Roughly one-third of the couples that get engaged every year do so during the holiday season, and now that we’re well into a new year, they’re choosing their wedding destinations.
Many couples want to get married somewhere close to family or in the city where they met, but others want to exchange their vows in exciting locales around the world.
Which one of these would you pick for your special day?
It’s tough to beat Mexico’s diversity as a wedding destination.
A network of readily available flights take off from a wide variety of American cities for prime wedding destination locations like Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Mazatlán, and Puerto Vallarta.
Mexico is gifted with more than 6,000 miles of gorgeous coastline with beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea in the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The food is fantastic, the people are friendly, and in addition to amazing beaches and jungles Mexico offers activities as diverse as exploring Mayan ruins or playing golf on a pro course.
Palace Resorts offers guests seven alluring, all-inclusive hotels on the Caribbean Sea—each of which host Palace Resorts Weddings. Options include four resorts in Cancun plus additional hotels in Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel.
Locals are quick to point out that the Bahamas are not part of the Caribbean.
Instead, the archipelago of approximately 2,000 islands is actually located close to the tip of Southern Florida in the Atlantic Ocean. There are a few main islands—like New Providence, Grand Bahama, Bimini, Abacos, Eleuthera, and Andros—as well as hundreds of “out islands” and tiny coral cays.
The islands call to sailors, beach bums, snorkelers, and divers who prefer spending their time on the beach and in the water. Activities range from dolphin watching and shark encounters to deep-sea fishing and kayaking to kiteboarding and wave running.
The One&Only Ocean Club on New Providence island was once a posh private estate, complete with a 12th-century Augustinian cloister and terraced gardens inspired by Versailles. It’s no wonder now that couples seek out the resort for help planning a sophisticated beach destination wedding.
The Bahamas is THE choice for couples who are looking for an easily accessible and English-speaking destination for their guests.
Looking for a wedding destination spot on one of the world’s most exotic tropical islands?
Consider Kauai, the Garden Island. It’s the oldest, and one of the northernmost, islands in the Hawaiian chain. It’s smaller than sister islands Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island, and fewer people call Kauai home so the island certainly imparts more of an “old Hawaii” feel.
There are many other things to recommend Kauai in addition to the laid-back vibe and pristine beaches. The breathtaking Na Pali Coast, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and Waimea Canyon also contribute to make this an ideal destination wedding spot.
The Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa on Keoneloa Bay offer a robust wedding program and the grounds really couldn’t be more perfect for a ceremony and reception.
This wedding destination simply could not be more perfect for couples who are seeking an exotic tropical wedding destination without leaving the United States.
Discovering the islands of the Caribbean will be a jumping-off point for figuring out which island to be your wedding destination.
The place to start your research is at Fodor’s Caribbean Travel Guide, where experts cover all the details on top destination-wedding-friendly islands like St. Martin, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands.
With its prime location on Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort is no stranger to hosting weddings. This resort may be busier than others in the Caribbean, but its central location means you and your guests can not only enjoy the resort, but you can also walk to nearby shops, restaurants, and bars.
A wedding destination such as this is great for couples who are looking for the simplicity of a turnkey destination wedding at a well-known hotel chain.
Starry-eyed couples have been choosing Vegas for their wedding destination since before Frank Sinatra’s Rat Pack made it cool.
Dozens of lovely chapels line the Strip, though neighboring casino complexes often dwarf them. Hotels got in the act early on, too, so couples have a huge array of options when it comes to marrying in Vegas. Elvis impersonators preside over some ceremonies while others take place in cars at drive-up chapel windows.
There are a few reasons to pick Four Seasons Las Vegas for your wedding day. The recently renovated guest rooms offer unparalleled views of the Strip and you’ll have complete access to nearby Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Ceremony and reception locations range from traditional ballrooms to the pool deck to the outdoor Fountain Terrace.
The state of Florida covers a pretty large geographical range so it may be tough to decide on one particular place for your wedding destination.
Many couples like Amelia Island and St. Augustine near Jacksonville on the state’s northeast coast. Others head to Florida’s Keys and many more end up in Central Florida: home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and other entertainment complexes.
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings has been helping couples tie the knot at the Walt Disney World Resort for more than 20 years. Events can have as much Disney magic as the couple wishes. Consider a ride to the chapel in Cinderella’s Glass Coach, a character meet-and-greet during the reception, and Mickey Mouse-themed wedding cake. However, wedding coordinators are equally adept at pulling off ultra-luxe events with nary a hint of the mouse.
A Florida beach or Disney wedding destination is a fabulous choice for couples who are incorporating children from previous marriages into their wedding day. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings creates spectacular ceremonies and receptions and they know how to make all family members feel as if they are Mickey’s honored guests.
We’re about at the end of our time here, this time. Be sure to check out our collections of wedding images here. Our team has worked – and continues to work – hard on building and adding to these collections. Tons of fabulous ideas!
Once you’ve settled on a wedding destination, be sure to check out the shop here, and particularly the Shape of the State destination wedding invitations, if you’re looking at a Florida wedding destination!
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here to schedule some time to chat with Fran. She can totally help you choose the perfect wedding stationery suite for your event, incorporating colors, choosing fonts, and all those little things you haven’t thought of yet.
We know your event is going to be amazingly magical, and totally memorable. Truly, your very own Happily Ever After!