10 Best Places For A Perfect Destination Wedding

  • SHRADDHANVITA TIWARI
  • UPDATED Jun 26, 2018
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Imagine an evening by the white-sand shore, a colorful tent adorned with the white and red rose petals, soulful music trying to catch up with the sea waves, jasmine scented candles lining the aisle for the bride and her bridesmaids, and only a handful of people whom you love. Who wouldn’t like to exchange the wedding vows at such a fairy-tale setting? That’s what “Destination Weddings” are for.  Destination Wedding - the term has gained popularity over the period and there is a plethora of personal and practical reasons behind it. There are a number of unique destination wedding locations that offer honeymoon-happy resorts, ideal packages (so that you don’t lose your glow due to wedding stress) and provide a memorable reunion opportunity with your far-flung friends and loved ones. Does that interest you? Then explore this list of 15 best places for your destination wedding.

1. Jamaica: the Caribbean heaven 

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Getting married in this Caribbean country is not less than a fantasy. The reef-lined beaches, lush green landscapes, and all-inclusive resorts make Jamaica top among the best places to get married in the world. The seven miles long white-sand shoreline of Jamaica often becomes the venue for a romantic journey for couples. What adds more to its fascination is its Jerk Chicken and Reggae Music. Are you a Bob Marley fan? Then Jamaica is where you should be getting married.

Where to plan the wedding: Montego Bay, Ocho Rios, Negril

Keep this in mind: Hiring a local wedding planner would be great. If possible, you can avoid being here between June and November since Jamaican terrain is dominated by the hurricane this time.

2. Hawaii: living the postcard moment

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What makes any wedding memorable? It’s the pictures your photographer clicks. There is no other place in the world that can offer you a heavenly background for the wedding photographs than the islands of Hawaii. While some people consider Hawaii as one of the most luxurious wedding venues in the world, weddings in Hawaii can also be affordable if you are good at grabbing deals. The pristine beauty, the constant music of the waves crashing against the rocks, and world-class cuisine- what else do you need for an ideal wedding?

Where to plan the wedding: Maui, Lanai, Kauai, The Big Island

Keep this in mind: Make sure to choose a date at least a year in advance since Hawaii is a far-off location and also a popular one so that your guests can make travel arrangements in time.

3. Udaipur, India: get married like a Royal

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When it comes to destination weddings, Udaipur, the royal city of the Indian state of Rajasthan, needs no introduction. Home to a large number of historical palaces, Udaipur has been a favorite wedding destination for many celebs including Elizabeth Hurley who got married to business tycoon Arun Nair in 2007. Udaipur, which is one of the best places for the destination wedding in India, has also been a location for various films. If your dream wedding includes a lavish party and colorful celebrations, “Aapno Rajasthan” is waiting for you!

Where to plan the wedding: Jag Mandir Palace, The Leela Palace, Chunda Palace, Zenana Mahal

Keep this in mind: Although this is one of the ideal destination wedding locations in India, the temperature of Udaipur gets extremely harsh between March to June. So, think about the weather before finalizing your wedding date.

4. Provence, France: wedding in the vineyards and lavender fields

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Whenever you look for the best places to get married in Europe, the first name to pop up will be Provence. This Mediterranean city of France is famous for its pine forests, olive groves, lavender fields, and lush vineyards. When the glorious Provencal sun and calm surroundings of the countryside will welcome you on your D-day, your happiness will know no bounds. There are a number of resort towns in Provence that offer a great setting for the wedding.

Where to plan the wedding: Saint-Tropez, Cannes, Marseille

Keep this in mind: Lavender is the specialty of Provence. Find out a nice venue surrounded by lavender fields and give your wedding a “lavender theme”.

5. Fiji: a magical venue for the dream wedding

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The palm-lined beaches and beautiful lagoon of Fiji can mesmerize anyone. This Oceania archipelago of 300 islands is often referred to as “the home to happiness”. Won’t it be a great idea to start your happy marriage life from here? Apart from the Victorian era gardens and colonial buildings, Fiji has a large number of wedding resorts that are situated on the waterfront. While a wedding in Fiji will provide a gorgeous backdrop to your pictures, you can continue your honeymoon here. Besides, the destination wedding cost is quite affordable.

Where to plan the wedding: Mamanuca Island, Qamea Island, Turtle Island, The Garden Island

Keep this in mind: Try to book a venue few months in advance. There are many places where you can get a group discount. Good to lighten up your financial burden, isn’t it? 

