10 Destination Wedding Locations That Are Simply Stunning

Did you know that 25% of weddings in the U.S. are destination weddings? More and more, people are taking advantage of beautiful destinations for the biggest day of their life.

But if you want to plan a destination wedding, it can be hard to narrow down your options to find the best location for you, your spouse, and your loved ones.

That's why we put this guide together with different options for stunning destination wedding locations throughout the world. Check them out below!

1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is the perfect place for a fairytale Caribbean destination wedding. Here you'll find beautiful beaches and many resorts that are incredibly experienced in creating destination wedding experiences.

You'll also find that many of these resorts are five-star establishments full of all the amenities you and your guests will need.

In Punta Cana, there are lots of things to see and do. Be sure to bring your hiking clothes so you can get out and see some of the beautiful waterfalls. If historical sites are your thing, there are plenty of those as well.

Are you interested in taking your group on a big nature adventure? Go on an excursion through a cenote. It will be unforgettable!

2. Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is another great tropical destination for your upcoming wedding. Just an hour south of popular Cancun, Riviera Maya is known for its lush, green surroundings combined with a party atmosphere.

Here, you'll also find all kinds of resorts with beautiful pools and delicious Mexican cuisine. You also have to try their unique tequilas.

There are also countless perfect spots for a beach wedding.

As far as activities, you and your group can enjoy kayaking in the ocean or go on a walk to incredible caves and ruins. There are also special nature tours that will show you a wide variety of the local birds in the area.

3. Kent, England

Have you always liked the idea of being married in a castle? Then Kent, England is the perfect place for you!

Leeds Castle was built in 1086 and was owned by King Edward I. Over the years, it has been taken care of really well and recently was also remodeled.

Here, you'll enjoy classic English countryside, complete with green rolling hills and often cloudy moody skies.

The castle itself is complete with a variety of rooms you can rent and a nice restaurant. And you really can't beat the views.

4. The Amalfi Coast

Would you love to have a European wedding but don't want to miss out on the coastal atmosphere? Italy's Amalfi Coast may be perfect.

Italy is known for being one of the most romantic places in the world. And the Amalfi Coast is the quintessential Italian atmosphere.

Here, you'll find classic colored homes on the side of rugged cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. It's truly remarkable! Imagine having this as the backdrop for your wedding.

And don't forget about the delicious Italian pasta, pizza, and seafood dishes at many local restaurants, with gelato for dessert, of course.

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5. Las Vegas, Nevada

Want more of a luxe feeling to your wedding? You should consider Las Vegas.

If you're looking for the perfect extravagant wedding location, you've found it. You really can't beat the upscale scenery of the Grand Hotels in Vegas. There are lots of different hotels available for your ceremony and reception.

If you want a celebrity impersonator to celebrate your ceremony, there are lots of ways to incorporate fun to your experience. Want more of a scenic, desert feel? Check out the red sandstone of the stunning Valley of Fire. You won’t be disappointed.

While here, plan your bachelor and bachelorette parties, and be sure to enjoy the great nightlife that only Vegas can provide.

6. Krabi, Thailand

Asia is also a great place for a destination wedding! Over the past few years, tourism has been on the rise in Thailand. In fact, from 2016 to 2017, the country saw a 9 percent increase in tourists.

Krabi is a city in Southern Thailand that's a beautiful beach town with a peaceful atmosphere. Here, you and your guests can enjoy relaxing spa treatments and enjoy the delicious local cuisine.

You can also have a traditional Thai marriage ceremony if you want that includes a monk's blessing.

7. Santa Barbara, California

Wanting a beach environment but trying to stay in the United States? Santa Barbara, California is your answer! In fact, this city is known as the American Riviera because of its constant sunshine and elegant atmosphere.

Here, you can enjoy luxurious five-star resorts. Or consider going for a more unique boutique hotel option. Either way, you'll find incredible ocean views for your big day!

There's just something so relaxing about being close to the water and being surrounded by palm trees. You'll also enjoy picturesque Spanish Mission-style architecture all throughout the area. And it will be much cheaper than flying around the world.

As far as activities, you and your guests should consider wine tasting or hiking. Both of these are exceptional in Santa Barbara.

8. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Looking for a foreign tropical wedding experience but trying to do it on a budget? Montego Bay, Jamaica may be your answer!

Here, you'll enjoy all the perks of a tropical wedding: a beautiful beachside ceremony, delicious food, and luxurious accommodations. But everything here is cheaper than in many other tropical locations.

You should also check out the amusement park on Walter Fletcher Beach. Also be sure to visit the many incredible golf courses in the area.

Want an unforgettable experience in the ocean? Consider going snorkeling or diving near the coral reefs.

9. The Maldives

On the other hand, if budget is not a restriction, indulge yourself with the luxurious experience of the Maldives. The Maldives is one of the most magnificent destinations in the world located in the Indian Ocean just southwest of Sri Lanka and India.

This tropical paradise of pristine white sand crystal clear beaches and blue lagoons are made of an archipelago of 1,192 islands. The Maldives’ marine life is well known for its world-class diving spots and snorkeling.

Due to its remote location and price of the resorts, the Maldives is the perfect destination to elope, renew your vows, an intimate wedding and of course your honeymoon. Most resorts are only reached by seaplane which make these locations even more private and reserved.

One of the greatest things is that to enter the Maldives no pre-arrival visa is required. A thirty-day free visa is issued on arrival for all Nationalities, provided a valid passport with at least 6 months validity.

Take vantage of the remarkable paradise experience that only the Maldives can give.

10. Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos is an authentic secluded tropical island with exotic beaches, fauna and flora. It is renowned as “the last of the true exotics.” If you are a nature enthusiast you don’t want to miss a trip to this lavish destination with warm, clear waters, and silky white sand beaches.

Providenciales, known locally as Provo, is the largest and most populated island of Turks and Caicos. While Provo is a relatively small island with 38 square miles, you will find plenty of activities to keep you and your guests entertained day and night, on land or water. The options are endless and there are so much to see!

Grace Bay beach, in Provo, has been repeatedly ranked the best beach in the world. The all-inclusive luxurious resorts located in Grace Bay will sure indulge you and your guests with fine dining, first-class accommodation and amenities that are fully equipped to create and deliver the beach wedding of your dreams.

Now that you've read through the list, it's time to think about the most important things for you when it comes to your wedding location. Don’t forget to check marriage licenses regulations and travel requirements if your destination wedding is outside the United States.

Soon, you'll be ready to make your decision!

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