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Top 5 Western Wedding Destinations

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Getting married in romantic Paris or tropical Cancun would certainly be amazing, but hosting a wedding abroad not only prevents many close friends and family from attending, it also adds to everyone's expenses. After all, plane tickets, international travel insurance, accommodations and more aren't cheap. An alternative option is to have a destination wedding right here in the U.S. The expansive and gorgeous western portion of the country is the perfect choice. That's because you can have any type of ceremony you want here, as the region is home to everything from bustling cities to untouched nature. Take a look at five locations in the West that beat the rest.

1. Yell 'I Do!' in the City of Angels: A Los Angeles Wedding

From the opulent decor at Taglyan Cultural Complex to the enchanting greenery at the James Irvine Japanese Garden to the prehistoric exhibits at the Natural History Museum, there are few cities in the world with such a diverse array of incredible wedding venues as Los Angeles. You can even get married by the sea on Venice Beach or Ocean Park Beach. During downtime, your guests won't have a chance to twiddle their thumbs, as Los Angeles is a playground for adults and kids alike. You can suggest that your guests have a meal in Koreatown, tour the Getty Museum, walk down Hollywood Boulevard. Needless to say, your wedding in L.A. is an event they'll never forget.

2. Enter Into Marriage Lakeside: A Lake Tahoe Wedding

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Located in the Sierra Nevadas and on the border between Nevada and California, Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular vacation spots in the West for a reason. You can sunbathe at Kings Beach State Recreation Area, soak up the scenery at Emerald Bay Lookout, ski at Heavenly Mountain Resort, and test your luck at any one of the casinos on the Nevada side of the lake. When you tie the knot at Lake Tahoe, you not only give your guests access to all that, but you and your new spouse are already in a wonderful spot to honeymoon. Of course, such a destination has great wedding venues, notably the historic Thunderbird Lodge, where you'll have the blue water and snow-capped mountains as your backdrop, and the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe, a hotel that offers a level of luxury to match the stunning setting.

3. Tie the Knot Near a National Park: A Wedding in Yellowstone

Did you know that you can hold a wedding in Yellowstone National Park as long as you get a permit from the National Park Service? Saying yes next to Old Faithful or at Lake Butte Overlook is definitely something you would cherish for the rest of your life. If you want something more formal, though, then there are numerous venues in Wyoming near the park. For instance, Jackson Lake Lodge features a grand ballroom or manicured lawn for your ceremony; Yellowstone Under Canvas, a luxury camp site, makes for a truly one-of-a-kind wedding as well. If you and your spouse are nature lovers, this could be your spot.

4. Head to Paradise for the Ceremony: A Wedding in Hawaii

You can't really go wrong with any number of venues in Hawaii. At the St. Regis Princeville Resort on Kauai, you can host an intimate setting and kiss your spouse under a gorgeous kamani tree. The Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu has an oceanfront pavilion, outdoor ballroom, and a beach area for you to hold your wedding. There are many resorts that specialize in weddings, but if you want something more unique, you have plenty of options. For instance, the Bishop Museum in Honolulu can be rented out for weddings and receptions. In terms of quality of wedding venues, few states compare to Hawaii. During their trip, your guests can explore everything that the islands have to offer; Pearl Harbor, Na Pali Coast State Park, Hanauma Bay and other great attractions await.

5. Exchange Your Vows in Wine Country: A Napa Valley Wedding

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Known for its excellent eateries, relaxing spas, and gorgeous vineyards, Napa Valley may very well be the best place to get married in California — especially if you are a fan of fine wine. Weddings and Napa Valley go hand-in-hand, and that's why you'll easily find wonderful locations like the Beringer Vineyards, where you can get married inside a historic mansion, Calistoga Ranch, which is situated in a beautiful canyon, and Brannan Cottage Inn, a charming bed and breakfast that's a national landmark. In between events, your guests can take the Napa Valley Wine Train, bathe in hot springs, golf and more.

These five West destinations are certain to provide you the setting and amenities you need to have the wedding of your dreams. To safeguard against losing belongings or accidents, recommend that your guests sign up for travel insurance before coming to your wedding.

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Apr 07, 2016