6. Las Vegas, Nevada: the party never ends here

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“Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas”- as the Las Vegas signboard says, you are sure to have a fabulous time here. As the world knows about Vegas’ exciting nightlife, 24/7 casinos, and landmark hotels of Las Vegas, it becomes quite clear that having a wedding in Vegas will be no less than a fest. There are many chapels in Vegas that can be the best destination wedding locations on a budget. Besides, if you really wanna make your guests happy, can anything do better than an invitation to Vegas? 

Where to plan the wedding: Caesars Palace, Chapel of Flowers, Mandalay Bay, Casinos

Keep this in mind: Everyone loves to be in Las Vegas, right? So, leave some extra time for your guests to let them explore the city and have a fun-filled time of their own!

7. Tuscany, Italy: marry under the Tuscan sun

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Well, I know, you must be wondering why I haven’t mentioned this place yet! This is where the Indian heartthrob Virat Kohli and his gorgeous lady Anushka Sharma got married marking one of the best destination weddings 2018. The 88-year old village of central Tuscany called Borgo witnessed this beautiful knot. Weddings in Tuscany are the most memorable as the tranquil setting of the hills and valleys make you forget rest of the world and fall deeper in love.

Where to plan the wedding: Vincigliata Castle, Borgo, and a number of luxurious villas

Keep this in mind: No matter where and how you plan to get married in Tuscany, do treat your guests with Alfresco dining. 

8. Bali, Indonesia: an exceptional setting for an exceptional wedding

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Getting married in Bali, the Indonesian island, is a unique experience. Bali is a city of temples and as temple wedding venues in India are extremely popular, the temples of Bali can also be a perfect place to tie the knot. There is something for everyone in Bali- a distinct culture, shopping arenas, tropical jungles, and a vast expanse of rice paddies. Bali is what defines “a heaven on earth”, and its seafood will be a great treat to your food-lover guests.

Where to plan the wedding: Diamond Bali, Mirage Wedding Chapel, Eco Paradise, and waterfront resorts

Keep this in mind: Your Balinese wedding will be much more beautiful when it is accompanied by a picturesque sunset. Your friends will appreciate some adventure activities too!

9. Santorini, Greece: whitewashed landscapes for the wedding pics

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The whitewashed cubiform houses of Santorini need no decoration as a wedding venue. Overlooking the Aegean Sea, Santorini rises above the cliffs and become a wonderful destination for romantic vacations. So, why not plan a wedding here? Nestled in this “land of luxurious sunsets” are many elegant resorts where you can plan to wed your beloved. You can also enjoy wedding shopping from the colorful town markets of Santorini and explore the red and black pebble beaches. 

Where to plan the wedding: Beach Lounge and Suites, beachside resorts in Fira and Oia

Keep this in mind: Hire the best wedding photographer and don’t forget to click some photographs on the yachts. 

10. The Bahamas: wedding in the Caribbean 

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Known for its Thunderball Grotto, the Bahamas is another exotic location for destination weddings. The Bahamas is the place where you can elope from the chaos of the world and make your marriage truly a “secret affair”. The miles and miles of pristine coastline and secluded coves of the Bahamas make a picture-perfect destination for weddings. There are plenty of chic resorts, bars, and boutiques that will make your wedding a lifetime experience. Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem did not choose the Bahamas for no reason!

Where to plan the wedding: Nassau Paradise Island, Grand Bahama, Harbour Island

Keep this in mind: It would be better to go for an all-inclusive resort in the Bahamas. You can also search for the group wedding packages as it would be an affordable option for you.

In addition to the wedding destinations mentioned above, there are places like Florida, San Diego, Bar Harbor that are the top wedding destinations in the US and South Asian countries like Malaysia, Maldives, and Singapore that can be wonderful venues for marriages. What are you looking for? An exotic tropical paradise or a luxurious villa? Do share what your dream wedding is like.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
SHRADDHANVITA TIWARI SHRADDHANVITA TIWARI

After five years of her teaching career, Shraddhanvita decided to make 'travel' her passion. For her 'a rolling stone does gather moss'. She is a wanderlust driven soul, a poet, a pluviophile, and a humanist. Fascinated by nature's bounty, she finds solace in the lap of magnificent hills and her books. Travelling made her learn much and love much more with one thing that remained constant is her desire to keep moving.

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