Imagining a romantic beach wedding? Or maybe hoping to elope for some adventure? Check out this list of the top 10 wedding destinations to say “I do” in 2014 for some exciting destination wedding ideas.
With ancient architecture that leaves even non-history buffs in awe, and crystal-clear waters bordering idyllic coastlines, Greece is truly one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Get married against the backdrop of Santorini’s famous white-washed houses and black and red sand beaches, or on glamorous Mykonos Island, where you’ll be torn between waking up early to enjoy the sun, and staying up all night to experience this island’s buzzing after-hours entertainment. Greece may have faced some economic challenges over the past few years, but the result is that travel in this country is cheaper than ever, and even the most popular tourist sites are much less crowded. Greece has been the host of some of the best destination weddings and easily makes it into our top 10 wedding destinations.
Fiji’s icing-sugary white-sand beaches, lazy palm trees, and colourful coral reefs come pretty close to the classic vision of paradise. This country’s long-time popularity as a wedding destination means that there is no shortage of lovely venues, with a range of resorts, chapels and scenic gardens available. Fiji’s heavenly beaches are the perfect setting for a barefoot ceremony in the sand, or go for something more exotic and say “I do” in front of a misty waterfall. Then spend some time bonding over Fiji’s exciting activities: Scuba dive hand-in-hand, surf, or unwind in the natural hot springs.
Scotland is the ideal place for a classic, fairy-tale wedding. Tie-the-knot in a romantic castle or enchanting chapel, surrounded by Scotland’s rolling hills and tranquil lakes. If admiring Scotland’s extraordinary countryside isn’t enough to keep you entertained, try this country’s excellent golfing, fishing, kayaking, biking or sailing. Spend your evenings sipping Scotland’s famous malt whiskey in charming country pubs, tour crumbling castles, explore fascinating museums, or discover the culturally-rich cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
You’re sure to go starry-eyed over Mexico’s sparkling blue waters, sprawling deserts dotted with cacti, rugged volcanoes, and verdant jungles. But this country is more than just a pretty face: With ancient pyramids and temples, colonial stone churches, as well as first-rate museums and galleries, Mexico’s natural beauty is equally matched by its fascinating culture. Whether you want to bring the whole family for a stylish resort wedding, or elope to a remote beach hut, Mexico offers diverse settings that are ideal for any kind of ceremony.
Morocco seduces visitors with its mysterious landscapes, aromatic spices and hypnotic music. Get married in an exotic palace, traditional riad, or vibrant garden villa. You’ll have an unforgettable, adventurous experience getting lost in the lively streets of Marrakech, camel trekking across the desert or camping out under the stars. With slow-cooked tagine, fluffy couscous, and refreshing mint tea, the flavourful cuisine alone is reason enough to tie-the-knot in Morocco.
New Zealand’s natural landscapes serve as a breath-taking array of potential wedding venues. Get married on the pretty shores of Lake Tekapo surrounded by magnificent mountain scenery, or at one of the vineyards on scenic Waiheke Island. For a unique ceremony, imagine saying “I do” while perched on the Tasman Glacier or while soaring through the sky in a hot air balloon. Spend some quality time together discovering New Zealand’s gorgeous national parks, sparkling lakes, beautiful beaches, and green hillsides. For adventurous couples, New Zealand offers everything from scuba diving and white water rafting, to challenging hiking excursions and bungee jumping.
Italy is truly a delight for all the senses, with a delightfully-cadenced language, stunning ancient sites, and food so delicious you’ll find yourself talking about it for years afterwards. It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with this charming country. If you’re searching for the perfect scenic backdrop for your ceremony, get married in the picturesque fields of Tuscany, the luxurious Italian Riviera, or the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. If you prefer something more urban, consider a ceremony in timeless Rome, iconic Venice, or enthralling Florence. Every region in Italy offers an almost limitless variety of venues, with villas, churches, castles, beaches and gardens found across the entire country.
If you can’t decide between glamour and adventure, then head to Argentina for the best of both. Its capital, Buenos Aires, exudes European chic with sophisticated shops, stylish sidewalk cafes and elegant architecture. While Buenos Aires is undeniably enchanting, Argentina’s real beauty lies in its diverse natural landscapes: towering peaks, lush wetlands, rambling deserts, immense ice fields, and lovely lakes. Embrace Argentina’s gaucho spirit and get married at a ranch in Patagonia, or pamper yourself at a relaxing spa venue overlooking Argentina’s beautiful countryside.
Paris is practically synonymous with romance, filled with iconic monuments, artisan shops and lavish cuisine. Consider a ceremony in front of the Eiffel Tower, or on a luxurious yacht sailing down the Seine. Spend your days eating flakey pastries in sidewalk cafes and your evenings sipping wine from world-famous wine regions like Bordeaux and Provence. However, France’s charms don’t stop in the city of lights: Say “I do” in a traditional church in a pretty French village, in a snow-dusted log cabin in the mountainous Pyrenees, or in one of the historic villas and castles scattered throughout the country.
With ethereally-beautiful beaches, spicy cuisine, warm-hearted locals and ornate temples, it’s no wonder why Thailand is such a popular destination for weddings. Imagine a beachfront ceremony against the backdrop of Ko Phi Phi’s bright blue waters, or choose between secluded bungalows and luxurious villas on Ko Samui. For something a little different, head to Thailand’s cooler northern regions and tie-the-knot in a verdant jungle or in front of a thundering waterfall. Opt for a traditional Western wedding, or incorporate Thailand’s peaceful Buddhist traditions into your special day.