The Coolest Spots for a Destination Wedding in 2019

Some brides wouldn’t dream of having their big day anywhere but their hometown, and would never think, “destination wedding.”

Others know that when it comes time their “I dos” will be said in the city in which they live, or at a meaningful place that predates the actual engagement.

BUT …

If you’re not already sold on one particular place, consider a destination that may be new to you or your loved ones.

Engaged couples seeking to make an epic adventure out of their weddings can find that in an unexpected place—say Morocco. The right destination can even give you more bang for your buck.

Here.  We’ve brought you some of the coolest destination wedding locations that will be super-hot in 2019. 

Tuscany – Destination wedding travelers just can’t get enough of Tuscany.

Great wine, glorious food experiences and beautiful scenery, foodies everywhere are flocking to this Italian oasis. Distinguished medieval towns and rolling fields make for the perfect place for a ceremony with charm and elegance.

Our community of destination wedding planning professionals handpicked a few of the most beautiful and romantic wedding venues in Tuscany. 

The wedding venues in Tuscany located in the Florence area are mostly hilltop castles, some only a few kilometers from the center of the famed Renaissance City.  

The Chianti and Siena wedding venues also offer many majestic castles, as well as magnificent stone mansions and villas with a countryside home ambience. Some of these wedding venues offer classic Italian gardens. 

If you are looking for an intimate and authentic destination wedding Siena and Chianti have everything you need to transform your dreams into reality!

Lucca, historically the wealthiest city in Tuscany, offers the most opulent and lavish wedding venues in Tuscany, if not in all of Italy. 

We never tire of our newlywed couples asking us discretely whether it might be possible to buy a house and spend their life in this beautiful city.

Germany – Whether the couple-to-be loves rustic nature scenes and small towns or historic sites and large cities, Germany has more to offer than lederhosen and bratwurst.

Nature lovers can seek a venue nestled within the Bavarian Alps for an experience that feels straight out of a fairytale.

Speaking of fairytales, Germany is home to a variety of palaces and castles, some of which can be rented out special events such as the Schwetzingen Palace and Gardens near Heidelberg.

More and more couples are choosing unusual, often quirky destinations to mark the beginning of their married life. From fairy-tale castles to palatial abbeys, from football stadiums to chocolate factories, we’ve brought you a few extraordinary wedding venues across Germany.

Burghausen Castle, the longest castle in the world (confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records) dating back to the Bronze Age and the former residence of Bavarian dukes could be the setting of your dream wedding.

Take your pick from the two gorgeous chapels in the castle – Hedwigskapelle (up to 110 persons) and Elisabethkapelle (up to 100 persons).

Afterwards, receive your guests at Torwartstube (perfect for an intimate gathering of up to 60 people) or at Dürnitz (suitable for bigger receptions of up to 200 guests).

Neuschwanstein Castle – If you’ve always dreamed of a fairy-tale wedding, Germany has you covered – and how!

While weddings are not held in the castle interiors, you can have an achingly romantic wedding in the grounds of the Neuschwanstein Castle, deemed to be the most beautiful castle in the world and the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.

Very few wedding venues can match up to this one in terms of photo opportunities.

Franz Marc Museum – At Franz Marc Museum, you get to say your vows in the midst of priceless paintings, while the jaw-dropping vistas of Lake Kochel provide a fitting backdrop.

Weddings are held in the viewing room of the famous museum on Fridays and Saturdays, followed by a champagne reception in the foyer, a splendid meal in the restaurant or the sun terrace and a guided tour of the museum for the guests.

Cologne Chocolate Museum – Give Mr. Wonka a run for his money by actually getting married in a chocolate factory!

At the Cologne Chocolate Museum, usher in your married life while basking in the heady aroma of cocoa beans, while the Cologne Cathedral and the River Rhine add to the dreamy setting. Here is to sweet, sweet beginnings!

Hawaii – People around the world are choosing the ever-lovely Hawaii as the perfect wedding destination to tie the knot.

Aside from the obvious draw of being drop-dead gorgeous, Hawaii makes for a great wedding location thanks to traditionally good weather, endless opportunities for amazing photos and tons of fun things for guests to check out during their stay.

While each Hawaiian island has something special to offer, the most popular choices for destination weddings are Maui and Kauai.

When brides-to-be think of a Hawaii destination wedding, they oftentimes think only of high-end resorts.

Yes, there’s loads of those, but Hawaii also has lots of rustic venues that are absolutely perfect for the cowboy boot wearing bride.

Sunset Ranch on Oahu offers picturesque photo opportunities for your bridal portraits and a gorgeous barn right in the middle of a tropical paradise.

If you’ve seen one beach wedding, you’ve probably seen them all: flowers strewn about the sand, barefoot bridal parties, setting suns and, of course, tiki torches — lots of tiki torches.

Hawaii is home to the standard beachside affair, but it’s also given rise to the perfect antidote: refreshingly alternative nuptials that eschew the sand and welcome originality.

Consider these ceremony spots and try to remember why beachside weddings were ever really a thing to begin with.

Wed by a waterfall.  Straying from the beach doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning water. Hawaii boasts a variety of picturesque waterfalls, many of which are easily accessible.

Waimea Falls, for instance, on Oahu’s north shore is only a gentle walk through a manicured garden. Others are a bit more challenging to reach, but definitely worth it.

