Planning a wedding in paradise? If you’re getting married abroad, nothing is more magical or romantic than a beach wedding. Undeniably popular, this setting is many couples’ dreams. After all, a glorious white beach, turquoise sea, and bright blue sky is hard to beat as a wedding destination! So, here are our top 12 destinations for the ultimate beach wedding!
From the Great Barrier Reef to the rugged outback, Australia has every possible backdrop you could want, including stunning beaches! Australia has five major cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane, which are all located on or near the coast. The expansive coastline boasts countless beach wedding locations, as well as upscale eateries influenced by Europe, Asia, and homegrown spicing. And don’t forget to sample the local, world-class wines!
This collection of 700 paradise islands has a beach wedding for every taste. You can enjoy complete privacy by renting your own island, or host hundreds of your favorite people at a mega-resort! Nassau and Paradise Island are two of the most touristy destinations, while more remote areas such as Harbor Island and the Exumas tend to feel more relaxed.
Basking in the Meditteranean sun, Cyprus is one of the most popular wedding locations in the world! Nicknamed ‘the island of love’, it boasts breathtaking beaches, picturesque coastal villages, and fantastic food. Cyprus is absolutely perfect for couples dreaming of a romantic beach wedding followed by partying the night away at a fun-filled wedding reception!
Made up of about 300 islands, Fiji is the definition of tropical paradise. It is known for its friendly people, lush foliage and rich sea life; creating an alluring, castaway tranquility. Fiji is the ideal destination for couples seeking exotic culture and unspoiled beaches for their beach wedding.
Florida offers several distinct beach wedding locations. First, the Florida Keys. This 110-mile chain of islands offers a laid-back tropical island setting combined with an old-Florida vibe. Packed with wildlife, the islands are surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. So, there's no shortage of white-sand beaches! Or, there is Miami, with its art-deco architecture and picturesque sands. A perfect backdrop for your beach wedding photos!
Greece has countless spots that are ideal for an unforgettable wedding celebration. As well as the delicious cuisine and clear-blue seas, breathtaking settings such as Santorini offer some of Greece’s prettiest beaches for a luxurious beach wedding.
Hawaii is made up of many beautiful islands. The Big Island is (of course) the largest island and offers incredibly diverse locations. The landscape varies dramatically, so you'll have your choice of backdrops to your beach wedding. For example, the Kona coast to the west has a lunar-like landscape, while the north and east coasts are wet and super-lush. Maui is perhaps the most romantic Hawaiian island, thanks to its numerous waterfalls. But it also has some of the best beaches in the world, ideal for a beach wedding. Kauai is known as the "Garden Isle" for its incredibly lush tropical landscape. Perfect for those looking for a more secluded wedding spot to tie the knot, the island's southern coast is perpetually sunny, making it ideal for beach weddings. Oahu is the liveliest island, home to Honolulu and Waikiki. Despite these metropolitan areas, Oahu is still packed with lots of natural beauty and native culture.
A spectacular island paradise, Mauritius has stunning volcanic landscapes, sandy, tranquil beaches, and Tiffany-blue waters. You’re guaranteed picture-perfect photos to keep for the rest of your life. Want to combine your beach wedding with an adventure? Pre or post-ceremony activities can include scuba diving, boat trips to deserted islands, and trips in rainforest-cloaked mountains. The food is also magnificent, a heady mix of French, Creole, Indian, Chinese and African cuisines.
Mexico boasts several perfect wedding destinations. Los Cabos stretches along the southernmost coast of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is made up of a string of cozy hotels, winding horse trails, and white-sand beaches. You can also take a boat ride to a private beach or cove to say your vows. Looking for something a little different? Enter your beach ceremony by horse, or make the release of baby sea turtles part of your wedding program! Or, the coastal stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula along the Mexican Caribbean mixes ancient Mayan ruins with palm-fringed beaches to give your wedding a real tropical feel. Whether you want to relax or have an adventure, Mexico is ideal for a beach wedding!
Tahiti is a magical place, famous for its picturesque landscape packed with palms, vivid blooms and stunning rainforests. Of course, there are also glorious beaches just perfect for a beach wedding. As a bonus, it gets relatively few tourists. For example, more people visit Hawaii in 10 days than visit Tahiti in a year! So you can enjoy your beach wedding in blissful solitude.
This exotic gem is filled with ornate palaces, tasty food, and rich wildlife. The beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and luxe resorts of destinations like Phuket and Koh Samui are why Thailand is an absolutely magnificent destination for a beach wedding.
Turkey is an increasingly popular wedding destination. Resorts host thousands of beach weddings every year for couples seeking an idyllic location. The Blue Lagoon is an ideal place to tie the knot overlooking the mesmerising blue waters.
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