Destination Weddings That Are Not In The Caribbean

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A des­ti­na­tion wed­ding is real­ly the Holy Grail of wed­dings. And for good rea­son. Your wed­ding is one of the most impor­tant events in your life with the most impor­tant peo­ple, so you might as well do it in a des­ti­na­tion that’s of equal importance.At the top of your des­ti­na­tion wed­ding lists is prob­a­bly the Caribbean, which is also at the top of every­one else’s list, since it’s often con­sid­ered the wed­ding des­ti­na­tion. Below you’ll find five wed­ding des­ti­na­tions around the world that offer an alter­na­tive to the token Caribbean des­ti­na­tion wed­ding.

HAWAII, THE BIG ISLAND

Hawaii has all of the perks of a Caribbean vaca­tion, but with none of the wor­ries, most notably the absence of hur­ri­canes and pass­port con­trol. While Maui and Kauai are often thought of as the most roman­tic islands, Hawaii, the Big Island, lets you prop­er­ly spread out and get the pri­va­cy and seren­i­ty you want, but don’t always get from the oth­er islands since it’s so much larg­er. Get mar­ried with your toes in the sand on the Koha­la Coast at the Fair­mont Orchid or for some­thing even more non-tra­di­tion­al, share your vows horse­back in the uplands of Waimea.

FLORIDA KEYS

Few places in the U.S. offer the beau­ti­ful year-round weath­er and trop­i­cal feel that comes with the Flori­da Keys. A wed­ding in the Flori­da Keys can range from a grandiose resort wed­ding, such as what you’ll find at some of the Key West hotels, like the Key West Mar­riott Beach­side Hotel, to some­thing more inti­mate, such as a water­front wed­ding at the Key Largo Light­house. Just remem­ber that like the Caribbean, the Flori­da Keys are prone to hur­ri­canes dur­ing the sum­mer months.

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AMALFI COAST, ITALY

Great Ital­ian food, world-class wine, and pris­tine views; the Amal­fi Coast real­ly sells itself. This is your icon­ic Europe wed­ding, with wed­ding venues that can range from a Capri beach club to a vil­la atop the cliffs at the Vil­la Eva in Rav­el­lo to ter­raced gar­dens perched above the Amal­fi Coast at the Bel­mond Hotel Caru­so. Just remem­ber that if you’re plan­ning a sum­mer wed­ding, that’s when every­one else is vis­it­ing the Amal­fi Coast, too. Plan accord­ing­ly. Go big or go home, right?

GULF OF PAPAGAYO, COSTA RICA

What’s great about Cos­ta Rica is that it affords all of the ben­e­fits of Latin Amer­i­ca (cul­ture, scenery, and cus­toms) but with­out the con­cerns (such as safe­ty and health) that come from oth­er Latin Amer­i­ca coun­tries. The Gulf of Papa­gayo makes for a great wed­ding des­ti­na­tion because it feels so seclud­ed, yet is a short dri­ve from resort beach towns like Playa Her­mosa and Coco. It fea­tures a num­ber of lux­u­ry hotels with wed­ding venues, includ­ing the Andaz Penin­su­la Papa­gayo and the Four Sea­sons.

LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE

If you’re look­ing for an amaz­ing des­ti­na­tion, but want to stray away from the beach, cen­tral France is just as pic­turesque and mag­i­cal. Paris may be the “City of Love,” but why not com­bine the city of love with the “Gar­den of France,” just a cou­ple hours from Paris and lined with vine­yards and cas­tles. A UNESO World Her­itage site, the Loire Val­ley cap­tures the romance and allure of a wed­ding in France, but with a coun­try­side back­drop. Many of the cas­tles and vine­yards dou­ble as wed­ding venues, mak­ing it all seem very fairy­tale-like, which is only appro­pri­ate since the inspi­ra­tion for Sleep­ing Beau­ty, Château d’Ussé, is locat­ed in the Loire Val­ley. Plan on a late spring or ear­ly fall wed­ding if you want to beat the crowds.

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