Planning a wedding comes with a lot of decisions to make—from the guest list to the menu to the wedding gown—and arguably, the most important is the venue. If you can’t decide on a venue, there won’t be a wedding to have, so that’s at the top of your list.
You’ve made the decision that you want to have a destination wedding, but now that means you have to pick a destination. There are so many amazing places to choose from that it could be hard to decide, but we’ve helped to narrow it down.
Balmoral likely isn’t available for you to rent out as your wedding venue, but Scotland isn’t short on castles or on rolling hills and greenery if you’re looking for a nice backdrop for your wedding photos.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Nothing says “romantic wedding destination” like a luxurious Italian getaway! Getting married at an Italian citrus grove or with the scenic Amalfi Coast in the background sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?
You already have a man in your life, so you’re not looking to live out your Mamma Mia fantasy any time soon, but that doesn’t mean that Greece shouldn’t be high on your list of potential places. A sunset ceremony in Santorini looks pretty spectacular.
As far as destination weddings go, there’s no doubt that Bora Bora is a perfect choice for both your honeymoon and your actual wedding ceremony. There’s a good chance some of your guests will even want to stay for an extended holiday of their own.
It might be a trek for your guests to get there, but if you’re looking for an exotic place to host a small ceremony, Bali’s the perfect place to do it.
South America is home to countless beautiful cities and towns made of colorful buildings, and Cartagena, Colombia, is no exception to that. The streets are lined with vibrant buildings for you to reflect on for all the days to come.
If we’re talking about beautiful, romantic destinations to pick for a wedding overseas, it’s hard to avoid putting Paris on that list. It might be a little cliché, but there’s a little logic and reasoning behind every cliché…
Turks & Caicos
You might think that every beach wedding is the same, but every island offers something different. Turks and Caicos is considered to be much less developed and more upscale than much of the Caribbean, and it’s easy to reach from many U.S. cities, so it won’t be difficult for your guests to travel to.
Queenstown, New Zealand
As long as you don’t mind a few sheep moonlighting as wedding guests on your special day, Queenstown is a beautiful location to travel to for a wedding. Depending on where you’re coming from, it’ll take you a while to get there, but it’s also got something for everyone, which makes it an ideal place to stay for a honeymoon.
Quebec City, Canada
A little slice of Europe within Canada, Quebec City will have you feeling like you’ve stepped back in time, and it can give you the European feel of a destination wedding without the flight costs.
When someone says that they’re having a destination wedding, the first image that comes to mind is white sandy beaches and clear blue waters, which is exactly what you’ll get in the Bahamas.
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
You know there are plenty of wedding venues or ways to get married in Las Vegas that don’t include 24-hour wedding chapels! If you’re looking for an outrageous or super unique type of wedding experience, Las Vegas is likely to have just what you’re looking for.
Newport, Rhode Island, United States
If you live in the United States, a destination wedding doesn’t necessarily need to be out of the country—it could be out of your home state! Newport, Rhode Island, is a popular East Coast destination for those looking for a venue with historic charm.
Hello, Under the Tuscan Sun! Why not consider getting married in a small Italian village? Within the Tuscany region of Italy, you’ve got a number of places to choose from, whether you’re looking for the rolling hills of Chianti or the artsy feel of Florence.
Napa Valley, California, United States
Alternatively, if you can’t afford to fly all your guests to Italy or you’re not looking to travel that far, California’s Napa Valley is a beautiful option that will still give you the vineyards you’re looking for.
Maui, Hawaii, United States
It’s going to be pretty hard for any of your guests to come up with a reason that they can’t come to your wedding once you tell them that it’s happening in Maui, or really any island in Hawaii. Hawaii, in general, is pretty much guaranteed to provide a beautiful experience for you and your guests.
If getting married in the mountains is what you’re looking for, but Colorado and Utah don’t seem to be cutting it and you’re not willing to fly to Switzerland, Banff can provide you with all the incredible mountain views you’re craving.
Marrakesh is the perfect place for your wedding if that dream wedding Pinterest board you secretly have is filled with photos of unique textures or patterns and vibrant colors, plus a few camels!
Los Cabos, Mexico
So you’ve always wanted to be a December bride, but you also have no interest in wearing a wedding dress in the snow. What’s your solution? A winter wedding in Los Cabos. Solves all of your problems!
If you can get a good deal on a flight, you can pull off a cheap wedding in a destination like Thailand that will give you an amazing experience as well as beautiful scenery.