There’s been an explosion of weddings in 2022! And while this is a good thing, it has created a demand-supply shortage in the market. Venues, in specific, are something that is filling up in the blink of an eye. Brides & grooms have expressed that several venues are booked for up to 2 years.
In all, Americans are expected to host nearly 2.5 million weddings this year, up about 30 percent from last year and the most in nearly four decades, according to the Wedding Report.
In all fairness, this leads to a faster approach to bookings wedding venues and someone who can help you not just with finding the best options around, but who has insider’s access to everything luxurious. We have Kimberly Richmond, Director of Global Sales from Destination Weddings by ALHI who has a decade of experience dealing with top industry professionals from around the globe to share top venues in the USA that reflect opulence based on the trends she foresees this year.
The Boca Raton, Boca Raton, Florida
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The Boca Raton specializes in hosting truly bespoke events, customized to perfectly suit your wedding dreams and bring even your most extravagant fantasies to life. There are seven beautiful ballrooms, and each one radiates a unique ambiance. Revel in the celebratory spirit and explore their collection of one-of-a-kind adventures, activities, and experiences that will make your celebration a truly memorable one.
Fairmont Orchid, Waimea, Hawaii
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The Fairmont Orchid is located on the beautiful Kohala Coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. This luxury resort provides the picturesque Hawaiian backdrop for your wedding day that you’ve always envisioned. Walk down the aisle to meet the love of your life with views of the Pacific Ocean and the sounds of gentle waves. The spectacular resort scenery, including gorgeous waterfalls and sweeping oceanfront views, provides an unforgettable backdrop to any special event.
The Peninsula Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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The grace of the Far East meets Midwestern hospitality at The Peninsula Chicago which offers stunning décor details and views to match, such as The Terrace overlooking Magnificent Mile or Grand Ballroom with panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows. From an intimate gathering to a lavish banquet for up to 550 people, Peninsula wedding specialists will craft a celebration as unique as each couple.
Aria Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
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The sumptuous wedding chapel at ARIA is a chic property that showcases elegant architecture. Metallic accents give the setting a chic penthouse vibe. The chapel lounge features natural lighting through its frosted glass windows and contemporary furnishings. The chapel seats up to 60 guests, but couples may opt to marry at other places throughout the property. This includes poolside, beside the spa fireplace, inside Dale Chihuly’s glass art gallery or at the resort’s impressive 270-foot-long stone water wall.
The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa, Destin, Florida
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Say “I do” against a backdrop of endlessly blue skies, shimmering Gulf waters, and the unforgettable old-world charm of our seaside retreat. The Henderson captures the romance of traditional coastal architecture thus creating your perfect wedding experience, from rehearsal dinner to honeymoon getaway. Couples are able to choose from 10 different venue spaces, fit for the largest of parties up to 250 guests.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
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With 98 years of experience in wedding services, The Broadmoor is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to create a gorgeous wedding. Located at the base of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, The Broadmoor features stunning outdoor ceremony locations as well as grand ballrooms and mountainside reception venues. The resort can accommodate events from 20-1000+ guests for indoor ceremonies and receptions and up to 500 guests outdoors.
Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia
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Salamander Resort & Spa is an elegant and historic wedding venue located just outside Middleburg, Virginia. Nestled on 340 acres of picturesque grounds, this stunning venue redefines the sophisticated country lifestyle. Salamander Resort & Spa features over 20,000 square feet of breathtaking ballrooms, while the outdoor atmosphere is surrounded by lush vineyards and sweeping lawns where you can have gorgeous tented weddings.
Fairmont Washington D.C., Georgetown
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The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, South Carolina
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Terranea Resort, Los Angeles, California
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Boasting one of the largest ballrooms in Los Angeles County, Terranea has accommodations for weddings large and small, indoors or outdoors. As you say “I Do” on the Ocean Lawn, a popular ceremony location on the grounds, your guests are treated to a spectacular view of the crisp blue ocean and the sounds of the gently crashing waves. The indoors can accommodate up to 1500 and outdoors up to 900.
Trends In Modern Weddings
Lesser engagement time: I am seeing a lot more couples start the planning process immediately after getting engaged. Pre Covid, I’d see couples enjoy the engagement period a bit longer, but in today’s world, couples do not want to wait to plan.
Best Date & Time: October has been the most requested month for weddings in 2022. The most requested date is 10/22/22.
Higher spending budget: Couples are so grateful to their guests for attending their wedding, they want to make sure they are very well taken care of, spending more, and adding special elements to personalize the overall experience as much as possible.
Personalization: Couples moving away from what is “trendy.” They are opting for more personal and unique touches. Something special and meaningful to them and their relationship. There is a big emphasis on having the wedding be very personal.
More Than Just A Wedding Venue-Sourcing Service!
There’s been a constant need for someone reliable who can help you navigate the wedding venue selection process. Destination Wedding by ALHI’s unique business approach enables their clients to work with one point of contact throughout the sourcing and booking process.
Kimberly shares- “In addition to being a venue sourcing service, we also strive to be a resource and educational platform for wedding planners and industry professionals. We are launching a Destination Weddings Newsletter next month (June), and have a blog that we would like to utilize to feature properties, vendors, associations, etc. We will also be hosting several Wedding Planner FAM trips throughout the year and will have events across the country. We would like to be a platform to help planners connect with properties and vice versa.”
From luxe event spaces overlooking cityscapes to an oceanfront country club, there’s something for every glam-seeking couple, and this list is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit Destination Weddings by ALHI for all the best luxury wedding venues guaranteed to leave your guests in awe. Book them on DWP Insider now!
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