Destination weddings provide an intimate feel that many couples want for their big day. With only your close family and friends attending, your wedding can be all about you. If you can’t decide on an amazing location in which to host your momentous event, consider some of these best places to have a destination wedding. Each locale features beautiful scenery and incredible weather, so any of them would be an ideal choice for your big day.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, located on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic, lies right on the cusp of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. With beautiful weather year-round, it’s the perfect choice for a beach wedding. The Dominican Republic is known for its rum, so your guests will have plenty of great drinks to choose from at any of the low-cost, all-inclusive resorts located on the beaches.
Bali is a culturally rich island with many beautiful venues for your nuptials. Here you’ll find Hindu temples with gorgeous architecture as well as beachside clubs and bars, which would be perfect for a fun, upbeat reception. The beaches feature plenty of fun activities and relaxing spots, all with perfect views of the Bali Sea or Indian Ocean, depending on which side of the island you travel to. In the days leading up to your wedding, try out some of the famous spas and get a Balinese massage to relax. You can also visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, a sacred sanctuary for over 300 Balinese long-tailed monkeys, in the southeastern region of the island.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Featuring beautiful sandy beaches and aquamarine waters, Puerto Vallarta is located along the Bahía de Banderas. Puerto Vallarta is a go-to for beach destination weddings—it isn’t as long of a plane ride for you and your guests as a lot of other places, and it’s a simple city to navigate. This location is perfect for destination weddings with a larger guest lists because it’s accessible and flights are typically more affordable. Make sure to plan your wedding at the right time to avoid the rainy season—opt for a late fall or early winter date.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Abundant in beautiful European architecture, Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of South America. Palermo is a lush neighborhood in the heart of the city that would be perfect for a modern wedding. For a traditional or outdoor wedding, Puerto Madero is ideal. For your reception, throw a traditional asado with Argentine steak and chimichurri. Learn the Argentine tango at La Viruta to prepare for your big day and practice on the pier near Casa Rosada, where locals dance every Sunday night.
The Indian Ocean provides an unbeatable backdrop for a wedding ceremony. Known for its diverse cultural mix and friendly people, Zanzibar will make your guests feel at home. Check out the protected tortoise sanctuary on Changuu Island or try on your sea legs with a dhow safari. A dhow is a traditional boat commonly used in the Swahili Coast region; it will make you feel like a true sailor. Zanzibar offers endless cultural experiences for your guests as well as the added wonder of an off-the-beaten-path location.