7 Incredible Destination Wedding Ideas

Have you and your husband-to-be chosen where you would like to get married yet? Most couples think they have to get married on their doorstep, but have you ever thought how great it would be to tie the knot abroad? Well with this thought in mind, have a look at my top 7 wedding destinations and see if any of them appeal to you.

1. Hawaii

What could be more romantic than to make your wedding vows on one of these beautiful islands? And there are lots of great locations within Hawaii to choose from, so there’s sure to be somewhere that takes your fancy.

Here are a few of the more popular Hawaiian islands to have your wedding:

  • Maui – some of the best beaches in Hawaii, glorious sunsets, tropical gardens and waterfalls, and perfect for your wedding photographs.
  • Oahu – the most visited of all the Hawaiian islands, home of Honolulu and Waikiki beach, and a wonderful destination for your wedding.
  • The Big Island – the only place where you can find not only white sandy beaches, but snow capped mountains and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano.

If you like the sound of a Hawaiian wedding, check out these great websites for more information:

http://www.hawaiianeyeweddings.com/
http://www.hawaiiweddings.com/
http://www.wedaloha.com/

2. Australia

Australia is the world’s largest island and although relatively young, it is steeped in history, full of dazzling cities and wonderful cultures. With so many different locations this is a fantastic place to hold your wedding.

Here are a few of the Australian destinations where you may like to have your wedding:

  • Sydney – some of the most famous landmarks in the world, Darling Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge, perfect for some amazing photographs
  • Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef and one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Ulura / Ayers Rock – set on a flat baron plain, this is the world’s largest single piece of stone, and for the Aboriginals this is a sacred place

Australia is such a beautiful country that it doesn’t really matter which area you choose for your wedding, but if you would like to find out more about having your wedding here check out these websites.

http://getmarriedinaustralia.com/
http://www.justgetmarried.com.au/australia/index.htm

3. Italy

This country with its beautiful landscapes, lakes and beaches has so many wonderful locations just perfect for a wedding. When people think of romantic places, Italy is always high on their list so what better place to have a wedding?

Here are some of the popular Italian cities that are perfect for a wedding:

  • Venice – famous for its gondoliers on the grand canals, its fashion and art, and the many wonderful restaurants
  • Florence – a city in the region of Tuscany, which is also home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Rome – Italy’s capital city that is home to so many famous attractions including the Vatican, the Colosseum, and the very famous Trevi fountain where it is thought about $3,500 dollars is thrown each day.

If you’d like to find out more about marrying in Italy this website has really good information:

http://www.italyweddings.com/faq.html

4. The Caribbean

What could be more perfect for a fairytale wedding than making your vows on the soft white sands of a Caribbean island?

Check out these islands to see if any of these would be your dream destination:

  • St Lucia – truly exotic with gorgeous sandy beaches, wonderful sunsets, just a perfect place to combine a wedding and honeymoon
  • Barbados – an island known for the friendliness of its local people, sandy beaches and great night life
  • Jamaica – where you will find one of the most beautiful backdrops ever for wedding photographs,  the tropical waterfall that cascades into the Caribbean sea

Below are two websites which you may find useful if you would like to find out more about Caribbean weddings.

www.destinology.co.uk/Weddings
www.weddingtv.com/JamaicaWeddings

5. The Seychelles

The Seychelles are a group of 41 islands in the Indian ocean. Known as “the islands of love” these beautiful islands enjoy a year long warm tropical climate – just a perfect place to exchange your vows and enjoy a romantic honeymoon.

If you would like to find out more about combining your wedding and honeymoon in the Seychelles here is a link to a very useful website
http://www.exoticseychelles.com/weather.html

6. South Africa

Although not a place that instantly springs to mind when planning a wedding, South Africa has a lot to offer.

  • Shamwari Game Reserve – One of South Africa’s most luxurious game reserves where you will be treated to a wedding like no other
  • Kruger National Park – said to have the most diverse game viewing experience in Africa
  • Ulusaba Kruger – the absolute ultimate in luxury, and why wouldn’t it be? This game reserve is owned by Sir Richard Branson!

These are just three of the many game reserves South Africa has to offer and these like many others are malaria-free. Check out this website to see more about exchanging your vows in South Africa:

http://www.southern-africa.co.uk/weddings/

7. Las Vegas

No list would be complete without a word or two about perhaps one of the most famous wedding destinations of all.

Here are just three different ideas for tying the knot in Las Vegas

  • Take a flight in a helicopter and exchange your vows as you fly over the Grand Canyon
  • How about holding your wedding ceremony as you take a cruise on a gondola on Lake Las Vegas
  • And where else in the world can you arrive at the chapel on a Harley Davidson, and then be escorted down the aisle by “Elvis Presley”?

These are just some of the ways you can get married in Vegas. Check out this website to find more:

http://www.vegas.com/weddings/theme.html

So no matter where you decide to get married, you can see there is something for everyone, and every wedding destination should be checked out. You will be pleasantly surprised, weddings in exotic places are almost always not as expensive as you imagine.

Take care,

Jennifer.

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