Weddings are extraordinary days, but the thought and planning that goes towards making them successful can be overwhelming. From choosing the right dress to choosing the right cake, and even picking out the perfect ring, weddings are no doubt high-stress events. Surely, you’ll want your wedding venue to be perfect too, right? For those who’d rather have a destination wedding, choosing the right destination can be rather daunting, given the multitude of options. So, to help you out, we have compiled our top destination wedding locations, bound to make your special day a memorable one…
Nassau, The Bahamas
With over 700 islands, you can choose to personalize your wedding experience at the Bahamas. You could choose to rent a private island, or hold your wedding at a mega-resort. There are also a lot of activities you could plan for your guests, whether it’s scuba diving around the Andos Island (third largest barrier reef in the world, touring the historic homes of Nassau or strolling along its white-sand beaches.
The Amalfi Coast, Italy
The iconic scenery of the Almafi Coast makes it a beautiful wedding backdrop, with a winding cliff top road that moves across the Italian coastline giving you dramatic views of the sea. An itinerary for your destination wedding here would fill with one of a kind experiences, making your wedding unforgettable.
Park City, Utah, USA
With the majestic mountain ranges everyone knows Utah for, Park city can also be your ideal wedding destination, if you fancy getting hitched in the great outdoors!
Rolling hills, Oceanside cliffs, lush gardens, country manors, and grand castles, what more do you need your fairytale wedding backdrop to feature. The natural beauty of the city of Ireland and the hospitality of its people, as well as its traditions, makes Ireland the perfect ‘I do’ location. Ireland also gives you an astonishing setting for your walk down the aisle from its beautiful cliffs to its Edwardian-style church and the grandeur of a 15th-century castle and you are all set!
A mixture of old-world culture with modern metropolis makes the Eternal City of Rome a unique wedding destination. Rome offers more artistic monuments than almost any city globally, acting as a perfect backdrop for romance with its churches and ancient ruins, it’s amazing wine and authentic selection of Italian food cannot be left out.
Green Valleys, vineyards, olive groves, and 15th-century art and architecture make a great wedding destination backdrop especially if nature and history is your thing. Its laid-back vibe keeps everyone at ease and removes the wedding jitters and tensions that might be rising. In Tuscany, you find also some of Europe’s best cuisines and wine.
If you would rather a more quiet, low-key and secluded location away from packed cities and tourists’ crowds, then Zihuatanejo is the place to be. Its colorful sunsets and unspoiled beaches bring a level of authenticity to your wedding that would have been unimaginable. You have a pick of luxurious resorts and variety of hotels as venues.
Commonly described by locals as Sanuk or “fun”, the ornate palaces, wild reefs, divine cuisine as well as rich coral reef all make Thailand an exotic gem. Its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, luxurious resorts, and huge metropolis all make Thailand a dream wedding destination backdrop.
The Fiji Islands
With over 300 islands, Fiji is an alluring tropical paradise. For couples seeking serenity, glamorous cultures and unspoiled beaches for their vows, then the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’ is perfect. Your wedding itinerary for Fiji is no doubt going to leave your guests in awe.
Often referred to as the ‘Queen of the Caribees,’ the island of Nevis is a perfect destination wedding location for nature lovers. Home to some of the best-preserved beaches, coral reefs and rainforests in the Caribbean, Nevis is a beautiful wedding backdrop. Your itinerary could include horse-back riding, hiking, and star gazing.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Like other Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico has its own fair share of gorgeous beaches, friendly locals and resorts. It also sports a fine blend of cultural and historic sites as well as traditional beach locations, making it perfect for both beach-going and non-beach going guests.
Turks And Caicos
Unlike other Caribbean islands, this collection of 40 islands is less developed and possesses an intimate feel. Both islands are surrounded by natural reefs thus; the waters are clean, calm and full of life. It provides you with chic indoor and outdoor locations to hold your nuptials.
