Destination weddings are exciting, beautiful affairs. Yes, they take a bit more planning, but the effort is worth it.
The only real issue is choosing the right destination. There are so many incredible places to visit in the world, it can be overwhelming to consider them all.
Don’t worry, though, because we’ve narrowed it down for you. We want you to keep your head screwed on for your big day, so here’s a list of the 10 best places for a destination wedding.
In the Caribbean
1. Dominican Republic
If you dream of a beach wedding, the Dominican Republic might be the place for you. Punta Cana has some of the best beaches in the world and it’s home to an incredible variety of all-inclusive resorts. These resorts offer wedding packages and planners to make your life a little easier! The Dominican Republic has nothing but cerulean waters and lovely sights to offer. Plus, it’s a great destination at any time of the year because it maintains a warm weather of 78 to 82 degrees.
2. Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are the right place if you dream of tropical romance for your wedding. Whether you decide to host your wedding at a modest hotel or a five-star resort, you’ll find that they can cater to your every need. Turquoise waters and white-sand beaches full of palm trees make for an incredible environment. Try to avoid the high season, which begins the second week of December and continues through April, and hurricane season, from May to November.
In the US
3. The Big Island, Hawaii
You don’t have to go too far away for a dream destination wedding. One of the most popular options in the US is The Big Island, which is Hawaii’s largest island and it offers 11 different climatic zones. Landscapes vary dramatically on this wonderful island and your guests will find many different exciting things to do. Tourist season runs from winter through early spring, which means prices can get a little high, but Hawaii is wonderful and warm year-round, so you can have your wedding whenever you’d like.
4. Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, California
I don’t have to tell you just how romantic and lovely wine country is in the US. All those hills, valleys and incredible vineyards make for a wonderful destination. The best part is that lovers of wine will be able to delight in the many high-quality reds and whites that are produced in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. The best time to get married here is during the Summer and the month of October. September can also be gorgeous, but availability could be an issue.
5. Los Cabos
Los Cabos are one of the many incredible locations Mexico has to offer for a destination wedding. They stretch from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo and there are many lovely white-sand beaches to enjoy. There are also a wide varieties of beach clubs, villas, and all-inclusive hotels. Do keep in mind that winter months are the most crowded but offer the best weather. Spring-break season, from February to March, should be avoided, as well as June, October and November which are rainy months with higher chance of hurricanes.
6. Cozumel & Cancún
Cozumel is a peaceful little island that’s surrounded by one of the largest coral reef systems there is. This means that it’s a little slice of paradise with turquoise waters and many nature reserves to explore. Resorts are abundant and they’re known for their wonderful service and hospitality. High season runs through mid-December to Easter and spring-break runs from March to April, so beware.
7. Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy is one of the most wonderful places this beautiful country has to offer full of green valleys, vineyards, olive groves, breath-taking architecture, and more. If you want your wedding to be rustic and romantic, not to mention full of wonderful food and unforgettable sights, there’s no other destination for you. The best time to get married here is May, September and October.
8. Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley is just two hours away from Paris and it can be the perfect place for your destination because it offers great wine and food, castles, historic villages and the romantic ambiance that you dream of. The best time for a wedding here is April through June and September through November!
If you want an exciting wedding in an exotic destination, Thailand may be the choice for you. Thai cuisine is incredible, the coral reefs are breath-taking and so are the ornate palaces. You’ll also be able to have an adventurous urban experience if that’s what you’re looking for. Nature lovers will also find amazing beaches and luxurious resorts. The best time to get married here is November through January. Just get ready for the ever-present heat and humidity!
Fiji is the tropical paradise of your dreams, filled with friendly, welcoming people, a rich sea life, and many wonderful beaches and natural spots to explore. There are many different and interesting things to do in Fiji, so it’s a very versatile option. The best time to get married here is May through October!
Any of these places will serve as the perfect backdrop for your perfect day, it’s just a matter of deciding what kind of ambiance you want to create!