Aside from the lush, tropic sceneries and relaxing pre-ceremony luxury spa treatments that come with a destination wedding, transitioning from the wedding ceremony to the honeymoon is as effortless as saying “I do” on your grand day.
The moment you utter those two words, you’re exactly where you want to be. From pictorial mountaintops to powder-sand beaches, these 12 sultry destinations are truly an all-inclusive wedding wonderland, and high on our dream wedding list.
Brimming with wedding resorts galore, the 300-island paradise gives tropic lovers plenty of scenic options for their special day. Tie the knot in a charming, rustic style village church or go barefoot on the beach while walking beneath a floral archway with the glistening ocean as your backdrop. Some resorts even offer a traditional ceremony package where Fijian warriors carry the bride-to-be to the altar. Famous for its warm culture and unspoiled beaches, Fiji offers tons of activities for the betrothed and guests alike.
2. Lake Placid, New York
New York’s best kept secret comes alive during the fall and winter season. Although Lake Placid is located in a secluded part of upstate New York, the jam-packed activities and attractions are anything but remote. Nestled along the idyllic shores of Lake Placid, a wedding at the Lodge is the event of a lifetime. The sequestered retreat celebrates the ancient beauty and history of the area while offering remarkable service for your destination wedding. The Lake Placid Lodge even provides a chauffeured, beribboned Hacker-Craft for the married duo and a soulful bluegrass band for the ceremony.
3. Kauai, Hawaii
If you’re searching for the most sequestered, immaculate tropical wedding haven, then Kauai takes the cake. The lush, green landscape and tropical stretch rightfully give it the name “Garden Isle.” The lazy pace and nearly uninhabited island feels like a fantasy. Although some parts receive tons of rainfall, the southern coast remains unceasingly sunny, patiently awaiting eager couples who are ready to tie the knot in a tropical fashion.
A small country with a big reputation, Ireland’s timeless, rustic landscapes and warm culture create a melodious wedding ceremony as magical as a Disney fairy tale. Between the enchantment and romance, stroll along your oceanside cliffs, grassy hills, picturesque villages, majestic castles and country manors — where your chariot awaits. Prepare to catch the ultimate wanderlust as you say “I do” in typical Irish fashion.
5. Tuscany, Italy
The unvarnished country exudes a charm, tradition, and unparalleled romance unlike any other Western European location. Prepare to be charmed: the lush vallies, rolling hills, world-renowned wine estates, and 15th-century architecture is the romantic wedding affair of a lifetime. The rich and tender aroma of the culture, topped with mouthwatering Italian cuisines and wines will surely leave you coming back for more. Pick a month between May and October–it’s sure to grant you the best weather with moderate climates – perfect for your dream wedding.
6. Key West, Florida
Some opt for elaborate ceremonies while others prefer laid-back and relaxed shindigs. Add a sunset beach, a spirited band, and barefoot guests frolicking on the beach, and you’re good to go for a fun, casual wedding ceremony. Guest will love the various water sports, excellent weather, and mouth-watering cuisines. For even more casual canoodling, grab her hand and head to the slew of bars packed with live bands and sweet sunsets.
7. Napa Valley, CA
Radically rich, rustic, and romantic, the wine country provides a memorable affair unique to the rest of Northern California. Maybe you have your eyes set on an intimate vineyard ceremony bathed in golden California sunshine, or simply longing to have a western ranch wedding catered by world-renowned chefs. No worries, Napa Valley offers both, and then some. Looking for something more sumptuous? No problem. The impressive wine estate has some of the most luxurious wedding resorts in the entire state. These lavish yet cozy destinations will have you Northern California dreamin’ in no time.
8. Phuket, Thailand
No wonder locals refer this Southeast Asian country as sanuk, or “fun.” From luxury beachside resorts to vibrant coral reefs, guests will be overjoyed to visit the exotic kingdom. For a bustling experience that echoes the nightlife of New York City, head on to Bangkok for countless bars, shops, and dance clubs before winding down in the northwestern beaches saturated with crystal waters and luxury resorts. The luxurious beaches of Phuket and Koh Samui are the chief reasons couples take the long journey to Thailand to say their I do’s.
9. Crane Beach, Barbados
The sun smiles down on Barbados, which sits on the outer fringe of the hurricane belt. Natural elements native to the area include dusty pink sand and boulder cliffs. The renowned Crane Beach is historic as it is scenic: After obtaining a marriage license in Bridgetown, capture the gleaming, rosy sand in all its glory by tying the knot an hour before sunset. After the I do’s, sit back and celebrate the beginning of a long and happy marriage as friendly Bajans make sure the special night is overflowing with fresh tropical flavors and tons of local rum.
10. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico: Where the American can enjoy palm trees and tropic beaches without a passport. The island offers a wide variety of breathtaking sights, top-class resorts, and tons of outdoor activities. Whether you’re opting for a historical sight like Old San Juan or a more adventurous spot like the Riu Camuy Cave System Park (imagine saying “I do” in a million-year-old cave!), you’re bound to enjoy every breathtaking second at the isle of enchantment.
The island of Curaçao is nestled on the outer fringe of the so-called hurricane belt — but have no fear, this location remains hurricane free with consistent temperatures in the 80s. Known for the various water sports, you can splish and splash with impressive reef diving and snorkeling sessions. Curaçao is where European charm meets lush tropical surroundings that provide top-of-the-line sandy beaches with an upscale historic feel.
12. Halkidiki, Greece
Greece is another famous location with its many lovely islands and astonishing views. When we think of a luxury haven, Kassandra peninsula in Halkidiki is number one on our list. With its luxury hotels and tranquil surroundings, newlyweds are treated like true royalty. With wonderful accommodations, outdoor activities, sparkling beaches, and a sumptuous spa with exclusive beauty treatments prove these are what wedding dreams are made of.
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