Ideally, getting married is a once in a lifetime event. That is why couples do their best to make it perfect.
However, all the meticulous planning will prove fruitless if the venue is ill-chosen. A ceremony in the place where you live can be quite dull compared to a beach on a tropical island.
For this special day, travel abroad and think of the entire world as a possible location for the ceremony. There are many destinations that are especially popular among couples and we will present you with the 8 of the most attractive ones especially if you want to take your wedding abroad.
Where in the world should you hold your wedding ?
1. A beach in Mexico
Beach weddings are always popular, especially if the ceremony doesn’t cost too much. This combination is popular in Mexico where the beaches of the country’s West coast will serve as the perfect venue.
Cancun is not only a popular tourist destination, but a hotspot for weddings as well. Another place to consider is Riviera Maya, where you can incorporate elements of Mayan culture into the ceremony.
Italy has it all. Its numerous colourful regions offer a wide variety of locations for all parts of a wedding, starting from the arrival of guests to an intimate honeymoon.
You can hold the ceremony in the “eternal” city of Rome and have the wedding photographs taken in front of the famous Colosseum, posing with actors dressed as Roman legionaries.
The most fashionable island is Capri. Situated on west coast of the peninsula, it offers an amazing view of the sea and the beachside cliffs. Local staff will be exclusively dedicated to your event. Almost all the venues are exclusive and not many couples get married there.
And should we even get started about Venice as a dreamlike wedding destination?
3. Majorca, Spain
This Spanish island is at the heart of the country’s tourist offer. No surprise here, since this jewel of the Mediterranean throws a bit of everything to its visitors.
You can “yes” in a church at the top of a hill overlooking the azure sea and hold the reception way bellow on the sandy beach.
Yearly, there are 300 sunny days on Majorca, so you can schedule the wedding at pretty much any time of the year. The hoteliers and caterers are quite experienced there, so expect a high level of service.
4. Bali, Indonesia
As far as Asia is concerned, it too has a tropical island jewel. Bali is a mixture of the past and present, serving both as a cultural hub of the region as well as being an attractive tourist destination.
Weddings at dusk are a hit, since Bali sunsets are unlike anywhere else on the planet.
In addition, you won’t have to worry about logistics since local Bali wedding planners have years of experience. In cooperation with the hoteliers, they will make sure everything runs smoothly.
Oh yeah, besides the traditional one, you can book a Western-style wedding, like a Catholic one.
5. Santorini, Greece
Greece has over 6000 islands and one of the prettiest is Santorini. Situated on the edge of a dormant volcano caldera, Santorini‘s surrounding is more than picturesque. Houses and settlement with pristine white walls and blue roofs are an excellent backdrop for any photo session.
Since the destination became popular with the tourists, there are many wedding agencies that offer their services. The summers are pleasantly windy and the climate is Mediterranean. The temperatures do not go under 10 °C even during the winter, so the ceremony can be held at any time of the year.
Cousteau looked for the lost city of Atlantis here and it is the perfect place to begin your search for marital happiness.
6. The Caribbean
When it comes to weddings in the tropics, the Caribbean is an all-time favourite. Sandy beaches against a backdrop of palm trees, and the turquoise blue sea… What more can any couple wish for?
The best thing about this region is the number of destinations to choose from: Aruba, Turks & Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic, Anguilla etc., and they all offer unique experiences.
The most alluring part of having the wedding ceremony here is the possibility to prolong your stay in this tropical paradise. You can have the honeymoon here, and I guarantee many of the guests will decide not to take the first flight home.
They, too, will be mesmerized by the natural splendour, ensuring that your wedding stays in good memory of everybody.
7. Zanzibar, Africa
Africa has always been a popular destination for wedding tourism, but don’t think in terms of Egypt or South Africa.
The West African island of Zanzibar offers everything you would expect from a destination on the Black Continent and much more. It is a mixture of cultures topped by white sands and a pristine blue sea around it.
This historical crossroads blends elements of local Swahili culture with Arab, Portuguese and Asian culture, resulting in a unique travel experience, starting from the cuisine and ending in the wide array of wedding ceremonies to choose from.
The locals are friendly and although the tourism industry is quite developed, they are still genuinely glad to host couples from abroad as it were the first time.
The island is an autonomous region within Tanzania, so the honeymoon can be spent on a safari in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. There are bound to be zebras and lions in your wedding photo album.
8. Hawaii, U.S.A
A classic destination. Ever since mainland Americans started populating the island, Hawaii has become the hallmark of wedding venues.
Today, couples from around the world arrive to get hitched here and why wouldn’t they. Active volcanos with lava, rainforests, and a beautiful beachside are the perfect recipe for a memorable wedding.
Many of the locations we listed can be labelled as “exotic,” but you should really think of them as “out of the ordinary.” This day belongs to you and your partner and it really ought to be special. Don’t we all dream of getting married on a beach near a tropical sea?
Well don’t dream anymore, make it a reality.
Jasmine Anderson is a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Australia. She is an incurable daydreamer, who finds inspiration in little, everyday moments. Spending time at her cozy home office with her two cats, writing her blog, is her favourite thing in the world. Find her on Twitter.