15 Picture-Perfect Wedding Locations You Didn’t Know About
Are you trying to find the perfect location for your destination wedding?
When it comes to stunning places to say your vows, the world really is your oyster. There are so many great locations all over the world where you can have an unforgettable destination wedding.
Here are 15 picture-perfect spots that will take your breath away and create a backdrop for your wedding ceremony that is as romantic as the love you share.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
Believe it or not, it’s possible to have a destination wedding a the legendary Machu Picchu. This luxury hotel is located only steps away from the famous ancient Peruvian site.
The resort has a special wedding package for guests that includes a ceremony conducted by an authentic shaman, with Andean music playing in the background. What adds an even more special touch to this destination wedding location is that it is the only accommodation on the mountain where Machu Picchu is located, so after the tourists have left at the end of the day you’ll have it all to yourself (and your guests).
Benagil Cave, Portugal
Perhaps, rather than walking down a traditional aisle, you’d like to walk barefoot in the sand through the natural chapel of a sea cave with a domed interior on a beach in Portugal? The Benagil Sea Cave in the Algarve region of Portugal is a truly stunning wedding venue – created by Mother Nature herself. It’s a huge cave of sedimentary limestone on a sandy beach with a large opening at the top for the sun to come through. Talk about gorgeous!
The only way to reach this secluded, dreamy spot is to charter a fishing boat for you and your wedding party. After your ceremony, you and your guests can enjoy the warm sunshine, superb cuisine, beautiful golden sand beaches and laid back atmosphere of southern Portugal.
Rockhouse Hotel, Negril, Jamaica
Imagine saying “I do” on a wooden bridge over the serene turquoise water of a secluded Caribbean cove. The Rockhouse Hotel is a gorgeous resort in one of the most beautiful corners of Jamaica, offering the ideal backdrop for a tropical wedding.
After your ceremony, your loved ones can dine in the elegant restaurant deck, positioned directly over the water. You can stay there for your honeymoon too! They even have some incredibly luxurious couples spa treatments to help you relax after the stress of your big day. Plus, Jamaica is a fantastic destination to explore, with a unique culture and a fun, laid-back attitude.
If you want this spot, be sure to book your wedding well in advance. The Rockhouse limits the numbers of nuptials they host in order to make sure each couple has a wonderful experience – and spots fill up quickly.
Highclere Castle, Newbury, UK
If you’re a fan of Downton Abbey or dream of being married in a romantic English castle, Highclere Castle is your perfect wedding location. This Jacobethan-style castle was used as the main filming location for the award-winning period drama and is as elegant as it is classic.
What could be more dramatic than making an entrance by descending the sweeping oak staircase into the stunning Saloon, at the heart of this castle? Want to add a touch of British flair? Follow up the ceremony with a champagne reception and traditional afternoon tea.
Holy Cross Event Deck, Vail Mountain, Colorado, USA
This gorgeous spot at the top of Vail Mountain provides an unforgettable backdrop for your special day. You’ll be able to tie the knot with your special someone while surrounded by 360 degree views of the Gore Mountain Range and the Vail Valley.
Having a destination wedding in Vail means that you can incorporate some exciting outdoor activities into your special day too. Why not plan a horseback riding, canoeing or hiking excursion for your guests, so that they can extend their stay and enjoy a mountain getaway?
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The Fortress Resort & Spa, Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle has everything you could wish for in a romantic wedding location – from tropical beaches to elegant cobbled streets, superb cuisine, and luxurious hotels. This historic fort city is filled with Dutch-colonial buildings that have been converted into art galleries, cafes and fusion restaurants.
The Fortress Resort is a Green Globe Certified sustainable resort in a stunning beachside location. It offers romantic wedding ceremonies on the beach or in their decorative gardens. Who wouldn’t want to get married with the warm tropical Indian Ocean breezes in your hair and celebrate with traditional Sri Lankan dancers and drummers?
