At Beach Wedding Ideas we have decided to put together a list of the Top 17 Best Destination Weddings so it will be easy for you to pick where to go. Although they aren’t all necessarily beach wedding destinations, they are definitely worth a look. Hang on to your seat belts, because here we go…
17. Las Vegas, Nevada
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Unless it’s your wedding! Known for its tireless party atmosphere and over-the-top shenanigans, Las Vegas can be a great location for your destination wedding if you are looking for endless fun. I suggest going all the way for your Vegas nuptials: hire an Elvis impersonator to officiate, pose in front of the water show at the Bellagio, and stretch your after party into the wee hours of the morning out on the Strip. The best part? Hotel packages in Vegas are super affordable because they expect you’ll gamble at one of the many casinos in town. Just be sure to leave your nest egg at home for this one.
16. Orlando, Florida
If you’ve always fantasized about becoming a Disney princess then grab your Prince Charming and head on out to Orlando, Florida for a magical destination wedding. Packages at Disney include a wedding coordinator, your bridal bouquet, violinists for the romantic ceremony, and photos with your favorite characters. So you want to arrive to your wedding in Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage? You got it. You need fireworks for the big day? They can do that, too. Disney is in the business of making your dreams come true so your will is their command. Oh and I recommend starting your honeymoon at Epcot. Take a stroll through the International Pavilions to visit France, Norway, and Mexico all in the span of just one day. This is why it makes the list of best destination weddings.
15. Montreal, Canada
With all the charm of Europe minus the hefty price tag, Montreal, Canada is the perfect place for your quaint fall or winter destination wedding. The antiquated beauty of Montreal is just right for a vintage glamour theme—think dark lipstick and fur boleros. The city is also home to a plethora of breweries, so you’ll definitely want to schedule in a few brewery tours after the big day. Don’t miss the late-night Canadian food staple, poutine, either (basically a heaping file of french fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds). Once the wedding, and the wedding diet, are over you can eat and drink to your heart’s delight.
14. Paris, France
Is there any city in the world more swooned over than Paris? I think not. If you are looking to host a classic, romantic destination wedding then the choice is already made and it’s Paris. Home to centuries worth of artists, musicians, and philosopher’s, Paris still pulses with the Renaissance spirit. You’ll definitely want to rock your shabby chic at the Eiffel Tower. Your Facebook friends may never forgive you for those perfect wedding photos though.
13. New York, New York
Are you in a New York state of mind? Your wedding guests will be after a day of touring the city. They’ll want to see all the major landmarks: the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park. Don’t miss Times Square, Broadway, or Fifth Avenue either. I suggest booking a double decker bus for your wedding guests in lieu of a hosting a meet and greet. It’ll be a delight to see your closest friends and family as they visit some of the world’s most famous tourist destinations. Most importantly, New York City is a multi-cultural micro chasm of larger society so your destination wedding in NYC can literally be whatever you make of it here.
12. The Maldives
The popular resort option in the Maldives is the oceanfront bungalow. You’ll definitely want to book a hotel whose bungalows trail out over the ocean itself as many of these boast an underwater viewing platform in each bedroom. Imagine laying in bed with your new husband, watching as yellow, orange, and purple fish swim lazily by. This definitely justifies it’s spot on the list of best destination weddings. Entice your guests to your destination wedding with pictures of the white sand and azure ocean. Your friends and family will think your nuptials simply couldn’t be more perfect. That is, until the sun goes down and the ocean begins to glow a fluorescent blue. Some types of plankton off the shores of the Maldives have a luminescence that glows even when the moon and stars aren’t shining. I can’t think of a more perfect setting for you to begin your love story.
11. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is a blend of antiquity and modern culture. Sure, there are dozens of spiritual ruins to visit, but the nightlife here also stretches into the early hours of the morning. Everything about Santorini is astoundingly beautiful, including the people. Get ready to strut your stuff out on the beach, just know that the competition will be fierce. Go on and plan your ceremony on a veranda perched atop a cliff overlooking the sea. That’s just how they do it in Santorini. we suggest rocking a long veil, the photos of it blowing behind you and your groom during the first kiss will be epic.
10.San Francisco, California
Not typically on the list for best destination weddings, in the 1920’s San Francisco was a mecca for booze hounds looking to defy prohibition. When the law was passed, speakeasies sprung up immediately in cellars across the city. Even high society hotels kept secret rooms for guests to sip on expertly crafted cocktails. This rebellious spirit lives on today in the city by the bay. The world renowned, Sir Francis Drake hotel still opens their historic speakeasy to the public. And those “laundry chutes” in the room? In the 20’s they were used to deliver alcohol to well-paying clients. You can capture some of that rebellious spirit with your Great Gatsby themed destination wedding in San Francisco.
9. Edinburgh, Scotland
There might not be a place the entire world over that plays home to a nicer group of people than Scotland does. Your wedding guests will feel right at home at the corner pub as you prepare for your nuptials. And if you and your groom-to-be a avid golfers, then Scotland is already the natural choice for your destination wedding—golf was invented here in the Middle Ages. Oh and you’ll definitely want to establish your house colors before picking out the fabric for those kilts. The pattern you choose is traditionally passed down to your children when it comes time for their weddings.
8. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
If you are young, progressive, and in love, then Amsterdam is a good fit for your destination wedding. Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol, is conveniently reached from the United States as well as most places in Western Europe making it an easy international wedding destination. Asking your friends and family to travel to a new city can be difficult, but they’ll be surprised at how easy Amsterdam is to navigate. Make sure to pack a map of the city in each guest’s welcome bag. Provide a guidebook to the city’s museums for older guests and a pamphlet on the many canals in town for your more adventurous friends. Keep in mind that Amsterdam is a two-wheel city. You may want to consider renting matching His and Hers scooters or bikes for a quick photo shoot around the town together.
7. Negril, Jamaica
Jamaica is all about taking it easy, so if you and your hubby are the laid-back type then this is the spot for you! Let your family and friends luxuriate at the poolside bar in Caribbean sun. Pamper yourself and your wedding party at the spa. Then get into the spirit by hiring a calypso band for the reception. Rum punch is the National Drink of Jamaica, and I think it’d make a fantastic signature cocktail. After dinner, settle into your beach chairs and enjoy the entertainment, many all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica have a fire-eater on staff for just such occasions. At the end of the night you’ll find yourself asking, “Why is all the rum gone?”
6. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Get ready for the most exquisite ceremony backdrop you’ve ever seen. The Riviera Maya is lined with high-end all-inclusive resorts. You’ll have your choice of white sand, turquoise water, and lush tropical foliage. Don’t forget to arrange for a pre-wedding catamaran trip for yourself and your happy guests. Many wedding packages also include a beachfront wedding complete with a mariachi band, to seal your nuptials. I suggest finalizing your wedding-on-the-beach look with some sparkling rhinestone shoe jewelry. Nothing says beach wedding like a barefoot bride! The perk to having your destination wedding at an internationally renowned vacation spot? The honeymoon starts as soon as the reception ends, and your guests can stick around to enjoy it with you too.
5. Burgundy, France
The ultimate destination for wine lovers, Burgundy is the perfect location for your romantic elopement. Pack your corkscrew and hop a flight with your betrothed. Once you arrive be sure to make a reservation at one of the many historic chateaus that dot the region. Some couples these days are even opting to see the area by bike. Spend your days biking through Burgundy’s unbelievable vineyards and your evenings sipping world class wines out on the veranda. Pick up a few bottles to age in your wine cellar while you are there. When you crack that vintage Pinot Noir on your 5th anniversary you’ll know you had one of the best destination weddings.
4. Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand has everything that destination weddings are made of: sweeping ocean vistas, first class service, and infinity pools that go on for days. Did we mention you can make your wedding entrance on top of an elephant? An elephant! Thailand is that magical combination of natural beauty and luxurious extravagance. Koh Samui’s beaches are also the perfect setting to release a few late-night Chinese lanterns. Make a wish for your lifetime of happiness as you watch the lanterns float gently into the night sky.
3. Lucca, Italy
La Boheme, Tosca, Madame Butterfly, Giacomo Puccini found inspiration for some of opera’s most enduring classics while strolling through Lucca’s piazzas. Your wedding guests will feel enchanted as they take in the beauty of the Church of San Michele in Foro. They’ll love sipping on the limoncello you include in their welcome bags, too. For a good day trip after the wedding, hop in the car for a quick drive through Tuscany. You’ll soon reach the much smaller town of Bagni di Lucca. You’ll feel immediately transported to a much simpler time. Have a long lunch with your husband and enjoy the cacophony of flavors that the region is known for: olives, creamy cheese, and prosciutto.
2. Kaanapali Beach, Maui
Maui is often referred to as the most romantic of the Hawaiian islands, which is really saying something if you ask me. Maui is all about the journey, rather than the destination. That makes it the perfect place to sit back, relax, and enjoy every second of your destination wedding. Send your groom and his wedding party to do some snorkeling while you and the girls do some shopping in downtown Lahaina. Don’t forget to arrange a trash the dress session with your photographer after the wedding either. The entire island of Maui is laced with natural swimming pools, cascading waterfalls, and secret beaches for you to explore. Go on and get yourself that once in a lifetime picture of you and Mr. Perfect kissing beneath some private waterfall.
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland is known for its slogan “Keep Portland Weird”. Not only does Portland boast a tireless addiction to originality but it also ranks on the list of most affordable cities to get married. At an average of $23,000, Portland clocks in at the least expensive destination wedding on our list. You can expect a certain amount of hipster whimsy to attend your nuptials in Portland. Are you into pendants, cupcakes, and mismatched bridesmaid dresses? Do you want to dance down the aisle to the bagpipe version of Ray LaMontagne’s “You are the Best Thing”? If you do then make sure to get your Instagram account ready and set your hashtag to #keepportlandweird because Portland gets my vote for best destination wedding location.