Popular Locations for a Destination Wedding

When you are thinking of planning a destination wedding you will find there are so many beautiful and romantic locations in the world that it will be difficult to pick your favorite. Obviously, your wedding budget plays a big part in determining where in the world you can afford to travel. So first thing you need to do is decide what your budget will be for the wedding and then make a list of all the absolutely necessary items you have to have before you decide on a destination like the wedding gown for the bride and the suit or tux for the groom and accessories. Another important consideration in your destination wedding planning would be your wedding party and guests. How many family and friends will be able to attend based on where you are having the wedding.

Now that you have the basics planned out for your budget, you can begin looking at various locations in the United States and around the world. Here are just a few of the most popular places other bride and grooms have found as the perfect place to have their destination wedding.

HAWAII

On Oahu, the island of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, you will find a resort area called Ko Olina which is at the opposite end of the Island from Waikiki Beach. The resort area was specifically created to be an oasis of luxury in the old style of Hawaii. Ko Olina features several private lagoons away from the crowds of Waikiki and you can view the most magnificent sunsets you have ever seen while sipping on a tropical drink and cuddling with your new spouse. Ko Olina sets new standards for a luxury vacation resort area with the opening of Disney’s first resort in Hawaii. Aulani. Near this new Disney resort is the fabulous JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa on a private lagoon and next to the Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort and Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. You will find oceanfront wedding chapels, a popular luau show and much more…. all of this will give you the Hawaii experience of a lifetime.

 

A Ko Olina Hawaii - beautiful destination for your wedding and honeymoon.

Ko Olina Hawaii - A beautiful destination for your wedding and honeymoon.

Disney Aulani Ko Olina Resort

Disney Aulani Ko Olina Resort

 Another wonderful destination wedding location in Hawaii is on the famed Kaanapali Beach in Maui. Maui is the driest of all the Hawaiian Islands and boast to have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Some of the popular hotels and resorts for weddings are the Royal Lahaina Resort, the Grand Wailea Hotel (a Waldorf Astoria hotel), Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Travaasa Hana. Other popular locations on Maui for weddings would include Kahekili Beach Park, Laniupoko Beach and Makena Cove. Be sure to pack plenty of sun block as you will want to spend a lot of time on the beaches of Maui.

 

Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

 

BAHAMAS

One of the most beautiful vacation spots in the world are the Islands of the Caribbean. Many wonderful weddings have been held there and of course, one of the popular islands is the Bahamas. The Atlantis on Paradise Island in the Bahamas is one of the world’s most luxurious hotel resorts. It features many wedding and reception venues for your destination wedding. This hotel offers poolside reception and dinner party areas that are very special. They also have private beach areas perfect for outdoor weddings and a private patio that overlooks a beautiful lagoon. Other popular resort areas in the Bahamas for destination weddings would be Sandals Resort, Marley Resort & Spa, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort and the British Colonial Hilton.

Atlantis Resort The Bahamas

Atlantis Resort The Bahamas

LAS VEGAS

This fun party city has long been a destination for weddings from well-planned events to last minute “let’s elope” events. Las Vegas offers a wide range of wedding venues with hotels to match your mood and style. When planning a destination wedding in Las Vegas you may want to make it a theme event and pick your hotel based on your theme. Are you and the groom feeling like a wench and pirate then you may want to have your wedding at the Treasure Island Hotel complete with a pirate ship and special show every night. Or maybe you are longing to visit Italy and the Grand Canals of Venice but don’t quite have the budget for that trip…then you may want to stay at the Venetian Hotel where you can actually take a Gondola ride on a canal that winds through this magnificent hotel. Or perhaps you have a strong feeling that you were once an Egyptian Princess – you will feel right at home at the Luxor which is in the shape of a pyramid and is decorated like an Egyptian palace complete with an Egyptian Ballroom. Vegas also can take you to Paris, to medieval times at the Excalibur Hotel, Monte Carlo, New York or Mandalay Bay. Where ever you plan your Las Vegas destination wedding it will be a fun and exciting event.

Treasure Island Hotel - Las Vegas

Treasure Island Hotel

 

The Venetian Hotel with their Grand Canal

The Venetian Hotel with their Grand Canal & Gondola rides

MONTEREY-CARMEL, CALIFORNIA

The Monterey & Carmel area of California is truly a romantic wedding destination. The views of the Pacific Ocean are very dramatic and can take your breath away. You can view nature at its best in this Northern California location. Some of the most popular places to stay and have a wedding are The Hyatt Regency Monterey, the Hyatt Carmel Highlands with one of the best views at sunset, Hilton Garden Inn, Beach Resort Monterey on the sand dunes, a rustic retreat at Mission Ranch or the Monterey Plaza Hotel on Cannery Row.  While in Monterey you can have a honeymoon lunch at the famed Fisherman’s Wharf, take a cruise for whale or otter watching on the Monterey Bay, visit the world famous Monterey Aquarium and take long walks on the beaches. If you and your groom love golfing Carmel has one of the best golf courses in the country at Pebble Beach and the 17 Mile Drive which winds around Pebble Beach is a destination that brings people from all over the world to take photos and view the beauty of the Pacific Coast and ocean scenery. Monterey and Carmel are one of those spots in the USA that you must see in person on a regular basis….it’s just that special!

Carmel, CA - A picturesque venue for the perfect wedding

Carmel, CA - A picturesque venue for the perfect wedding

ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Orlando, Florida… the home of Disney World & Epcot Center, can be a fun place to have your destination wedding. You can combine your love of Disney and theme parks with your special wedding and honeymoon plans. Some of the best venues in Orlando for weddings and accommodations are Disney’s Victorian styled Grand Floridian Hotel & Spa on the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon, Cypress Grove Estate & Gardens, the beautiful Leu Gardens with 50 acres of botanical oasis, Paradise Cove on Lake Bryan and the Sheraton Vistana Resort with their lush tropical park setting. Spend you’re days playing on the beaches and spend your nights playing at the many theme parks in Orlando. This is also the home of Universal Studios Orlando, Gatorland and Sea World. You can even let Disney plan a fairytale wedding for you complete with a ride in Cinderella’s coach and you can even have your wedding ceremony next to Cinderella’s Castle in the park.

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort - Orlando

Disney's Grand Floridian Resort - Orlando

PUERTO VALLARTA, MEXICO

Puerto Vallarta on the Mexican Pacific Coast is a sunny and lovely place to have your destination wedding and honeymoon. Puerto Vallarta has long been a popular vacation venue for those who love to have fun in the sun on the beach or in the tropical jungles and spend time on the ocean swimming or sailing. It has been said that Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton made this spot famous after they spent time there while filming a movie. One of the most highly rated hotel resorts in Puerto Vallarta is the Las Caletas which features a tropical beach get-away for small or large weddings. This romantic location is only accessible by boat so if you are looking for privacy….this is a wonderful wedding venue. Another wonderful wedding location is the Dreams Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa also located on a private beach. This luxurious hotel features many amenities and can offer you rock climbing, kayaking and as well as many other outdoor activities. Another highly rated hotel resort is the Playa Fiesta Beachclub & Hotel with magnificent views of Banderas Bay – a boutique hotel which caters to the bride and groom to make sure they have everything they need. Check out the CasaMagna Marriott with its beautiful beach location, golf course and botanical gardens. The Mayan Palace has some of the most beautiful grounds with tropical palm trees, lush swimming pools and lovely beach area. The Casa Velas has a 4 diamond rating from AAA, features 4 star dining, a fine golf course and luxury suites.

Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta

Las Caletas Puerto Vallarta