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Top 5 wedding destinations for fall

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The perfect location for your big day

You don’t have to use your passport for the destination wedding of your dreams. The beauty in autumn’s rich, warm colors, crisp air, vibrant foliage and breathtaking scenery provides a romantic ambiance and stunning backdrop for destination weddings in the U.S.

Make your special day unforgettable by choosing one of these fabulous fall wedding locations.

The perfect location for your big day



The chic country bride

If you're a country girl at heart, consider traveling to the Golden State for a rustic-chic wedding. From vineyards and barns to ranches and farms, California has a fantastic selection of outdoor and indoor venues that can add country flair and luxury to your fall wedding. Head to Napa Valley if you want to say "I do" in a vineyard, apple orchard or comfy barn, or surround yourself with majestic beauty by exchanging vows in at Yosemite National Park.

For other charming venues that will provide an intimate country-style setting, check out: Carneros InnSaddlerock RanchTaber Ranch and Cayucos Creek Barn.

The perfect location for your big day



The nontraditional city bride

Chicago may be known as the Windy City, but don't let its nickname deter you from having your city wedding there. With warm, sunny days and moderate temperatures, fall is one of the best times to have your wedding in the Chicagoland area. Famous for its architecture, Chicago offers some of the best venue alternatives for brides who want a nontraditional or eclectic wedding in a big city. Numerous couples opt to host their day at one of Chicago's stylish lofts, museums, libraries or even the zoo. So whether you're enjoying the Chicago skyline while cruising Lake Michigan on a yacht or mingling with guests in a historic mansion or at Navy Pier, this city is filled with a variety of options to fit your unique bridal style.

More Windy City wedding options: Glessner House MuseumGreenhouse LoftLincoln Park Zoo and the Newberry Library.

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The beach bride

Do you envision yourself walking down the aisle with sand under your feet and a water view? Beach weddings set the tone for a romantic and relaxed atmosphere. You don't have to travel to a distant island to bring your beach wedding to life when you can enjoy tropical scenery in Florida. While Florida's beaches are popular vacation spots in the summer, having your Florida beach wedding in the fall means smaller crowds, less strain on your wallet and the chance to enjoy warm and sunny weather for your paradise wedding without the scorching heat and humidity.

Other popular beach wedding locations in the Sunshine State: Hawks CayAmelia IslandSandestin and Casa Morada.

The perfect location for your big day


North Carolina

The fairy-tale bride

Every bride wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. North Carolina has several historic wedding venues, from Victorian estates and Southern mansions, to transform your big day into a magical fall experience. Enchant your guests with a ceremony and reception on the 8,000-acre estate at Biltmore in Asheville or enjoy royal treatment and mountain views in a medieval setting at Castle Ladyhawke, an authentically recreated Scottish castle in Tuckasegee.

Create your own happily-ever-after history at these other North Carolina venues: GraylynGraystone Inn, the Carolina Inn and 1812 Hitching Post.

The perfect location for your big day



The nature-loving bride

Famous for its fall foliage and breathtaking landscape, Vermont's autumn makes it the perfect destination for brides who have a deep appreciation of nature and want gorgeous outdoor scenery. Vermont's outdoor wedding venues create a cozy fall setting and a memorable destination for you and your beau to tie the knot. You'll enjoy stunning views of the mountains, covered bridges and waterfalls.

More options for the nature lover: Equinox Resort and SpaMountain Top Inn & ResortThe Castle Hill Resort and Spa and Jeudevine Falls.

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