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Top 5 Southern Wedding Destinations

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So you want to have a destination wedding? Forget going abroad. Some of the best wedding locations in the world are right in the United States. Check out five great wedding destinations in the American South that will make your big day magical.

1. Kiss Your Spouse in a Charming Historic City: A Wedding in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia, is chock-full of classy places to tie the knot. You can get married at the Mackey House, a gorgeous mansion located at Red Gate Plantation that's just minutes from downtown. Forsyth Park Inn, a bed and breakfast that's known for its true Southern hospitality and great location next to Forsyth Park (one of Savannah's best), is another popular choice, as is the Presidents' Quarters Inn, where you can say "I do" in a garden setting. Savannah boasts plenty more venues in addition to these. What's even better than the variety of venues is that your guests will be entertained between events; they can experience everything from going on a ghost tour and hopping on a trolley to shopping at City Market and exploring the Telfair Museum of Art. It goes without saying that your friends and family will love coming to Savannah to see you get hitched.

2. Have the Ceremony on the Beach: A Wedding in the Florida Keys

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If you want a beach location that's laid-back and beautiful for your wedding, then you don't need to look any further than the Florida Keys. This chain of tropical islands is absolutely delightful, and you'll find plenty of fabulous venues for the big day, such as the Ocean Key Resort and Spa in Key West, where you can exchange vows overlooking the ocean, and Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, where you can choose to host a lavish ceremony in a grand ballroom or a romantic one beside the sea. In general, the islands are filled with resort venues that offer impeccable services for weddings. You can also find some one-of-a-kind spots to get married, such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, which is undoubtedly your go-to venue if you're a fan of The Old Man and the Sea.

3. Say Yes in the Big Easy: A New Orleans Wedding

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The bustling French Quarter, the exceptional Cajun cuisine, and the unmatched nightlife are all great reasons to have your friends and family make the trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, for your wedding. If you're seeking an urban environment in the South for your wedding, New Orleans is certainly one of your best options. After all, where else can you get married at a legendary music club like Rosy's Jazz Hall? You can even have the ceremony aboard Steamboat Natchez beneath the setting sun as you drift along the mighty Mississippi River. For a ceremony location that defines elegance, the Opera Guild Home is a wonderful choice. With such a selection of awesome and gorgeous venues, your guests will never forget your New Orleans wedding.

4. Get Married in the Great Outdoors: A Wedding in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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From the Rumbling Bald Resort on Lake Lure in North Carolina to Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa in Young Harris, Georgia, majestic locations to get married are found throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains. Better yet, your guests will have access to a lot of recreational options during their downtime. If you choose a venue in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, for instance, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fishing, skiing and much more are just a stone's throw away. Numerous resorts located in the mountains also boast onsite amenities such as spas and golf courses. After the wedding, you can even stay put for your honeymoon; indeed, the Blue Ridge Mountains are that wonderful.

5. Head to a Small Town to Chant "I Do!": A Wedding in Fredericksburg, Texas

Located 80 miles west of Austin, Fredericksburg is the embodiment of a true Texas town. Full of niche shops, fine eateries and plenty of wine, Fredericksburg will certainly wow your guests. Wedding spots impress, too, as you get one-of-a-kind environments and great hospitality to boot. For example, you can hold an intimate ceremony at Angels Lodge Above the Creek, a bed and breakfast known for its creekside pool and delicious food. For something extravagant, try the Hoffman Haus, a facility that features an amazing great hall. Between events, your guests will have plenty to do in town, including trekking through Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, learning about history at the National Museum of the Pacific War and golfing at Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course.

These five locations in the American South make excellent wedding destinations and will ensure that your big day is truly memorable. As you send out invites, be sure to remind your guests to get travel insurance because you don't want their trip to your wedding to be ruined by lost baggage or some other accident. Companies such as Allianz Global Assistance offer coverage for such trips.

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Apr 06, 2016