Top 20 Locations for Destination Weddings

Today, wedding ceremonies are no longer limited in churches. In fact, soon-to-be-married couples can now hold their wedding ceremonies in different locations which is called destination wedding. It is a kind of wedding held in a setting away from your hometown. Most of the time, the wedding and the following honeymoon are celebrated in the same destination.

If you’re looking into having a destination wedding, here are some of the top locations you can choose from.

  • Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii
For most visitors, Maui is the most romantic among the islands in Hawaii because there are lots of waterfalls and rainbows in this places. It is a popular location to hold weddings and guests will be able to enjoy other activities here such as surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, and whale watching.

You can hold your wedding in Maui anytime of the year. During the day, the temperature here is mostly in the 70s and 80s. If you want to save some of your budget, do not hold your wedding during the winter and early spring season because it’s the time when lots of tourists visit the place.

  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
It’s wonderful to hold weddings here because of the majestic Tetons that will be the background for your nuptials. This place is perfect if you’re into a western wedding theme. There are also lots of activities for your guests like skiing, hiking, and fly-fishing. There are many local shops, museums, and bars in Jackson Hole as well.

The best time to hold weddings here is in the summer and early fall because the view is most beautiful in those times. Winter weddings are also great here but there’s a possibility for a storm which might delay your wedding day.

  • Florida Keys

Florida Keys
If you want to have a beach wedding, the Florida Keys is a wonderful location. It offers a laid-back tropical island setting and it’s also a convenient location for guests. This place has a distinct Old-Florida vibe, therefore, you might spot some wildlife and nature around. There are lots of white sand beaches to choose from in this places on where you can hold your wedding ceremony like Key Largo and Key West.

It’s great to hold weddings here during the summer and it’s more affordable as well, compared to high seasons.

  • Aspen, Colorado

Aspen, Colorado
This place has luxe mountain lodges, elegant ballrooms, and sleek restaurants where wedding events can be hosted. Aspen also features Rocky Mountains which can give your wedding a rustic charm. If you’re an adventurous couple, this wedding destination is perfect for you.

A lot of couples get married here during the winter season. But summer and fall are also wonderful seasons to wed here and the place is less crowded during those times.

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada
The Sin City is one of the hottest Stateside spots to get married. You can choose from many different ballrooms, restaurants, poolside settings, resorts, and hotels to host your wedding. Most of them offer affordable wedding packages.

The best time to get married in Las Vegas is in September to December. But prices usually spike during December because of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday weekends.

  • Newport, Rhode Island

Newport, Rhode Island
If you want a mix of England charm and old-fashioned glamour for your wedding location, then Newport in Rhode Island is the best wedding destination for you. There are some New York built huge mansions on its cliffs which can be used as wedding venues. Guests can also enjoy sailing and high-end shopping in this places.

May to September are the best seasons to get married here because it’s no longer too hot. In August, the Newport Jazz Festival is held here for a few days. If you choose to get married in that month, you and your guests will be able to enjoy lots of great music. However, it’s certain that the place will be crowded that time.

  • New York City

New York City
The city that never sleeps is also a wonderful wedding destination. There are many wedding planning sources in New York such as florists, caterers, bands, and photographers. Plus, your guests will be excited to go here because they can spend some time in Broadway shoes, museums, restaurants, as well as in shopping.

Any month can be a perfect time to get married in New York City because most of the wedding venues are indoors.

  • Caribbean: Jamaica

Caribbean Jamaica
More than beaches and palm trees, Jamaica also offers a laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy their culture such as reggae and Rastafarianism. It is also the most affordable place to wed among the Caribbean islands but it also has super-luxe options such as private villas with own chefs, housekeeping staffs, and security.

If you plan to hold your wedding in Jamaica, make sure to avoid the month of March or the spring-break season and the months of June to November because it’s the hurricane season.

