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5 Fairytale Alaska Wedding Venues For The Wedding Of Your Dreams

While sandy beaches and swaying palms draw many betrothed to tie the knot, more adventurous couples seeking a dream destination wedding that’s different from all the rest should consider Alaska.

There are few better places for a wedding with enchanting scenery that can include everything from driftwood-strewn Alaska beaches, blue-tinged glaciers, and soaring mountains to crystal-clear sapphire lakes, roaring rivers, and dense forest. With so many bald eagles, you might even have one eyeing down at you as you say your vows. 

In such a vast state, the only question is which fairytale Alaska wedding venue do you choose? 

 

1. Land’s End Resort 

Consider letting your “Happily Ever After” begin at Land’s End. Located in Homer, it’s the only lodging on the famous Homer Spit, with its miles of beach considered one of the most spectacular in the state. A “once-in-a-lifetime” event calls for a one-of-a-kind place, and this resort offers that and then some. 

You’ll have all you need right here, including on-site catering with customizable menus featuring exceptionally delicious cuisine, whether you’re planning an intimate ceremony for close family and friends or a large wedding for as many as 180 guests. The property hosts a wide variety of accommodation options which means you aren’t confined to a regular hotel layout. It’s the perfect honeymoon destination, with everything from bay view rooms and lakeside log cabins to multi-bedroom beachfront lodges,

Why It’s a Fairytale

The resort boasts an unrivaled waterfront location along the shores of Kachemak Bay with a magical backdrop that includes the snow-dusted peaks of the Kenai Mountains. Sea lions, sea otters, and even whales might even provide the ultimate photobomb. 

While the setting and luxurious accommodation create a fairytale-like setting, this resort goes beyond that. Worrying about all the little details is not something you want to be doing on your special day. Here, the staff understands the importance of making your special day as stress-free as possible–they aim to provide an amazing experience for every guest, including the bride and groom. 

 

2. Trail Lake Lodge

Located in the tiny alpine town of Moose Pass, south of Anchorage on the scenic Seward Highway, the historic Trail Lake Lodge is surrounded by magnificent views of Trail Lake and the Chugach Mountains. It’s known for its breathtaking views, friendly hospitality, tasty food, and postcard-perfect setting.

There’s a beautiful burl wood pavilion that can host 50 for sit-down dinners and 75 for something more casual, like a buffet and hors d’oeuvres. Larger parties can be served on the lawn and lakeside deck. The in-house catering service is divine, preparing memorable Alaskan-style appetizers, main courses, and homemade desserts. Accommodation is available for up to 50 in twin and queen rooms, allowing the wedding party to stay together.

Why It’s a Fairytale

The East Lawn provides a postcard-perfect setting for a wedding ceremony. A vast grassy area, it’s framed by tall trees along the shore and dotted with colorful wildflowers in the summer. Honeymooners, the wedding party, and guests will find plenty to enjoy afterward in the area too, from fishing and hiking to floatplane tours, while Kenai Fjords National Park is just 30 minutes away.

 

3. Aurora Pointe

Located on a picturesque 280-acre property in a private, secluded setting yet just a 15-minute drive from downtown Fairbanks, Aurora Pointe is the only dedicated event-hosting space in the interior of Alaska. Up to 200 guests can be accommodated, while the photo-ops are impressive with the surrounding landscape featuring rolling fields of farmland outlined with Alaskan trees. To the south, you’ll have a view of the Alaska Range, including Mount Denali. 

There are many amenities that can be taken advantage of, from a private bridal ready room and parking assistance to on-site staff and a wireless Sonos sound system. Accommodation is offered at A Taste of Alaska Lodge, which sits on the same property and provides a 20 percent discount to all Aurora Pointe guests. 

Why It’s a Fairytale

The outdoor covered barn is available for ceremonies, fabulous for a country-style wedding in the wilds of Alaska. If you can plan your wedding date between August and April, you and your guests can take advantage of the Aurora Viewing Experiences. They even throw in a complimentary portrait taken under the colorful dancing lights. 

 

4. Alaska Heavenly Lodge

This elegant lodge that overlooks the Kenai River in Cooper Landing is popular for weddings with its beautiful and spacious outdoor areas. It sits on 18 acres with well-manicured lawns providing incredible views of the river and surrounding Chugach Mountain Range. 

There’s enough space for as many as 50 guests at the ceremony and reception, while accommodation can be provided for up to 25 in the Main Lodge, Russian River Cabin, or Mt. Cecil Cabin. Single rooms, individual cabins, or even the entire property can be booked. 

Why It’s a Fairytale

After your ceremony, the Russian River Cabin is the ideal honeymoon suite, complete with a hot tub for a romantic soak. There are private scenic trails on the property to stroll together, and if you, any of your wedding party, or guests like to fish, world-class salmon and trout fishing will be steps from your door. 

 

5. Cusack’s on the Kenai

Dreaming of a wedding right along the water? Cusack’s On The Kenai in Soldotna offers ceremonies right along the riverfront for up to 150 guests, while lodging is available for 20 to 30, including a honeymoon suite with a Roman bath or Japanese soaker tub. It also includes a beautiful lawn that overlooks the river, with a 40′ X 40′ tent available should the weather not cooperate. 

Here you’ll have all the amenities, including the setup of tables and chairs, an arbor, and a collection of decor that is free to use. You can add some unique touches with whiskey barrels that make great as table bases, antique mirrors, romantic signage, and much more. 

Why It’s a Fairytale

This is the only venue where you can wed right on the banks of the Kenai River. The family-owned-and-operated lodge was opened by the Cusack sisters for weddings, paying homage to their father. The pair say they get their joy from helping couples and their guests “discover the untamed beauty” of their slice of Alaskan paradise, ensuring personalized service.

 

The Wedding of Your Dreams

While there are some fantastic choices for wedding venues across the great state of Alaska, it’s hard to beat Land’s End for the wedding of your dreams. It’s more than a venue, it’s an experience. With staff there to support you through the happiest day of your life as if you were an extension of their own family, you know everything will be done right. 

Plus, you won’t have to jet off somewhere else for your honeymoon. You’ll have all you need here, including options for a fully equipped luxurious cabin, complete with private decks and huge picture windows. Gazing out at the views and watching the wildlife that passes, perhaps toasting to your new life together with a glass of Champagne, is something you’ll never forget. 

 

Choose the Fairytale

 

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