Just because it’s your Big Day doesn’t mean it needs to be, well, big. Many couples are opting for more intimate celebrations.
Elopements are on the rise — a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by pre-owned dress marketplace StillWhite.com found 60 percent of couples now seriously consider throwing I dos for two (or a few guests) in hopes of saving money, avoiding planning stress or family drama, or having "just-the-few-of-us" toasts. These four favorite U.S. hotels prove good things come in small (ceremony) packages.
Lone Mountain Ranch, Montana
This 1915 homestead turned upscale dude ranch in Big Sky is rustic romance at its best. Here, wedding experiences are seasonal. Winter brings snowy serenity, a sleigh ride to an oil-lantern-lit dinner, and a private moonlit snowshoe tour with hot cocoa. When temperatures rise, the package morphs to include outdoor ceremonies creekside or atop a panoramic ridge, a private horseback ride with picnic and canoeing and biking along mountain trails. Offerings like massages for two, cake, and three (also seasonal) meals a day at onsite eatery Horn & Cantle come with both. No need to fear: The 27 historic unique cabins were redone in 2016 with details like clawfoot tubs, porch swings, hot tubs, wood stoves and record players (three-night winter elopement packages for two start at $4,050; five-night summer elopement packages for two start at $7,450).
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
The Foundry Hotel, Asheville, North Carolina
Conrad, Washington, DC
Centrally located, visually stunning and offering an extremely high level of hospitality, the year-old luxury property can certainly be seen by betrotheds as a capital gain. This is no doubt thanks to the variety of photographable vignettes (dramatically curved, lighted staircase, wall mural made from broken blue-willow pottery, the adjacent urban park) and small-gathering friendly venues found inside its doors. Elopers can exchange vows on the rooftop, which looks out at District landmarks like the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome, on landscaped third-floor patios or under the elegant Falling Flowers glass chandelier. The package also includes accommodations, a custom cake, photographer and a secured hard-to-get chef’s table reservation for 10 at Estuary, the on-site Chesapeake Bay-inspired restaurant headed by Top Chef contestants the Voltaggio brothers. Grab sterling silver D.C. postcard charms for favors from Tiffany & Co. on the ground level (elopement packages start at $4,000 for up to 10 people). Legally Wedded The three states and the District of Columbia all require marriage licenses to wed. Famously, Nevada has no waiting period or blood test requirements. Montana and Washington D.C. also do not have waiting periods. The three states do require couples to apply for permission to marry in person and furnish proof of age, as well as the allotted fee. A third party may apply in Washington D.C.
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