Mt. Hood Organic Farms, Mount Hood, Oregon, USA
Here’s another one of the most gorgeous wedding destinations in the United States – an organic farm with a truly stunning backdrop. You’ll be able to say your vows amidst the orchards, gardens, woods, ponds and lake of Mount Hood Organic Farms with three of the most iconic and breathtaking mountains in the Northwest in the background – Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and Mount Hood.
Plus, this is a great venue when it comes to food. They serve up a delicious spread of farm-to-table fare made with ingredients grown and raised on-site. YUM!
Victoria Baths Gala Pool, Manchester, UK
Victoria Baths is a beautifully preserved Edwardian swimming pool, with sweeping ceilings and ornate wall decorations. Talk about a unique, historic and intriguing place to host your wedding!
Ceremonies are possible in many of the different spaces within the elegant building. You can use the pools themselves or a Turkish Rest Room with stained glass windows, among other options.
Lake Bled Church, Slovenia
Lake Bled is the ultimate fairytale wedding venue. It’s a ridiculously scenic spot with a picture-perfect steeple rising from a tiny island in the middle of a sparkling lake, surrounded on all sides by snow-capped mountains.
If you have your ceremony in this iconic spot, you can ring the “Wishing Bell” for a lifetime of happy moments together. You could also be married at the medieval Bled Castle, which sits on a high rock overlooking the lake with views of the island and the church.
Dingli Cliffs Chapel, Malta
Travel to the coastal region of Dingli, Malta and you will find a truly stunning wedding location. The simple yet beautiful St. Mary Magdalene Chapel is perched on the edge of a sheer cliff, with stunning views out to sea.
This structure dates back to 1777 and was recently restored to accommodate weddings and events. If you have your wedding here you’ll be able to enjoy the gorgeous beaches, delicious local food and endless warm sunshine of Malta.
Turtle Bay Resort, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
The north shore of Oahu, Hawaii has a number of great venue sites – from the beach to the golf course. One of the most stunning locations for your wedding vows is the glass-walled wedding pavilion at Turtle Bay Resort. (Turtle Bay is the only hotel in the state of Hawaii that can guarantee couples a true, private beach wedding.)
This special spot is surrounded by soft breezes, sparkling sandy beaches and fragrant tropical blooms. You might even want to combine your wedding with a local honeymoon to stay as long as possible.
Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires, Argentina
If you want to have a truly grand wedding, arrange a luxurious affair at this gorgeous venue in Argentina. The 1932 Alvear Palace Hotel is known as one of the world’s most elegant and it is a symbol of Buenos Aires.
You don’t have to worry about the size of your guest list here, either. This hotel can accommodate up to 800 people. Plus, you’ll be able to dine on superb Argentinian wine, feast on some of the best steak in the world, and go on a horseback riding adventure in the countryside.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec, Canada
If you want a wedding that is “cool” and out of the ordinary, the Hotel de Glace is the perfect location for you. Although it might be made of ice, the one-of-a-kind romance of this venue will melt your heart.
Talk about a unique wedding venue! This chapel in Canada is actually made of 15,000 tons of snow and ice. If you get a little too cold, you can always warm up in the hot tub and sauna on site.
American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA
Imagine getting married alongside the world’s tallest free-standing dinosaur skeleton. Cool, right? Maybe not as cool as toasting your guests at a reception held underneath a suspended lifesize model of a Blue Whale, which you can also do here.
The famous American Museum of Natural History in New York is available for weddings and other events year-round. It’s a great choice for a couple who are passionate about science, history and the natural world. Your special day will really be a “Night at the Museum” to remember 😉
Labuan Island, Malaysia
Labuan is a tiny island off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. It’s a little remote , but once you get there you’ll discover a beautiful, secluded island ideal for a quiet, unspoiled destination wedding. Plus, the sunsets are spectacular!
There are many resorts on the island that offer destination wedding services. For example, Palm Beach Resort hosts weddings on their private beach and Tiara Labuan Hotel has beautiful ballrooms as well as an alfresco poolside wedding set-up.
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There are so many picture-perfect wedding locations around the world – you certainly won’t be lacking in options for your special day. The key is to think about what’s most important to you and your partner, so that you can design a wedding day that is unique to you.
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