This blog post was updated on December 24, 2019.

If you do your research you’ll find that the options are endless for a warm destination wedding during the winter months. If you’re not set on one destination, making a final decision will be tough. So, if you’re still on the fence about where to celebrate one of the biggest milestones in your life, don’t fret — we’re here to help you decide! The good thing about planning to have your warm weather destination wedding during the winter is that it will most likely be much more affordable than any other time of the year. Plus, a destination wedding during the coldest months of the year could provide you and your guests with a much-needed respite from the winter doldrums. That is, of course, if you plan to head to the right place.

For the bluest skies and warmest rays of sunshine, take a look at this list of some of the best warm wedding destinations!

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico beach

The best weather in Cancun is from November to March (aka the winter). A white wedding dress gliding on the famous white sand beaches with the crystal clear Caribbean in the backdrop would make an ideally memorable photo for any bride. With a range of hotels and resorts and the hospitality industry honed in offering excellence to all visitors, it should be easier and more affordable to arrange a wedding of any size here opposed to many other destinations.

Charleston, South Carolina

town in charleston, south carolina

You might feel a bit of chill in the air during the winter in Charleston. However, odds are in your favor here for a warm day and cool night for your winter wedding. Moreover, you’ll have your choice of venues in one of the most beautiful and historic cities on the East Coast and one with what many herald as the premier destination for the finest dining scene in the South.

Maui, Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii sunset

If you want the first moments of your marriage to be in paradise and not have to travel too far for your honeymoon to begin, then head to the magical island of Maui. Keep in mind that the winter months are when the humpback whales like to linger around the Hawaiian Isles and that the northeastern coast of the island (home to the resort area of Kaanapali) is a particularly prime spot for whale watching. Imagine a humpback whale breaching offshore as you and the love of your life kiss for the first time as a married couple.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

Picture this: warm weather, beautiful beaches, amazing food and wine in abundance. Why not say, “I do” down under? If you don’t mind the long flight to Melbourne, you and your guests will be sure to have the time of your lives in this sunny and cultured Australian city.

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina
When it’s winter in North America, it’s summer in South America. Argentina’s upland wine region of Mendoza with the Andes as your backdrop would be an ideal setting for a wedding. Need more reasons? The country’s currency is particularly weak compared to the U.S. dollar –making your wedding bill less of such a huge expense, Argentine steak is reckoned to be the most delicious in the world, the wine is among the best in the New World, AND you can tango all night long!

Naples, Florida

Naples, Florida beach sunset

The Gulf Coast city of Naples, Florida is geared to making your wedding a perfect event. The mild winters, powdery white sands of the nearby beaches, dynamic dining scene and range of venues for every budget and style make it one of Florida’s most popular spots for destination weddings.

Sedona, Arizona

sedona, az

If you want your wedding to rock and to be remembered for its glowing reception, Sedona should be top of your list for places to tie the knot. The stunning desert scenery and an aura that’s unlike anywhere else of earth make this spiritual sanctuary in the heart of Arizona a gorgeous winter haven for any occasion, especially one as important as your wedding.

Are you planning a warm weather winter wedding? We would love to hear about your ideas and where you hope to celebrate your big day.

2 Responses

  1. Krisan Sablaon

    Looooveee the pictures! And the places you chose are 100 percent top notch. I would recommend adding Africa too! Personally, getting married in the middle of untouched wilderness and surrounded by wildlife would be dreamy and surreal. Among your list, on the other, of course, Hawaii is the leading choice for me. Ahhh!! Can’t wait for my own dream wedding too. This blog just made me happy. Will definitely share this. Keep it up!

    • Chris Osburn

      Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and to dream a little with us! We’re so glad this post inspired you. Please keep us posted on your plans 🙂


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