Couples are abandoning the traditional large family, church wedding for exotic, vacation-style nuptials. Destination weddings have become increasingly popular for couples of all types due to their appeal and fun nature. In some cases, the large budget of a traditional wedding is more than they can take on, making a smaller destination wedding a more attractive choice. They combine the wedding, ceremony and honeymoon in one, making it an all-over smart decision. It combines the fun of a sunny vacation with the sweetness of a ceremony.
The Caribbean is a top destination for its picturesque white-sand beaches and mystical tropical rainforests. A Belize wedding ensures guests the opportunity to scuba dive among the diverse marine life in the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Forty percent of the reef is protected, according to mywedding.com, so it feels untouched by the outside world. Peaceful, serene, tropical, romantic, what more could you ask of a wedding?
I’ve also noticed a trend in wedding Caribbean cruises, and it’s easy to see why. With wedding, vacation, family gathering and honeymoon all rolled into one, it makes the perfect wedding story.
Escape to Mexico for a beautiful and spiritual wedding. Mexico is home to ancient Mayan ruins and many other spiritual places. Say “I Do” on the beach in a traditional Mayan wedding ceremony, complete with Shaman and the sand beneath your toes. Then travel the country to ruin after ruin, taking in centuries old culture and artifacts. Take a stroll through the seaside Mayan city of Tulum, where serenity and relaxation await.
The Aloha spirit is prevalent in the magical islands of Hawaii. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations, with over four million visitors to the island of Oahu in 2011 alone, according to hawaiitourismauthority.org. After the nuptials, you and your new husband could hang ten on the North Shore or snorkel at Sharks Cove (don’t worry, no sharks show up). For amazing sights and nature at every turn, take a hike up Diamondhead, Hawaii’s most iconic and well-known landmark. Record every memory with pictures and visit the ABC Store, which can be found on every corner in Waikiki.
The Islands of Tahiti seem out of a dream—palm-fringed beaches, white sand, turquoise-blue lagoons and breathtaking sunsets. Tahiti stretches over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and consists of 118 islands. When you think of paradise, do you envision bungalows smack dab in the center of crystal-clear waters? Tahiti will be a lifelong memory and the beautiful backdrop to any wedding ceremony.