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There are countless benefits of throwing a destination wedding: it provides a fun getaway experience for you and your guests, it takes some of the pressure off of you when it comes to handling the details, and you can easily move from your wedding day right into your honeymoon. But what to do when you and your groom want a destination feel without leaving the familiarity and convenience of the South? To answer that question, we turned to Starwood Hotels and Resorts, who offer plenty of options for a resort destination wedding that will be just a quick plane or road trip for you and your loved ones. Along with keeping travel costs to a minimum and ensuring that you can show your guests the utmost in Southern hospitality, Starwood Hotels and Resorts also offers some great perks to Starwood Preferred Guests, like bonus Starpoints you can redeem on your honeymoon!

Top two: The Westin Jekyll Island, bottom: The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa

We often say at Southern Weddings that one of the best things about the South is the range of environments to enjoy, and Starwood has resorts that highlight many of them. Beachy brides will love The Westin Jekyll Island and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa (their Grand Ocean Terrace opening in spring 2017 looks incredible!), while couples dreaming of a garden soirée may find just what they’re looking for at The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club in Frisco, Texas. I’m a city girl myself, so one of my favorites is The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, which overlooks the Savannah River and the historic downtown skyline!

The Westin Stonebriar Hotel & Golf Club

Many people automatically think of the Caribbean or Hawaii when they hear the words “destination wedding,” but as you can see, there’s no reason to let go of your dreams of a Southern celebration in order to enjoy the perks of hosting a wedding somewhere other than your hometown. I love the idea of choosing a resort in a place that’s already meaningful to the two of you (maybe a favorite vacation spot!), or picking a place you’ve always wanted to visit. Your wedding will undoubtedly turn it into one of your most beloved locations!

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa

Starwood has been my family’s hotel collection of choice for many years, thanks to the great benefits they offer Starwood Preferred Guests, so I wasn’t surprised at all to learn that those perks extend to brides. If you host your wedding at a Starwood Resort, you’ll be rewarded Starpoints as soon as you sign your contract, which can be applied toward your honeymoon at a Starwood property anywhere in the world! You can learn more about the SPG Weddings benefits here.

Did you have a destination wedding? How did you decide where to host it? We’d love to hear!

This post is brought to you by Starwood Hotels and Resorts – thanks for your support of the brands that make Southern Weddings possible!

lisa Written with love by Lisa

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