SWANN HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C.Whether you book the Grand Affair package (all 12 rooms for two nights, couples massage, bubbly) or the Secret Affair elopement option (champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, mini-ceremony), this circa-1883 stone mansion tucked near Dupont Circle is replete with enough crystal, intricate working fireplaces, and polished-wood class to befit a proper power broker. Plus, the robes are yours to keep.
1808 New Hampshire Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 212-265-4414 SwannHouse.com
HOTEL BLACKHAWK, IOWATAG-approved and fresh off a $45-million renovation, this just reopened 130-room downtown Davenport gem melds deco glamour with modern swank. Receptions in the Gold Room (capacity 300 people; all-inclusive catering) glimmer like a Gatsby fete, while the in-house bowling alley is pure heartland decompression. Complimentary suites for wedding couples.
THE WHITE HOUSE INN, VERMONTAmong the more rustic offerings of Vermont's many romantic inns, this early-20th century baronial manse impresses with immaculately maintained details: exquisite Victorian woodwork, 14 fireplaces, hand-printed wallpaper. That same attention is reflected in weddings with an in-house planner customizing ceremonies to take advantage of the 16 rooms, expansive English garden, spa, and gourmet kitchen. Elopement package available too.
RIVERBEND INN, NEW HAMPSHIREGay owners Jerry Weiss and Craig Cox offer pastoral perfection near the White Mountains, holding small ceremonies (two to 50 guests) anywhere on the 15-acre pine- and maple-filled property, from slate riverside terrace to fire-lit living room. Although all 10 antique-laden rooms must be rented for two nights, the multicourse breakfasts might have you staying for the honeymoon.
THE LIBERTY, MASSACHUSETTSA former jail, weddings at this impressively refurbished Beacon Hill hotel are straightforward and unstuffy urban affairs: elegantly accoutered ballrooms, ultra-yet-understated luxe suites with Charles River views, and a jaw-dropping panopticon lobby for your many admirers. Preferred LGBT vendors work with hotel staff to give a new, personalized meaning to hitching ye olde ball and chain.
ROCK HALL, CONNECTICUTA Berkshires mansion with gay pedigree—Addison Mizner designed it in 1912—the five-room, gilded-age Rock Hall distinguishes itself with a sunrise service and artisanal brunch, plus utmost care with its a la carte offerings: hot air balloon and sleigh rides, on-property tennis matches, tea in front of the Citizen Kane?like fireplace, Yale students on the baby grand. Co-owner/jewelry designer Stella Somers can also craft custom rings.
?Pardon us if we?re buzzing like a schoolgirl at prom, but now that New Yorkers are invited to the Marriage Equality dance, we just can?t quit. Here, an updated survey of the best wedding venues in states where same-sex marriage is legal.
For more resources to plan your big day, check out our list of New York Gay Marriage Deals as well as Honeymoon Deals for far-flung newlyweds. And check back often. We?ll provide updates as more companies and municipalities get in the game -- like Bloomberg?s NYC I Do campaign, the city?s official drive (including a FAQ, deals, lists of vendors, venues, and more) to brand Gotham as the same-sex destination wedding capital of the country.
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THE PIERRE, NEW YORK CITYA marriage in Manhattan is all about sophistication, and that, the 80-year-old Pierre has in spades (just look at the photos from our Out 100 Black & White Ball photo shoot). For grand dame weddings in a true grand dame on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park, the Modern Marriage Package plies on wedding weekend extras from cocktails, cake, and flowers to an in-room massage and a late night aphrodisiac menu (with oysters, chocolate, and champagne), plus a classic horse-drawn carriage ride and picnic in the park the day after.