5 Island Wedding Destinations Not In The Caribbean

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It should come as a sur­prise to no one that the Caribbean is one of the top spots for a des­ti­na­tion wed­ding, but with all its upside, like acces­si­bil­i­ty and price, it also comes with down­sides, such as hur­ri­cane sea­son and a bot­tle­neck of peo­ple who are also plan­ning trips there. Here are five alter­na­tive island wed­ding des­ti­na­tions that are just as fab­u­lous:

KAUAI

All of Hawaii’s islands make great wed­ding des­ti­na­tions, how­ev­er, Kauai seems to offer an inti­ma­cy and quiet­ness that you don’t always get on the oth­er islands. Even still, vis­i­tors have access to great lux­u­ry hotels that make for beau­ti­ful venues, such as the Sher­a­ton Kauai and Kaua’i Mar­riott Resort, which both offer beau­ti­ful back­drops. For some­thing more upscale, there’s the St. Reg­is Princeville Resort, char­ac­ter­ized by beau­ti­ful moun­tain­ous and ocean­front views.

BERMUDA

Bermu­da often gets over­looked since it’s so far off main­land Amer­i­ca, locat­ed sev­er­al hun­dred miles due east of the Car­oli­nas, yet that’s often just the exclu­siv­i­ty you want from your wed­ding. Nonethe­less, Bermu­da offers some of the same exclu­siv­i­ty and bud­get-friend­li­ness of the Caribbean, such as direct and one-stop flights can be as low as $400 from the East Coast. Some of the best wed­ding hotels in Bermu­da include a cou­ple of Fair­mont prop­er­ties, includ­ing the Hamil­ton Princess and Beach Club, one of the most his­toric Fair­mont prop­er­ties, which dates back to 1885.

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WHITSUNDAYS

For a buck­et list type of wed­ding, there are the Whit­sun­day Islands in Queens­land, Aus­tralia. Char­ac­ter­ized by 74 islands, the Whit­sun­days are per­haps most known for their prox­im­i­ty to the Great Bar­ri­er Reef, mak­ing for a great adven­ture hon­ey­moon. Of the 74 islands, Hamil­ton Island is one of the best for wed­dings, since it’s the largest. It’s home to a num­ber of pic­turesque venues, such as the lux­u­ri­ous Qualia Resort, which Tay­lor Swift and her entire crew have been guests of. For a real­ly unique Aus­tralian wed­ding, do a “rent-a-yacht” wed­ding.

MALDIVES

Con­rad Mal­dives Ran­gali Island, one of the only places you can prop­er­ly have an under­wa­ter wed­ding, since it’s home to Ithaa, the world’s only under­sea water chapel (don’t wor­ry, you and your guests don’t get wet). Oth­er great wed­ding hotels include the Four Sea­sons Resort at Kuda Huraa and Lan­daa Giraavaru.

SAN JUAN ISLANDS

Serene, off­beat and beau­ti­ful, the San Juan Islands often get over­looked as a des­ti­na­tion, with its loca­tion in the Pacif­ic North­west. Yet it’s a des­ti­na­tion many Amer­i­cans nev­er vis­it, let alone get mar­ried on. Here you have your pick of unique back­drops, from get­ting mar­ried in a field of laven­der at Pelind­a­ba Laven­der Farm to a light­house wed­ding at Lime Kiln Soci­ety Light­house to a hotel wed­ding, such as Rosario Resort and Spa on Orcas Island. The largest of the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island offers the largest vari­ety of wed­ding venues.

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