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The World's Most Beautiful Destination Wedding Locations

  |   By Vanessa Campbell

Has this cold, dreary weather left you uninspired about your wedding plans? Allow us to change that: think warmer, brighter, and, quite possibly, cheaper. With a smaller guest list, less decor, and the convenience of packaged wedding deals, destination weddings can actually be much less stressful to plan and often work out to be cheaper than a wedding at home.

So, where in the world should you plan your destination wedding? We'll take you on a tour of 21 of the most beautiful places to tie the knot, from Iceland to Australia.

No.
01

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

Overlooking the beautiful Rocky Mountains, this scenic park is a great spot for an intimate wedding. We're talking thundering waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and crisp, clear lakes that seem directly out of a dream. With majestic views from every angle, your wedding photos have never looked better.

Photo via David Guenther. As seen in this real wedding.

No.
02

Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Are you a fan of cold weather and love the idea of planning the ultimate winter elopement? Why not get hitched in Antarctica? This unique and remote destination will definitely make for an unforgettable day.

Few people ever step foot in this arctic wonderland, so it's an excellent way to embrace such a romantic moment. With panoramic mountain vistas around every turn, there's no place quite like it.

Photo via Global News.

No.
03

Bigga, New South Wales, Australia

For the ultimate rustic wedding, head down under. The Australian countryside offers gorgeous landscapes, an abundance of wildlife, and some of the world's best food and wine.

There's something for everyone here, whether you decide to visit enchanting art galleries, pan for gold, or spend a day on the water with your significant other. Our itineraries are already booked.

Photo by The Robertsons via Ruffled.

No.
04

Harbor Island, Bahamas

Year after year, The Bahamas remains a popular location for Canadian couples seeking sun and crystalline waters. Want paradise and privacy? You can have that all in the very luxurious, yet low-key, Harbor Island.

This means you get all the magic of an island oasis without dealing with hoards of tourists. It's a checkmate for us!

Photo via Jeremy Harwell.

No.
05

Bali, Indonesia

Bali's relaxing atmosphere and rich culture make it the perfect place for an elopement and honeymoon, all in one. Spend days exploring Ubud's Sacred Monkey Forest, biking through rice paddies, or luxuriating on one of the island's many gorgeous beaches.

Wherever you're headed, enchantment and romance await, making yours a bucket list-worthy wedding.

Photo by Pande Kabek via Junebug Weddings.

No.
06

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Designed from the start to be a vacation town, Cabo San Lucas – also known as Cabo or Los Cabos – is the perfect place for your destination wedding.

Because it was created with tourists in mind, you'll get the sunny perks of paradise, as well as the luxurious amenities of your favourite resorts. And if that doesn't take your breath away, the beauty of the two seas surrounding it will.

Photo by Billie Board. As seen in this real wedding.

No.
07

Playa Conchal, Costa Rica

If you want something simple and tasteful, but still sunny and beautiful, consider Costa Rica as a destination wedding location. With its beautiful beaches, lush jungles, and breathtaking sunsets, you'll be craving a return trip on every one of your anniversaries.

We're loving the aquamarine waters and crushed-shell shores, but this exotic locale also offers the ultimate in all-inclusive resorts, luxe spa treatments, and adrenaline-packed adventures.

Photo via A Brit & A Blonde.

No.
08

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

With its steaming geysers and jaw-dropping waterfalls, Iceland is definitely one of the world's most majestic countries, and the breathtaking greenery and glaciers of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon are the perfect backdrop for artful wedding photos.

We're loving romantic boat tours through the ice and nature walks with glacier views, but there's more to this charming locale than meets the eye.

Photo via Nick Rose Photography

No.
09

Agra, India

With its rich culture and history (not to mention its wonderful food), India is a lovely choice for a destination wedding. Tie the knot in Agra, and choose from a variety of stunning backdrops for your photos.

Visit the Taj Mahal and step back centuries while you explore one of the worthiest Seven Wonders, traverse the red-walled Agra Fort, or discover enchanting temples with thousands of years of history.

Photo via The Wedding Travelers.

No.
10

Kyoto, Japan

Imagine reciting your vows amidst Shinto shrines beneath a canopy of cherry blossom trees. Head to Japan in April (just as the trees blossom) for the best photo ops.

Thousands of bold, bright blooms contribute magic to every ceremony, and Japan's rich culture and history have plenty to offer even the most reluctant guest.

Photo by Conor Musgrave via Wed The World.

No.
11

Las Vegas, Nevada

Notorious for its spontaneous wedding culture, a wedding in Vegas is the definition of fun and non-traditional. Whether you want to dress up like Elvis or have a luxe wedding for 300 of your closest friends, anything is possible in Sin City.

