”By Christabel Lobo
A picture is worth a thousand words, but the right wedding venue? That should render you speechless.
From rugged bluffs along the Northern Californian coast to a breathtaking bird’s-eye rooftop view in the heart of Ottawa, these 15 scenic hotel settings prove that getting married doesn’t always have to happen in a ballroom.
JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa; Arizona
Spread across 316 acres of the vast Sonoran Desert in central Arizona, the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers loved-up couples a serene desert backdrop to host their wedding festivities. Emerging from the arid landscape are several of the modern property’s oases, including the Isle of Capri, a verdant island in a fountain-filled lake.
The best part? The resort’s certified wedding planners allow you to relax while they organize it all, from floral arrangements right down to the seating charts.
The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail; Colorado
From snowcapped mountain peaks in the winter to thriving fields of alpine wildflowers in the spring, The Hythe, a Luxury Collection Resort, Vail provides an unparalleled backdrop for your nuptials no matter the time of year.
After tying the knot, pamper your wedding party with a rejuvenating session at the on-site Himalayan salt lounge or a day spent lounging by the outdoor heated pool — the choice is entirely up to you.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands
Coral sands, crystal-clear Caribbean waters and jaw-dropping sunsets over the horizon are what’s in store for your wedding entourage at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Prefer not to dip your toes in the tropical waters before saying “I do”? The verdant, 9,000-square-foot Great Lawn — complete with an elegant open-air wedding pavilion — is an ideal alternative for hosting not just cocktail hour for up to 660 guests, but also dancing the night away under the starry island skies.
The Westin Jekyll Island; Georgia
Primely situated on the Golden Isles’ southernmost island off Georgia’s southern coast, The Westin Jekyll Island is an ideal spot for city slickers looking to host a destination-style island wedding without breaking the bank. The resort is just an hour and a half south of Savannah.
Say I do under swaying palm trees on the property’s impeccably manicured grounds, and toast to the future on the Palm Terrace while facing the rhythmic lapping waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; California
Crisp mountain air and clear blue skies welcome wedding parties as they walk down a quaint, pine-tree-shaded aisle at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. For a panoramic view of the Sierra Nevadas, choose the meadow that borders the slopes — it can seat up to 400 guests.
Not to be missed are pre- and post-wedding libations at either of the two bars at this luxe mountainside resort.
The Westin Ottawa; Canada
At TwentyTwo, a chic rooftop ballroom on the 22nd floor, your guests can nibble on hors d’oeuvres like porcini arancini, bruschetta, and beef carpaccio while taking in the panoramic views of the vibrant metropolis down below.
Hotel Forty Five, Macon, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel; Georgia
Unimpeded cityscape views are part of the wedding package at Hotel Forty Five, Macon, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, a boutique property housed in a historic, art deco building in downtown Macon, mere minutes from the best the “Festival Capital of Georgia” has to offer.
Your picturesque wedding reception features a delectable spread of farm-to-table Southern dishes from the chefs at Loom, the hotel’s signature restaurant, along with a slew of imaginative wedding cocktails from Hightales Rooftop Bar, where drinks are inspired by the town’s music legends.
The St. Regis Washington, D.C.
Just two blocks from the White House and close to the city’s museums and national monuments, The St. Regis Washington, D.C. is steeped in historic wonder and charm — it has been registered as a National Historic Landmark since 1990. Designed by renowned architect Mihran Mesrobian, the Beaux Arts architectural wonder has hosted Hollywood celebrities, foreign dignitaries and even royalty since first opening almost a century ago.
Kick off wedding celebrations at the hotel’s nightly Champagne sabering ritual before heading to the Astor Terrace with your friends and family members.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay; California
Sweeping ocean views and spectacular sunsets abound at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, a scenic wedding destination just 30 miles south of San Francisco. Whether you choose to exchange vows atop the ocean bluffs or on the 7,500-square-foot Mar Vista Lawn, the rugged Northern Californian coastline provides an Instagram-worthy backdrop.
Keep the celebrations going with post-wedding drinks at The Ocean Terrace, the resort’s laid-back alfresco dining venue that overlooks the deep-blue waters.
The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale; Arizona
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician is a luxurious choice for couples seeking a high-end desert wedding escape. Soothing waterfalls, floral gardens and striking mountain vistas are just some of the backdrops available for the outdoor wedding of your dreams.
Plus, an on-site nail lounge, a Drybar and an invigorating selection of spa services ensure you’re well-groomed before walking down the aisle.
Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells; California
From an intimate ring exchange beside a tranquil lake to dancing the night away against the backdrop of the Santa Rosa Mountains, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells shows you just how versatile a desert wedding venue can be.
Let your pre-wedding jitters melt away by booking a signature couples massage at the 13,000-square-foot on-site spa.
Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection; California
With views of the Santa Ana Mountains, the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, Autograph Collection adopts the hacienda-style design that’s quintessential to Southern California. Say “I do” in a quaint adobe courtyard filled with creeping vines and tree-lined archways.
In the Olive Grove, your guests can mingle under the shade of evergreen olive trees. Don’t forget to unwind with a couples massage — the olive oil and lavender body treatment uses organic extra-virgin olive oil harvested on-site, inspired by the hotel’s private label EVOO, Reverence.
The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds, Lake Oconee; Georgia
Set along the tranquil shores of Lake Oconee, an hour outside of Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the epitome of Southern charm. There’s a choice of several outdoor spaces at this rustic-chic venue, such as the restored 19th-century wood-beamed barn and an 8,000-square-foot forest tent with prime lakefront and forest views.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort; Florida
With more than 7,000 square feet of stunning outdoor event space to choose from — including an exclusive stretch of one of Miami’s finest white sand beaches — getting married at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort is nothing short of idyllic.
Overlooking the striking turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean, this luxe property offers a dedicated wedding planner and catering team to ensure your special day is perfect right down to the very last detail.
Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel; Canada
Commanding views of the area’s seemingly endless concentration of skyscrapers, including the striking Calgary Tower, await wedding guests at the outdoor rooftop wedding venue at the Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel.
And while you’re off exploring the city’s thriving cultural and culinary scene before tying the knot, the hotel’s expert event planners are making sure your big day goes off without a hitch.
No matter your style, we have just the place to usher in your happily ever after. From scenic desert destinations to classic coastal views, explore a variety of enchanting wedding venues across 30 hotel brands with Marriott Bonvoy® Events. You’re sure to find the perfect spot to celebrate.