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Great Destination Weddings — That Haven’t Been Done to Death!

Written by Chris Caggiano

This blog post was updated on July 25, 2023.

Throwing a destination wedding is a beautiful way to harness your love for travel while planning one of the most important days of your life. Destination weddings can be great fun for everyone involved — when you choose the right location.

But you don’t want just any old destination wedding. Chances are you want to avoid the clichés. So, here are six fantastic destination wedding ideas for when you are looking for something deeply personal and reflective of your special relationship.

Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Add a pop of color to your wedding by choosing Cartagena, Colombia for your wedding destination. This South American city has it all, ranging from vibrant colonial buildings to tropical beaches to stunning natural backdrops for your vows. Choose to say your I Do’s at a historic Spanish church or within a courtyard of a lavish colonial home. Or go with one of the chapels located at the gorgeous Hotel Santa Teresa and Hotel Santa Clara. While this tropical getaway is warm all year round, the best time to get married in Cartagena is during the dry winter months.

Antibes, France

Historic center of Antibes, French Riviera

While Paris may be considered the most romantic destination in France, do not sell the beauty of Antibes short. This lovely town nestled in the Cote d’Azur is nothing short of spectacular, boasting a number of exciting wedding locales. For a luxurious five-star experience, choose the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, located at the southern edge of the beautiful Cap d’Antibes. In addition to the lush grounds and private stretch of coastline, guests will enjoy the highest level of customer service. You will feel like a movie star when you choose this hotel for your nuptials.

Central Visayas, Philippines

Bohol, Philippines

The Central Visayas region of the Philippines deserves strong consideration for your destination wedding. Bohol is best known for the scenic Chocolate Hills and its peaceful vibe. Churches such as Baclayon and Dauis make nice choices to tie the knot. After you exchange your vows, invite your guests to set sail on a Loboc River Cruise. You can also choose to soak up the magic of the Philippines in Cebu, affectionately known as the “Queen City of the South.” This city offers a variety of hotels and beaches that provide countless options for your nuptials. So, once you’ve booked your Philippines vacation package, get ready for a fun mango cocktail at your reception, since this region is famous for this tropical fruit.

Ossuccio, Italy

Lake Como, Ossuccio, Italy

Located in the heart of Lake Como, the Villa Balbiano in Ossuccio, Italy is distinguished as the largest private residence on the shores of the lake. This historical property can trace its roots back to the mid-16th century and the famous Giovio family. Located just 40 minutes from the major city of Milan, you will enjoy easy access to one of the most romantic and gorgeous areas of Europe. What could be better than gazing out at the water of Lake Como with the Alpine foothills in the distance as you begin this special season in life?

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand

Although many couples look to Christchurch or Auckland for their New Zealand wedding destination, the area of Queenstown is special in its own right. You will appreciate the wide array of scenic backdrops in this part of New Zealand, including snowy mountains, rolling hillsides, and more. Go with a cozy church, a majestic estate, or a sprawling winery for your wedding venue. Remember that because New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to what you may be used to in North America, making December, January, and February the warmest months.

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Laois, Ireland

The ruins of Dunamase Castle, Laois, Ireland

Majestic castles, lush greenery, and Tudor churches dot the landscape of Ireland, making it a natural choice to launch your happily ever after. Smart couples choose Ballyfin in Laois for their Irish destination wedding, a luxurious house that has been impressing visitors since the 18th century. This exclusive wedding venue features a variety of distinct spaces, including an exquisite ballroom, a handsome State Dining Room, and a myriad of outdoor areas. You and your guests will feel pampered like royalty when you choose Ballyfin for your big day.

Do you have a favorite wedding destination that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below! 

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