REPORTER ROUNDUP PART II: If you missed Part I of our list of hot destinations/venues to throw celebrations at in 2014 you can view it here. Today we give you the SCOOP on why marrying in Montenegro right now is a must and why Jackson Hole Wyoming is easier than ever to travel to!
6. IRELAND: We all know that Emerald Green was the Pantone color of 2013, so why not get married on the Emerald Isle known as Ireland. David & Victoria Beckham have had quite the successful marriage, so say ‘I Do’ where they wed in 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle a 567-acre country estate. Or for you TV lovers, Veranda Magazine stated that the atmosphere at Ballyfin (above photo) “feels like a house party out of Downton Abbey". If estates and mansions are a bit too formal for your taste then Rock Farms Slane is a perfect eco-boutique camping destination set on a 150 acre organic farm. Yurts, fresh farm produce and electric bikes make this the perfect venue setting.
7. MONTENEGRO: has been dubbed “The Mediterranean’s New Hot Spot”. Hurry and host your wedding there before the rising tourism brings the travel dollars up. Since separating from Serbia the tourism growth is nearly outpacing all other countries in Europe. It’s only a 2 hour flight from most major European cities and you can eat an amazing meal with wine for a mere $10-$15. Get married in Kotor a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at the Palazzo Radomiri a historical hotel. Stay at the new Aman Sveti Stefan Resort (above photo). Treat guests to a welcome dinner at Stari Mlini an old restored flour mill built in the 1700’s. This charming space is also another venue option for your wedding reception.
8. ADIRONDACK MOUNTAINS: The new luxury trend of Glamping (glamorous camping) is even wooing New Yorkers away for an escape into the wilderness. Leave the hustle and bustle of a modern NYC wedding to exchange vows in the Adirondack Mountains. We have our eye on family owned Camp Orenda, newly opened in 2012. An all inclusive glamping experience set on 40 acres with so much to do on the property you won’t want to leave. Treat your guests to a fireside dinner.
Must Do’s: Mountain biking, archery, fishing, rock climbing and Kayaking. If you must leave the property visit Lake George, one of America’s cleanest and clearest lakes.
9. JACKSON HOLE WYOMING: It used to be that getting to Jackson Hole Wyoming was half the battle with long layovers and no direct flights, but airlines have started introducing direct flights from several major cities. Jackson Hole is also gaining popularity as an all-season destination and because skiing there is better than ever due to the recent five-year renovation of their chair lifts. So why not host the a quintessential winter wedding, with your ceremony at 9,095 feet at the top of the Bridger Gondola at The Jackson Hole Resort itself. Then choose from one of many private dining rooms for the reception after.
Must Do: Ski or snowboard of course!
10. NEW ZEALAND: As we continuously are scouting and researching venues for The Venue Report, we are noticing that a lot of our favorites venues keep popping up in New Zealand. The cinematic beauty of the land where hot springs meet icy glaciers, creates the most stunning of destinations for your vows. Award winning Kauri Cliffs is a charming colonial style lodge set on 6,000 acres with a 180 degree view of the Pacific and top notch cuisine. You can even have a barbecue dinner served on the sand in the summertime!
Must Do: Visit Hobbiton, the village of JRR Tolkien's Lord & the Rings Trilogy which was shot on a farm in the Waikato region of North Island.