Exotic locales, amazing sunsets and perfect weather: these are some of the elements that couples look for when choosing to plan a destination wedding. Who can blame them? Destination weddings are still a popular option for wedding couples. The lure of a different place other than home can be the setting for the most magical week or weekend of your life. If you were going to shell out money for an amazing event like a wedding, then why not do it in the place of your dreams?
Here are some of the top places in the world to get married:
Hawaii is always a popular wedding place because of its weather, which never gets colder than 77 degrees and never hotter than 90 degrees. Any time of the year is perfect for a wedding in Hawaii and the sunsets are very spectacular. Most people that get married in Hawaii come for the gorgeous beaches, which make for some picture perfect wedding scenery. There are many islands to choose from also: Maui, Kauai, Lanai, Oahu and the Big Island (Hawaii). All major hotels in Hawaii offer wedding planning services but be wary about any summer wedding dates you are planning because popular hotels or wedding venues book up fast, so book venues at least a year in advance.
Some popular venues on Oahu are Lanikuhonua, Loulu Palm Estate, or Oasis World Estate. A gorgeous location on Maui if you do not want the beach wedding is Haiku Mills.
If having a destination wedding in Hawaii is out of your budget, Mexico is a budget planners delight! They have beautiful coastlines with powder white sand and baby blue ocean water for the backdrop and it’s Mexico, a great place to celebrate and have a party with friends and family. If having a beach wedding is not something you want to do, Mexico has beautiful old churches that would make fantastic locations for a wedding as well.
For family and friends travelling to help celebrate your wedding, plan a welcome gift bag for all the guests when they arrive to your destination wedding. The bag can contain goodies from Mexico or some essentials for a beach wedding like travel sized lotions or sunscreen.
Popular wedding places in Mexico include: Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco and Cancun.
Italy is one of the most romantic places on earth, so it makes it the perfect place to get married. The choices of places to get married in Italy are endless also with cities like Rome, Florence, Venice and Tuscany topping the list. There are also beautiful locations near the water like Lake Como on the Amalfi coast. There are different types of venues to choose from such as castles, gardens, or villas. Not only does Italy have a bevy of gorgeous places to choose from, the food there is top notch. You can have the wedding of your dreams in Italy.
Ever have a dream of standing under the Eiffel tower in a wedding dress? A destination wedding in France would be just the ticket. France is beautiful and it is the perfect place for a destination wedding. There are many locations to pick from when having a wedding in France. The most popular place in France to get married would be Paris, rightly coined the city of lights or the city of love. For a more rustic wedding feel have the ceremony at a chateau or French countryside, of which you can find many of in France.
Popular places in France to get married: Loire Valley, Paris, Provence, Cannes, and The French Riviera.
While in the country or place of your destination wedding, set up some fun activities the guests can do together to get to know each other or their surroundings like a wine tasting.
There is something pristine about Santorini, Greece with it’s white painted buildings and blue rooftops. The island is surrounded by the blue-jeweled tones of the Aegean Sea making it an exotic locale for a destination wedding. Imagine saying your vows atop the island with the perfect sunset view. You will feel on top of the world.
Add some local flavor to the wedding reception menu by adding delicacies such as Greek wedding cookies for your guests to try and indulge in.
Keep in mind, because destination weddings require travel, your wedding party will be small. So if you are planning a large destination wedding, think about the cost and who of your guests can actually afford to travel there. It might be easier on everyone to have the destination wedding someplace closer than you planned. Also, consider the time spent with having a destination wedding. Guests need to spend money for a place to stay so try and find discounted group rates at the hotel you are planning to stay at to help your guests out. They also have to take time off of work, so for many of them this may be the one vacation they had planned on all year! Help them by making it worth their while.
Set up a wedding website where you can inform your guests on room rates, activities and ways of transportation to get to the destination wedding. Get a great wedding planner to help you plan the wedding, preferably someone who has experience planning destination weddings.
A great thing about destination weddings is that you don’t have to travel anywhere for a honeymoon since you are already in the place of your dreams, extend your stay and have your honeymoon there. Instead of making if your dream wedding day, make it your dream wedding week!
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