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Wedding at Barnsley Gardens estate in Georgia. north america B taylor harker From the sizzle of the Las Vegas Strip to a classic Southern setting, we’ve fallen head over heels for five resorts that offer the perfect backdrop for an affair to remember. ENCHANTING NUPTIALS american-style bellagio, las vegas The lights, the sounds, the shows, the Strip—Las Vegas is the quintessential destination for saying “I do” in the U.S., and we’re not just talking about the kitschy ceremony at the Little White Wedding Chapel with Elvis as the officiant. Here, resorts roll out the red carpet to offer an over-the-top event. Take the Bellagio, which offers a romantic-infused elegance similar to what one would expect to find in Tuscany (ok, we admit, we’re smitten with this resort). Nuptials at Bellagio’s Terrazza di Sogno (Terrace of Dreams) provide a unique experience for up to 40 guests, with views of the Fountains of Bellagio and surrounding 8-acre lake. Right when the couple’s first kiss as husband and wife takes place, the resort’s famous Fountains erupt joyously to a song of the couple’s choosing—doesn’t get more “splashy” than that. Indoor weddings, meanwhile, are held in the East and South Chapels, which can accommodate as many as 25 and 130 guests, respectively. And with Bellagio offering several wedding packages and different price points, it’s easy for you to help your clients—no matter their budget or wants—plan a wedding here. Take the Millennium package, for instance, priced at $6,800 and including 2-night deluxe accommodations, $150 spa or salon credit, bouquet and boutonniere floral package and live Internet broadcast of the ceremony. Or couples whose pockets aren’t as deep can choose the Deluxe package, which is $2,000, or the Just for Two package, priced at $1,500. Packages include all the basics including a wedding coordinator. Standard rates for accommodations start at $149 per night plus resort fee, with discounts available for the bride and groom. Why we chose it: Easily accessible, name recognition and a range of packages to fit any budget. Contact: (888) 987-6667; wheatleigh, massachusetts Walking into the Old World elegance of Wheatleigh in Lenox, MA— just a 3-hour drive from New York City and two hours from Boston—it’s immediately obvious why the property is part of The Leading Hotels of the World collection. Built in 1893 and featuring custom-designed architecture and decor including Tiffany windows, sculpted fireplaces, arched doorways, columned patios and even a spiral staircase or two, Wheatleigh offers an idyllic New England setting. june 2012 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend June 2012

Editor's Notes
Hotel Desk: Noble House Hotels & Resorts
Tour Talk: Artisans of Leisure
Romance on Land & Sea
Out of Africa Come Romantic Retreats
Starry-Eyed Bliss in Exotic Surroundings
Enchanting Nuptials American-Style
Honeymoons that Stir the Soul
Latin American Gems Play to the Heart
Brazil Travel Planner
Fairy Tale Honeymoons in Europe
Island Weddings Pump Up the Volume
Once-in-a-Lifetime Honeymoons
Destination Wedding Powerhouses
Fancy-Filled Mexican Weddings
'Mooning in Mexico

Recommend June 2012