You've found that special guy or girl -- the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Make your wedding, elopement, or honeymoon just as special as your relationship. Travel across the street or across the country to celebrate at one of these fabulous locations. As an added bonus, do it all on a small budget.
Hacienda Vargas, Algodones, New Mexico
$575 and up for a candlelight ceremony with a minister and bridal suite included.
Get married at Hacienda Vargas on El Camino Real, one of the oldest thoroughfares in the United States. This bed and breakfast has its very own chapel. For only $575, have a candlelight ceremony in the 200-year-old adobe chapel for up to 15 guests. A non-denominational minster and witnesses will be provided. After the ceremony, relax in the bridal suite and start your married life with a complete breakfast the next morning. Larger ceremonies for up to 150 guests are available.
Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn, McMinnville, Oregon
$1,000 for justice of the peace, bottle of champagne, gazebo, and event site.
Large events for up to 350 people are available. Host an intimate elopement with a justice of the peace, a bottle of champagne, and access to the gazebo and event site for only $1,000. Surround yourself with vineyard grapes and celebratory wine. Youngberg Hill Vineyards & Inn is encircled by a covered deck with spectacular views of the vineyard and Willamette Valley. The inn has won multiple awards from Oregon Bride Magazine including Best Sunset Wedding location and Best Oregon Destination Wedding Statewide.
The Breakers Inn, Scarborough, Maine
$975 Includes flowers, officiant, and an oceanview room for a week.
The wedding and honeymoon can be as private as you want it to be in this small, residential town. The innkeeper of The Breakers Inn is a Notary Public in Maine and can perform the ceremony. Fresh flowers will grace your oceanview room with private bath. Enjoy a full breakfast each morning of your weeklong stay. Listen to the waves crash on Higgins Beach at this bed & breakfast just steps away from the Atlantic Ocean.
House of 1833, Mystic, Connecticut
$150 for an intimate ceremony with 10 guests, minister, roses, cake and champagne toast.
Donate $50 to the Garden Fund to use the House of 1833 garden as a setting for two, or donate $150 to the Garden Fund for a small intimate ceremony with 10 guests, a justice of the peace or minister, a display of long stem roses, complimentary champagne toast, and custom cake from one of Mystic's celebrity bakers. Larger ceremonies are also available from $500 and up to 50 guests. Feel like royalty in this Greek revival mansion in coastal Connecticut. With three acres of woods, gardens, and fountains, your memories and your pictures will be stunning.
Goldmoor Inn, Galena, Illinois
$950 for 25 people on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.
Enjoy an elopement package for $450 or the inn's Intimate wedding package on the bluff for 25 friends for $950. Goldmoor Inn has a variety of gardens and lawns and offers 18 guest suites all with fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Breakfast is available in the dining area or from complimentary room service.
Timberwolf Creek Bed and Breakfast, Maggie Valley, North Carolina
$950 includes officiant, bouquet, boutonnierre, wedding cake, toast with keepsake flutes, and photography with copyright release for approximately 200 edited photos.
Say "I do" at a small outdoor chapel in a tree-lined clearing by a mountain stream. Elopement, garden, and destination wedding packages ensure that every couple will find the right fit in picture-perfect surroundings. One couple found Timberwolf Creek Bed and Breakfast only two weeks before their St. Patrick's Day elopement and had the celebration of a lifetime. Stay in the Creek House or the inn's private Black Bear Cottage in the Smoky Mountains.
Wild Rose Manor, Caldwell, Idaho
$750 for an intimate ceremony with 30 guests, and honeymoon night accommodations.
Plan a cozy ceremony with 30 guests for only $750. The package includes an overnight stay, tables and chairs, rehearsal time, and access to the grounds for the full day. Bring in your favorite caterer to make the celebration complete. Wild Rose Manor is happy to include personalized details. One bride was escorted down the aisle on a motorcycle. Mountains and hills surround this bed & breakfast on 65 acres. Spend a romantic evening by one of the three ponds and watch the sun set.
Casa Cody Country Inn, Palm Springs, California
$1,000 or less for private ceremony or large group.
Escape to the adobe hacienda for a private romantic ceremony or host a large group in the 28 guest rooms. Wedding packages for $1,000 or less as well as large events are available. Originally founded by Harriet Cody, Buffalo Bill's cousin, Casa Cody Country Inn is the oldest operating hotel in Palm Springs. The grounds are colorfully landscaped and views of the San Jacinto Mountains are stunning.
Bluff Mountain Inn, Sevierville, Tennessee
$999 for wedding planner, ceremony, minister, music, flowers, cake, photography, wedding dinner, and Honeymoon Suite.
Choose the Elope to the Mountains package for a private ceremony for only $999 (plus tax). Spend time with the wedding planner to have a beautiful ceremony in the Garden Pergola or Country Chapel with a minister or justice of the peace, wedding music, flowers, a heart-shaped wedding cake, and professional photography session. After saying "I do" indulge in a romantic wedding night dinner and spend two nights in the Honeymoon Suite. Package includes $150 online credit for ordering custom lab prints. Escape to the woods, streams, and majestic canopy of the Great Smoky Mountains. Bluff Mountain Inn is owned and operated by a professional photographer and wedding planner, so there are many ceremony options to choose from.
Horse Stamp Inn, Waverly, Georgia
$1,000 or less for 10 guests and up to five guest rooms.
Celebrate your love for each other with a small group of 10 people. For $1,000 or less, reserve up to five luxurious guest rooms. Have an intimate barn or poolside wedding with wine and appetizers on dressed tables. The romantic rural landscape is accented by a country pond and grand stone fireplace. Start your new life together with breakfast the next morning. Horse Stamp Inn can also accommodate events with up to 400 people. Drive through the gate to the gorgeous mansion and feel the bliss as you pass trees, green pastures, a rustic barn, and an alluring fountain.
Historic Heights B&B, Minneapolis, Minnesota
$1,000 or less includes 20 guests, an officiant, champagne, appetizers, cake, room and gourmet breakfast for bride and groom.
Plan a Christmas wedding with 20 of your closest friends and family members. Descend down the staircase of Historic Heights B&B to a room lit by candles and a crackling fire. An officiant, champagne, appetizers, and a cake will be provided for you. The bride and groom can stay and relax in one of the handsomely-decorated rooms and dine on a gourmet breakfast the next morning. This whole package is available for under $1,000. All of the grandeur of a country bed & breakfast can be found at this urban retreat. Find gardens, waterfalls, and a patio, just steps away from the energy of the city.
Hacienda Corona de Guevavi, Nogales, Arizona
$1,000 and under includes onsite wedding coordinator, wedding and brunch.
Hacienda Corona de Guevavi will provide a Western-themed wedding complete with hay rides, a classic traditional wedding in the lush gardens, or an energetic fiesta. The onsite wedding coordinator can help with everything from flowers to photographers to caterers to entertainment. Plan your own delightful garden brunch wedding for under $1,000. Find privacy and peace on 36 acres near the Arizona/Mexico border. Relax by the pool or sit under the stars near the fire pit at this desert oasis.
--Shirley Anitra Swagerty