US: Bar Harbor, Maine
Why get hitched here: Surrounded by rugged coasts, dark-blue waters and golden-sand beaches (aka the perfect romantic backdrop), Maine's breathtaking waterfront might easily be mistaken for the Mediterranean, were it not for its iconic lighthouses (and more convenient locale). You'll get all the sophistication and style, though. Like Europe's southern coast, Bar Harbor is the epitome of seaside chic, only with a distinct American flair to incorporate into your day (think: fresh lobster, clambakes and blueberry pie). Your guests will have fun checking out Acadia National Park, which surrounds Bar Harbor on the east side of Mount Desert Island, in addition to bike riding, whale watching, kayaking and taking a dip in the ocean.
When to wed: Summer is when Maine attracts the most visitors, especially in July and August, when the weather is warmest. To avoid peak prices and crowds, consider a September wedding, when the crisp fall weather begins to light up the foliage.
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