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The Top Five 2018 Wedding Destinations

The Top Five 2018 Wedding Destinations

Congratulations, you’re engaged! In the coming months you’ll be preparing for one of the biggest milestones of your life, and with that comes a lot of decision-making. Today we’re here to help make one of those decisions a bit easier—picking the dream wedding destination. Last month we walked you through the five things you need before pursuing a travel wedding. Now, with the start of the new year, we’re sharing our picks for the top five wedding destinations in 2018.

The new year brings with it a chance for reflection and an opportunity to set one’s sights on what’s ahead. In looking ahead to wedding destinations for 2018, it is all about travel! Whereas prior years have been focused largely on European or Caribbean wedding destinations, 2018’s wedding planning is all about global exploration. As we head into the next year, we’re seeing couples seek more adventurous and once-in-a-lifetime weddings!

A destination wedding affords you an opportunity to soak up and enjoy every moment in your locale of choice. With that, here are the five wedding destinations that should be on your radar for 2018.


Thailand

Have your heart set on a romantic tropical escape? Break free from the standard destinations and head to Southeast Asia! Thailand is an ideal location for a romantic destination wedding. Full of opportunities for rich cultural and historical immersion, we love that Thailand has so much to offer a couple and their guests. We recommend an itinerary that includes indulging in a day of spa treatments, followed by delighting in the savory tastes and flavors of traditional cuisine. Consider exploring Koh Samui Four Seasons or The Surin Phuket for an intimate beach wedding.The best times for a wedding here are November thru February.

Want to be married legally outside the United States? Together a wedding planner and travel agent can help ensure that all the local marriage laws are understood, and that you’ll be ready to be legally married on your wedding day!


Iceland

Iceland has been on so many “must travel to” lists for a few years now, but is only now really becoming a hot wedding destination. With its stunning landscape and warm hospitality, Iceland is a strong wedding destination contender for many engaged couples. This wedding spot is ideal for the couple looking for a unique wedding location (remember when we suggested an Antarctica wedding cruise?). Peak times for a travel wedding here are June thru August.

While there is no shortage of venues available to host your wedding ceremony, we suggest taking advantage of the breathtaking natural vistas of Iceland for an immersive experience. Popular landscapes for an informal ceremony include Seljalandsfoss waterfall or Reynisfjara’s black sand beaches. After exchanging vows, unwind in the evening in one of Iceland’s famous hot springs, like The Blue Lagoon or The Secret Lagoon.

Intimidated by the prospect of planning an Icelandic wedding? As always, a professional wedding planner can be instrumental in helping plan a destination wedding to be on budget, on theme, and on brand with your overall vision.


Tanzania

In case you’ve been under a rock, let us be the first to share with you that Tanzania is hot for travel! Tanzania offers a number of opportunities to enjoy the Serengeti plains and animals, all while disconnecting and enjoying all the abundance of nature.

Personally, we love the Singita Sasakwa Lodge in the private Grumeti Reserve. The Lodge is the winner of numerous Condé Nast Traveler awards, and offers luxury accommodations. This destination is perfect for a couple looking for a wedding (or honeymoon) that is intimate, decadent, and offers a truly unparalleled wedding experience. During your stay, you and your partner can choose from a wealth of activities, including: community visits, game drives, spa treatments, guided safari walks, stargazing, and an anti-poaching observation post visit.

Plus, with a wealth of lodge offerings available via Singita in three African countries (Tanzania, South Africa, and Zimbabwe), you’ll be sure to find one that fits your wedding vision.


New Zealand

Made famous in the iconic film series, The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand is a hot spot for honeymoon travel, but is also becoming popular for weddings! The lush landscape and gorgeous coastal vistas will make the long airplane travel to this island nation worth it! Plus, keep in mind, it allows for a shorter jaunt to a number of tropical honeymoon destinations like Bora Bora.

New Zealand is perfect for the couple looking for exceptional wine, nature watching opportunities, hiking destinations, or simply an envy-inducing wedding photo backdrop! The island has no shortage of luxury venues to accommodate you and your guests. We suggest checking out Matakauri Lodge (just outside Queenstown) with its breathtaking lake and mountain views. Looking for something a bit more serene? Check out the North Island’s Wharekauhau Country Estate. Its website touts the property’s “broad blue sweep of Palliser Bay, framed by the rugged Rimutaka ranges makes for a superb back-drop to your wedding.”

Remember planning a destination wedding is not at all like planning a vacation! An experienced travel agent can help offer recommendations and insight, and be a leader for all travel logistic questions. Travel professionals assist in booking plans, reserving hotel blocks, acquiring any necessary visas, and saving you money. Agents also have connections with partners and clients, and can offer insider tips, special rates, and incentives for maximizing the value your trip.


Maldives

Looking for the ultimate beauty in secluded wedding destinations? Head to Maldives. Maldives is the lowest country in the world and home to a string of atolls. This jewel in the Indian Ocean offers no shortage of gorgeous beachfront properties for you to tie the knot. Maldives’ warm waters, ideal weather, and rays of sunshine ensure you’ll build a lifetime of memories in this paradise.

A favorite resort for us in the area is the One & Only Reethi Rah Maldives. One & Only goes beyond the expected white sand beach ceremony, to offer interesting activities to entertain you, your partner, and your guests. While staying on the property guests can elect to take art classes with a resident artist, rock climb, charter a luxury yacht, go diving, or hop on a seaplane.

Inspired and ready to travel? Make 2018 the best year yet with a dream destination wedding all your own! Remember, an experienced travel agent and wedding planner can help during the process. Experienced wedding professionals can help you find all the right wedding professionals and assist in coordinating travel, accommodations, decor, attire, and all the details in between. Happy New Year!

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