A destination wedding need not be a clichéd and(or) expensive affair. Mentioned below are our five best venues around the world that are perfect to say “I do” — whatever be your budget or taste.
Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica – For the budget conscious
There’s no need for a wedding in paradise to break the bank. The hotel Riu is lovely and located on a beautiful white-sand beach, just minutes from Montego Bay’s main pathway. Wedding packages at the Hotel Riu start at a mere US $1.7K that include a wedding coordinator, a beach ceremony, the reception and also the wedding cake. With relatively inexpensive rates, rooms begin at $200 (USD) for a three-night stay (this includes all meals and alcoholic beverages).
Helena Bay, New Zealand – An intimate experience
If you’re after a cozy and intimate vibe, the Helena Bay Lodge is hard to beat. A brand new boutique hotel with its own private stretch of pristine beach in New Zealand. With just five villas, the hotel allows only 10 guests on the property at a time, paring any overblown guest list down by default.
The blissfully remote location is an hour’s drive from the nearest town. It is ensconced amidst the wooded area of the North Island’s secluded northeast. With favorable weather permitting, ceremonies can even be held on the windswept beach, mere steps away from your villa.
Danang Sun Peninsula, Vietnam – For big events
The spacious and romantic InterContinental Resort sprawls across the lush hillside overlooking a private bay, with 197-rooms and all amenities in place for a large destination wedding. The rooms are spacious in a variety of configurations, be it traditional couples’ suites to family-accommodating villas with multiple bedrooms.
There’s plenty to keep guests occupied otherwise, including two pools in addition to the private beach and a long list of things to do like classes in lantern-crafting and trips to the nearby Hoi An. The facility also provides an in-house wedding coordinator, and events team is on hand to attend to the ceremony itself as well as every guests’ needs.
Leeds Castle, England – The medieval touch
With its towers, moat, drawbridge and scenic gardens, the historic Leeds Castle is the perfect location for a medieval wedding in the British countryside. Think of vast drawing rooms to toast champagne in, the grand ballroom to host the ceremony, followed by dinner and the wedding dance in the historic 13th-century King Henry VIII’s banquet hall.
The deciding factor: Newlyweds and guests can choose to spend the night in one of the castle’s elegant period bedrooms.
Tremezzo, Italy – A spellbinding ceremony
The Grand Hotel in Tremezzo boasts of a lush setting with a beautiful pool on Lake Como. The over-the-top luxury and postcard-perfect location of the palatial Grand Hotel makes it ‘the’ place to throw a celebrity-studded event.
There are options to hold the ceremony in either the hotel’s lush lake-front lawns or at the stunning 17th-century Villa Carlotta, located a mere stone’s throw away from the property. Following which, the guests can savor their dinner by candlelight at the La Terrazza ending the night with cocktails and accompanying revelry with optional fireworks at the lavish, lake-front L’Escale bar.
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