Roughly one-third of the couples that get engaged every year do so during the holiday season, and now that it’s a new year, they’re actively planning their destination wedding events.
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 and in distant, romantic places around the world.
Which will you pick for your destination wedding?
We’re going to start at the top, with massive romance value and a chat about Italy.
Just whisper the word “Italy” and it conjures up romantic destination wedding notions for most of us.
From its historic cities to getaways like beautiful Lake Como and the beloved Isle of Capri, there are thousands of wonderfully unique places across the country to host a Mediterranean destination wedding.
The city of Rome dazzles with ancient ruins like the Pantheon and Colosseum. Florence is home to the magnificent Uffizi Gallery with works of art by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Raffaello.
And, Venice, what more can we say about gorgeous Venice with architectural achievements like St. Mark’s Basilica and its charming web of narrow canals complete with singing gondoliers? It’s one of Italy’s most popular cities for a destination wedding.
Casanova is said to have spent time in the gardens of Venice’s Hotel Cipriani, an Orient-Express property, so perhaps it’s fitting that the hotel is now the choice for couples searching for attentive, five-star service when planning their wedding. Destination wedding coordinators can assist with church ceremonies and blessings aboard gondolas.
Learn more about destination weddings in Italy here.
It’s tough to beat Mexico’s diversity as a place to host your destination wedding.
The country has an incredibly friendly relationship with the United States and while Spanish is Mexico’s national language, many locals understand English and American dollars are happily accepted.
A network of readily available flights take off from a wide variety of American cities for prime destination wedding 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 teases guests with 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.
We love these Mexico destination wedding ideas.
Do you want to spend the day with your friends and family on a soft, white-sand beach?
Or venture forth into the jungle, complete with howler monkeys, instead? Costa Rica offers an array of land and sea activities that can make any destination wedding special.
Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo is a popular hotel that caters to both eco-adventures and romance travel.
Destination wedding planners can show you romantic ceremony sites from the beach, lawn, and golf course to the indoor/outdoor El Armadillo space that looks—not surprisingly—like the shell of an armadillo. After your big day, plan special moments for two with in-room breakfast in bed or side-by-side spa treatments in the resort’s couple’s room.
Perfect for couples who want to incorporate an eco-retreat into their wedding day and honeymoon.
We loved all the ideas for a Costa Rica destination wedding that we found here.
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 wedding.
Couples who want an easily accessible and English-speaking destination for their guests find the Bahamas to seamlessly meet their needs.
What’s nice about Bermuda for a destination wedding is its British roots.
You’ll find quaint old English pubs in the cities of Hamilton and St. George’s and pretty little cottages that dot the island.
You’ll also find fabled pink-sand beaches, turquoise seas, impressive cliffs, mysterious limestone caves, and lush golf courses that tempt even the pros.
The Reefs Resort & Club in Southampton offers wedding packages that offer a beach backdrop for your ceremony and reception. The meticulously landscaped grounds offer numerous opportunities for perfect wedding photos.
Don’t miss the quintessential shot of the bride and groom kissing beneath a moon gate.
These circular-shaped architectural elements were introduced into the gardens of Bermuda in the late 19th century. The locals encourage all newlyweds to step through a moon gate. It’s said to bring the couple good luck. We love everything about this place!
Check out all the glorious place in Bermuda, right here.
There’s a whole world of places that are awesome for hosting a destination wedding.
We know that choosing a destination, and all the planning that goes along with it, can be challenging. That’s why we work so hard to keep all our brides and grooms in the know, and ready to assist them in choosing their save the date cards, destination wedding invitations, and all of the other elements of a fabulous wedding stationery suite.
We also work hard to put together collections of images of all kinds of destination weddings, color schemes, themes, dresses and more. You can view these collections over here.
Do get in touch with us here. Schedule some time to chat with Fran. You’re just going to love her! She’s got an exquisite eye for design, color, fonts and more. She’ll help you get your stationery suite into shape quick!
Stationery is one of the first key items on your wedding planning list. Be sure to stop by the shop, on your way to your Best Day Ever!