Vail, Colorado, USA
If adventure is what you seek, then the small town of Vail in Colorado is what you need. Located at the foothills of the Vail Mountain, Vial is a winter getaway, so if you are planning a winter wedding, this is where you should be. Your wedding itinerary for Vail could include winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing and even hiking. Vail would give you the white wedding you desire.
Jaco, Costa Rica
Costa Rica is perfect for any couple seeking an equatorial background for their wedding while also retaining their modern-chic tastes. You could choose to be edgy and get married by the side of a volcano or even a beach wedding on its sun-baked, white sand beaches. If you want a green wedding, eco-friendly Costa Rica is perfect for you.
The peaceful island of Cozumel is bordered by one of the world’s largest coral reef, home to a number of wildlife reserves and surrounded by turquoise blue waters making it perfect for couples especially those who love nature looking to tie the knot in a quiet spot. Its resorts provide you with on-site wedding planners to help you plan your perfect wedding.
Los Cabos, Mexico
Cozy hotels, horse trails, sandy beaches, and golf courses, this is an ideal destination wedding location. The beach houses and villas of the city make it a perfect location choice. Its iconic giant rock arch where the deep-blue Pacific waters and the Cortez meet creating astonishing waves just might remind you of your relationship.
The Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Hawaii offers a different topography from other islands. As you travel, the landscape varies providing you with different choices for your wedding backdrop. You have a pick between the Kona coast to the west with its lunar-like landscape or the wet and super lush north and east coasts, whatever you choose, Hawaii offers.
Blue Harbor, Maine, USA
The United States city of Blue Harbor in Maine is surrounded by golden sand beaches, dark blue waters and rugged coasts all of which make it a perfect wedding destination. The Bar side Harbor gives you seaside chic with an American flair. Activities include; bike riding, kayaking, whale watching, swimming or visiting the Acadia National park which gives your guests a number of options to choose from.
With its serene beaches, waterfalls, and mountains, Negril, Jamaica gives you a perfect wedding background and long-lasting memories. For sunset weddings, the Negril cliffs and beaches are a good choice with the Ocho Rios gardens and waterfalls giving you a beautiful backdrop.
Sea Island, Georgia, USA
Turquoise waters, pristine beaches, what more could you want for your destination wedding. Sea Island, Georgia gives you the same feel as the Caribbean, but without tourists intruding on your private moment. Five miles of private beach space, Georgia is a very beautiful location for your destination wedding.
San Francisco, California, USA
San Francisco is an urban setting that gives you more in terms of scenery. Its hills, huge parks, bay-windowed Victorian homes and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge makes San Francisco a destination wedding choice for many couples.
Anguilla, The Caribbean
Anguilla is regarded as one of the most exclusive spots in the Caribbean and it is merely 16 miles long and three miles wide. Its upscale resorts, unspoiled scenery, pristine white beach all contribute to making it an ideal destination wedding location. Also known for its hospitality and safety, you are guaranteed that your guests would have a memorable experience.
Antigua, The Caribbean
With its rich nautical history and 365 beaches to hold your wedding on, it is no surprise that Antigua made this list. If you want a boat cruise wedding, or if you would rather host your wedding at a high-end, all-inclusive resort, then this is the place to be.
Bermuda, The Caribbean
Despite not being geographically located in the Caribbean, Bermuda shares the same features as other beautiful islands of the Caribbean. Its tranquil-pink beaches, iconic pastel-hued houses, as its proper British history makes Bermuda a great choice. Your guests can spend their time scuba diving or golf on one of the country’s eight golf courses.
Little Cayman, The Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands have the perfect resources to cater to any personal style and a guest list of each couple. There are a large number of wedding venues within Little Cayman; you can choose to have your wedding in a small resort or a grand five-star hotel. Your guests are kept occupied by a wide range of activities offered.
Montpelier, Vermont, USA
If you would rather a back-to-nature, budget-friendly option, then Vermont with its quaint villages and iconic landscapes is definitely a great choice. Its cozy inns are perfect for intimate weddings, while its steep mountains are scenic landscapes as backgrounds for your vows.
