Name the best spots in the south for a wedding getaway

Destination weddings aren’t a new idea, but they often become news when celebrities like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen tie the knot in exotic places. While technically, the ceremony at Bündchen’s Costa Rica house last weekend was a “re-hitching” following the couple’s private ceremony in March, you don’t have to be rich or famous to consider the merits of a “weddingmoon” – first, second or otherwise.

For some people, a destination wedding makes more sense than a traditional ceremony and honeymoon in these trying economic times. Combining the expenses of the wedding and honeymoon – along with the typically smaller guest list at a destination wedding – often results in savings for the happy couple.

Destinationweddings.com lists the following places as its top ten weddingmoon spots (in 1-10 order):  Mexico, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Aruba, Fiji, cruise ships and finally, European destinations.  

The more exotic the locale, of course, the higher your expenses will likely be.  Several of those top spots — like the Bahamas and USVI — are within a short and affordable flight from Atlanta. But you don’t have to leave the continental U.S. or even our region of it to find beautiful places to travel for your own nuptials.

When I think of “destination weddings”, I usually picture the bride and groom on a white sandy beach. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I went to Hilton Head Island, SC when I didn’t see at least one wedding being held by the ocean. Between the beautiful beaches of South Carolina, Georgia’s Golden Isles and Florida, there are as many options as there are price points available for a prospective wedding getaway.  Beachside resorts can cater to those wanting an eloquent do with all the trimmings. But you can also find many reasonable packages for simple ceremonies on the sand, along with food and entertainment for small groups of guests.

Though beach weddings may be the most typical weddingmoon destination, beautiful ceremonies can be held just about anywhere you want to travel. Websites such as www.locationweddings.net suggest bed and breakfasts throughout the south, mountain inns, city hotels and beachside resorts, from which traveling brides and grooms can choose their ultimate wedding destination.

Have you ever traveled for a wedding? What did you think of the combined travel and wedding experience? Would you consider a weddingmoon for your own ceremony?

Where would you travel for the ultimate wedding destination and why? Around the south, what are the most picturesque locations for a wedding?

9 comments Add your comment

nypeach

April 8th, 2009
2:54 pm

My boyfriend and I are talking about a beach wedding this fall. He loves Tybee Island. We both agree it has to be very small, informal, just us, his daughter and mine. Do we need witnesses, or can the justice of the peace bring his wife or something?

K

April 8th, 2009
4:43 pm

The chldren are your witnesses.

Kaye

April 9th, 2009
9:01 am

My husband I got married at Helton Creek Falls and the whole wedding party (and what a paerty it was!) took over Amicalola State Park just north of Dawsonville Ga. We rented out all the cabins and most of the lodge for a three day wedding party, had the ceramony IN the falls at Helton Creek and the reception at The Smith House in Dalonaga. Our friends have been back several times and still rave about the wonderful non pompous wedding…by the way…we live all the way in Tampa FL and had people come in from 5 states and as far away as Utah. It didn’t break the budget, heck, hardly touched the budget and was so very perfect and we couldn’t have asked for a better “destination” wedding!

hollie

April 9th, 2009
12:54 pm

WE went to Hawaii for a wedding a few years ago…of course the couple was from the West Coast, and so was 90% of the guests. Surprisingly there were over 150 people there…it really was awesome and it was a great excuse to go visit the other side of the US!

paula

April 10th, 2009
4:48 am

My husband I got married at Helton Creek Falls and the whole wedding party (and what a paerty it was!) took over Amicalola State Park just north of Dawsonville Ga.This is really a wonderful place.Log on kissBBW.c o m.and you ;ll know more about it.There are many big beautiful women ,hot and sexy,waiting for you.

Carol

April 10th, 2009
12:00 pm

I’ve attended a couple beach weddings in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Beautiful location! The whitesand beaches make it an ideal setting for a wedding.

Maria Harbert

April 27th, 2009
12:20 am

We’ve also heard about Tybee Island and and its beautiful beaches.

A beach wedding is the perfect place to have a unity sand ceremony! If you are looking for custom colored sand to compliment your bridal colors, look to Sandsational Designer sand at http://www.weddingsand.net. Over 70, easy to pour, non-toxic colors made in the USA. Hot new metallics too! Tell them you read about Sandsational on ajc.com.

[...] Posted in Uncategorized at 1:44 PM by April Noyce Name the best spots in the south for a wedding getaway [...]

TybeeIslandWedding.com

April 27th, 2009
9:06 am

You don’t need witnesses ~ must get your marriage license @ probate court and there’s no waiting period or expiration date. VERY easy to get married in Georgia! :)