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 »

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 »

A New Hawaiian Wedding Gem: Hotel Wailea

The wedding grounds at Maui's Hotel Wailea

The Hawaiian island of Maui has been a favorite wedding site for a couple of generations. But there’s one gorgeous spot that, until now, was open only to a select few. Originally a private members’ club for a Japanese clientele, the Hotel Wailea is starting a new life as an intimate all-suite resort in Maui’s most exclusive […] 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 »

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 »

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 »

3 romantic new wedding hotels in California, Hawaii, and Virginia

Santa BArbara's El Encanto offers serene views above the Pacific.

  El Encanto, Santa Barbara, California With hilltop gardens all around, and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance below, it’s hard to imagine a more serene setting for a destination wedding than El Encanto, a fabled Santa Barbara hotel that first opened in 1918 and re-opened in late March after a seven-year, $134 million […] Read more »