If you and your partner are planning a destination wedding, you’re probably picturing an exotic locale in some fantastic vacation spot. While many people tend to host their destination weddings at beach-y locations, you might be looking for something a bit more unique. After all, not everyone loves to have sand in their shoes. If you’re looking to say “I do” and “Bon Voyage” simultaneously in an under-the-radar spot, here are some ideas where to look.
Since it’s one of the major art and history capitals of Europe and the birthplace of the Renaissance, it’s safe to say there’s romance and beauty in Florence around just about any corner. Thanks to its stunning scenic views of rolling hills, vineyards, and breathtaking architecture, there’s a ‘grammable backdrop at every turn. Not to mention, Florence is home to some of the best Italian cuisine and, of course, vino—so you can count on your reception’s menu to be “molto delizioso!” And since everyone pretty much has Italy on their travel bucket list, you should have no trouble convincing your friends and family to go.
Interested in a bohemian wedding with some of the most stunning views of the desert and mountains? Then you’ll definitely want to check out locations in and around Phoenix. Many venues feature dazzling views of all of Arizona’s natural wonders, including everything from cacti, sand, desert rocks, brush, valleys, and distant mountains.
If you want to do a beach wedding but prefer a unique locale, then Costa Rica should be on your list. In addition to beautiful beaches between its Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, the country is home to lush rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanoes. There are plenty of activities to fill your days, from snorkeling and surfing to exploring the diverse ecosystems of the region. If you’re looking for a sense of adventure to your big day, then this is your place to be.
Napa Valley, California
With stunning rolling hills of vineyards, warm weather, and some of the best wine and food in the world, it’s no wonder that Napa Valley is a go-to destination for betrothed couples. While it’s definitely a must-see place on its own, Napa is also a great alternative to Italy that’s not quite as far. So say yes to this paradise on the West Coast and indulge your inner gourmand.
Disney World, Orlando, Florida
It doesn’t matter how old you are—pretty much everyone can enjoy Disney World. Most importantly, everyone loves to fall in love or be in love in the most magical place on earth. Which is why the theme park has its own “Fairy Tale Weddings” website that includes everything from wedding planning services to a bridal boutique. It’s pretty much a given that your day will be as enchanting as a fairy tale at the House of Mouse.
Prince Edward Island, Canada
Red sandy beaches, green rolling hills, the roaring ocean, and fresh seafood—sounds pretty fantastic, right? Which is why Prince Edward Island, otherwise known as the home of Anne of Green Gables, continues to be a popular wedding destination for both Canadians and Americans. And with its array of cute inns and B&Bs, there’s no shortage of lodging for your guests.
What could be more beautiful than exchanging vows in front of one of the most majestic mountainous views? Then, of course, there’s the beauty of Mother Nature surrounding it all. If that sounds like your jam, then you should definitely consider Yosemite, California. This location is not only great year-round, but it has that extra dose of coziness around the cooler months which makes it an ideal setting for a fall or winter wedding. Yosemite is definitely a must for nature lovers—and all lovers in general.
The Cotswolds, England
Quaint English countrysides are what Pinterest vision boards are made for, which is why the Cotswolds is a lovely location for a wedding. With quintessential English villages, rural market towns, and classic stone houses and castles (and of course the beautiful natural surroundings), it’s no wonder that this location is a delightful spot for couples to make it official.
As the list above suggests, you don’t have to go with the tried-and-true destinations for your special day. There are many gorgeous places to choose from when it comes to having the destination wedding of your dreams, so go ahead and spin the globe! You will definitely land on a unique place for your beautiful celebration of love.