The Preppiest Wedding Locations Around the World

Bright colors and fun fabrics are de rigueur in these destinations.

Bright colors and fun fabrics are de rigueur in these destinations.

From an estate in Connecticut to a barefoot black tie affair on the beach, these wedding venues are tailor-made for preppy couples.

Click through the slideshow above to find out which of these preppy wedding locations is best for you.


Aspen, Colorado

Jason Burns and Sean Madsen of the Aspen-based event-planning firm Burns & Madsen often work with their clients to create a signature monogram to use for years to come. They also strive to incorporate special family traditions, for example:

"One bride’s family had a tradition of serving Dom Perignon from her birth year at every event held in her honor (graduation, engagement party, etc.). With help from the Little Nell, we procured enough of that vintage to serve as a champagne toast to their 250 guests."


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This article originally appeared in Town & Country Magazine

Charleston, South Carolina

Brent Gresham, a local Charlestonian and general manager of three boutique hotels, the Spectator, French Quarter Inn, and Harbour View Inn, admits it is popular to wed under a live oak tree: "Some will say that the live oak will bless the marriage with strength... I think folks just like being under a pretty tree, especially a tree that shades well in the warmer months.

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Round Hill Hotels & Villas hosts a maximum of one wedding per weekend, making each a custom affair. Although, most choose to say their "I do's" on the water’s edge at sunset followed by dinner and dancing by lantern-light.

Coastal Maine

"Brides from Northeast, Seal, or Southwest Harbors tend to have weddings at home, on private islands off the mainland," reports a recent Maine bride, "but rehearsal dinners and receptions are often held at the local yacht club."

Rural Vermont

As one Vermont bride recounts, "I rode in on a horse and wagon through the fields to the ceremony spot. That was very Vermonty." People love to incorporate local craft brews and food into their weddings. Shelburne Farms cheese and maple syrup are standard wedding welcome gifts.

The team at the Coral Beach & Tennis Club can set a traditional moongate directly on its private beach or on the wedding lawn for a wedding ceremony. Moongates are renowned in Bermuda for offering good fortune to couples that walk through it after taking their vows, says General Manager Nik Bhola. Early spring and fall are the most popular times to marry in Bermuda, and all couples who marry at the club automatically become members.

Boca Grande, Florida

Many couples who marry at the Gasparilla Inn & Club have been spring-breaking under the yellow-and-white-striped beach umbrellas since they were babes. They therefore like to incorporate club rituals into their wedding weekend, reports Corey Anglin, Special Events Manager for the Inn, "notably our Bingo Night in The Inn’s Living Room, which is a riot!"

Litchfield County, Connecticut
Allison Fodor, Sales Manager of the Mayflower Grace, tells us that every wedding at the Mayflower is custom-designed: "However, the one thing I can say is that all of our couples want to get married in the Shakespeare Garden. From the couple eloping to the 150-person buyout wedding, the garden can accommodate them all!"

Jekyll Island, Georgia

"Because of our natural setting, many couples choose to do a sparkler send-off, as it creates no waste or debris for wildlife," describes Jessica Scott, marketing communications manager of the Jekyll Island Authority. "At the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Crane Cottage is the most popular venue, and no bride goes home without a portrait on top of the club turret."

Telluride, Colorado

There are multiple venues for ceremonies and receptions on the mountain, each offering their own version of "God’s cathedral." The juggernaut of summer and fall weddings in Telluride may be part of how the ski town’s “other season” has outpaced the winter season for the past several years. The wedding experts at the Madeline Hotel, which sits at over 9,000 feet above sea level, recommend hosting a party on the Sky Terrace, which looks out over the entire valley.

Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
"The preppiest tradition is to get married at the Old Whaling Church and then parade down Main Street to your reception at the Edgartown Yacht Club with the whole wedding party, and with guests and tourists lining the street, cheering," reports one Vineyard bride. "If the reception isn't at the Yacht Club it's always in a tent, usually from Big Sky Tents, who have the preppiest decor options (lanterns, flags, etc.) If you've played your cards right, the flowers are done by Lynda Dandeneau. (I say 'played your cards right' because she only accepts brides whom she personally screens and decides are 'nice' girls. Bridezillas need not apply.)" 
Newport, Rhode Island
In keeping with the location’s nautical theme, the couple made their reception get-away by sea. They left the New York Yacht Club in a "just married" boat and took a 30-minute cruise across the harbor where their guests had reconvened for an after-party.