By Becky D Ziemba
There was never a bride who did not dream of a perfect wedding —a beautiful dress, three-tiered creamy white cake, and that perfect kiss, which binds her with the love of her life. The trends in the wedding market indicate that one in every four weddings happening all over the world is opting for a destination wedding. Destination wedding is the perfect stage for couples to have their marriage far away from the annoying crowd, with only the loved ones as witnesses to the sacred ceremony.
Destination weddings are popular mainly because depending on the location and budget, you can turn it into a grand upscale event, and customize it with a combination of vacations, hotels memorable stays, games and other events, ceremonies and honeymoon. The event can last anywhere between three days to a week. It also provides opportunity to have fun and happiness in stress-free environments. What better way than this to start one’s marital life!
Let us look at some exotic places, which could be the location of your dream wedding.
The Island of Hawaii
Aloha! And that, my dear friends is the simple and popular form of greeting each other in this exotic land.
There are mainly eight big islands, which could be the perfect place for your picture-perfect wedding. Literally. It is a guarantee that photographs will be Instagram-Facebook-ready and you can forget all about filters and photo editing apps.
What do you have in mind? Sunsets? Check. Beaches? Double check. Exotic dinners, vacation spots, spa, water and adventure spots? Check, check and check. All the main islands — Oahu, Kauai, Maui, The Big Island, Molokai, Lanai — have several hotels and resorts that are available at your disposal for hosting The Grand Wedding of your dreams. Some of the popular hotels that host destination weddings in the state are Turtle Bay Resort, Kualoa Ranch, Loulu Palm, Shipwreck Beach, Hanalei Bay on the North Shore, and Kahua Ranch.
Agreed, the first image that strikes when you imagine a wedding at Hawaii is obviously a serene beach ceremony. However, the tropical paradise of this volcanic archipelago offers other options too with lush green meadows, flower-filled gardens, and hillsides. These choices include ceremonies in oriental-style gardens or with waterfalls in the background. If you are feeling more adventurous, there is of course, underwater wedding. The ceremony can also have unique live music or traditional Hawaiian ballads, and the Hawaiian or the Polynesian show, which includes drummer and fire-knife dancer, making the wedding an unforgettable experience.
If ‘when in Rome…’ indicates we should dress like a Roman; then you can also choose from wedding packages that allow you to wed in the Hawaiian style. The groom wears ‘leis’ (garland) of maile while bride wears ‘pikeke’. Bride can also have a ‘haku head lei’ (headband) or blossoms in the hair and an ankle haku if it is a barefoot ceremony. Guess, it’s time to check out how to say ‘I love you’ in Hawaiian language…
Imagine standing on the sandy beach, holding the hand of your better-half, surrounded by turquoise-colored sea; or a hilltop, or a yacht, or a peaceful Buddhist temple; and reciting the vows till death do us part and beyond….
That is Thailand for you. Krabi— located near the south sea of Thailand— is a wedding planner’s dream destination. It offers myriad of wedding avenues like beaches, Buddhist Temples, Churches, Elephant back gardens, yachts, villas, waterfalls, etc. Couples planning wedding or only renewal of their vows; there is much to choose from the beautiful country of Thailand.
You can marry in any style you want at Krabi —Western, Thai, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, even Non-religious. Some of the major locations that attract wedding couples in Krabi include Railay Beach, Rai Island, Phi Phi Island, Pakbia Island, Noppharat Thara, Koh Nok Island, Lanta Island, Ko Jum Island, and Bamboo Island.
Several hotels here offer inclusive packages that are theme-based; either traditional Thailand style with all its salient features or a western-style white wedding, and other arrangements like location set up, sound systems, decorations, make-ups, flower, and photography. It also provides accommodation options from honeymoon style suite for married couple to modest rooms and bungalows for family and friends. Some of the popular hotels offering destination wedding packages include Ban Sai Nai Resort, Beach Terrace Hotel, Amari Vogue, etc.
Mountains, rainforests and reef-lined beaches – That’s Jamaica’s gift on your wedding. The most popular destination for weddings is the Negril Cliffs, which is indeed a must-see sight in the world. Though it is most popular for nightlife and parties, it still makes it to the list of popular destination wedding locations. Reggae Horseback Riding, Jungle Night Club Roots Bamboo and Seven Mile Beach, which are ranked among the top 10 beaches in the world, are some of the major attractions of Negril.
Exchanging or renewing vows on a Catamaran cruise on Jamaican waters is an exciting way to celebrate the wedding ceremony. Couples get an opportunity to sail, with the famous Negril sunset as the backdrop to create a romantic evening for the special event. You can also choose other locations like mountain cliffs and tropical forest areas to exchange vows.
Azul Beach Resort Sensatori, located on the Seven Mile Beach, has special package for couples. Its unique Sky Wedding location offers a stunning 360-degree view from the private roof-top terrace. The Moon Dance Cliffs Hotel, Beaches Negril Resort & Spa, Catch a Falling Star are some of the other major hotels popular among couples and wedding planners.
Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, California
Are you already confused on which place to select? California must be the one you are looking for.
The Napa and Sonoma Valley in California is nothing but a piece of paradise with its stunning landscapes, rolling hills, lush valleys and acres of vineyards that are perfect for romantic wedding ceremonies. You can pick from a variety of settings like ranches, or wineries and get married in the conventional, rustic, and old charm way. Ceremonies will be held under the cool natural shade of redwood trees, with only the most intimate people around you to witness the sacred ceremony. What better way to evoke and re-affirm family ties, traditions and love for one another in the most natural of the ways.
One of the most popular destination wedding locations in Sonoma is the Vintners Inn. They have a variety of different settings for weddings both small and large, indoors and outdoors. SpringHill Suites Napa Valley and Fairview Napa are the other destinations that are highly preferred to host weddings.
India is a land of many wonders and diversity. When it comes to destination weddings, Jaipur steals the show with its rich, opulent palaces that leaves the guests wondering about the royal prince and princess who must have lived in these flamboyant chambers every day. Jaipur, the largest city of Rajasthan, is studded with pink palaces and forts that reminds of the glorious regal past. Rambagh Palace, Jai Mahal Palace, Oberoi Raj Vilas, Shiv Niwas Palace, Hotel Le Meridien are some of the excellent locations that hold extravagant weddings. Heritage venues like Mandawa Haveli, Khandwa Haveli, Lal Mahal Palace, Samode Haveli are also available for destination weddings.
For those who are in search of serene and quiet locations can opt for Kerala and exchange their wedding vows overlooking the backwaters of Alleppey. The secluded beaches of the Andaman is also very popular among couples and has all inclusive — right from arranging the wedding ceremony, to caterers, florists and decorators— wedding packages.
Now that it is easier to decide on locations, go ahead with finalizing the details of the wedding plans. Do not forget to make sure that your planner is up-to-date with the application procedures at your most favorite location — the passports, language dictionaries, currency matters, affidavits and authorization certificates, if any, and details of the waiting period for validating the ceremony held on the island, prior to saying your vows.
Happy Wedding! And Happy Married Life!!!
About the author:
Becky D Ziemba is a freelance blogger who likes to talk about many things, like health, environment, leisure, entrepreneurs, and businesses through interesting, and shareable blog posts. When she is not writing, you’ll find her spending time with her 2 little boys. You can read more of her works here.