For every bride and groom, the wedding day is the beginning of their official lives together, a symbol of the happiness and love to come.
It is a day that everyone in attendance looks back on when they think of the couple, hopefully with good memories.
In a world with more travel and long distance communication than ever before, it is not uncommon for the bride and groom to come from places that are far away from each other, making it difficult to find a common locale for the wedding. When a common location cannot be found, many couples decide on a destination wedding.
In the last two decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of destination weddings, and not just by couples from different places.
As exciting and whimsical as destination weddings may seem, it is also imperative to have a definite vision of what you and your future spouse want when you are planning. When you are far from home, it may be near impossible to run to the store or try to organize something that you forgot to prepare beforehand.
However, before you start to stress out about the endless details, you need to choose a destination. This can be the most exciting part of planning your wedding, and it is important to know all you can about the potential locations before you get your heart set on one.
1. The Big Island, Hawaii
Of the 13 climates that can be found in the world, 11 can be found here on the biggest island in the chain of islands that make up Hawaii. If you want to get married on the beach and then go snowboarding on your honeymoon, this is the perfect place for you to tie the knot.
Getting married in Hawaii is also more practical than it may be to get marri
ed in a different country. It tends to be less expensive, less stressful, and less of a culture shock impediment while still feeling like a big getaway.
Year-round, the temperature on The Big Island is in the 70’s and 80’s. However, it is important to consider that the winter and spring times are tourist season, and that it is less expensive to get married in the summer or fall on The Big Island.
2. Napa Valley, California
For those who love good quality wine, Napa is the perfect place to have a destination wedding. In addition to being a picturesque area, there are hundreds of other things to do in the Valley.
Whether it is activities to keep your guests busy or things to do on your honeymoon, you’ll have no problem keeping yourselves entertained in your spare hours. There’s an abundance of vineyards, wine tastings, spas, resorts, and golf courses for everyone to enjoy.
The best and most beautiful times to visit Napa are October and the summer months. Although it is California and can be warm during the day, it is important to remember to bring a sweater for being out and about at night.
3. New York City, New York
It is no secret that most girls dream of a New York City wedding. The big buildings, the city atmosphere, the bright lights, and the cosmopolitan devil-may-care attitude are all things that make New York City unique and inviting.
Anytime is a great time to get married in New York City, whether it is fall in Central Park or the first snowfall in one of the high-top buildings that create the city’s skyline.
When you’ve got a spare moment or during your honeymoon, there is an abundance of entertainment for you and your guests, from shopping to touring the monuments to seeing a Broadway show.
4. Anguilla, The Caribbean
This tiny Caribbean island, just 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, is one of the most exclusive places in the world to get married.
It is an extremely expensive place to get married and to honeymoon, but for good reason. Things that might spoil the scenery such as casinos, high-rises, and cruise ships are not allowed near the island. This keeps the beaches pristine, with white sand and crystal clear blue water on all sides.
Although it is a foreign country, the residents of Anguilla are known for being extremely hospitable, especially when people are celebrating something as exciting as their wedding.
The temperature on the beach is in the 70’s and 80’s year round, but it is important to consider that hurricane system in Anguilla is from June to November.
5. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Although Italy is an extremely popular place for a destination wedding, and there are millions of venues across the country to tie the knot, this small village close to the ruins of Pompeii is extremely special.
While everyone else is getting married on just any other beach, the Amalfi Coast offers the sweet smells and serenity of a citrus grove. Moreover, in the backdrop of the lemon and orange trees, there is a coastline full of colorful boats and quaint bungalows built into the mountainside.
Not only do you have many photo opportunities, the area around the Amalfi Coast is full of shops, restaurants, beaches, and historical areas to be explored. The recommended times to get married in Italy are from April to June or in September and October. Although the weather is summery in August, that is the time when most Italians leave to go on vacation, closing up shops and restaurants and taking a little bit of the authentic feel out of being married in Italy.
For many girls, their idea of their wedding can be summed up in two words: fairy tale. Amid the castles, cliffs, and gardens of the rainy country of Ireland, a fairy tale awaits.
If you’ve always thought that your dream of getting married in an actual castle is just that: a dream, think again. Hundreds of Ireland’s historic castles are available to rent for your wedding.
Although the occasional drizzle is virtually unavoidable, Ireland makes up for a rainy day with its beautifully constructed churches, lush golf courses, and countless breweries. The best time to get married in Ireland is from May to September, but keep in mind that the rainy season is more or less a permanent thing.
7. Paris, France
What better place to get married than in the City of Love?
Getting married in Paris not only gives you a special, historical, and beautiful locale, it also changes the entire feeling of your nuptials. It lends a carefree and wistful atmosphere that neither you nor your spouse will ever forget.
Paris is known for its locals and their friendly attitude towards weddings happening in the city. It is said that once you step into the city, your feelings are amplified, and all you can think of is love, and that the locals are more than happy to help you celebrate.
There are countless old churches with dramatic gothic architecture, as well as bountiful historical venues such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre to use as backdrops or as stops on your honeymoon.
8. Loire Valley, France
For those who find the city of love a little too cliché for a wedding, there’s always this charming little village rolling with vineyards, castles, and some of the world’s most charming people.
The Valley is only two hours from Paris, and is just miles from the town of Chateau d’Ussé, said to be the town the French fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” is based on.
April through June or September through November is the best time to go, although it is always beautiful in Loire Valley. The rainy season tends to run from around mid-November to February, so try to avoid any dates in those months.
9. Rome, Italy
From April to June, hundreds upon thousands of couples book cathedral after cathedral in Rome to be married. One look at the city explains its popularity. The sheer duality alone is enough to make even the most stubborn spouses agree.
In the heart of Rome, there are more historical and artistic monuments than in any other city in the world. The photo opportunities on the day of your wedding are endless.
Outside of the city, there are castles, churches, and ancient ruins to discover and use as backdrops for your dream wedding. Beyond the wedding, there are endless ways to stay entertained and fall in love all over again.
10. Cozumel, Mexico
It may seem taboo to get married in Mexico on the white sand beaches, but maybe everyone else who has already done it is just on to something.
In addition to the white sand beaches and the crystal clear blue water, Cozumel is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the world. This opens up a whole new realm of creative wedding possibilities and/or honeymoon activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
Because getting married in Cozumel is such a popular thing to do, most of the resorts have special employees to help you plan your special day, making it easier for you and your future spouse.
While it may seem that anytime is a great time to get married in Mexico, remember that Cozumel is also a popular place for Spring Break during the months of March and April.
Regardless of the location you and your future spouse choose for your destination wedding, keep in mind that it is all about you two. Although the opinions of friends and family are important, it is your decision in the end, and the most important people there are you two! Happy travels and congratulations!
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The writer, Kate Stefenaski, just loves to talk about weddings, and frequently blogs and researches everything about planning the absolute perfect wedding online. If you wish to learn more about her you can visit on Google+.