Destination weddings are no longer only for the ultra-wealthy. These days, a destination wedding can even be a way to save money, due to the fewer number of guests. There are so many kinds of weddings — beach weddings, sunset weddings, chateau weddings — to be had at reasonable rates, a destination or themed wedding can be a truly special way to commemorate your union. It can also make your wedding occasion a wonderful excuse for an extended vacation for you and your guests. We've compiled a list of great wedding and honeymoon destinations. From a sunny beach resort in popular locations like Mexico, the Caribbean, and Hawaii, to a splendid European castle in an old-world setting, we're chock full of ideas for the perfect, stress-free wedding. A successful destination wedding begins with the right location, so browse through our suggestions as you lay the groundwork for this memorable, highly personal event.
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If you're interested in a beach wedding, Hawaii has long been a top destination; the breadth of wedding packages as well as the romantic location make this an appealing choice. With near-perfect weather, abundant hotels, and a picture-perfect setting, you can truly get married in paradise in Hawaii. The island of Oahu boasts of Waikiki's famous beach, with its inimitable white sand and sun. Waikiki is warm all year round, even when other parts of the world are covered with snow, making it an ideal wedding destination spot.
There's a legacy of royalty in the air and a delicious blend of Pacific influences that add to the beauty of this destination. We also like Wailea, Maui, a well-planned resort communicating with beautiful landscaped streets, luxury hotels, resorts, and condominiums with gorgeous tropical gardens and views of the Pacific, as well as world-class shopping. Kauai is one of the most popular Hawaiian wedding destinations; the island is famed for its natural wonders — the 3,567-foot deep Waimea Canyon as well as the 3,000-foot-high mountain cliffs that form the wondrous Na Pali Coast. But we think it's the allure of an island far from the crowd. See what you think.
Not everyone wants to get married on a beach; you can have an intimately romantic or elaborate destination wedding in Europe. Rome is popular, as is the Amalfi coast, with its unforgettable scenery. Have you ever dreamt of getting married in an old English castle or in a French chateau? Paris has wonderful options for a couple's dream wedding — exchange vows on the edge of the Seine river, in a park with the Eiffel Tower in the distance, or in a candle-lit restaurant in a bohemian neighborhood like the Marais.
Go south to Nice for a Riviera wedding. Sitting on the edge of the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean, Nice features relaxed beaches, an average of 300 days of sunshine a year, and posh hotels. It also has a lively nightlife scene that wedding guests will enjoy. For something truly singular, consider having your ceremony in Prague, located in the heart of Central Europe. Say "I do" amidst a rich landscape of black and gold churches, old bridges, and medieval castles. Prague sits on the Vltava River, which runs through the center of the city; it's a truly romantic place to take your wedding pictures or to begin your honeymoon.
A Caribbean destination wedding such as Aruba seems like it is straight out of a fairy-tale. In the past only Aruban citizens were allowed to marry on this beautiful island; lucky for you, the change in Aruba's marriage regulations makes it possible for non-Arubans to make this their wedding destination. It is ideally located off the coast of Central America and towards the north of Venezuela. Have your ceremony on one of its many world-renowned beaches or at a romantic restaurant beachside; both sides of the island have great beaches.
You can be surrounded by blooming tropical plants as you exchange your vows, or on the deck of a chartered catamaran. Whatever you decide, Aruba's resorts offer many different wedding packages to suit your tastes. In addition to the beaches, Aruba boasts a great night life, with many different restaurants, casinos, and nightclubs. And what a place to have a honeymoon! With an average temperature of 82 degrees, you can enjoy the gentle island trade winds and low humidity on a secluded stretch of beach with your sweetheart.
Mexico is a popular destination for honeymoons for both honeymoons and destination weddings. The clear waters, white sand beaches, Mayan ruins, eco-tours, shopping, and gourmet restaurants of Cancun make it a fantastic wedding location. Or, the tropical beaches and glamorous nightlife of Acapulco make it a wonderful vacation spot that's ideal for a wedding combined with a honeymoon. Several resorts and big hotels make it easy to plan a destination wedding here.
We also love Puerto Vallarta, one of Mexico's top vacation destinations. Featuring a breathtaking backdrop of green hills, this destination is nestled along the shoreline of Banderas Bay. With miles of shoreline, you can find any beach the best suits your tastes and style. If you are more interested in an urban setting, the country's capital is your best bet. Mexico City has hip hotels, cutting-edge restaurants, great museums, shopping, and an electric feel both days and nights. Have your ceremony in a setting infused with Spanish colonial, post-Revolution, and indigenous culture. Say "I do" in this electric city, and make memories that will last you a lifetime.