There are (undoubtedly) a LOT of factors that come together to create the perfect wedding. You have to find the perfect date, invite the right wedding guests, plan a flawless (yet seemingly effortless) reception…and that’s just naming a few! But, perhaps the most significant part that’ll make your big day truly special is the location.
And for destination weddings, the options for hosting a dreamy wedding are endless. Whether you fantasize of a romantic beach ceremony, saying “I Do” alongside a historic landmark, or expressing your love in an intimate yet exotic setting, there are countless spots all over the globe where you and your partner can start your lives together. Here’s our list of six beautiful places for tying the knot.
Villa San Giacomo, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Italy
If you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding on a gorgeous Italian terrace overlooking the glistening blue waters of the Mediterranean, look no further than Villa San Giacomo. Built in 1741, and located in the oldest district of Positano, this piece of paradise offers as much as 300 meters of terraces with a colonnade (made famous in the eighteenth-century Neapolitan paintings that can be found in major museums throughout the world!). Here you can say your vows and officially be married at the exact moment the sun sets in the background as the warm ocean breeze envelopes you.
San Francisco, California
An urban setting with a healthy touch of scenery, San Francisco is the largest city in California. Its laid back and casual vibe, yet elegant and timeless feel has won the hearts of millions, and also earned it one of the top US cities where you can tie the knot. A comfortable 65 degrees year round, you won’t have to worry about which season to choose for your big day (although we feel we should warn you about the famous summer fog). And, as long as you don’t mind colder nights when the sun sets, it might be a good idea to let your guests know to bring a sweater with them.
With beautiful rolling hills that can be seen for miles, Fort Point National Historic Site provides stunning views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge (which can be viewed everywhere you turn), along with the beautiful water that surrounds San Fran on not one, but three sides! Just to sweeten the pot, this destination is even better if you’re a true foodie, where the assortment of fresh, local ingredients is not only memorable, but unbeatable.
Thanda Safari, South Africa
For the outdoorsy, animal-loving (and adventurous) couple looking for a unique destination wedding, this well-known game reserve in South Africa might just be the perfect venue. Thanda actually means “love” in Zulu, and represents the heart and soul of passion, as well as the spirit of togetherness. Just try to find something more romantic!
You can have your ceremony under the enchanting marula trees, while curious (not to mention cute) wild animals observe your nuptials from a distance. With the option of featuring real life Zulu dancers, why not have them entertain you and your guests as you make your way down the aisle!? Yes, please!
Leeds Castle, Kent, England
Dubbed “the loveliest castle in the world,” Leeds Castle, located in Kent, is the perfect wedding venue for someone looking to feature some chivalry in their ceremony. Surrounded by 500 acres of parkland and gardens, the Leeds has a 900-year history as a Norman stronghold, with six of England’s Queens having resided there, as well as Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, who lived in the palace on the private property.
Brides and grooms can choose to say “I do” in the castle itself or inside the Maiden’s Tower, a 16th-century stone building that was originally used for weekend parties in the 1920s.
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa, Huatulco, Mexico
Does a beautiful, unforgettable, magical resort & spa catch your interest? If so, the name Secrets Huatulco is your new best friend. There, the Sierra Madre mountains surround the Pacific Coast and not one, not two, but nine picturesque bays. The resort itself is located on the Conejos Bay and features 399 suites on the property, so there will be plenty of room for family, friends, and any other wedding guests you invite. For the big day, follow the rock formations and sapphire waters to a modern-tiled gazebo, which will host your wedding ceremony. And the best part? After the wedding, you and your new spouse can stay put to enjoy your honeymoon right there at the resort!
Central Park, New York, NY
A National Historic Landmark since 1962, the famed park located in Manhattan is one of the top sightseeing spots in New York City. Frederick Law Olmsted, a landscape architect and writer, along with English Architect Calvert Vaux, designed the park in 1858 after winning a competition, with construction continuing all throughout the Civil War. Today, it spans over 840 acres and receives an estimated 25 million visitors every year!
But, what some people may not know is that you can actually get a permit to recite your vows in the park, guaranteeing your wedding day to be absolutely perfect! The Central Park Conservatory Garden is typically the place to host a wedding, but there are a plethora of other options — it is Central Park after all.
Have you recently planned a destination wedding in a perfect paradise? Tell us about it in the comments below!