23 Wedding Ceremony Locations in the West That We Love
Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel, Wilbur Hot Springs, California
At the bottom of a secluded valley about two hours north of Napa, Wilbur Hot Springs Hotel is a solar-powered property, perfect for a sprawling outdoor wedding and reception.
The Screening Room at the Sundance Resort, Sundance, Utah
In film festival country, be the star of the show within the 144-seat screening room of the Sundance Resort.
Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch Club, Stanley, Idaho
Formerly a pioneer's homestead, the 1,000-acre Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch offers unbeatable views (the Sawtooth Mountains are practically in the backyard), first-rate cuisine (such as pan-roasted duck breast), and a wide range of activities for guests staying over (including mountain biking and trout fishing).
Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Montecito, California
Who wouldn't want to get married in Montecito, Santa Barbara's rich older sister? (Even Oprah, who could live anywhere, chose this coastal beauty.) Our Lady of Mount Carmel, an adobe Catholic church built more than 150 years ago, is a lovely traditional setting in this exclusive enclave.
Vibiana, Los Angeles
Located in downtown Los Angeles, Vibiana is a cathedral-turned-venue with Baroque-style interiors, soaring ceilings, and enough space to handle both your ceremony and reception.
San Francisco City Hall, San Francisco
The Beaux-Arts San Francisco City Hall has a huge domed rotunda and stretches two city blocks. Expect an intimate vow exchange, followed by a major photo session on the grand staircase, in front of the stately columns, or maybe even next to a passing cable car.
Holman Ranch, Carmel Valley, California
For a wedding that feels like a weekend retreat, consider Holman Ranch. Hidden in the hills of Carmel Valley, the ranch evokes classic California with a historic hacienda, vineyard, and horse stables.
Annadel Estate Winery, Annadel, California
With rustic ruins, a barn, and an old farmhouse, the Annadel Estate Winery more than fits the bill for homespun, outdoor weddings.
Stryker Sonoma Winery, Geyserville, California
Recent events at the Stryker Sonoma Winery have been held amid the rows of grapevines, within the tasting room, and under the wisteria-draped promenade.
The Parker, Palm Springs, California
If "Mad Men" filmed a season in Asia, it would probably look a lot like The Parker Palm Springs, where the decor is midcentury modern with an exotic twist. Whether they're on the croquet lawn or in the airy ballroom, weddings here are rockin' bouts of style and sass.
Sacred Hearts Church, Lanai, Hawaii
Hawaii's Pineapple Island holds Sacred Hearts, a sweet white church with blue trimmings that dates back to 1931.
Barndiva, Healdsburg, California
In one of California's most picturesque wine towns, Barndiva is restaurant in a contemporary barnlike space surrounded by gardens that can be rented out. The cuisine is outstanding -- superfresh, often organic, and always local.
Our Lady of the Wayside, Portola Valley, California
Almost a hundred years old, the mission-style Our Lady of the Wayside (complete with church bells) is an attractive option for a Catholic ceremony.
Seven Arrows Camp, Pacific Palisades, California
Within Temescal Gateway Park, Seven Arrows Camp is a little bit old-school and ideal for exchanging vows amid Mother Nature. For more information, visit lamountains.com.
Grand Newport Plaza, Costa Mesa, California
Make your grand entrance by descending a spiral staircase to the courtyard at the Grand Newport Plaza. Your ceremony will be held under the shade of towering palm trees.
Wright Ranch, Malibu, California
Nestled among 40 acres in the Jackson Foothills, Wright Ranch is a horse ranch at heart, but it'll open its barn doors wide for special events.
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
Perfect for an autumn wedding thanks to its rustic charm, Sunriver Resort offers a handful of areas for celebrating. We love the Great Hall for its exposed beams and gigantic fireplaces.
Grace Episcopal Church, St. Helena, California
If you're having a hard time paring down your guest list, consider exchanging vows within the large stone Grace Episcopal Church.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Palm Springs, California
With stylish details (like bright turquoise mosaics), Our Lady of Guadalupe church is a traditional option that will please even the hippest of couples. For more information, call 760-325-5809.
St. Paul's Church, Port Gamble, Washington
Built in 1869, St. Paul's Church is a sweet little church that sits on a sloping grass bluff overlooking the waters of Port Gamble Bay.
First Presbyterian Church Santa Ana, Santa Ana, California
With the requisite steeple and beautiful stained-glass windows, the First Presbyterian Church Santa Ana is a classic choice.
Chapel of the Transfiguration in Grand Teton National Park, Moose, Wyoming
This is one special, special place. A tiny log cabin, the Chapel of the Transfiguration offers unbelievable views of the surrounding mountains through the window behind the altar.
Soldiers Chapel, Big Sky, Montana
Dedicated as a World War II memorial, the Soldiers Chapel is located in Big Sky Country and overlooks the Kenai River. For more information, call 406-995-4089.