Best Summer Wedding Destinations
It's wedding season. Although even the heat radiating off asphalt in a parking lot in Phoenix right now can't melt our cold, cold hearts, some people still feel an affinity for the institution of marriage. We feel obliged to humor them. If we're dragged to witness these nuptials, we just hope it gives us a chance to check out a cool new place. Here are a few of the settings where we'd like to see our friends give up their independence.
For one, Nantucket is less likely to be as ungodly hot as, say, a Caribbean wedding in July. Sure, this destination might apply to a niche group -- the madras pants wearing, tennis playing, New England set -- but it's a beautiful island with plenty of web sites and companies targeting the enfianced.
Everyone knows California is the best place, temperature-wise, to be in July. The inns and spas throughout Napa Valley that cater to wine travelers translate perfectly to wedding settings. Being the savvy businesspeople they are, inn owners have tapped into this market and now offer outdoor ceremony services and wedding-related amenities. Plus, guests can maximize their trip by stopping in for some tastings before and after the big event.
For the tried-and-true tropical destination wedding, Hawaii is best. Couples can choose between The Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Kona. Also, it's not just the boring old girl/boy pairs heading to the far state, because Hawaii is one of the gay friendliest states, socially and legally. Plus, it's kind of unique that wedding photographers in Hawaii double as peeping toms (see above). The whole voyeur thing is really hip right now on HBO.
[Photo Credit: Weddings in Hawaii]