10 Dreamy Destination Wedding Locations
While destination weddings might not be happening tomorrow, it’s important to maintain a sense of wanderlust during this time. Some couples opt for a destination wedding to add adventure to their big day, bringing their closest family and friends together with a beautiful backdrop. Whether you are dreaming of your next trip or are deciding where in the world to wed, check out the below destinations to find the perfect spot.
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1. Positano, Italy
Considered the jewel of the Amalfi Coast, Positano is a well-known cliffside village with Moorish-style architecture, boutique-lined streets and epic coastal views. With grand villas, panoramic restaurants and fragrant flowers everywhere, this destination oozes romance everywhere you look.
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2. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
San Miguel is a magical city known for its baroque Spanish architecture, thriving arts scene, colorful haciendas and cultural festivals. In the city’s historic, cobblestoned center lies the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, whose dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza, El Jardín. San Miguel is a fun destination for your guests to explore, known for its rooftop bars and flavorful cuisine.
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3. Franschhoek, South Africa
An exotic alternative to Northern California’s wine country, Cape Town has stunning winelands that boast the perfect place for a destination wedding. Surrounded by towering mountains and stunning flowering vistas, Franschhoek is home to centuries-old vineyards, a thriving arts community, Cape Dutch architecture and some of South Africa’s best eats.
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4. Cala Blava, Spain
Cala Blava blends the best of a sleepy Spanish beach retreat with the draw of a cosmopolitan city break. From dazzling blue water to prehistoric villages, the town is an exotic getaway to experience lively sights, dynamic culture and tasty cuisine.
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5. Marrakech, Morocco
Marrakech is perfect for the bohemian bride with a sense of adventure. The magical city has extraordinary architecture, medieval palaces and romantic gardens full of vivid colors. For the ultimate foodies, Marrakech offers a diverse range of cuisine, from traditional Moroccan dishes to European-inspired meals, and plenty of local red wine.
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6. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff surrounded by vivid red-rock buttes, picturesque steep canyon walls and enchanting pine forests. The best time of year for an Arizona wedding is from March to May when the temperatures are warm but not scorching, and the area is in full bloom.
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7. Phuket, Thailand
For a tropical change of scenery, Phuket has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mainly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea is known for its fine white sands, nodding palm trees, lively towns and glittering seas.
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8. Lanai, Hawaii
The smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, Lanai is a serene, remote and idyllic place to have a wedding. Originally an island-wide pineapple plantation, Lanai now is known for its quiet beauty, majestic views and wealth of sea creatures, including Hawaii’s famous spinner dolphins.
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9. Newport, Rhode Island
A nautical town of historical elegance, Newport is known for the Gilded Age mansions lining Bellevue Avenue, some of which are now museums. Think The Great Gatsby meets a yacht-filled harbor. However luxe this location may seem, it still has a cozy feel of a smaller hometown.
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10. Southern California
In Southern California, the weather is pretty much perfect all year round, with weddings happening every month. Our personal favorite place should come with no surprise – the secluded oceanfront, Rancho Palos Verdes. Wayfarers Chapel is of course our venue of choice, the picturesque location overlooking sea bluffs and enshrouded by towering green trees and lush gardens. The glass chapel is the perfect venue for an intimate wedding, providing a stunning backdrop to your big day. For more information on weddings at Wayfarers, click here.