March 20, 2024

Choosing the proper venue to support your wedding vision is essential and often one of the most exciting parts of the planning process. Your venue sets the tone and backdrop for your wedding, establishes the day’s aesthetic, and leaves lasting memories for you and your guests. For many couples, luxury boutique hotels can be the perfect choice to blend a gorgeous setting with a space where their guests can come together, relax, and have the best time at your wedding. Here are a few of our favorite boutique hotels that offer the highest levels of service, incredible amenities and activities, and incredible views.

Stanly RanchNapa Valley, California

Nestled in the midst of vineyards, this property offers the best of a world class wine region, mixed with a relaxed elegance of its 150 year old ranch roots.  The working gardens supply ingredients for your dinner in a true farm-to-table fashion. The highly customized approach and incredibly top tier culinary and beverage program will tantalize foodie couples. This property also offers a variety of event space sizes, so that from an elopement to a few hundred, you’ll be sure to find your perfect match – something rare in Napa Valley. Our favorite ceremony location is beneath the iconic infinity sculpture, the perfect symbol for a wedding ceremony.

The Lodge at Blue SkyWanship, Utah

Nestled into the Wasatch Mountain Range, The Lodge at Blue Sky is perfect for adventure-loving couples. The 3,000 acre property offers endless group activities for the wedding weekend, including fishing, horseback riding, clay shooting, mountain biking, and heliskiing. The onsite High West Distillery provides indoor and outdoor options for events, in addition to the multiple venues at The Lodge. From 360 degree views on a mountain, to barn, working horse arena, contemporary dining room, and rugged yurt, there are multiple spaces for festivities. It’s the exclusivity of a private estate with the amenities of a resort.

El Encanto Santa Barbara, CaliforniaEl Encanto offers that je ne sais quoi Santa Barbara charm. Ceremonies take place in a lush garden where the couple walks down the aisle on a bridge over the iconic Lily Pond. Rooms at El Encanto are each one of a kind, storybook cottages, with names like “The Camelia”; each boasting distinct layouts, furnishings, and decor. Perched high above the city, with a view unique only to this hotel, El Encanto will have guests swooning with its charm. 

Little NellAspen, Colorado

Skip the shuttles. Transport guests to your wedding in a gondola! Little Nell offers couples a breathtaking “wedding deck” ceremony location overlooking the incredible Elk Mountain Range, and guests will dance the night away in Colorado’s most exclusive private club on the mountaintop.  This boutique hotel is uniquely located in the heart of Aspen, fully walkable to fantastic shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Few destinations allow a great sense of community to guests throughout the weekend, but the variety of nearby lodging options allows everyone to find something comfortable while remaining close to the festivities.

The Shortlist: Our Favorite Boutique Hotels for Weddings


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