Known to be "forever wild", couples around the world agree that the sweet scent of balsam fir in the air and six million acres of pristine parkland in the Adirondacks make for one of the most ruggedly romantic destination wedding spots on the planet. Only four short hours from Manhattan and two from Montreal, vows can be whispered beneath the often snow-dusted evergreens, beside one of the 3,000 lakes and ponds, or on top of the world at one of the many High Peaks' resorts.
What Makes an Adirondacks Wedding So Unique
This relatively young geological collection of mountain peaks has hiking, skiing, biking, kayaking, and trail walking to the nth degree. But even if you aren't Grizzly Adams, this gorgeous stretch of protected forest land has something for everyone.
Best Destination Wedding Spots in the Adirondacks
Lake Placid Lodge – The perfect marriage of rustic and chic, Lake Placid Lodge is a towering cabin-castle with clusters of elegant rooms stacked atop the astounding serenity of Lake Placid. Whether you choose to get married in their banquet hall, the wine cellar, or on the lodge dock for a lakefront view, the accommodations here are rated the best in the entire region and they have detailed wedding packages to match.
If you have always dreamed of having a wilderness wedding stationed inside one of the most beautiful hotels in New York, then the Lake Placid Lodge is the place to choose. However, don't be startled if you notice guests scrambling to RSVP "yes"- this place precedes itself in regal reputation.
The Wild Center, Tupper Lake – Thirty-one acres of marked trails that the New York Times dubbed "stunning", this wildlife center isn't all otters and hawks. In fact, while the wildlife aspect of its "day job" may seem at first an unlikely choice for a wedding venue, The Wild Center is one of the easiest places to throw your perfect day.
With the ability to seat up to 200 people, it is perfect for outdoor summer weddings or indoor winter weddings. With a private location giving access only to your guests, there is plenty of parking and a pond perfect for photos. As one of the only LEED certified venues in the Adirondacks, couples who want to leave a small carbon footprint when getting married will find themselves putting their best foot forward here.
Adirondacks Marriage Requirements
First, apply for a marriage license in the Adirondack county where your wedding will take place. Do this through the civil or town clerk in person; a representative in your place will not be accepted. Keep in mind that there is a 24-hour waiting period before you can marry from the time the license is issued. Also, you must bring the following documents:
- An original birth certificate
- A valid passport or Driver's License
- A decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage (if applicable)
Fees: The marriage license will cost $40, which includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration.
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