The World’s Richest Man Married Here (You Can, Too)

On the Hawaiian island of Lanaie, the Manele Bay golf course is back in business as a spectacular wedding venue.

When Bill Gates and Melinda French married on the tiny (and mostly private) Hawaiian island of Lanai in 1994, their wedding made the news. Gates was already the second-richest man in the world and was determined to keep the event thoroughly media-free: Not only did the Microsoft mogul buy out all of the resort’s 250 hotel rooms for […] Read more »

Summer Style Guide: 8 Iconic Spots for a Beach Wedding

The Grand Hotel's wedding-worthy front porch, Mackinac Island, Michigan

Summertime weddings and beaches go hand in hand, and my most recent article for observer.com features eight U.S. spots ideal for seaside vows. They range from a sophisticated hotel in the Hamptons that feels like an artsy house party to Michigan’s most famous waterside venue, where you can marry on the world’s longest front porch. With gorgeous ceremony options and reception […] Read more »

New! Destination Wedding Insider — Hawaii

Grass skirts of hula dancers

  Hawaii is exotic, yet within the U. S., so there are no travel hassles. What it does have is hula music, traditional food, white-sand beaches, and of course lots of destination wedding resorts. Which is why we are excited to share our new Destination:W Destination Wedding Insider Guide — Hawaii. It’s another in a series of […] Read more »

Hawaii Destination Weddings on a Budget

Seaside pool at Kauai Shores

Getting married in Hawaii sounds like it would take mega-bucks and months of planning. And if you’re focusing on five-star resorts with a celeb clientele, you’d be right. But the truth is that there are scores of island hotels that cater to regular folks, too, and one of them—Kauai Shores, the recently renamed and refurbished Kauai Sands—is […] Read more »

4 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding at Hawaii’s Ihilani Resort

At the JW Marriott at Ihilani, weddings come with complimentary trade winds

It would be hard to plan an unsuccessful destination wedding in Hawaii. These green velvet islands floating in the Pacific hit all the tropical high notes:  sandy beaches, wind-ruffled palm trees, ravishing sunsets. And since you’re in America, there’s no language barrier, no currency confusion, and no passport control. Marrying here has been a popular […] Read more »

Same-sex marriage in Hawaii: the rules

The St. Regis Princeville: Gorgeous grounds for a same-sex wedding in Hawaii

In less than two weeks, on December 2,  same-sex couples will be able to legally apply to marry in Hawaii, and the state anticipates $217 million in increased tourism revenue as a result. Which is great, but we’re surprised that they haven’t yet put a few pennies from that imminent windfall toward updating their website, […] Read more »

Hawaii’s best destination wedding resorts: the ultimate guide

Pool fountain at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Getting married in Hawaii is one of those gestures that marks you as a genuine romantic. The tradewinds toss your hair just-so as you exchange vows while the palm trees darken against the sunset. Afterward, an aisle of tiki torches lights your way to the reception, where guests clink mai tais and a lone ukelele […] Read more »

Maui’s newest wedding mecca: Montage Kapalua Bay

Montage Kapalua Bay

We’ve always loved the spirit of Hawaii’s Kapalua Bay Hotel. Extremely low-key, with a spectacular nature preserve setting, a beach that has earned “best in America” ranking, and a location far from Maui’s T-shirt shops and tiki bars, it was a world-class resort and yet a slice of old Hawaii. Weddings were more like family […] Read more »

Indoors or out? Five glass-walled chapels for your destination wedding

glass wedding chapel Gran Caribe Real Cancun.

Indoors or out? It’s one of those questions brides planning a destination wedding often have difficulty making up their mind about. Outdoors means you can have a venue set against views of the ocean or mountains, on a hillside overlooking a vineyard, perhaps, or in a sunny glade surrounded by the trees of the forest. […] Read more »

Extreme wedding luxury, Hawaiian style, at the St. Regis Princeville

Wedding setup at the St. Regis, Princeville, on Kauai

If you love the idea of a marriage in a wild spot of unimaginable beauty, but also love the idea of an elegant wedding orchestrated down to the last flower petal, the St. Regis Princeville may be your little slice of perfect. Consider this ceremony scenario: In front of you, the tangerine sun descends over […] Read more »