(Closed) Destination location with a chapel AND a beach/mountain resort?

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I just got married last week & had a "destination" wedding & it was FANTASTIC! I highly, HIGHLY reccomend the area we had it in!! It was in the panhandle of Florida in between Destin & Panama City. We stayed in Seacrest Beach, there are like 4 or 5 small towns that are all kind of connected by the hwy that runs along the ocean. They are precious little towns, where everyone rides there bikes or walks everywhere & the architecture is incredible! Honestly, it felt like we were in Europe or something, my in laws even said so & they’ve gone out of the country a couple times! Here is a link to the place half of the group stayed at http://www.magnoliaresidenceclub.com/

We got married on the beach, but there was a cute little church I saw in downtown Rosemary Beach. If you want to google it, here are the name of some of the towns that are all next to eachother: Seaside, Seagrove, Seacrest, Alys beach, & Rosemary. I’m sure I left some out. But I definitely reccomend looking into it!

Post # 4
1042 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Well welcome to the boards, and of course I really have to give my destination a plug! I’m getting married in Yosemite Valley. If you wouldl ike to get married in a chapel there is a really cute, rustic chapel in the valley, and there are hotels nearby which would be really nice, elegant places to hold a reception! We are actually not getting married in the chapel but on the "wedding lawn" of the Ahwahnee hotel, which has a view of all the trees and mountains and the half dome! Plus there are things like hiking and kyaking/rafting, horseback riding, etc for guests to do in their free time.

Other destinations I can think of…my hometown of San Diego has some really great resorts and you could definitely get married in some type of church or chapel close to the beach!

Post # 5
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

When you say if you’re paying for everything, does that include guests’ travel and accomodation? How about Mexico? It’s cheap and there should be no short of churches there.  european countries with the mediterranean coast (e.g. Italy) should have tons of options with churches with beaches too.

Post # 6
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Also, you could look into places like Hawaii and the Caribbean.  Lots of resorts actually have chapels on the property because they do a lot of destination weddings/elopements.

Post # 8
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Congrats on your engagement!

From my own venue search, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa has a gorgeous little chapel that made me reconsider wanting to get married outdoors. It’s located on the Big Island of Hawaii. I attached a pic from the website, but to me it looks so much better in person. There’s a lot to do on the Big Island outside of resort-ish stuff, like exploring the volcano, etc… and prices on flights to Hawaii are down right now.

I have tons more pics of this resort and some other Hawaii ones if you want them… just let me know. Good luck with your search! =)


Post # 9
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

cappuccinoaddict, that is a really beautiful venue.

I am getting married in Sellicks Beach, just south of Adelaide, South Australia. I have never seen our venue but it is beautiful and something feels really amazing about it.



We will stay in Adelaide but this location was too amazing to pass up. It is an old church, not as old as you are likely to find in Europe, East Coast or even New Orleans. But I love the rustic feel and we just need step outside for our photos. We’ve planned everything to happen just before sunset, that way we have about an hour after the ceremony for photos.

Post # 11
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009


There are several options for places to stay to in Adelaide, and Adelaide is the city of churches, however, this church is 50 minutes south of the city. There is a hotel nearby http://www.victoryhotel.com.au/ , it doesn’t look like the Hyatt (which is where we will stay) but it seems like it might be a good way place to have guest stay and they will have no excuse for being late to the wedding.

Also, keep in mind that the US dollar is pretty strong against the AU, about $0.75 US to buy $1 AU. I was kind of excited about this. Also, you can use http://www.weddingssa.com.au/ as it provides a good deal of information. We hired a bagpiper, but not from this site, I did a ton of looking around and finally found one that would be available. Remember, we planned our wedding with six weeks to go. We are now about 2 weeks away from our departure for AU.The cakes on saw on this site were also amazing, same with flowers and even make-up artists. 

We are are doing our wedding alone and then will have receptions in Houston and Oregon this winter. The idea was to keep our wedding really intimate and honestly, I didn’t want conflicts of family telling us what we should do, or how to do it. The receptions will be fine enough for this. 

To marry in Australia you will need to file your paperwork with the Australia Embassy and then find a celebrant no later than 1 month and 1 day before your wedding. I’d recommend getting the embassy stuff done about a month before you need it and then find a celebrant in the months before that. That way, once you have the embassy stamp you can just fax the documents to the embassy. I can certainly help if you are looking for a christian celebrant as I learned how to track down pretty much all of them.

We will honeymoon on a great white shark adventure starting the day after the wedding. But we are constrained because FH only has two weeks of vacation and it pretty much takes 17 hours from LA to Sydney so that eats 2 full days, plus the houston and adelaide legs take about 2 more. So, we have about 5 days of diving, 2 days of Adelaide and Sellicks Beach and a day on each side of all this to see his family and then allow for him to head back to Kuwait (he spends a day coming and going). 

Our travel will go like this, I fly to Houston from Oregon. FH comes from Kuwait to Houston. We pack our things together. Then fly to LA, from LA to Sydney (we are going on virgin because it was the cheapest but I think United had tickets for less than $800 per person just recently) from Sydney to Adelaide, we rent a car here. Stash our things at the Hyatt. meet with our photographers http://www.sweetbluephotogrqaphy.com.au and http://www.sweetchilliphillyphotography.com.au to have our prewedding photos done….mostly because we haven’t had time for engagment photos and this will act as such. Check them out, they are great and totally affordable. 

I can post photos when I get back, that will likely be June 30th or there about.

Also, summer time there, that is our summer is their winter and the weather is like Seattle in December or November, AND lots of things will have discounts because tourism isn’t high. Something to consider when trying to make arrangements for rooms or services.

Also, The Hundred Eaves does receptions too. 

How large of a wedding party are you having and guests? Just curious. I have no idea your budge, but I can say if you keep it small you can have a blast here and not cut corners on flowers or dresses if that is important to you. Also to keep in mind, you’d be planning from afar, so you have to be okay with just letting somethings happen as they will. But you’d have wonderful memories and a beautiful wedding certificate.

Post # 13
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

If you’re looking for a cute chapel close to the beach, the poster that recommended the Fl. gulf coast is right. Seaside and Rosemary Beach both have beautiful chapels and so does Carillon Beach I believe. I’m not sure what your budget is, so I’m not sure what is in your price range, but they are all great vacation spots. We go once or twice a year to Seaside.  We were going to renew our vows there, but decided to stay closer to home. They’re in the process of building a large "international" airport in Panama City Beach which is close and will be great to access the area. I’m not sure when it’s supposed to be done, but sometime in 2010 is what I’ve heard. I’m pretty sure there will be direct flights from Dallas {if that’s where you live?}, since there are a ton of homeowners from Dallas. 

Post # 14
41 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I attended a wedding here last summer–it’s so amazing! Nestled among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mtns in Northeast Georgia…they take care of everything on-site. http://www.chotafalls.com

Lots to do in the area…wineries, white water rafting, antiquing, several area lakes, hiking, etc. 


Post # 16
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’ve always thought Victoria BC would be an amazing place for a wedding ceremony. Especially The Empress Hotel, the view from the hotel is amazing. It’s almost in the US 🙂

However, having a wedding down the street at the Munro (think Alice Munro) Bookstore would be pretty impressive too!

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