5 fantastic rentals for wedding-day bliss

You want a day like no other—an occasion you’ll remember for the rest of your life. We hear ya! It’s your wedding! This time you can skip the paper plates and plastic forks and go all out. In fact, you can even escape the hometown hassles with a destination wedding in the home, estate, or castle of your dreams. Just like your future spouse, these five fantastic rentals will sweep you off your feet. You can invite hundreds to your ceremony, or keep it to a select few. Either way, you’ll upgrade your wedding day from memorable to unforgettable.

1. Tie the knot on the Florida coast

Exclusive. Secluded. Luxurious. Are you interested? How about a semi-private beach with its own pavilion, gazebo, and private sundeck? This incredible estate sleeps up to 23 in two houses, and you can pop open the champagne with up to 80 guests at your ceremony. But more than that, the estate functions like a mini-resort, with a heated pool and Jacuzzi, an outdoor fire pit, a beach volleyball area, lush landscaping, and even a playground for the kids. Inside you’ll find a state-of-the-art kitchen, a great room for gathering friends, and wraparound porches with views of the gulf. Plus it's a one-minute walk to the beach.

2. Say “Oh wow” on Oahu

Imagine crossing the threshold into this luxurious beachfront home, a four-bedroom retreat with a stunning entryway, beautifully appointed furnishings throughout, and breathtaking outdoor spaces. A green lawn fronts the ocean and can accommodate up to 100 guests for your special event. An inner courtyard features a serene pool with fountains and a firepot. Each bedroom comes with an en-suite bathroom and a lanai/porch that opens to the ocean or the pool. You can take a short stroll to the beach and put your toes in the Pacific. Or head in the opposite direction and hike to a waterfall through a lush rainforest.

3. Make it official at a California landmark

You know your wedding will be memorable. Why not make it historic? This gorgeous Victorian-era mansion whisks you back in time even as you take a big leap forward in your life. No detail is spared inside this eight-bedroom mansion, from the beautiful stained-glass windows to the elegant formal dining room. Outside a pool beckons with a gazebo and two large cabanas. There’s even an underground tavern and wine cellar. Set on ten acres of gardens, expansive green lawns, and citrus and olive groves and ringed by coastal mountains, the property can host over 300 guests for an outdoor event.

4. Get swept away in Santa Fe

You’ll be the star attraction of your wedding, of course. But this amazing rental may also steal the show. A 140-acre ranch with a main house and two cottages, the property boasts ten bedrooms, a pool and cabana, landscaped grounds for quiet strolls, more rugged trails for hiking and horseback riding, and 360-degree views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. There’s even a massage room in the main house. For pre-wedding activities and post-ceremony excursions, your guests can enjoy nearby golf, skiing, shopping, or taking in the arts scene in Santa Fe or Taos. Best of all, at the end of most days, you’ll be treated to a magnificent sunset.

5. Walk down the aisle in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Picture a Downton Abbey wedding stateside, without the conniving butlers and preponderance of tea. You might find yourself here, at Twickenham, a 400-acre estate that is truly fit for a king or queen. In the 4,000-square-foot Twickenham Hall, you and more than 200 guests will be wowed by the gorgeous chandeliers, the 40-foot ceilings, and the dramatic fireplace—the perfect backdrop for wedding toasts and cake cutting. Overnight guests in the mansion will be treated to even more, including a sauna and steam room, a playroom for children, and lest we forget, the stunning grounds, which offer panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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