Skip the luxury hotel for this stylish waterfront estate in Miami if you’re aiming for a charming backyard wedding in Miami. With its nine bedrooms and nine bathrooms, there’s room for the whole family. Here, luxury comes in the form of Hermès blankets and a massive wine collection, as well as a large kitchen, home theater, infinity pool, and hot tub which can all be enjoyed at your leisure (emphasis on leisure). The yard overlooking Biscayne Bay is the perfect spot for posing for family photos and drinking up the epic sunsets.
Oceanfront French Chateau in Palos Verdes Estates, California
You’re not in the South of France, but this elegant 7,500-square foot oceanfront chateau in Palos Verdes Estates may convince your Instagram followers otherwise. The owners grew up in the home and have since remodeled it, but maintained its original old-world charms and French architecture. The entrance courtyard makes a great first impression, and the swanky elegance extends into the home, which exudes the sort of opulence you’d find in the Cote d’Azur. Parquet floors, white walls, gold decor, and a vintage piano fill the grand living room that opens onto a decadent backyard with sprawling views of the Pacific. The home has seven bedrooms for 10 of your luckiest friends and family, with the master suite adjoining a his-and-hers bathroom where the newlyweds can bliss out in the sauna and jacuzzi.
Private Desert Oasis in Yucca Valley, California
Weddings in Joshua Tree National Park are always a flex: Scenic views of sprawling desert, plus the surreal sunsets and good lighting are the makings of an unforgettable trip. This Southwestern-style home in the Yucca Valley can sleep up to 16 guests across its seven bedrooms, connected through an airy open floor plan. Spend your mornings in the dining room that opens onto the backyard, then mosey outside to begin the festivities. Along with the indoor game room stocked with a pool table, there’s plenty to do between the illuminated pool and hot tub outside, as well as the bocce ball court and hammock for lounging. Once everyone’s ready to wind down for the night, there’s also a fire pit that’s an easy gateway to a quiet evening of stargazing.
Italian-Style Hilltop Mansion in Edwards, Colorado
You may not have to jet off to Italy to fulfill your fantasy of a Tuscan wedding. This Tuscan-style villa nestled on a hillside against the rugged backdrop of the Colorado mountains does a fair approximation, sitting on 220 acres of Vail Valley. Exposed wood beam ceilings, stone walls, plush sofas, and warm area rugs nail the luxe farmhouse feel. And it fits 16 guests spread across seven bedrooms—all with their own ensuite bathrooms—so no one has to complain about sharing. The fully-equipped kitchen includes its own wood-burning pizza oven if you’re dining in, and there’s a barbecue outside if you’d rather enjoy a protein trip. Otherwise, it’s hard to get bored between the slate of amenities at your fingertips, including a gym, sauna, massage room, home theater, (indoor!) basketball court, and poker and pool table. Outside, you can also treat yourself to some gobsmacking views while you lay out in the heated pool and hot tub, or put your newlywed status to the test with a doubles match on the tennis court.
The Barn at the White House on the Hill in Round Top, Texas
The Barn at White House on the Hill is on the smaller side as it only sleeps six guests, but is conveniently located next to so many small hotels, restaurants, shops, and wineries nearby, that it’s still an ideal spot to host an intimate wedding weekend. Located on 20 acres of rolling hills, the barn offers 360-degree views of Texas countryside. The living area exudes gothic elegance, while outside the sunrises and sunsets are perfect for capturing dramatic wedding shots. End the night by the fire pit with close friends and family, or around the TV in the wide inner sanctuary of the barn.
Bridgehampton South Grand Estate in Bridgehampton, NY
If you’re planning a small traditional wedding in the Hamptons, this 1.5 acre garden estate in Bridgehampton is ideal for comfortably putting up the whole family (or 13 guests). Inside this cozy family home, there are spacious living quarters for sprawling out, plus a game room and bar for kicking back. Outside, the large, private backyard with a heated saltwater pool and well-groomed patio spell out the perfect place to host your intimate affair. But be sure to run any low-key festivities by your host first, who isn’t too keen on any wild parties on the property.
The Glass House in East Hampton, New York
Just because the guest list is small doesn’t mean it can’t still be a raving good time. This modern glass house in East Hampton is an endlessly stylish option for your smaller soiree. Your 16 guests will have the unique experience of waking up in an art gallery—with stairs that lead up to stark white bedrooms concealed behind a corridor punctuated with contemporary art. On the main level, the spacious open floor plan keeps things simple, with much of the attention directed to the outdoors via the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the house. The massive underground garage with metal ceiling beams and walls lined with surf boards is the perfect venue for a private party, with a heated saltwater pool and hot tub outdoors if guests want to take a dip. Just remember to request the town permit if you plan to host a larger group.
Magical Country Retreat in the Berkshires, Massachusetts
A small wedding in the Berkshires is ideal for any time of year, but especially magical in fall as the leaves change colors. This home situated on 120 acres is here to match the season, whether you want a fire pit in fall or a pool moment in summer. The main house features nine bedrooms, with a guest house that sleeps two more people for an additional fee. There’s even a barn with a 3,000-square foot venue space that can also be rented if you’re expanding the guest list. If not, the backyard is large enough to fit a tent beside the heated pool to help you save your coins.