Beat the Cold: 9 Top Places for a Destination Wedding

Check out our favorite destination wedding spots, and get ready to pack your bags. From the beaches of New Zealand to the romantic countryside of France, these resorts and hotels are filled with culture, breathtaking views, and spectacular venues for your special day. Pro tip: Be sure to look up the marriage laws for the country you're wanting to get married in before you book anything.

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Intercontinental Ishigaki Resort

If you're looking for a completely unique venue for your destination wedding then check out the ANA Intercontinental Ishigaki Resort in Ishigaki, Japan. Located only 20 minutes from the Ishigaki Airport, this incredible resort features several amenities including a spa, pool, and restaurants. Have your ceremony right on the beach and then head to the Maesato Ballroom—the largest event space in the city—for an unforgettable reception. Your photos will look incredible with the stunning Pacific Ocean as a backdrop, and your guests will have plenty of activities thanks to the hotel's concierge guide. Surround yourself with tradition, culture, and tourist attractions before and after your special day and have more than a wedding, have an experience.

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

With its beautiful islands, it's no surprise Hawaii makes our list. Our choice destination: the Outrigger Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Like several Hawaiian hotels, this resort features beach activities, delicious restaurants, and oceanfront rooms, but it also makes planning your wedding easier by offering four different wedding packages. Choose an intimate ceremony with 10 guests or go up to the Hibiscus package which accommodates 40 people. Whichever option you choose you'll get your photographer, coordinator, venue, and more in one bundle. Bonus: If you love the location, extend your stay and with their honeymoon package. Cuddle together with breakfast in bed, explore the island, and simply kick-off your newlywed life in paradise.

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Hotel Balcon de Europa

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and Sierra Almijara mountain range, Nerja, Spain is a spectacular place for your destination wedding. As far as hotels go, we recommend staying at Hotel Balcon de Europa. This grand hotel holds multiple dining rooms that seat up to 250 people so feel free to invite the whole family for your special day. Be sure to give yourself several days after the wedding so you and your new hubby can explore the tourist town of Nerja. Dine at delicious restaurants, shop at boutiques, and enjoy a horse ride on the beach, there's so much for you two to experience!

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MarBella Corfu Hotel

Located in Corfu, Greece, you'll enjoy the beautiful view of the Ionian Sea and the historic culture through dining, cuisine, architecture, and more at the MarBella Corfu Hotel. We know planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but thanks to their wedding package you can let their experienced hotel staff handle the details so you and your spouse to be can enjoy the experience instead of coordinating details. The package gives you the royal treatment with a welcoming reception, one-night stay at the resort, and flavorful breakfast for your first day as newlyweds. Whether you want a glamorous banquet or a more simple affair, this resort has all the accommodations with multiple ballrooms, private chapel, and seaside restaurants.

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Bellevue Syrene

Instead of planning a rustic Italian themed wedding, go there. The Bellevue Syrene has everything you and your future hubby could want—spectacular beach views, an expert wedding planner, delicious food—all inside the city of Sorrento. Choose between the Villa Pompeiana terrace or Mimmo Jodice room for your reception. Both spaces are filled with the charm and character of Italy and offer unforgettable views of the Gulf of Naples and Sorrento skyline. Don't forget to enjoy the other amenities this hotel has to offer like its countless of community rooms, Club Lounge, Winter Garden, and pool.

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The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments

A New Zealand wedding is perfect for those who love adventure. Queenstown specifically wins our hearts for its jaw-dropping beauty, unique restaurants, and countless things to do. From skydiving and caving to skiing and rafting, you two will love exploring the terrain of this Oceania hotspot. Our choice for venue: The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments. Its rooms are set up to feel like apartments with a kitchen, full bath, and plenty of space for getting ready and planning. You can tie the knot inside their beautiful ballroom, or say "I do" right on the mountaintop with their helicopter package. Regardless of where you tie the knot, there's no doubt your wedding will be unforgettable at this luxury resort.

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The Ritz-Carlton - Aruba

For the ultimate beach wedding, head to The Ritz-Carlton in Aruba. This beautiful resort includes five distinct venues for you to choose from. Get married right on Palm Beach, walk down the Eternity Bridge at sunset, or have a smaller ceremony inside The Rembrandt room. With several reception areas including an outdoor lawn and immaculate ballroom, you can plan the wedding of your dreams. Wake up to the sounds and scents of the ocean and fully relax with their on-site spa; this resort is all about pampering you, especially for your special day. Wanting a break from the attention? Sneak away to museums or marketplaces in the city and experience the art and culture of Aruba.

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The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa

Not only is Fiji a wonderful spot for your honeymoon, but it also offers a great backdrop for your destination wedding. With pristine beaches and clear blue waters, your photos will look incredible. We recommend hosting your special at The Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa. Whether you want a casual reception on the beach or a more formal affair in a ballroom, this resort has you covered. After your wedding, enjoy some leisurely activities like scuba excursions, spa treatments, and luxury dining experiences at one of the 17 on-site restaurants. Pro tip: Plan for a longer stay so you can save money on flights and book your wedding and honeymoon in one stunning spot.

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Le Grand Hotel Cabourg

Although a legal marriage in France requires you to jump through some hoops, you can still have a destination wedding in the romantic location. Have your actual ceremony at home, then pack your bags and fly off to the Le Grand Hotel Cabourg for a symbolic celebration. This gorgeous hotel sits right on the edge of the Le Balbec sea, and is one of the only upscale hotels on the Normandy coast with direct beach access. Enjoy countless of amenities including a spa, casino, and buffet, and relax in spacious rooms overlooking the sea or gardens. Don't forget to pack your wedding dress and his tuxedo! This stunning venue gives you romantic and breathtaking backdrops for your wedding photos.

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