Wedding – that one day (or a week, if talking about India), that each one of us has fantasized about at one point or another in our life. There was a time when the only issues of concern were the guest list, the catering menu and the dress. As we moved forward, every element of weddings began to gain importance, from the decoration to return gifts, ostentatious weddings baskets to color coordinating the bride and groom. But in all this development, what changed the most was the venue.
From booking a hall or a hotel, or setting up a pandal at home, weddings moved on to combine the essence of a vacation and the joy of celebration and that’s when local weddings made way to destination weddings. This trend caught up pretty soon, with various people citing different reasons for the same. The most popular one remains to be that couples and their families intend to club the wedding with a vacation or a getaway.
So, in case you are wondering what would be the best location for your wedding, we bring to you a list of top 10 exotic locations to choose from. As each one of you would have different order of preferences from climate to background, activities to try, facilities available or even places to visit around, we have tried to highlight the best parts of each location. Look, explore and decide!
10) Costa Rica
Are you that nature lover who enjoys hiking more than shopping? Well, this is the place for you to get married! It is the best combination of all sea and land activities. Whichever natural element that you choose, be it the sand filled beach or the dense forest hikes, Costa Rica offers you the best of all. This could be the best destination for couples who want to add the natural bliss to their weddings. Do not be hasty to assume that natural means rugged because allow us to tell you that the four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Pagpayo is one of the most beautiful luxury resorts that you could ever check-in to. So for all Go Green Comrades, Costa is the place!
Yes, we know this reminds you of Greek mythologies and their rich and expansive culture. But, apart from all the Greek Philosophers, Greece provides the perfect setting for a wedding in the May to October season. You can enjoy the fresh Mediterranean cuisine, local wine collection and of course their traditions. Greece would be the perfect concoction of the royal history and pep modernity. From Mykonos – a 24/7 beach party scene to Crete that mixes ancient civilizations, you could take a trip after or before the wedding! A little bit of holidaying never hurt anyone!
Maybe trying out a new language for the wedding is not the thing you want to do? Don’t worry, we have this perfectly scenic English speaking destination as well! Wrongly considered to be a part of Caribbean, Bahamas is actually an independent archipelago of around 2000 islands in itself. That gives you the option to choose the one that you would like the most! From the very posh New Providence Island to the beautiful Abacos, you could choose the nature of beach wedding that you would like the most. After all, the beach makes it easier, doesn’t it? No decoration, no extravagant dresses. Comfort is convenient!
7) Udaipur, India
How could we talk about weddings and not get India in? Most people around the world who enjoy weddings, would never bear to miss an Indian wedding. The color, the royalty, the food and the traditions. In search of an “Indianized” wedding, Udaipur has seen an influx of a large number of foreign as well as Indian couples. The royal palaces, the beautiful lake, the splendid lighting and obviously the Indian wedding glamour. With the presence of all the 5 star hotels like Taj, Leela, Oberoi and of course the palaces, Udaipur doesn’t seem a difficult choice in India. Yeh Jawani hai Deewani sure made all us Indian girls desperately want a wedding like that!
A conglomeration of both Atlantic and Caribbean facing beaches, you can choose from the 4 most popular venues – Puerto Plato, Punta Cana, Samana or Santo Domingo. From white water rafting, towering rainwater canopies, neon blue lagoons to romantic seclusion of coconut palms in Juan Dolio. Not as popular as other locations, the Dominican Republic surely deserves more credit for being one of the most beautiful wedding getaways! But that is not the best part! Many of the all-inclusive in Punta Cana offer free wedding packages, complete with a coordinator. Don’t you want to get married here already?
What if we want a place that is American with respect to ease but not with respect to the setting? Well, we got it covered. Mexico has an incredibly friendly relationship with the USA, making it common to have English speaking locals, good connectivity of flights and acceptance to American dollars, but Mexico is indeed as Spanish as Spanish gets. From the gorgeous 6000 miles of coast line of Gulf of Mexico, to San Miguel de Allende – the perfect place for old-world charm and romance coupled with narrow cobblestone streets, red stucco walls and Spanish Colonial style architecture, Mexico has it all, and we mean it! You can also choose between other prime locations like Los Cabos, Riviera Maya, Zihuatanejo or Cozumel.
Yes we know Vegas is more popular for pre-wedding bachelor parties, but it isn’t any less good for the wedding if you and your partner are party animals! But Vegas is not all about crazy parties and casinos. You have the swank south end of Las Vegas Boulevard to the location for action packed wedding – Fermont Street. How could we not talk about the epic pool parties DJed by headliners and entertainment from Britney to Blue Man group? Prefer the Vegas seclusion? Well we have Springs Preserve and Hoover Dam providing the best dreamy desertscape backdrop to your wedding. Well there’s the best thing about Vegas as well – what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!
The word in itself is romantic, don’t you agree? From romantic getaways like the ever favorite Isle of Capri to the beautiful Lake Como, the Colosseum would surely love to be the audience of your wedding. From exotic cuisine to architectural and arts marvels, Italy provides you a complete package with the very famous Hotel Cipriani. You could visit the works of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Rafaello or just choose to delve into layers of tiramisu. Italy would be the perfect location for couples who want to exchange vows in a romantic Mediterranean setting with May, September and October being the best dates to choose!
What would a mere 3500 square miles even have? Well, if its Puerto Rico, it has pretty much everything! From gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, plush resorts, forts, jungles and salsa beats, this venue is a power pack! Puerto Rico offers the best combination of traditional beachy relaxation and unique cultural and historic sights, if you have those non-beachy guests. Make sure you avoid the hurricane season of June to November, apart from that this largely English speaking US Territory is perfect with its Isla Verde beaches, chic shops of Condado, capital city of San Juan, or the remote island of Vieques.
If you are just done with all the big city traffic and rush of cars, let us tell you about this exotic wedding venue which is a car-free island, yes, it has no cars. This quaint island would have you and your guests travelling on a rented bike or a hired horse or buggy, which is a great get away from your usual four wheelers! People like to call this place as frozen in time, due to its hard to miss Victorian vibe, but the architectural style of its buildings actually spans three centuries. That’s a real good news, as you get to choose your venue! If fall is the time you want to get married, allow the changing leaves to provide a natural décor for the venue! Mackinac Island, by the way, itself is a National Historic Landmark.
We understand that your special day needs to be the most special, and that is why we present to you the list of most exotic wedding locations. When it is the time to say “I do”, let the environment be as perfect as it could get! Choose form one of these locations and have the most spectacular wedding ever this new year!