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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas-inspired Wedding Spots

Words by Kimber Westphall

With holiday engagements at an all-time high, and exactly one year until Christmas 2020, we’ve scouted out some of the best destinations for a Christmas-inspired wedding. Most of these romantic retreats for nuptials come with a generous helping of snow. So if your wedding crowd is a collection of snow bunnies and keen on chilly temps, we’ve got you covered.

      

Claridge’s (London)

From the talk-of-the-town tree to the breath-taking decorations, Claridge’s is synonymous with Christmas. From its legendary Christmas tree taking center stage in the lobby, to the stockings and mince pies, every little detail captures the magic of this special time and serves as an ideal backdrop for a Christmas wedding. Every year Claridge’s works with a partner to bring an incredible Christmas tree to the hotel – recent collaborations include Diane von Furstenberg, Karl Lagerfeld, Sir Jony Ive & Marc Newson and Christopher Bailey for Burberry. Festive menus are also available throughout the property. Known for gorgeous and elegant weddings, the hotel’s team can help create the ultimate Christmas wedding, from a personalized waltz choreographed for you by the hotel’s choreographer-in-residence to a special menu of holiday delights sure to wow your guests, this posh British spot has you covered.

    

Blantyre (Berkshires)

As one of only 12 remaining Gilded Age mansions in the Berkshires constructed at the turn of the 20th century, Blantyre is set on 110 acres of lush lawns and woodlands. Blantyre’s reimagined experience delights wedding guests on property from the public spaces to the Manor House, Carriage House and private Cottages. Throughout the sprawling estate, indoor and outdoor spaces compliment the natural surroundings and scenic landscape, so weddings inside or outside are equally beautiful. The estate can accommodate an entire wedding party, with 24 rooms, which are spread throughout the property. The original architectural and design provides the backdrop for the charming winter wedding that truly looks as if it was plucked from the pages of a storybook.

     

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch (Colorado)

Colorado is a no-brainer for beautiful winter weddings. A blanket of fresh snow is almost guaranteed in the Christmas season. And, it has plenty of activities to keep out-of-town guests entertained with outdoor pursuits. One of Colorado’s wedding venue gems is the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch. Known for its champagne apres and cocktails on the terrace in front of the roaring fireplace, this spot offers coziness and majestic views, all in one.

    

The St. Regis Washington D.C.

The St. Regis in Washington D.C. is home to many Christmas season weddings. For 2019, they hosted a wedding every weekend in December, and have in years past. One of the most popular parts of the hotels that brides love to transform into a winter wonderland is the outdoor Astor Terrace in the Winter Pavilion. The custom tent is made exclusively for the hotel’s wedding couples using the finest materials and furnishings.

      

Congress Hall (Cape May)

Congress Hall, America’s oldest seaside resort, is the scene for a picturesque Hallmark Christmas movie. Think small Victorian town charm meets luxury and historic resort accommodations, wood-burning fireplaces and exquisite holiday decor. The newlyweds and wedding guests can enjoy the resort’s acclaimed Winter Wonderland experiences and enjoy a sweet carousel ride, walk around the resort’s shopping village while sipping hot chocolate, and take in the sight of the larger than life Christmas tree. In Cape May town, they can take a horse drawn buggy tour of the Victorian homes all decorated with Christmas lights, enjoy a cozy and bundled up walk on the award-winning beach and enjoy amazing farm-to-table dining. The resort even offers a spiked hot chocolate station, which is a popular request for winter weddings.

    

Ballygally Castle (Larne, United Kingdom)

The unique and stunning Ballygally Castle, on the Antrim Coast Road, has announced plans for a new wedding pavilion set within the castle gardens. This new Belvedere Suite is a separate garden structure that serves as the prime winter garden backdrop for that special day. The new Belvedere garden suite will be able to accommodate up to 120 guests and will enable the venue to meet the growing demand for outside ceremonies, without having to worry about the weather.

      

Snake River Sporting Club (Jackson Hole)

Situated on 800-acres of verdant topography with nearly seven miles of private access to the famed Snake River, the private club and residential community offers true outdoor-lovers an authentic and romantic Western setting for your wedding day. In winter, the Club’s championship golf course morphs into a Nordic skier’s playground. Ten miles of groomed trails invite skate and classic style cross-country skiers to glide over the snow-covered tracks and through scenic woodlands. Many who choose to wed at the resort opt for an outdoor ceremony, with the acre after acre of snow-covered beauty.

Photos courtesy of their respective properties listed below each image row.

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