With its working ranches and rugged peaks, this valley evokes the spirit of the Old West. Guests will feel like a cowboy (or cowgirl!) thanks to the wildlife-rich Yellowstone National Parks and the saloon-filled streets of Jackson. Send 'em home with these DIY candy horseshoe wedding favors.
This desert haven in the San Jacinto Mountains, a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, exudes an aura of Old Hollywood glamour -- Gable, Sinatra, and Monroe used to hang here. Today, it's a retro-cool hideaway whose mid-century-modern architecture attracts design buffs. Send loved ones home with a piece of the dessert: mini cacti wedding favors.
It's little wonder couples choose this southern belle for storybook weddings. Make like Scarlett and Rhett (minus the drama) and fall for the antebellum mansions and cobblestone streets of this genteel colonial city. Serve up southern wedding fare with a meal catered by Cru Cafe -- think fried green tomatoes, okra, and crawfish.
Just like a robust red wine, this region hits a lot of notes. Say "I do" amidst an expanse of fruiting vines in an area known as one of the premier wine regions in the world. For favors, consider handing out mini bottles of vino or vials of local honey.
Located along the Potomac River, our nation's capital is home to some of the most patriotic places in the country. Visitors can take advantage of dozens of free history-filled museums in The District, plus memorials and monuments dedicated to great American leaders.
Waterfalls, volcanoes, bamboo forests, turquoise beaches -- the Magic Isle is chock-full of dazzling natural wonders. Adventurous types can hike up 10,000-foot Mount Haleakala; relaxatio-seekers can hit up one of many pampering spas. Send guests home from Hawaii with authentic island seasonings they can use in the kitchen.
Wedding in Maui:
April and Kerisimasi
The City That Never Sleeps more than lives up to its nickname with its nonstop energy, world-class museums, and trendy restaurants. But romance also abounds, thanks to Central Park, cobbled Greenwich Village streets, and the Empire State Building.
A major player in American culture, this booming borough hosts the world-renowned Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Brooklyn Museum. Get great views of the Big Apple with a ceremony by the water at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
It's easy to fall for Chi-Town's energetic cultural scene, superb shopping (Magnificent Mile, anyone?), and stunning architecture -- not to mention the deep-dish pizza. Steal this coaster favor idea for giving guests a piece of the city to take home.
Weddings in Chicago:
Kelly and Lucas
Nisse and Matt
Mindy and Matt
Kori and Chris
This seaport city boasts more than the original Starbucks in Pike Place Market. Along with amazing panoramic views from the Space Needle, local artisans offer tons of unique wedding favor ideas, like these Seattle-made sugared eucalyptus soy candles (torchillumination.com). The scent freshens up hotel rooms, and lids make them travel-friendly.
A celebration in the Big Easy requires Creole cuisine, Sazerac (the bayou's drink of choice), and an afterparty on fun-loving Bourbon Street. Honor Louisiana's French heritage with a set of fleur-de-lis-themed note cards for each wedding guest.
These hilly streets may not have been made for walking, but it's just more reason to take a ride on one of the city's classic cable car lines. Superb food seems to be around every corner in the City by the Bay, including dim sum in Chinatown and authentic Mexican at taquerias.
Just like one of the Lonestar state's famous outdoor music festivals, keep your wedding reception going with mini bottles of Austin, Texas-based Tito's Handmade Vodka. The smooth liquor is made in copper pots at Texas's first (legal) distillery.
Weddings in Austin:
Olivia and Isham
Alexis and Rey
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