Destination weddings are some of the most magical: They allow a couple to fly away to the most exotic or romantic locations around the world. Imagine professing your love in front of the Eiffel tower, eating classic Italian food on the Tuscan landscape, or walking along the sandy beaches of Cabo San Lucas. A destination wedding is a bit more costly than a traditional wedding, but it will definitely be unforgettable!
There are so many incredible places around the world at which you could have your wedding that it can be hard to choose just one! We’ve rounded up five different destinations for a unique and memorable wedding ceremony. Whether you’re looking for something more tropical or want to keep it cool, our list has a destination for you!
- Angel Falls, Venezuela
Located in the Guayana highlands of Venezuela in Canaima National Park, Angel Falls is the highest waterfall in the world, standing 19 times taller than Niagara Falls. This wedding location is for the more adventurous couple, as the trip to Angel Falls is a bit of a trek—including some flights and a boat ride. To make the trip less daunting, opt to get married a bit further away from the falls. It makes for a beautiful setting.
- Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Having a wedding at a geothermal spa may seen out of the ordinary—and that’s the point! But Blue Lagoon is perfect for those seeking an idyllic landscape to serve as backdrop for their wedding, and it offers great photo opportunities to take pictures of your wedding rings as well. Your ceremony can take place outside amongst the greenery before moving inside to LAVA, the restaurant at the resort that was built into the lava rock that surrounds Blue Lagoon. The restaurant is equipped with state-of-the-art lighting technology and two projectors so your guests never miss a thing.
- Santorini, Greece
Whether you want a civil wedding ceremony, Orthodox church wedding, or Catholic Church wedding, Santorini has places that cater to all types of couples. Venues include:
- Theros Wave Bar, located on Eros Beach
- Santo Winery, overlooking the Aegean Sea
- Dana Villas, with views of the Santorini Caldera
- Santorini Princess Hotel, perfect for wedding and reception
- Le Ciel Santorini, with views of the volcano and Caldera
Your wedding will be magical against the stunning blue of the water, and your rings will shine against the snow-white buildings.
- Anchorage, Alaska
Anchorage, Alaska may not be the first place to pop into your mind when you think of a destination wedding, but don’t toss out the idea just yet! For those looking for a cozier, romantic wedding and/or for those who love the outdoors, Anchorage is an ideal location for you. One couple chose to elope and get married at Bird Point in Anchorage, Alaska, and the ceremony could not have been more breathtaking. But Bird Point isn’t the only stunning Alaskan wedding location; Alaska is full of them! Consider a glacier wedding, Paradise Alaska, or Alpenglow Lodge.
- Phuket, Thailand
If you’re looking for a location both romantic and exotic, look no further than Phuket, Thailand. Phuket is the biggest island in Thailand and easy to access. Get married on one of Phuket’s many beaches and walk down a sandy aisle covered in rose petals. Or for a more intimate setting, get married in a private villa that overlooks the ocean. Full of vibrancy, many Phuket wedding ceremonies are highlighted by bright colors and flowers that adorn the place of ceremony. Plus all those flowers make great stages for taking up close shots of your wedding bands just choose one to be symbolic and always with you. There are a handful of companies that offer wedding planning services in Phuket, making it easier to plan this destination wedding.
No matter what you style and preferences, the world has a destination for you. From private villas to hiking towards a waterfall, your dream destination is out there. And the best part of it all? A destination wedding is the first big adventure for you and your significant other as a married couple!