It’s not too late to run off into the sunset with your romantic partner for a winter getaway that is sure to have you believing in fairytales. According to experts, the end of year months are one of the most popular times for weddings, wedding proposals, and the ultimate island getaway. Don’t wait for the honeymoon to hit those white sands. Make is a destination wedding. Sixty percent of newlywed’s travel to a foreign country for their honeymoon, and spend triple what they would on a typical vacation. Why honeymoon for two, when you can invite 100 of your closest friends.
Your biggest challenge? Choosing just one of these amazing locations. Take a look at our top 8 trending places for 2015 weddings and a memorable getaway to kick off your new life together.
Just repeat the name Boorrr -aaa Boorrr-aaa, it’s calling you. Put the postcards aside and create your own. This tropical island in French Polynesia has been voted “the best island in the world” by U.S. news. It’s hard not to feel the romance soaking up sun in your over water bungalow in such a dreamy location. Whether you head for the famous Intercontinental, Four Seasons, or Sofitel, it will feel like your own private blue lagoon. Swim with sea turtles, explore barrier reefs, and take a massage for two after a busy day outdoors.
Each resorts has it’s own wedding packages to fit your style and budget, and help you happily take those vows in paradise. Happy exploring Mr. and Mrs. Robinson-Crusoe!
Tip: take some time to indulge in the Thalasso spa and pools at Intercontinental Thalasso. The only one in the region.
Said to be one of the friendliest islands to visit, there is an abundance of authenticity and culture from the Indonesian people to enjoy.
If you and your sweetie are the outdoorsy type, this may be just the adventure you’re looking for. Diving, surfing, beaches, hiking Rinjani (Indonesia’s second highest volcano) dance, festivals, nightlife, and oh….., the food. What more could a destination wedding want?
Bali wedding packages can be a bit more affordable that other locations, but do not overlook the details. Wedding planners abound, and if you are looking for that perfect white sand and turquoise waters for idealistic photos, try Secret Beach.
Tip: Hire a local to facilitate the local registry laws, and be aware that all couples who marry in Indonesia must declare a religion for the registry office. Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized.
The archipelago of Hawaii’s 8 islands are a short flight from most U.S. cities. It is still one of the most sought out destinations for wedding getaways, with year round temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s. Why wouldn’t you escape the 10 degree forecast in your local city?
There is a spiritual attraction surrounding Hawaii and the many oceanic and volcanic attractions that make Hawaii special. If you’re looking for the essential island experience you can visit the many heritage sites and volcano’s, but we may also suggest creating an unforgettable wedding moment promising your vows of love over glistening seaside waves with the Hawaiian deities watching over you.
You have your choice of wedding planners to book you an unforgettable experience on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, or The Big Island. It’s such an easy spot for your U.S. guest to travel to, you may be turning people away, and bonus —- no passport needed.
Tip: Use a local planner and experience the seasons. Airfares may be a bit cheaper in summer months, but there is no price on love, we suggest the Borrowed & Blue planners for a bit of advice.
Experience a lifestyle of wonderful food and sunshine with delicious food served alfresco on a breezy terrace. This is just the start, because Goa has an impressive scene of boutique restaurants, whimsical outdoors spaces, and lounge-y dining spots hidden among it’s history and cathedrals. The perfect romantic wedding can include an elephant ride to the beach, and a perfectly executed ceremony with your closest friends.
Many nationals and foreigners have come ashore to tie the knot, and even integrate a few traditional Indian wedding ceremonies of their own. If you’ve ever wanted to be treated like royalty at your wedding, this is the place to be. Adopt a few bright Indian colors, or wedding henna designs, within respect and reason, to your own wedding ritual.
Goa stays at the top of the most exotic locations, with stunning sunsets, and nightlife for the after party. What are you waiting for? Have you popped the question yet?
Tip:If you’re going the full route, with destination, catering and guests, try My Wedding Planning for tips and support.
Pure life abounds in Costa Rica and their dedication to clean beaches, eco-friendly living and an abundance of free roaming wild life. Who doesn’t want a troop of howler monkey’s at their hitching ceremony? That is sure to be one unforgettable moment, with some natural jungle sounds.
For many years running, Costa Rica has remained at the top of wedding destinations because of it’s ease of travel, short flights, and English speaking tourism staff. You will also have no shortage of wedding support, as there may be one wedding planner for every titi monkey in the country.
The Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, tops destination spots, with it’s long golden beaches, and secluded private spaces for the perfect beachy wedding. You will also be welcome at many local seafood spots, bars, clubs, and music venues mostly owned by expats. Don’t forget a tantalizing spa visit with Holis Spa. Feel free to add your wedding touches with a catered dinner on the beach, wishing lamp ceremony, fireworks display, or helicopter ride. Dream it, do it.
Tip: Try some long standing wedding planning services like, Sophia Chinchilla or Tropical Occasions.
There is approximately 1500 miles of coastline on which to pamper yourself for your tropical wedding getaway. While Vietnam may not have been on previous lists, it is becoming the trendy place to take those wedding vows. Once you arrive there are many resorts to choose from, play at, and make your personal getaway. The hospitality abounds with local people, but we would suggest learning a few key words in Vietnamese just the same. It is still behind most tourist regions. No doubt, South East Asia has some of the most beautiful locations to offer, that are still a secret to many.
Your wedding occasion can include your family and friends in some of the most romantic beach resorts around, and at a price you should take advantage of before this trend catches on and prices change.
Whether you want to visit the North or South, there are plenty of beautiful places to hold your destination wedding, including Da Nang or Hoi An beaches. Want to be among an elite few? Try Soon Dong Cave for your wedding party. It will require a guide and special permits, but there is no doubt luxury won’t be overlooked, and you will be among the few who have spent time in one of the world’s largest natural caves. It’s a wonder to behold, just like your matrimony.
Tip: Book your Soon Dong Cave outing far in advance and get a certified porter who can provide the full results.
Sri Lanka is a tiny island off the south of India, and one sometimes forgotten in terms of romantic getaways. If you are looking for an exotic retreat, think Sri Lanka. Temples, national parks, delicate eco-systems and elephant retreat projects are all part of life in Sri Lanka. You will fall in love with the tropical paradise they offer, along with the full service wedding packages available.
You will not have to influence your guests much to attend this emerald green paradise in the Indian Ocean. Wedding packages are reasonable and hospitality is always found, including a team of experts to make you feel ready for your special day. Hair, makeup, lights,,,,,ready. Be assured your bride will have what she needs, and a spa to get away to, plus you can be part of supporting the eco-system of the marine turtles species in these locations.
Tip: Try Turtle Bay, an eco-friendly resort that provides wedding packages, and supports the local marine life.
You may begin to think we have a penchant for Indian Ocean destinations, but the truth is they are some of the most amazing visual encounters, and romantic wedding spots we have found.
There are many award winning resorts in Mauritius to choose from as it’s made it’s way onto the international map of luxury, including Four Seasons, Oberoi, and Lux Le Morne. Accustomed to tourism, and showcasing their island as a wealthy destination with tons to do, locals can ensure every detail of your destination getaway is taken care of. This will be an unforgettable holiday with a beach for two. Stop off at the spa, or experience the local culture of Mauritius at the Oberoi Hotel, just to start.
Tip: Avoid the January to March months here, as it is cyclone season, and your wedding vows deserve the perfect weather offered the rest of the year.