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Winter Wedding Destinations

When contemplating a winter wedding or eloping destination, you have to ask yourself if you want a typical winter of snow, or do you want to escape the snow and head to a location which is warmer? Luckily, there are prefect winter wedding destinations which will accommodate both preferences.

Snowy Winter Weddings

To some people there’s nothing more romantic than sitting together in front of a roaring fireplace, sipping hot cider, champagne or red wine. Whether you’re thinking of eloping, or planning a destination wedding with a group of close relatives and friends, a ceremony at a historic New England Inn or ski resort in Colorado or Utah could be just for you.

New England Inns

Many inns and resorts of New England have special winter wedding packages. Here are just a few ideas:

Stonebridge Country Club - Manchester, New Hampshire
603-497-8633

Stonebridge offers romantic fireside weddings, with discounts on winter wedding packages. You have your choice of many rooms for your wedding or elopement, including The Vista Room, which is perfect for a small wedding. This room offers a view of the golf course with French doors opening onto a balcony and skylights for a bright and airy atmosphere.

Stonebridge even offers theme weddings, a Hawaiian Luau, Scottish Feast, New England Clambake, Cape Cod Wedding, Country Hoe Down, Margaritaville, and Autumn Harvest. If you have a theme-wedding idea of your own, you can even discuss it with them. Oh, and if you have a beloved, well-behaved pet, you can even bring it to the ceremony.


Publick House Sturbridge, Massachusetts
800-PUBLICK

Founded in 1771 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Publick House offers a winter wedding package for slightly larger weddings of 75 or more. For $32.50 per person plus tax and gratuities, the wedding package includes:

A five-hour reception in Paige Hall and The Barn
An elegant three course dinner
Sparkling Champagne toast for each guest
Wedding cake created by Publick House pastry chef
Cake knife and guest book
A pair of Publick House toasting glasses as a keepsake
Complimentary wedding menu tasting for two
Restroom attendant for your guests
Wedding night accommodations with breakfast the next day for the Newlyweds
Discounted room rates for your guests


Inn at the Round Barn B&B Waitsfield, Vermont
802-496-2276

The Round Barn is all set up for your elopement, wedding or civil union, as they already have a Justice of the Peace on staff. Now, that’s prepared! But, what about winter wedding amenities? Again, very prepared!

Your guests will enjoy a true winter wedding with sleigh rides, downhill skiing at Sugarbush or Mad River Glen, and cross country skiing at Ole’s. For the bridal party, they can arrange spa treatments or even a moonlight-guided snowshoe tour through the woods to their hunting cabin for dinner by a roaring fireplace.

They have twelve guest rooms at the Inn including one suite. If you have a large wedding party, there are over 2,000 more beds all within a 10 mile radius. Although located in the country, the Round Barn is only 40 minutes from the Burlington International Airport.


Ski Resort Weddings

Perhaps you and your future spouse are ski fanatics. What better way to celebrate your marriage than to have a wedding at your favorite ski town or resort? It will certainly give you guests something fun to do after the ceremony. Most ski areas and resorts have wedding packages available, so you have your choice of such wonderful ski areas and resorts all over the country, like Lake Tahoe, California, Vail, Colorado and Stowe, Vermont.

If some of your guests aren’t into downhill skiing, many ski areas offer other winter activities, such as cross-country skiing or tubing.

Wedding venues of note near ski resorts:

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Call the Colorado Resort Services at 800-525-7654 to begin planning your ski destination wedding at Steamboat Springs. Imagine getting married at the top of the Gondola, with a panoramic view of Steamboat Springs. Then, after the ceremony, ski down and begin the honeymoon!

Sugarloaf Mountain, Maine
800-643-8231

The Sugarloaf/USA resort can accommodate any size ceremony and reception. Ceremonies can be conducted in the outdoors on the “Bridal Bridge” or the slopes of Sugarloaf Mountain, or inside at the Bell Interfaith.

Your wedding package can also include:

**A horse-drawn carriage or sleigh
**Releasing of doves or butterflies
**Ski specials for guests




Warmer Winter Weddings

Okay, so you’re from Vermont and you’re sick of snow. You want to get away from the snow for your wedding or elopement. Follow the sun! That would be Florida, California, Arizona, and Hawaii.

Of course, a winter wedding in a sunnier area doesn’t guarantee great weather, but you most likely won’t encounter snow. Some areas and venues of note:


Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix can seem like paradise for someone trying to escape the snow. There are many fine resorts in Phoenix from which to choose, but, for something different, here are some outdoor venues in Phoenix which make for great wedding locations:

Desert Botanical Gardens

The Desert Botanical Gardens (1201 N. Galvin Parkway) is a lovely desert botanical garden located in red-rock Papago Park in North Central Phoenix. If you’ve never been to Papago Park, it’s like a little mini Sedona in the middle of Phoenix. And the Desert Botanical Gardens is the perfect venue to experience the flavor and appeal of the desert. You can choose to have your ceremony in one of the courtyards or terraces, or in the Wildflower Pavilion. There is also a ballroom, Dorrance Hall, which can accommodate several hundred guests. Call 480-481-8109 for more information.

The Heard Museum

Located at 2301 N. Central Ave., the Heard Museum has been a Phoenix institution for more than 75 years. Encompassing more than 130,000 square feet of gallery and education space, the Heard Museum has one of the finest collections of Native American art and cultural exhibits. And, the exhibits aren’t the only things worth seeing at the Heard; there’s also the interesting architecture and grounds, which include arched walkways, brick patios and lovely courtyards, which serve as picturesque backdrops for your wedding photos. The Museum is available Sunday – Thursday, 6 to 10 PM, and Friday and Saturdays, 6 to 11 PM. The Wedding Facility Use Fee ranges from $2,500 to $4,000. Call 602-252-8840 for more information.

The Phoenix Zoo

The Phoenix Zoo is located at 455 N. Galvin Parkway, close to the Desert Botanical Gardens, and offers numerous lovely settings for weddings from 5 to 10,000 guests. You can choose from a variety of settings, including a Columbian rainforest, Tropical Ramada, gardens, and The Stone House Pavilion, with a 90-foot wall-to-wall window, from which you can view the Papago Mountains at sunset. And, yes, you can also provide your guests with a sunset tour of the zoo on the Safari Train. Call 602-273-1341 for pricing and more information.


Wine Country, California

There are so many wonderful wine producing areas in California, where does one begin? Napa and Sonoma County are the most obvious wine regions, but for a warmer winter wedding, you might also want to consider Temecula, which is located in Southern California. Some wineries which hold weddings include:

Callaway Winery, Temecula
800-472-2377

Callaway Winery offers an all-inclusive wedding package. You can hold your ceremony on the beautifully-landscaped West Lawn, or hold a more intimate gathering in the candlelit barrel room.

V. Sattui Winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley
707-286-7273

Founded in 1885, V. Sattui offers a massive stone building in the classic manner of California's early wineries, and is surrounded by manicured gardens, two-acres of tree-shaded picnic grounds and 35 acres of vineyards. Perfect for a winery wedding!




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