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Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Wedding & Bridal | 0 comments

8 Award-Winning Destinations for a Dream Wedding

If you’re dreaming of an island wedding or mountaintop nuptials, you’re not alone. Destination weddings make up 25 percent of the wedding market in the US, with an average of 340,000 taking place each year, according to TripSavvy. Whether a couple has families spread between different regions or they want to escape for a ceremony that doubles as a vacation, destination weddings are on the rise.

Whatever the incentive, there are thousands of truly stunning destination wedding spots for every style, theme, and budget. We’re highlighting 8 award-winning and unique destination wedding venues throughout North and Central America.

1. The Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, NC

The Barn at Valhalla was awarded Wedding Spot Insiders’ Choice award, as well as listed as a “Best Bang for your Buck Destination.” The venue was also awarded the Knot’s “Best of Weddings” 2018 pick and WeddingWire’s 2018 couple’s choice award.

Situated in the Southeast, the Barn at Valhalla is a short drive from major cities in North Carolina like Raleigh and Durham. The venue offers a sprawling estate with 30 acres of fields, pastures, wooded areas, and ponds. Weddings can take place in the great outdoors or in reception areas like their barn, perfect for rustic or farm-themed weddings.

2. The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado

Wedding website, Here Comes the Guide listed the Little Nell as one of the “16 Top Destination Wedding Venues in the U.S.” The property has also won awards from Forbes Travel Guide.

This wedding spot is nestled at the foot of a breath-taking mountainscape in Aspen. The resort offers observation decks with the sprawling peaks as your backdrop. If you don’t want to brave the mountain weather, there are several indoor spaces with equally stunning views. This venue is even pet-friendly!

3. Liberty Grand in Toronto, Ontario

Liberty Grand was named one of the “13 Best Destination Wedding Reception Venues Around the World” by Martha Steward Weddings

For those looking to have a cosmopolitan, big city wedding, the Liberty Grand is an entertainment complex with elegant ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The venue is situated on the lakefront in one of Toronto’s most picturesque areas, just a short drive (or flight) over the border from large Northeast and Midwest cities.

4. Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Rose Hall was also awarded the Caribbean Wedding Venue of the Year and Caribbean Ceremony Venue of the Year by the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards.

According to, the Caribbean is the most popular destination wedding location for U.S. couples. While there are many wedding venues and resorts in gorgeous, tropical locations, Rose Hall offers a unique experience in Jamaica that combines both history and natural beauty. Plus, their award-winning golf course is perfect for the groom’s wedding day activities.

The estate also has multiple indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from, each with their own distinctive character—you can even get married next to the ruins of an 18th-century aqueduct.

5. Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs, CA

CNN named Korakia Pensione as one of the “8 Best Places for a Destination Wedding.” Forbes Traveller named Korakia one of the “Sexiest Hotels in America.”

This stunning hotel and resort offers a desert oasis wedding venue. The property combines the beauty of surrounding Palm Springs, with Mediterranean and Moroccan inspired architecture. Couples can be married outside one of their many villas or in an intimate garden. All spaces combine lush outdoor landscape with stylish and rustic-chic interiors, perfect for the photos that you’ll have for a lifetime.

6. The Reefs Resorts & Club in Southhampton, Bermuda

Fodor’s Travel included this resort on their list for “10 Gorgeous Places for a Destination Wedding.” The Reefs also has a serious roster of awards

Bermuda is a popular destination for the Northeast, and New England is only a short 2-hour flight from major airports in Boston and New York. The Reefs Resort and Club is a beachside hideaway on the south shore of Bermuda with a stunning setting and unique charm. The family-owned resort offers decks, beachside spaces, and indoor banquet rooms for weddings, all with a perfect tropical backdrop.

7) Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine

Hidden Pond is on the Knot’s list of “Best U.S. Destination Weddings,” Travel + Leisure also named it one of the Top 10 Resort Hotels in the Northeast.

For a quaint New England wedding, look no further than Hidden Pond. This picturesque estate offers outdoors wooded settings, gardens, a rustic barn event space, as well as the option to take over the entire property to make it your own personal wedding getaway spot. The Atlantic ocean is just one mile down the round from the resort, so you can enjoy some beach time before saying “I do.”

8) Casa Palopo in Antigua, Guatemala 

Voted as one of Bride Magazine’s “10 Most Stunning Wedding Destinations for 2018.” The hotel itself also boasts a multitude of other awards.

Antigua is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with 16th-century Spanish colonial architecture and Southern Guatemalan volcanoes that make the city truly one-of-a-kind. Once a private residence, Casa Palopo is now a boutique hotel and resort with interiors that resemble a museum. The lakeside property offers outdoor areas overlooking Lake Atitlán along with vibrant indoor spaces in the villas.

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Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a full-time writer and content consultant. She’s written for Reader’s Digest, AARP, Lifehack and more. Follow her on Twitter, @JThiefels, and connect on LinkedIn.