We love the assortment of world-class entertainment, nightlife, and cuisine all in one place, and with everything open 24/7, your guests can kiss jetlag goodbye.

Photo by Janneke Storm via Rock N Roll Bride.

No.
12

Maui, Hawaii

Grass skirts, leis, and endless beaches—who wouldn't want to recite their vows in Hawaii? This island oasis is a classic choice for destination weddings, and with good reason: it does romance right.

From laid-back lovers to adrenaline junkies and wildlife enthusiasts, this is one destination you can tailor just for the two of you.

Photo by Mike Sidney via Jet Fete.

No.
13

Sayulita, Mexico

For a low-key Mexican wedding, head to the Pacific coast. In the sleepy surf town of Sayulita, you'll find beautiful beaches, stunning architecture, and wonderful culinary options for your wedding feast.

While there's plenty of culture to savour on-site, head over to nearby Puerto Vallarta (located just 24 miles away) to meet the resort crowd for all-night partying, feasting, and adventure that never ends.

Photo by Joann Arruda Photography via Jet Fete.

No.
14

Mo'orea, French Polynesia

Look up paradise in the dictionary, and you might find a photo of Mo'orea. Surrounded by bright blue waves and dotted with idyllic overwater huts, this charming island is a stunning place to say "I do."

Take your love to the next level as you traverse the rainforest, discover scenic views from the Belvedere Lookout, or spend the day swimming and snorkeling with your life partner.

Photo via Helene Havard Photography.

No.
15

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Known for its white-washed buildings and vibrant blue-domed rooftops, Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the Mediterranean. Tie the knot here, then spend your honeymoon exploring the island's stunning red and black beaches.

History lovers will feel right at home, as the enchanting Castle of St. Nicholas and Church of Panagia are never far away, and you can cap off your night with sunset sailing and wine tasting. Ooh la la.

Photo via Janis Ratnieks.

No.
16

Plockton, Scotland

For stunning landscapes and enchanting castle venues, head to the Scottish Highlands. This dramatic location, straight out of a fairytale, is guaranteed to sweep your guests off their feet.

Breathtaking and beautiful, it's worth booking a ticket (or 200). This stunning village is home to less than 1,000 inhabitants, so your wedding party will have plenty of space to spread out and explore.

Photo by Carey Nash and Kelly Redinger. As seen in this real wedding.

No.
17

Estaing, France

Few spots on earth are more romantic than the south of France, with its vineyards, sea views, and old-world architecture. Choose the picturesque village of Estaing for a truly charming European destination wedding. It's so dreamy that it's almost otherworldly, and there's something about running across centuries-old cobblestones in a wedding dress that screams "romance."

Not only that, but with a small population and limited tourist traffic, it's not hard to bring any fairytale photo op to life.

Photo by Pete Andrew. As seen in this real wedding.

No.
18

Krabi, Thailand

Whether it's the zen atmosphere or unbelievable cuisine, a wedding in Thailand is sure to be nothing short of breathtaking. With its angular limestone karsts, beautiful beaches, and lush mangroves, Krabi is the ideal location for your Thai destination wedding.

This lovely resort town has some of the most stunning scenery on earth, and we don't say that lightly.

Photo by Melissa McClure via Popsugar.

No.
19

Tuscany, Italy

Situated in a country best known for its amazing cuisine and iconic architecture, why not say your vows under the Tuscan sun? Let's face it, a wedding anywhere in Italy is more than swoon-worthy, but there's something even more perfect about the lush landscape of this charming wine region.

Your wedding table will be ripe for the taking with fresh produce, traditional dishes, and locally-made wines, giving your big day a delightful dose of old-world charm.

Photo by Julian Kanz. As seen in this real wedding.

No.
20

Zanzibar, Tanzania

Destination wedding locations don't get much more exotic than Zanzibar. Famous for its beautiful blue-purple mineral, tanzanite, Zanzibar, Tanzania offers crystal clear waters as far as the eye can see.

Explore nature reserves and private islands that'll wow your guests, or just sit back and embrace that postcard-worthy backdrop. When you return, those photos will have a story to tell.

Photo by Beautiful Day Photography.

No.
21

Zimbabwe

Opt for a safari wedding in the African nation of Zimbabwe and your celebration may be attended by some truly exotic guests. We're talking an over-the-top adventure through the African wilderness as you get face-to-face with elephants, lions, leopards, and giraffes.

Zimbabwe's also home to the breathtaking Mosi-Oa-Tunya Falls—the longest waterfall in the world. Talk about a dream wedding!

Photo by Amy Caroline Photography via Bridal Musings.

This article was originally published on Oct 01, 2019
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