Kauai island’s secluded Wailele Falls in Kalihiwai Valley is only accessible via a 4-wheel-drive vehicle.

Embrace the waves — and each other.  If you’re looking for a truly unique wedding, hit the surf.

Say “I do” over crystal blue waters while on a wooden outrigger canoe. Your guests, assuming they’re up for it, will watch from their own (extra wide and stable!) paddleboards, guaranteeing a wedding experience that no one will ever forget. Your guests don’t even need to get wet!

Marry in the lavender fields.  Imagine rolling hills of green and violet, 4,000 feet above a Maui mountaintop, the smell of lavender blowing through the wind.

No, this isn’t a dream, it’s your wedding atop the 13.5 acre Alii Kula Lavender Farm on Maui. The seemingly endless fields, which sit on a gentle slope of Haleakala Mountain, provide the world’s most idyllic setting for a countryside wedding.

Insider tip: If you’re up for it, ask to book a sunrise wedding.

When you see the rays of morning light softly reaching through the lavender fields, you’ll want to thank us.

Get hitched on a boat. Nothing screams fun more than a bridal party on a boat.

A floating wedding is the perfect mix of excitement and romance for couples with a sense of adventure.

Captain’s tip: If your reception is also on the boat, try and count how many times your guests sing Lonely Island’s “I’m On A Boat!” If it passes more than 35 times, it’s probably time to cut off the open bar.

Go back in time at an old sugar mill. What was once an old sugar mill — one of Hawaii’s first — is now a beautifully restored open-sky cathedral, draped in a lush garden of vines and flora.

The Haiku Mill on the island of Maui will make your guests feel as though time has stopped. With its French elegance and old Hawaiian feel, the mill and its stone-paved garden are the perfect settings for a vintage-style wedding.

Florida.   What’s not to love about Florida?  Of course, we love it – we’re based here!

Even so, we have our favorites!

Alys Beach – South Walton County – Mazes of shell-stone paths and rows of whitewashed villas hug a private sugar-sand beach on the eastern end of Highway 30A.

Hold the rehearsal dinner at Caliza, where guests will feel like they’ve teleported to an intimate Moroccan Kasbah with an elliptical pool, a Moorish tower and billowing curtains.

With sweeping views of both the Gulf and the community’s 20-acre nature preserve, the lawn of Kelly Green is a favored site for outdoor events (seats 250). The development’s walkability means guests are never far from any venue.

Marry in a tropical, fountain-filled garden, then hold a fantasy-themed reception (think Arabian Nights) in one of the ballrooms. Make your exit in the property’s getaway car — a vintage Model A Ford.

Celebration Hall – Santa Rosa Beach – If you want a blank slate on which to paint your perfect wedding picture, Celebration Hall, with its vaulted ceilings, wrought-iron chandeliers and room for 300 guests, is a classic canvas.

If you’ve got your heart set on a beach wedding, the hall is just a few minutes from the shore and only 50 feet from 30A Suites, a boutique condo hotel, so no one will have to drive after your bash.

Coombs House Inn – Apalachicola – There are 24 fabulous themed rooms at this “forgotten coast” B&B were immaculately decorated by owner and interior designer, Lynn Wilson.

Gazebo ceremonies take place on the back lawn, while receptions for up to 60 are set in Camellia Hall, featuring French doors and a veranda.

On your reception menu: oysters on the half shell, direct from Apalachicola Bay. (They’re considered some of the best in the world.)

Hawks Cay – Florida Keys – Wed inside the waterfront gazebo, followed by a tiki-torch-lit cocktail hour and a reception dinner at the Tranquility Pool. 

The property’s 200-plus villas feature one to four bedrooms, modern kitchens and private terraces affording water or garden views.

South Seas Island Resort – Captiva Island – Occupying 330 acres on the northern reaches of Captiva Island, this resort village feels more remote than it actually is.

Because it’s private to its guests, you don’t have to worry about ceremony spectators.  For the ultimate in privacy, opt for the Sunset Cove beach area on the Gulf.

Accommodations span from hotel rooms and condos to private homes, and families love kid-centric amenities like a water park and an old-timey ice cream shop.

Morocco – A vibrant paradise in the middle of the desert, Morocco is the perfect place for an exotic destination wedding experience.

Think bohemian wedding dresses, henna, lush flowers and wild entertainment, like fire performers and rides via camelback. Morocco has plenty of wedding venues for travelers to choose from including palaces, historic courtyards and even a beach.

Marrakech, Morocco – The red city has a magical spirit and bohemian vibe that makes it a distinctive choice for couples with a sense of adventure. 

The city’s architecture and gardens create wow-factor settings and its golden light makes for very romantic wedding photography.  This city is filled with vivid colors, palm and olive groves and culinary delights unlike anywhere else, making for an idyllic setting. 

Here are some fantastic ideas for venues in Morocco!

Wherever you two ultimately end up, you’re going to need amazing wedding stationery.  You know, Save the Date cards, wedding invitations, and more.

We’re here to help!  Fly us an email here, and we’ll get you set up with some chat-time with Fran.  She’s an amazing designer, and just such a warm and engaging human.  You’re going to love her, and she’s a wizard at sorting the stationery dilemma.

While you’re waiting on that, check out our curated collections of images over here.

Your Happily Ever After is going to be – truly – your Best Day Ever!

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