Those who plan to get married in February can choose to either embrace the wintry conditions found across much of the U.S. or investigate a location with better weather. Think about warmer, tropical locations if you’d like to get everyone out of the winter mess for your big day or consider colder locales if you’d like to have a winter wonderland theme.
Hawaii is one of the most popular tropical wedding destinations and is perfect for February weddings. Escape the winter weather to its warmth and you may choose to tie the knot under a waterfall or on a beach, floating dock or harbor. Mexico is another tropical option; choose from destination cities like Acapulco, Cozumel, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta or Rivera Maya for your big day. Mexico has many wedding planning companies to help you sort out the country's wedding requirements, secure your location and coordinate guests' travel plans.
One way to get out of the snowy weather but still stay in the U.S. is to look into a wedding in the south. Florida is a popular destination for weddings and has a myriad of location options; it offers everything from beach and estate weddings to Disney ceremonies. Another southern wedding destination is Memphis, which has some unique and interesting venues for couples looking for something a little more offbeat, including museums, train stations, botanic gardens and nature centers. You won’t find balmy weather in February, but the conditions should be temperate.
Heading out to the western part of the U.S. can offer you either a warmer weather location for your February nuptials or a snowy winter escape. California offers choices from Hollywood weddings in Los Angeles to wine-themed weddings in the Napa Valley or beach weddings in Santa Barbara. You might also consider Lake Tahoe, with hundreds of inns, hotels and estates featuring views of the snowy Sierra Nevada Mountains and winter activities like skiing, sleigh riding and ice skating, making it a premier February wedding locale.
One of the most quintessential winter destinations is Vermont, offering countless inns and hotels featuring the beauty of the wintery mountainsides, such as Green Mountain Inn (greenmountaininn.com). The inn offers extra treats like snow tubing, skiing and sleigh rides to make your winter wedding even more special. New York City can also be a magical place in the wintertime and there are several classic venues that will take advantage of the chilly February weather. Consider the New York Botanical Gardens (nybg.org); its Garden Terrace Room offers spectacular views of the snow-covered gardens.
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Living and working out of New York City, Lauren Reinhard has been writing since 2005. In addition to several websites, Reinhard's writing appears in "The Rapscallion Report." She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from Long Island University, C.W. Post.