Marriage is an institution that predates recorded history.
It wasn’t until the last century, however, that it became indefinitely tied to love and romance.
Now, these things are essential in partnership. On top of that, we celebrate this union in the most aesthetic and adventurous way possible — through destination weddings.
Are you looking to honor your eternal commitment in a place far from home? Keep reading to find out the top destination wedding places to tie the knot.
Planning the Place
It’s easy enough to look at lists of beautiful places around the world. How do you go about choosing one of these?
To start, think of places that you and your love have always wanted to go. If it’s hard to pull from those ideas, think about qualities you both enjoy: nature, cities, architecture, and so on.
You’ll also want to keep in mind who you want to attend the wedding and how easy it will be to get passports, travel tickets, and so on.
Otherwise, dream of the most ideal place and make it happen. You can make any location one full of love and romance with the right planning.
Destination weddings are great because they’re a spot to say your vows while adventuring. Plus, you can have your honeymoon nearby or at the same spot.
Learn more about what you should bring to strengthen your new bond (hint: it’s much spicier than a suitcase full of clothes).
Top Destination Wedding Locations for the Scenery
Aside from gorgeous photos that you’ll cherish forever, choosing a place that offers serene landscapes will make the wedding that much more special.
There’s something special about the sun setting behind a mountain range.
Mountains are symbolic of climbing to greater heights in your life, which is a perfect metaphor for your commitment to your partner.
You can choose a wedding location near mountains, such as those in New Zealand, or make climbing the mountain a part of your ceremony (if you’re adventurous).
This may mean climbing at Yosemite in California or even Mount Everest in southern Asia.
If you want to celebrate your warmth under the warmth of the sun, consider flying to a tropical paradise.
To stay in the United States, you can head over to one of Hawaii’s islands such as Kauai to relax into Aloha.
Otherwise, you may want to look at an island in the Caribbean. Popular wedding spots there include Antigua, Burmuda, the Cayman Islands, Nevis, and Puerto Rico.
For popular spots like these, you may want to look at choosing a “shoulder” date. This means that it’s right before or after the busy season, such as late spring or early fall.
This will help you avoid crowds and get better prices.
Alternatively, you can look towards less-touristy locations like places in Mexico or Thailand.
If you want to celebrate in a more quiet way, look towards small villages and towns around the world.
This may mean buying a ticket to Santa Maddalena, Italy or St. Ives, United Kingdom.
You can find quaint areas in any country around the world, with a little research.
Then, you can buy your food from local markets, make friends with sweet neighbors, and avoid the hustle and bustle of a large city.
Top Destination Wedding Locations for the Architecture
You might not think of it at first, but choosing a wedding location based on the surrounding structures is a great way to connect with history while proving a unique backdrop to your ceremony.
You can do this in classic and timeless places like Tuscany or Rome in Italy.
Alternatively, you can look towards the wonders of the world. Get married near the Great Pyramids in Egypt or Machu Picchu in Peru.
Other ideas that are popular include Morocco, Portugal, Spain, and Dubai.
If you’re wanting to incorporate architecture into your wedding, do a little research about the time period that you like the look of. This could be Victorian, Gothic Revival, or contemporary architecture, for example.
Top Destination Wedding Locations for Adventure
You may not want to include adventure sports in your wedding, although a rafting wedding sounds pretty sweet to us.
Still, you may want to choose a location where there’s plenty of activities for you, your partner, and your loved ones to entertain everyone before and after the ceremony.
You can choose something you’re passionate about or something that neither of you have ever done.
This could be climbing, skiing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, or hiking.
The bonus of choosing a location based on an activity is that no matter what, the scenery will be breathtaking.
You can head over to Banff, Canada for rafting, hiking, or skiing. Alternatively, you hunt for hot springs in Iceland or go climbing in Greece.
Top Destination Wedding Location for a Little Bit of Everything
If all of these ideas sound great to you, maybe you want to look for a place that offers a little bit of everything.
One of these popular spots is Indonesia. Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands.
It offers topical rainforests, beaches, mountains, and volcanoes while hosting some of the world’s friendliest people.
You can choose a location like this and plan a road trip or take short flights to various parts of the same country.
Live Your Love Language
Choose one of these top destination wedding locations based on you and your partner’s values and interests.
This may include nature, adventure, or a combination of many things. Whatever you choose, make it your own.
Keep reading our blog for more ideas on how to live life big.