Renewing Your Vows Out West

The Basics

From the California beaches to the Rocky Mountains, this part of the country is known for its extraordinary scenery, which makes a great backdrop for vow renewal photographs—and it's heaven for outdoors lovers. 


Some of the nation's most amazing natural wonders are preserved as National Parks and many issue permits for special events. Since exteriors are so gorgeous, you'll be tempted to stage your event in a natural setting, but always plan an alternate spot in case of troubling weather.


In addition to beaches, gardens, wineries, and other romantic spots, the American West has many outstanding properties where you can both stay and celebrate, either as a couple or with a group of guests. If you need multiple rooms, work directly with the hotel or resort to negotiate the best rate for your party.


Pros 

  • Wide variety of venues, indoors and outside
  • Heaven for active, adventurous couples 
  • Beaches along the California coast are open to the public

Cons

  • Climate change has increased summer and fall wildfires
  • Droughts and water shortages in some destinations
  • High altitudes can be challenging for guests with health conditions

5 Places We Love

Arizona: The Boulders outside of Scottsdale offers venues amidst megalithic rocks, including one by a waterfall. If your group is very small, consider renting a private villa (sleeps 6-8) and celebrating there. 


New Mexico: Santa Fe's Inn of the Five Graces has garden and courtyard venues that become positively magical when lantern-lit. Much later, tumble into the feather bed in your lushly decorated suite.


Southern California: A San Diego landmark overlooking the Pacific, Hotel del Coronado has 65+ venues ranging from the pristine beach to the Old Hollywood-style Crown Room, seating up to 450.


Northern California: One of Napa wine country’s most luxurious resorts, Carneros Resort’s outdoor venues include The Arbor, bracketed by giant palms and overlooking vineyards; and The Courtyard, which boasts festival lighting and an oversized fireplace.


Utah: Mountaintop venues with sweeping views and customized events organized by the house wedding coordinator make a vow renewal at the Waldorf Astoria Park City a peak experience.