Sedona, Arizona, USA
The stunning desert meets forest scenery of Sedona has made it an increasingly popular wedding destination. At sunset, its red rocks are a perfect backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Your wedding itinerary for Sedona could include hikes and guided tours of Sedona’s “vortexes.”
Savannah, Georgia, USA
For a traditional, classic wedding, Savanna is just right. With its historic mansions, cobblestone streets, the city provides a wonderful, less expensive but beautiful backdrop for your wedding ceremony. Savannah is a perfect location for a historic fairytale wedding theme.
Europe’s tropical paradise, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. The deep color of its sea, its volcanic landscapes make Tenerife an ideal outdoor destination wedding location. The island and its resorts are easily accessible with a large range of wedding planners and packages to get you started on planning your big day.
Despite being the largest Greece Island, Crete has remained a lesser known destination wedding gem. With a vast number of landscapes to choose from, including its gorgeous pink sand, it’s beautiful hilltop chapels, Crete has locations that are perfectly suited for any taste and budget.
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Nature lovers can get to choose between the rainforests or secluded beaches of Montezuma to host their nuptials. With stunning beach houses, resorts and palm-fringed beaches, you are guaranteed to have a wedding you would always remember in Montezuma.
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
A small surf town on the western edge of Vancouver Island, Tofino with its extensive system of trails, rugged coastlines, and unmatched natural beauty is an ideal wedding destination. The Wickaninnish Inn offers bespoke wedding packages which include private dining reception or dancing by the fire.
Banff, Alberta, Canada
The resort town of Banff resembles a classic fairytale with its hotel villas and rocky scenery. This luxurious town makes provisions for both mountain weddings as well as a selection of lounges and ballrooms for indoor ceremonies. The wildlife viewing of the parkland makes a perfect nature wedding backdrop.
Santorini is considered to be a top wedding destination in Europe. Its ocean view, blue skies, and stunning sunsets make it perfect for a wedding ceremony. You could choose to get married down the coast or in the cliffs which oversee the island’s caldera.
Orlando, Florida, USA
The Disney city of Orlando gives you a Disney themed fairytale wedding, you could choose to have your wedding on actual Disney grounds or as a cheaper option in areas surrounding Disney world and head on into Disney World for your celebrations after.
If safari themed weddings are your thing, then you can get married on safari in Tanzania. Or you could choose to explore the white sand beaches of Zanzibar for a beach themed wedding. Whichever you choose, you are guaranteed that your destination wedding would truly be unique.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
One of the hottest stateside spots for weddings, The Sin City is bound to blow your mind. Its magnificent ballrooms, luxurious resorts, and hotels, Las Vegas has wedding packages for every taste and budget. You can plan a destination wedding weekend of “sin” for your guests in The Sin City itself.
The most cultured state in India, with its magnificent forts and monuments, Udaipur is an ideal destination wedding location. The Oberoi Udaivilas, a former palace which was converted into a luxurious wedding resort is its most popular location. If the Indian culture interests you and your spouse, then you should host your nuptials in Udaipur.
Mackinac Island, Michigan, USA
The charming and magnificent Mackinac Island is located between the Upper and Lower Peninsula near Lake Michigan. Its amazing architectural design provides you with a large choice of indoor wedding venues which include waterfront hotels, Victorian-era mansions, and historic monuments. You can also have an outdoor wedding with a view of Lake Michigan.
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley has everything you need for your perfect wedding. Its castles, historic villages, accommodating people, wines and food giving you all you need for a memorable wedding. Your wedding itinerary for Loire Valley could include a wine-tasting tour, Tarte Tatin tasting and a visit to the Chateau d’Ussé which is said to be the setting for “Sleeping Beauty” a popular French fairy tale.
Lake Placid, New York, USA
You can choose to have your wedding outdoors surrounded by nature, or even in a hot-air balloon here in upstate New York. For a winter wedding, its snowcapped mountains make an absolutely perfect backdrop; you can choose a venue from its chic resorts and luxurious lakeside houses.
