3. City, State or National Park
Public parks provide some of the prettiest backdrops you’ll find for your fete—not to mention your wedding photos. And while they’re the perfect spot for an intimate, casual wedding, pulling off an affair on a grander scale can be done. The trick? Scout out the scene and do your research: Many public spaces require you to apply for a permit ahead of time and will have some restrictions as far as bringing in rentals, sound, equipment, food and drinks. Since you might not be able to set up a tent or book a spot for a long period of time, public parks are typically better suited for your ceremony. As for the rest of your event, research nearby resorts, hotels and restaurants with a view of the spot you love for your reception.