Destination I Do
Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Wed at this Oklahoma Ranch

Words by Alicia Clark
Photos courtesy of Island Guest Ranch

Trends in the wedding industry, much like trends in any other industry, are influenced heavily by changes in the economy. These developments have changed how we do everything in our day-to-day lives, and how we celebrate milestones such as weddings. In conjunction with a wobbly economy, the way some couples go about getting married has changed dramatically.

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More and more, couples are looking to escape the stress and cost of planning a wedding with a long guest list and instead choosing to elope quietly by themselves. The UK company Ranch Rider is providing modern couples the option to have a low-cost, private wedding ceremony. Oklahoma’s Island Guest Ranch is eager to jump on this growing trend and is now offering couples a private stay on their ranch where the couple will have the entire 5,000 acres all to themselves.

A minimum 4-night stay at Ranch Rider starts at $1,422 per person, with meals and activities included. Or, select a longer stay such as the 6-night starry-eyed self-drive, can be arranged including a car hire and accommodation.

With that much land, spread the love and enjoy a moonlit buggy ride or meals out on the trail with a view of the Sage Brush Hills. This wilderness retreat also offers horseback riding, fishing, hiking and much more. Want to bring along the loved ones? The ranch also hosts traditional destination weddings. To see if Island Guest Ranch is destined to be your home-away-from-home for your destination wedding, visit

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