From picturesque mountaintops and vineyards to white-sand beaches, check out our list of the best places in the world to get hitched for 2020 destination weddings.
Want to have a destination wedding but don’t know where to start?
There are so many gorgeous locations in the world to hold your nuptials, which is why we’ve rounded up our list of destination wedding locations below. Learn all about our favorite places, then start organizing your faraway fete.
The Big Island, Hawaii – The Big Island is (you may have guessed) the largest island in the chain and offers incredibly diverse topography. In fact, 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones can be found on the island (there’s even snow on top of the highest mountains!).
The landscape varies dramatically as you travel around the perimeter, so you’ll have your choice of backdrops: The Kona coast to the west has a lunar-like landscape, while the north and east coasts are wet and super-lush. There’s plenty for guests to do too, from exploring the rain forest region to going horseback riding, snorkeling or just lazing on the beach.
Anytime of the year – year-round works for a destination wedding! Temperatures are in the 70s and 80s during the day.
Dry season runs May through October, but even in winter, rain showers are short and mild. If you’re looking to save a little cash, avoid winter through early spring, when tourist season is in full swing.
Tucson, Arizona – Retreat to the city of turquoise jewelry, saguaro cacti and deep-orange sunsets.
Located in the southern region of Arizona between Phoenix and the Mexican border, Tucson offers a natural and rugged rendition of the Southwest landscape for a unique setting for your “I dos.”
On the weekend lineup for your friends and family: catching a glimpse of a road runner while hiking through Sabino Canyon, touring the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac or perusing the photo and art galleries full of Native American and Mexican textiles and jewelry.
Temperatures regularly climb into the 90s (and above) in the summer, with June and July accounting for the largest number of very hot days.
San Francisco, California – If you’re looking for an urban setting that offers more in terms of scenery than just a concrete jungle, head to northern California’s big city.
San Fran is urban without being overwhelming, combining big-time sophistication with the laid-back, dressed-down attitude of the rest of the West Coast, making it one of the top US cities to tie the knot in.
San Francisco wins the hearts of brides- and grooms-to-be for many reasons: Hills rise and drop everywhere you look; huge parks share space with skyscrapers and ornate, bay-windowed Victorian homes; cable cars rattle over the streets; and stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge are everywhere from within the city as well as the water, which surrounds San Francisco on three sides.
Plus, foodies will love the assortment of fresh, local ingredients and world-class fare that make designing a memorable menu for your reception a breeze.
San Francisco averages about 65 degrees year-round, meaning anytime is the right time, though expect the city’s famous fog in the summer.
Whenever you go, make sure to tell guests to dress in layers—when the sun sets, they’ll need that pashmina or cardigan.
Park City, Utah – Park City offers the European sophistication and majestic peaks that the Alps are known for—sans the passport requirements.
Thanks to a new crop of ritzy resorts, the former mining town has turned into a top destination for nuptials. But Park City has something going for it that other mountain destinations don’t: It’s located just 40 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport, making it a great option for winter weddings.
Plus, it’s home to three world-class ski resorts, all with dedicated teams to help put together your dream wedding.
Ski season starts in early December and lasts into mid-April, but the summer and fall are gems and provide plenty for guests to do, including hiking, fly-fishing and mountain biking. May can be dreary and rainy as the snow starts to melt, while the weather in late October and November can be dicey—it could be 80 degrees one day and snowing the next.
Maui, Hawaii – Many visitors think of Maui as the most romantic Hawaiian island, perhaps because it’s filled with waterfalls and rainbows.
And its beaches are among the best anywhere, so it’s a popular spot to wed. Guests will enjoy hitting the links on the west coast, or “Golf Coast,” and surfers (or aspiring ones) will find some of the world’s most famous waves here. Of course, snorkeling, kayaking, whale watching and all the activities you’d expect from a tropical paradise are here as well.
Kauai, Hawaii – Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” for its incredibly lush tropical landscape and is perfect for those looking for a more secluded spot to tie the knot.
It remains the least developed of the four main islands, and life here tends to move at a slower pace. Although Kauai’s Mount Waialeale is considered the wettest spot on earth (it receives an average of more than 400 inches of rainfall per year), the island’s southern coast is perpetually sunny, making it ideal for weddings. Guests can surf, hike or take a helicopter tour.
The sunsets here simply can’t be beat for romantic wedding pics and ceremonies), but you’ll also find rustic ranches and a Wild West vibe in Jackson Hole if a Western theme (think cowboy boots and hay-bale benches) is more your destination wedding style.
Your guests can enjoy a range of outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, fly-fishing and checking out the local shops, museums, bars and shootout (seriously!) in town.
The summer and early fall are beautiful in Jackson Hole, but late spring and fall can be unpredictable. Winter weddings are gorgeous here, but keep in mind: A big storm could make it difficult, or even impossible, for your guests to get there – or leave!
Aspen, Colorado – This Rocky Mountain town possesses the perfect mix of natural beauty, rustic charm and posh amenities.
In addition to luxe mountain lodges, you’ll find elegant ballrooms and sleek restaurant spaces to host your wedding events. Aspen’s gorgeous mountains and valleys will thrill any outdoors enthusiast, while its ample selection of high-end shops and swank restaurants can keep indoorsy types more than entertained.
While many couples choose to get married between late November and early March to create a winter-wonderland wedding, keep in mind that summer and fall are also gorgeous (and less crowded) times of year here.
Las Vegas, Nevada – While drive-through chapels, Elvis-impersonator officiants and celebrating your nuptials at a blackjack table are still a part of what Las Vegas offers, there’s a whole other side to Sin City that’s making it one of the hottest Stateside spots to tie the knot.
We’re talking bold ballrooms, cool restaurants and chic poolside settings, plus hundreds of resorts and hotels that offer destination wedding packages for every budget. And even non-betting guests will have plenty to keep them entertained.
Avoid the summer heat—spring offers the most temperate climate, and the summer sizzle cools in September and October.
You’ll have the most luck with availability and good rates during the first three weeks in December, but prices spike and availability plummets between Christmas and New Year’s and on holiday weekends (including Valentine’s Day and Cinco de Mayo), as well as during big-deal sports weekends (like the Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four) and times when there are giant conventions or events scheduled.
Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, California – California’s Wine Country is filled with stunning landscapes—rolling hills, lush valleys and acre upon acre of vineyards (aka the perfect romantic backdrop for your nuptials).
Of course, the abundance of amazing wines produced here, and the world-class restaurants with dishes worthy of accompanying them, will certainly make treating your guests a breeze. And given the sheer number of vineyards and charming inns, resorts and spas surrounding them, you’ll also have plenty of options for venues and accommodations.
Summer and October are the best times to visit the region for your destination wedding plans. September can be beautiful, but you may have problems with availability, and rates will be at their peak because it’s harvest season. Even though you’re in California, temperatures can drop at night (think mid-50s in the summer), so be sure your guests know to bring sweaters and wraps for the evenings.
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