When it comes to the Big Day, many couples choose to kick it up a notch by marking it in a place that adds a little more magic than your standard hometown celebration. The “Destination Wedding” is a thing: bringing all of your friends and family to a place that will not only make the ceremony extra-special but will grant them a Life Experience that they’ll never forget.
Brides, if your head is spinning over all the many places on the globe you can choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to six hot locations for a “destination wedding” that are proving to be truly unique choices. Check your passports and get ready to make your wedding one for the books!
PUNTA CANA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Fantastic beaches, elegant hotels, spas, jaw-dropping scenery…what more could a bride and groom want? This eastern region of the “DR” has become known for super-serving a “DW” (Destination Wedding) with plenty of luxe resort options, five-star amenities and impeccable service at every turn. Your party can also explore gorgeous cliffs and waterfalls, tour historic sites, enjoy a rejuvenating time-out at luxurious spas — and even hang out on a few private islands.
It’s been nicknamed “The Red City” for its vibrancy, color, and exotic flavor. Lose yourself in lush gardens (which make perfect backdrops for photos) and ancient architecture that dates back more centuries than you can count. The light in Marrakech is known to take on a “golden” tinge which adds an enchanting touch to every moment of the ceremony – before and after (meaning: everything and everyone looks amazing in photos). For couples with a sense of adventure, this is the place to be.
BAR HARBOR, MAINE
If you want to keep things within the continental U.S., Bar Harbor is one chic town that offers plenty of breathtaking waterfront locations, and a color palette that mixes the dark blue of the Atlantic ocean with golden beaches and extraordinary sunsets. Oh, and there are lighthouses. Your guests can indulge in kayaking, biking, whale watching and exploring one of America’s best natural landmarks, Acadia National Park. Plus, let’s not forget the abundance of fresh “lob-stah” to partake of.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
On the other side of the U.S. is Santa Barbara, often called the “American Riviera.” This elegant destination offers world-class, wedding-centric resorts, magnificent ocean views, and gorgeous beaches. You also can’t beat the weather (less than 79 overcast days per year, and only 3 when the temperature gets above 90 degrees). Throw in plenty of warm Spanish architecture and the Santa Ynez mountains in the background, and you have a can’t-miss locale for your “I do’s.” Wine-tasting excursions and exceptional hiking are enticing post-wedding activities.
LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK
If a “winter wedding” is your dream, head to the heart of the Adirondacks, a city which has twice hosted the Winter Olympics. You’ll be charmed by the “Alpine Village” vibe, but impressed by the chic resorts. Photo ops are enhanced by the mountain vistas and lakeside backdrops (there are 3,000 lakes in the area). Naturally, plenty of outdoor winter activities –skiing, snowboarding, horse-drawn sleighs, dog-sledding and more – will give guests of all adrenaline levels a thrill.
Lake Placid is also popular if you’re planning your nuptials for Fall: the foliage is like nowhere else on Earth, which makes hot-air balloon wedding ceremonies a popular choice.
Yes, at first glance, it may seem a little extreme. But you’ll find that the wedding packages offered by this exotic southeast Asia location offer a ton of value for the money. Once there, your guests will be dazzled by the ancient shrines, eye-popping white-sand beaches, elephant rides and the natural beauty encountered at every turn. If so inclined, couples can also indulge in an elaborate Thai Buddhist ceremony that involves monks offering blessings and wrapping them in a special flower garland. One word: “unforgettable.”
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