Twenty miles from the Strip and a refuge from the madness, the lushly landscaped JW Marriott holds about 125 weddings a year and its outdoor events are set against the dramatic backdrop of Red Rock Canyon. In-house wedding planners can help stage the rehearsal dinner and recommend settings suitable for groups ranging in size from 25 to 800.
The resort is near eleven golf courses, has a huge swimming pool edged with private cabanas, its own casino, and bridal treatments are a specialty of the spa. A free shuttle runs to the Strip.
A towering presence located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports, it’s a quick flight from New York and the 998 guest rooms can accommodate the largest wedding parties.
Extensive beach, ballroom, restaurant, suite, and poolside venues provide ceremony location choices. For one customized wedding, planners erected a Lucite bridge spanning the infinity-edge pool; it became the couple’s aisle and sunset over the Atlantic was their backdrop. A mile inland, the Diplomat Golf Resort & Spa sister property is reachable by free shuttle and can be used for a rehearsal dinner or bought out for a smaller wedding.
Sun-worshipers who wed in summer can lead guests across the harbor via ferry to Toronto Islands. There’s a family-friendly amusement park on the center island and a legal nude beach at Hanlan’s Point on the tip. Capping the festivities, weekenders can savor a beach picnic or Sunday brunch back at the hotel.
Reception and rehearsal-dinner options run the gamut: a meal by candlelight, informal Jamaican-style beach barbecue, lavish buffet, and dinner at a former sugar plantation are all possible.
Half Moon’s dolphin lagoon, equestrian stable, 51 swimming pools, golf course, and spa provide outlets for wedding groups to frolic.
Perfect for intimate destination weddings, Half Moon’s four to seven bedroom Royal Villas can become the setting for the ultimate house party. Each one provides a pool, cook, maid, and complete privacy.
Guests can board for a few hours to attend a ceremony in its wedding chapel, then disembark — or sail with the couple. Weddings are arranged by an outside vendor, The Wedding Experience. Gem also calls at a private Caribbean island where couples can marry on the beach. Among the ship’s dozen restaurants are two with private rooms for rehearsals and receptions.
Balcony cabins are nice, but there’s also a luxury option: Top-deck villas come with three bedrooms, a butler, private pool, hot tub, and dining area with retractable roof since ships, like marriage, can encounter squalls.