One of the most beautiful things about a destination wedding is having the liberty to say “I do” anywhere in the world. The idea of starting a new chapter of your life in a new location is enough to give you all the major feels.
To add to that, you get to experience this with the most important people in your life, your close friends and family.
The presence of only these few people is a plus because fewer guests means less cost, but this is largely dependent on the location you pick.
No need to fret; most of these destinations we will share below have resorts or hotels that offer cost-effective wedding packages to suit the needs of different groups.
Destination weddings are a three-in-one package – a wedding of your dreams, a honeymoon, and a vacation with all the people you love all at once.
If that isn’t a steal, you also don’t have to deal with traditional wedding rituals; you can get married barefoot, with a straw hat on and have no single care in the world.
This is quite unconventional and, in all honesty, unconventional seems to be the new conventional.
Before picking a destination, some key elements should be considered. The most important of these elements is your budget. As much as you want to have a perfect wedding, you also don’t want to break the bank to achieve that. Try as much as possible to work with a strict budget that covers every detail.
Want to have a destination wedding but can’t figure it out? There are a thousand and one locations but here are some ideas of the best places to say those two magical words, and start the journey to forever.
In Bali, there is something for everyone. If, by any chance, you are interested in getting hitched in a colourful temple in Southeast Asia, Bali is the place for you.
Have you also imagined a dreamy wedding by a cliffside, overlooking the ocean? You too can join the Bali train. Bali is also known for its lush forests and greenery, and the rich culture of the locals.
With the beautiful hotels, spas, and resorts scattered around Bali, honeymooning is also a breeze.
After saying your vows and celebrating with your family and friends, go on a long walk on the beach with your partner then relax afterward with a spa date. You could also go hiking or shopping in the local markets where you will find great items for sale at very affordable prices.
There is no better start to forever than this. If you don’t trust me, here are some reviews on major sites about Bali.
Miami is one of the most fun and epic wedding destinations in the world. Apart from the great beaches, the city is known for its incredible nightlife, and your taste buds will not forget the topnotch cuisine.
It is definitely as fun as it is portrayed in the movies, so planning activities that lead up to the actual ceremony becomes easier when you choose Miami. Activities like kayaking, gallery-hopping and shopping for your favourite wedding dress in the US are there for you if you want it.
Making your way to Florida, the Caribbean, or Mexico for a honeymoon after the wedding ceremony is another reason why you should consider it due to the proximity to these places.
This is another beautiful alternative to the tropical vibes and caters to those who have always dreamed of a fairytale wedding in a castle or wish to have a royal wedding without being royalty.
The Chateau de Falisa in Burgundy is a dream! There’s a plus if you’re also a wine-lover as you will get to enjoy the best local Grand Cru wines in the countryside. There are beautiful and well-groomed gardens if you’re considering an outdoor ceremony.
For a reception, throwing a ball in the castle’s ballroom is the most reasonable thing to do. Spend the rest of your day on a tour of the castle or sit down at the balcony, sipping wine, and watching the beautiful sunset.
Turks and Caicos Islands
Turks and Caicos are no doubt one of the most incredible Caribbean destinations for a wedding.
Imagine starting forever on a beach with crystal clear, sparkling turquoise water and unending stretches of white sand.
While picking Turks and Caicos, you need to have an exact idea of what you want, as there are several beautiful islands and cays to choose from. One thing they all have in common, however, is that they are all picturesque and peculiar. All a bride needs here is a boho bridal gown and a flower crown.
A sunset ceremony is an alternative to the daytime beach wedding. This will also add some intimacy and a romantic feel to the ceremony.
For those who are not about the idea of having a wedding on the beach, Turks and Caicos is also the hub of resorts.
Ceremonies here are quite intimate with some offering more privacy than the beaches.
Most wedding packages in Turks and Caicos come with complimentary perks like kayaking, jet skiing and parasailing that you can enjoy with friends and family before the ceremony or alone with your partner if you choose to spend your honeymoon there as well.
Since this is one of the top spots for destination weddings, finding wedding planners has become quite easy. It has been incorporated into wedding packages that most hotels and resorts offer.
The job of the wedding planner encompasses getting the right venue for a reception or wedding dinner, taking care of the catering and decor needs, and most importantly, getting accommodation for all guests.
San Miguel De Allende, Mexico
This colonial city has one of the most beautiful sunsets, architecture, culture and arts in the world. It is the best destination for a couple that won’t mind mixing with the locals.
The city is a departure from the usual beach weddings or tropical settings, but you can be sure to get great food, a constant flow of good quality tequila and beautiful music by mariachis, the local band. Best travel magazines has reviewed this beautiful place during the last years, and there is good reason for that.
You could go tequila-tasting with your bridal party a day before the ceremony if you have no other activities lined up. The tequila here has good reviews and you wouldn’t want to miss out on that.
Take advantage of the mind-blowing architecture in San Miguel de Allende for your wedding ceremony then spend your honeymoon immersing yourself in the local culture and tradition of the people, or go on a romantic hot air balloon ride.
Mauritius also has some of the most beautiful and magical beaches in the world and has a lot to offer.
Just like Turks and Caicos, the beautiful turquoise ocean and vibrant colors give it an uplifting and romantic feel.
There is a variety of hotels and resorts with top-notch hospitality. Most of the hotels are small and, can only host one wedding a day, which makes sense. Since this is the case, you are guaranteed maximum attention from the staff and management to your small community.
On a regular day, the dress sense of the people is very casual and easy-breezy so you can consider incorporating this into your wedding look.
There are also lots of activities that can be lined up to span the duration of your wedding and honeymoon in Mauritius, such as big game fishing, golf, hiking and spa treats.
Make decisions on what to do based on your interests and plan an itinerary that works for you and your guests!
The architectural masterpieces in the ancient city of Rome are enough to lure anyone into having a wedding ceremony here. It is literally getting married amid art and of course, the mandatory wedding portraits on the streets of Rome are compulsory.
Every corner of the city is scenic and picturesque. Be sure to take advantage of it and create long-lasting memories with your partner.
The exact location of the wedding depends on whether you want a Catholic wedding or a civil ceremony. For the former, one of the numerous and magnificent Roman Catholic churches can serve as the venue while for the latter, there is an abundance of wedding halls.There are also churches for Protestant, Jewish, and Orthodox wedding ceremonies.
For couples who do not fall into any of these categories, opting for wedding halls or private gardens is an idea that you won’t regret.
For a reception ceremony, consider trying rooftop restaurants or regular family-style restaurants. The food wherever you go will always be great; that should not be a bother.
As usual, the need to hire a wedding planner cannot be overemphasised. They are necessary to help negotiate deals with vendors and as you already know, your budget is very important and must be adhered to very strictly.
The city is fondly referred to as the “Eternal City” and your guests will consider this a gift from you. Plan a day filled with activities to enjoy the sights of Rome, like the Coliseum and Trevi Fountain.
For some, weddings are a once in a lifetime experience, which automatically means that all details must be considered to make it the perfect wedding of your dreams. Whether you decide to stick with one or more of these destinations for both the ceremony and honeymoon, one thing you can be sure of is that there will be no regrets whatsoever.
This is a new chapter of your lives, do all you can to start it with a bang. Make it special, memorable and fun, and of course, have a blissful marriage!