Dreaming of a destination wedding this year but you aren’t sure where? We understand -there are hundreds of locations to choose from! Here are our top ten places to say “I do” to the love of your life!
1. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Italy’s Amalfi Coast has everything your perfect wedding needs. Jaw-dropping photo spots? Check – the Amalfi Drive takes you along the cliffs overlooking the gorgeous Tyrrhenian Sea. Delicious food? Check – you’re in Italy! Guest activities for the rest of the wedding weekend? Triple check – Pompeii’s haunting ruins, Naples ancient winding streets, and gorgeous boat rides off Capri are just some of the options you have. The UNESCO World Heritage Site does attract a lot of tourists though, so aim for April, May, September, or October.
2. Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel is a Mexican island in the Caribbean off the Yucatan Peninsula. The island is home to nature reserves including the Chankanaab National Park and one of the largest coral reef systems in the world. If you love the outdoors and want a slice of paradise without being surrounded by tourists, Cozumel is the place to go. Just be sure to avoid the spring breakers of March and April. The best time of year is from mid-December through the end of February for your paradise wedding.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Maybe you’ve always dreamed of being married by the King between roulette games or perhaps you want to see what all Sin City has to offer. While Vegas is known for elopements and crazy wedding spots, there are also chic ballrooms and all-inclusive resorts to cater to every desire. Plus, you can have wedding pictures from all over the world, simply by jumping from one hotel to another along the strip. Go from Rome (Caesars Palace) to Venice (The Venetian Las Vegas) to New York (New York Hotel and Casino) to Egypt (Luxor Hotel and Casino) to Paris (Paris Las Vegas) all in less than an hour.
4. Franschhoek, South Africa
Located right in the middle of South Africa’s winelands, Franschhoek (“French Corner” in Afrikaans) provides an alternative to Bordeaux, France, for a wine-lover’s wedding. Located 45 minutes from Cape Town, the valley has many world-class wineries and destination restaurants that can serve as your venue or activities to do while there. The climate is temperate year-round, so you can choose your date as you wish.
5. Phuket, Thailand
The largest and most luxurious of Thailand’s islands, Phuket will draw you in with its gorgeous fine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. The best time of the year to have your wedding in Thailand is between November and February, when you don’t have to worry about the monsoon or too much heat. Try the north of the island for some hidden romantic spots.
6. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Home to some of the best super-fine sand beaches (20 miles long!), Punta Cana is THE most popular destination in the Dominican Republic. The temperature averages 78-82F (25-28C) all year long, meaning it’s just as perfect for a Christmas wedding as one in June. Your pictures will look amazing with the cerulean blue water in the background and the coconut palm trees that go all the way to the water’s edge. And you don’t need to stress over planning as the many all-inclusive resorts offer wedding planners and packages to choose from.
7. The Big Island, Hawaii, USA
Do you want to be married on the moon? While it isn’t yet possible, you can have the next best thing on the Kona coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The largest island in the Hawaii chain provides a variety of landscapes and climate zones for your wedding photos. The island is a perfect choice for a wedding at any time of the year. If you want to save some money, just avoid winter as it is peak tourist season.
8. Matangi Island, Fiji
Have you always wished you could have an island of your own? It’s possible – if only for the time of your wedding – at Matangi, a private island in the Fiji Group. A unique 240-acre horseshoe-shaped island, you will have calm and all the relaxing activities you’d like during your stay. The resort offers an island wedding package for US$975 + tax that covers everything you’ll need for your intimate wedding getaway.
9. Byron Bay, Australia
Located in New South Wales, Byron Bay offers an abundance of wedding venues and professional planners all looking to make your day one-of-a-kind. While you can of course have an ocean view in this beachside town, there are also stunning venues located a little inland. Check out the luxurious Byronview Farm for 360-degree views of the ocean and the hinterland.
10. Punta Leona, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Only one hour away from the bustling capital of San José, Punta Leona Beach offers striking properties for a destination wedding. Although it has a tropical climate year-round, the country can be affected by the Atlantic hurricane season. Our recommendation is to plan your wedding from December to April. Try the Villa Caletas and Zephyr Palace with enough rooms and suites (61 total) to host all your guests.