Wedding season is upon us! Whether you’re in the midst of planning a destination wedding, have already done one, or just dreaming, we thought we’d put together a list of some of the hottest wedding destinations in the world (and not just temperature hot, either).
This is perfect for a tropical island feel, with more a convenient location for friends and family. The Florida Keys is a slow paced island getaway on the mainland. With over 110 miles of chain islands, this is the perfect location to get married with your toes in the sand. The high season is from December to April, so for a less expensive wedding and less crowds, you might try the summer – but the trade-off is summer can be hot. Hurricane season is from June through November, but if you plan during some of the less risky fall months, there isn’t much to worry about. Make it extra cool by doing an underwater ceremony!
Turks and Caicos
Looking for a more intimate wedding destination? Turks and Caicos is your answer. Made up of 40 islands, it’s less developed and significantly more upscale than the rest of the Caribbean. Think natural reefs, turquoise waters full of sea life, and unforgettable sunsets. This destination hosts the perfect backdrop for a beach ceremony, with plenty of underwater sightseeing. For guests that are nature lovers, whale and bird watching are popular activities. Temperatures average between 80 and 84 degrees from November to May, and during the summer to early fall, temps can reach the mid-90’s. The bonus is that the islands are relatively easy to reach, with direct flights from many US cities.
However, if you don’t want the hassle of traveling abroad, Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands might be the ideal choice for your wedding destination. You get the beautiful beaches, great locale, high-end resorts, and the best part is that these are U.S. territories. So, you get all the attraction of the Caribbean, without the hassle of passports, customs, and language barriers. Of course, you’ll have to watch out for hurricane season, which runs from June through November.
This is an amazing destination, especially for a wedding. Tuscany offers beautiful vineyards, valleys, rolling hills, and an all-around beautiful scenery. Choosing from castles, vineyards, or hills to hold your ceremony could seem a bit overwhelming, but don’t worry, just drink a fabulous glass of wine while making the decision. Make sure to incorporate some of the delicious cuisine, like the truffle mushrooms, roasted meats and salami, and sheep’s milk cheeses, into your wedding menu. The best times to make it to Tuscany for your destination wedding is May, September, or October for weather. July and August are the hottest times of the year, but tourism is heavy from May to September.
Thailand is exotic, fun, and beautiful. Three key features for the perfect destination wedding. Thailand offers clear water, white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and an eclectic offering of wildlife. If you are more interested in the city feel it offers souvenir shops, dance clubs, the Grand Palace, and the notorious red-light district. The best time to wed is from November to January for the cool and dry season. February to May (which is their summer) is the warmest, and the rainy season is from June to September.
Pronounced: see-wah-tah-NEHho. This is the perfect location for a destination wedding to get away from it all. This is not a popular tourist destination, but offers pristine beaches and beautiful sunsets. If crowding is an issue for you, this quaint fishing town is the ideal spot. It still offers luxury hotels and resorts for you and your guests. Although, there aren’t as many tourists, and there are no direct flights from the US, the high season is from mid-December to about late March/early April. Rainy season begins in May and goes through mid-October.
Whether you want excitement, direct access, old-world charm, seclusion, upscale, tropical – whatever your heart desires for the big day – you can find exactly what you’re looking for in a destination wedding, with the best part being that you can immediately start your honeymoon after the “I do’s.” What about you, ladies? Did you have a destination wedding? If so, where was it? If not, did you ever want one?