Destination Weddings for winter: Snow or Sun

During the winter months, brides and grooms have a choice for their destination wedding. Either embrace the snow or escape to the sun. Whether the wedding day vision is snow covered mountains or white sand beaches, these destination wedding locations provide the perfect backdrop for the winter month wedding of their dreams.

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For bridal visions complete with snow covered peaks and furs:

Tucked away in the High Peaks of Lake Placid lies Whiteface Lodge, the award-winning all-suite resort. The entire property and rustic ambiance is a theme unto itself. It’s extraordinary, one-of-a-kind timber design is coupled with hand-crafted furnishings and details.

o   Indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception venues boast floor-to-ceiling windows, majestic fireplaces (throughout the resort and in-suite) and a lakefront oasis with Whiteface Mountain’s snow-covered peaks as a backdrop. Couples can even have their ceremony on the Lodge’s private ice-skating rink.

o   Unique cocktails and a specially crafted Bourbon Barrel filled with the couple’s cocktail of choice can be customized with their names. An Adirondack S’mores Bar can be set up in one of the Lodge’s Lean-Tos or by the large stone fireplace on the terrace.

o   Two spacious, hand-crafted lean-tos provide guests with an inviting, sheltered spot to gather for cigars, cocktails and hors d-oeuvres. Each is furnished with comfortable seating, warm blankets, a fire pit and a dedicated phone line connects guests to the services of a concierge. The lean-tos are sheltered on three sides, with the fourth open to majestic mountain and sky views.

o   The Spa at Whiteface Lodge, offers luxurious Adirondack-inspired treatments to soothe any pre-wedding jitters

Perched on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands Region, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is located in a quaint river village nestled along the northern edge of upstate New York right outside the Canadian border.

o   Sophisticated, waterfront weddings are a specialty of 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel. Sweeping river views, gorgeous fireplaces and light snowfall in the backdrop make this winter wedding destination picture perfect.

o   First class service and top-notch cuisine from small, private weddings on the hotel’s patio overlooking the river, to large formal weddings in the hotel’s elegant ballroom, or exquisite sit-down buffets, the hotel offers an array of dining options and packages for weddings of all sizes.

o   Think out-of-the-box rehearsal dinners or post-wedding activities with family from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter to tours of historic and cultural attractions, including the Clayton Opera House, the 1000 Islands Arts Center, the Antique Boat Museum, and the Boldt and Singer Castles – two Gilded Age mansions on private islands.

For wedding visions bathed in sunshine and white sand beaches to escape winter’s chill:

Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, the AAA Four Diamond luxury all-suite resort, invites couples to bask in the elegance of a sophisticated Singer Island beach-inspired wedding with sweeping ocean views, warm breezes, and the tranquil sands of the resort’s private beach.

 o   With only one wedding hosted on a given day, each party benefits from the undivided attention of the staff

 o   A variety of settings include lavish receptions in the contemporary Colonnade Ballroom, toes-in-the-sand beach ceremonies, sunset vows overlooking the water on the Ocean Terrace Gazebo and cocktails or dinner on the Veranda with its refreshing fountains and lush tropical landscaping

 o   The resort’s onsite Certified Wedding Planners take care of every detail, guiding couples through everything from customized menu options and tastings at 3800 Ocean’s exclusive Kitchen Table with Executive Chef Larry LaValley, to décor trends to arranging pre-ceremony pampering at the award-winning SiSpa.

Set on the oceanfront in Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa is a boutique-style resort that caters to the simple pleasures of Florida beach living.

 o   From beach ceremonies on the sand to elegant ballroom receptions, Marriott Pompano Beach offers an idyllic setting for an oceanfront soiree. The Aruba Room, with its step-out terrace, is ideal for more intimate celebrations, while the Ocean Terrace is a spectacular setting for sunset cocktails.

 o   The resort’s onsite Certified Wedding Planners take care of every detail, guiding couples through everything from customized menu options to décor trends to arranging pre-ceremony pampering at SiSpa.

 o   Named by TripAdvisor as one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” destinations, Pompano Beach, one of Florida’s finest diving destinations, is ripe for discovery. Explore the area pre- or post- reception, relax on property at one of two heated swimming pools, or take advantage of on-property watersports

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