  • Amalfi Coast, Italy

Amalfi Coast, Italy
Amalfi Coast is a jaw-dropping view in Italy. It can give your wedding photos a wonderful backdrop. It is one of the most scenic sections of Italian coastline. You also won’t stress over the menu and décor here and your guests will surely love the food and surroundings.

The best times to hold weddings here is April to June and September to October. Those are the months with mild temperatures and smaller crowds.

  • Ireland

If you want a fairytale-like destination wedding, then Ireland is the perfect place for you. This place features rolling hills, Oceanside cliffs, quaint seaside villages, lush gardens, grand castles, and country manors. It surely is a dramatic and memorable location to get married in.

The weather in Ireland is best from May to September, but you can expect short showers all throughout the year.

  • Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy
This place will offer you the ultimate wedding photo op. A lot of artistic monuments, churches, and ancient ruins can be found in Rome. You can host your wedding in an old-cobblestoned piazza, a baroque palace, or in a rustic castle. The selection of wine will be enjoyed by your guests as well. The best times to wed here are April to June, and September to October.

  • Loire Valley, France

Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley is just two hours away from Paris. This place is a great wedding destination because of its castles, historic villages, wines, and food. They got your dream destination wedding covered. Your guests will be able to enjoy the country life as well like wine tasting.

The best months to go here are April to June, and September to November. It’s not a good idea to get married in July and August here because the place is crowded.

  • Costa Rica

Costa Rica
If you want an unspoiled tropical background for your wedding, then Costa Rica is the perfect destination for you. You can hold your wedding outdoors, by the waterfalls, and even on the edge of a volcano.

It’s best to wed here during the dry season from December to April.

  • Fiji

Fiji Island is made up of about 300 islands in the South Pacific. It is a tropical paradise and ideal for couples who are looking for a castaway tranquility, exotic culture, and beautiful beaches for their wedding. And if your guests are nature lovers, they will surely enjoy feeding sharks and exploring the beauty of the island.

The best time to get married here is from May to October or also known as the Fiji Winter.

  • New Zealand

New Zealand
If you want to hold your wedding somewhere peaceful, then try New Zealand. Some of the best spots to get married here are, the Great Barrier Island, the Southern Alps, and the Waiheke Island.

The seasons in New Zealand is the opposite of those in the US. Therefore, the warmest months here are from December to February, and the coldest are from June to August.

  • Thailand

It’s also wonderful to get married in Thailand. It has beautiful places, and tasty cuisine. The beautiful beaches in Thailand is where it’s best to get married in like Phuket, and Koh Samui.

The dry and cool season in Thailand is from November to January. The warmest season is from February to May.

  • Australia

Some of the reasons why it’s great to get married in Australia are its gorgeous landscapes, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the fashionable restaurants they have which are influenced by Europe and Asia. They also have world class wines and they offer lots of activities your guests might like such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and trekking.

  • South Africa

South Africa
If you are planning for an adventurous wedding which will make your guests go on a trek, then choose South Africa. It offers towering mountains which rise over a vibrant Cape Town. It has stunning landscapes as well as pristine beaches along the coast.

The best time to get married in South Africa is during the summer season.

  • Tahiti

Tahiti is known to be an island with picturesque landscape with postcard-worthy rainforests. If you want a private and intimate destination wedding, this island is perfect for you. Only a few tourists visit this place in a year, therefore, you and your guests will be able to enjoy a crowd free beach and a great service.

The best time to go here is during the dry season which runs from May to October.

  • Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya, Mexico
The ruins of the ancient Mayan empire stand in this place. It is a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. There are lots of natural settings in this place where you can hold your wedding ceremony such as lush tropical gardens, eco-park, and freshwater pools. The best months to go here is from mid-December to Easter.

Destination weddings are indeed memorable and enjoyable. Not only you will enjoy the wedding, but your guests as well because they can also tour around the place and do some activities before and after your wedding ceremony. So, have you decided where your wedding will be?