Door County, Wisconsin, USA
Located between Green Bay and Lake Michigan, Door County, the” Cape Cod of the Midwest’ offers a beautiful lakeside setting for your nuptials. Its farmlands and wineries offer you a countryside landscape as well as loads of activities for your destination wedding itinerary.
A popular wedding destination, Aruba welcomes couples all year-round. It’s gorgeous sunshine and sunsets, year-round average temperature, turquoise blue waters, sandy beaches provide beautiful natural wedding backdrops to tie the knot.
Our list would no doubt be incomplete without mentioning the city of romance itself. Artistic and architectural monuments, lush gardens, Paris is no doubt makes for a timeless, chic and classy wedding backdrop. Choose between a daylight wedding in its lush gardens or a night themed wedding under the lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
Located in the Indian Ocean, the stunning landscapes, rainforests, Buddhist runs, and sunset bathes beaches of Colombo, Sri Lanka would no doubt make your wedding as magical as you want it to be. Its wildlife, authentic cuisine, ancient temples and a stunning view of the ocean makes Sri Lanka unique.
The French Riviera, France
With around 310-330 days of sunshine, the 155km coastline of the French Riveria is an ideal destination wedding location. If you can see lush forest, sparkling water, brightly colored flowers at your wedding, you should move this destination to the top of your list.
Arab castle ruins, Byzantine mosaics, stunning mountain views and surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily is definitely going to make your wedding backdrop unforgettable. You can choose to have a Cliffside wedding or even a beach themed wedding in Sicily.
The former imperial city of Morocco, Marrakech with its breathtaking Islamic architecture is definitely a backdrop that would stand out for your special day. Its vibrant colored buildings, exotic cuisine, and sights, as well as its architecture, would no doubt take your breath away.
Many girls dream of a fairytale wedding and choosing Lisbon as your destination wedding location brings your dream to reality. Hidden beaches, popular sea-food, and fairytale castles, Portugal has something for everyone. Make a choice between a castle themed wedding or an outdoor sunset wedding.
If you want a unique destination, then you should consider Dubai. Known for quite a number of well-known attractions, luxurious hotels and beautiful architecture, the Arab city of Dubai provides you with an abundance of venues to choose from for your big day.
Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA
Outer Banks, North Carolina with its string of unspoiled beaches and barrier islands would have you feeling like you got a private retreat for your wedding. With a view of wild horses, you can choose to say your “I do’s” on the beach, in the beautiful gardens of Roanoke Island or on the pier.
Asheville, South Carolina, USA
Gorgeous scenery, historical monuments, mountain top views, amazing venues, Asheville is perfect for your destination wedding. A four-season destination, you can have your wedding at any time of the year with warm beautiful weather to accompany. Take your pick in venues, from rustic barns to luxurious hotels.
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
The rich history of Nashville gives you something to look forward to. Its historic venues which include the Hermitage hotel, Houston Station and not forgetting the Cedarwood estate, Nashville offers rich, unmatched history and soul to your nuptials.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Adventure seekers and luxury lovers would definitely be wowed by New Mexico. Your wedding itinerary could include tours of historic locations, hot air balloon rides, wine tasting. New Mexico has something for everyone, which would keep guarantee your guests having a wonderful time.
If you are looking for an adventure that goes beyond green hills and forests, then Iceland is your match. Snow-covered glaciers, hot springs, rocky surfaces, Iceland would give you a wedding backdrop that would look like a set of Game of Thrones. And if you love Game of Thrones, then you would love Iceland even more.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
With stunning views, which include waterfalls, ancient forests, beaches, grand cathedrals, Rio is a perfect destination for a bright, bold wedding. Say your vows with a majestic waterfall as your backdrop or even while on a boat ride down the Amazon River, whatever you choose, Brazil has got.
The dramatic landscape, green valleys, caverns, and hot springs, what more do you want for your destination wedding. Azores, Portugal gives you all the nature that you desire and it is not just perfect for your wedding, but also for your honeymoon.