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