Wedding Vacation Rentals

By Laura Hoot

So, you said "Yes." Congrats! That was the easy part. (We hope.) Now, it's time for the hard part: planning your actual wedding day. How much money will you spend? What food will you serve? Will you invite your childhood friend who you haven't talked to in ages -- where did you stash her address? Will you let the DJ play "the Chicken Dance?"  (We hope not.)

wedding checklistOkay, slow down. Let's start at the beginning -- Where will you tie the knot? Just like wedding dresses, wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes, and are the stuff of great headaches. Liven up the venue search with wedding vacation rentals - a refreshing, memorable alternative to bland hotels and event centers. They're available throughout the year in destinations close to home and far-flung.

Luxury yachts, oceanfront mansions, castles, ranch houses, mountain cabins - whether your wedding is big or small, fantastic or frugal, traditional or Middle Earth themed, it's easy to say "I do" to a  wedding vacation rental - a beautiful and sprawling private estate that can accommodate your nuptials, and also double as great place to stay for the couple or even the whole wedding party.

Oh, and on a side note, if you are going with a Lord of the Rings theme, make sure the ceremony is shorter than that scene where Frodo says goodbye to all his pals.

Check out these beautiful wedding venue ideas:

Large Waterfront Vacation Rentals

Carillon Days, Overlooks Lake Carillon, steps to the beach.

This house built in 2005 is lakefront and is perfect for wedding guests. The screened porch is just steps away from Lake Carillon. There are balconies off all the upstairs bedrooms. The 58" HDTV in the Living Room is perfect for watching that spe...

Villa De Los Sueños

Villa De Los Sueños besides offering seclusion and privacy, Suenos is a short walk to two of Akumal's restaurants and to the well known Yalku lagoon where you can snorkel in sparkling water with beautiful tropical fish. This lagoon is also just a ...

65 North Barfield Drive

This gorgeous 2-story home offers the best in size, layout, location, and amenities. No construction expense was spared, with tile throughout, granite countertops, and beautiful cabinetry. Enjoy the outdoors with stunning, wide-water views from a ...

Moloaa Bay Villa and Cottage

This Villa consists of a pristine 2.5 acre white sand beach frontage area. Moloa'a Bay was the site location for the TV pilot of "Gilligan's Island". Here is where the USS MINNOW and its crew originally shipwrecked. This may be as close as you wi...

Enjoy the Lake, wildlife and family games on the beautiful lawns!

The Swan Lake Chalet is a 2,000 square foot, two story home located on the North East Shore of Swan Lake. The layout repeats on each floor with a large kitchen/dining/living room with large windows looking out over the lake (that's right, two full...

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