5 fantastic rentals for wedding day bliss

You want a day like no other—an occasion you’ll remember for the rest of your life. We hear ya! It’s your wedding! This time you can skip the paper plates and plastic forks and go all out. In fact, you can even escape the hometown hassles with a destination wedding in the home, estate, or castle of your dreams. Just like your future spouse, these five fantastic rentals will sweep you off your feet. You can invite hundreds to your ceremony, or keep it to a select few. Either way, you’ll upgrade your wedding day from memorable to unforgettable.

1. Tie the knot on the Florida coast

Exclusive. Secluded. Luxurious. Are you interested? How about a semi-private beach with its own pavilion, gazebo, and private sundeck? This incredible estate sleeps up to 23 in two houses, and you can pop open the champagne with up to 80 guests at your ceremony. But more than that, the estate functions like a mini-resort, with a heated pool and Jacuzzi, an outdoor fire pit, a beach volleyball area, lush landscaping, and even a playground for the kids. Inside you’ll find a state-of-the-art kitchen, a great room for gathering friends, and wraparound porches with views of the gulf. Plus it's a one-minute walk to the beach.

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2. Say “Oh wow” on Oahu

Imagine crossing the threshold into this luxurious beachfront home, a four-bedroom retreat with a stunning entryway, beautifully appointed furnishings throughout, and breathtaking outdoor spaces. A green lawn fronts the ocean and can accommodate up to 100 guests for your special event. An inner courtyard features a serene pool with fountains and a firepot. Each bedroom comes with an en-suite bathroom and a lanai/porch that opens to the ocean or the pool. You can take a short stroll to the beach and put your toes in the Pacific. Or head in the opposite direction and hike to a waterfall through a lush rainforest.

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3. Make it official at a California landmark

You know your wedding will be memorable. Why not make it historic? This gorgeous Victorian-era mansion whisks you back in time even as you take a big leap forward in your life. No detail is spared inside this eight-bedroom mansion, from the beautiful stained-glass windows to the elegant formal dining room. Outside a pool beckons with a gazebo and two large cabanas. There’s even an underground tavern and wine cellar. Set on ten acres of gardens, expansive green lawns, and citrus and olive groves and ringed by coastal mountains, the property can host over 300 guests for an outdoor event.

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4. Get swept away in Santa Fe

You’ll be the star attraction of your wedding, of course. But this amazing rental may also steal the show. This sprawling ranch with a main lodge and separate guest house boasts nine bedrooms, a pool and cauldron hot tub, 1630 acres of beautiful private land, rugged trails for hiking and horseback riding, and mountain views from every angle. The property borders the Sante Fe national forest, so privacy is guaranteed, but it's still easy to access nearby attractions. For pre-wedding activities and post-ceremony excursions, your guests can enjoy nearby golf, skiing, shopping, or taking in the arts scene in Santa Fe or Taos. Best of all, at the end of most days, you’ll be treated to a magnificent sunset.

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5. Walk down the aisle in the Blue Ridge Mountains

If you've always dreamed of getting married with a beautiful natural backdrop, then this stunning lodge with views over the mountains is a perfect fit. Featuring soaring log beams and cathedral ceilings, the Rock Lodge can sleep 29 people in both a main house and a separate guest house. The property is full of charm, with multiple covered porches, a rock waterfall feature, and a fire pit to cozy up around after dancing the night away.

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