Destination Weddings: Most Desirable Locations

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Destination weddings have grown to be a popular choice when deciding on the location and venue to tie the knot.  The allure of jetting off to a scene less familiar than one’s own back yard seems to be the primary source of  inspiration.  Brides and grooms are generally equally excited about destination weddings.  Destination weddings offer the opportunity to inject fantasy or enjoy an exotic location amongst friends and family.   Check out these and other top desirable locations.  Then prepare to submit your wedding date details for the perfect destination save the date magnets .


Cabo San Lucas, Mexico












Cabo San Lucas has become the most popular international location for Americans tying the knot.  It has quite a few reasons for emerging as such.  One is that the wedding is legal in the United States as long as it’s performed by a judge.  The paperwork for the license is very simple.  You just fill it out ahead of time, arrive a few days early to do a blood test, and that is it.  Another is that most places in Cabo accept American dollars.  Most everyone speaks English.  There are many  hotels in Cabo,  you can accommodate all of your guests.   Most appreciated is the fact that you’re close to being guaranteed perfect weather any time of year.

The  Capella Pedregal is a stylish venue for you to consider.  The guestrooms are equipped with  private plunge pools for your pleasure at any time during your stay. The Auriga spa offers treatments where couples can book a number of couple’s treatments in the 12,000 square-foot spa, which consists  of floating pods and suites that open to the outdoor spa pool area.

Beyond the breathtaking scenery, Cabo San Lucas offers many dining choices and several activities such as golf, , surfing, snorkeling, hiking, and jet skiing.  You can also find quiet areas like  Zihuatanejo which is further south for a more intimate experience.


Muir Beach, California












Muir Beach is near the Golden Gate Bridge heading from San Francisco.  This Oceanside landscape is a paradise that host the famous redwood trees of Muir Woods.  The sunsets are beautiful and perfect backdrop for a ceremony.   Be sure and make your reservation well in advance, you’ll find that it is not very expensive.  The Muir Beach Overlook is also available for booking.

The Pelican Inn is located in the area and an option for the reception which you can perhaps marry on the lawn. The inn has a planning team that will take care of details such as basic flower arrangements, set-up, service, and catering.  There is a glass-roofed conservatory with lighting fit for a nice dinner and toasting sessions, which can easily convert to a dance floor.

Since the inn is very small, consider spending your wedding night at the Sausalito which is nearby in the iconic Casa Madrona.   There you will have views of the bay and San Francisco skyline from your window.  The Mill Valley Inn and the Lodge at Tiburon are examples of other accommodations that are located in the surrounding area.  You won’t have any trouble finding a lovely  place to house your guests.


Little Palm Island, Florida










The number one spot for destination weddings in the U.S. is Florida.  The best appears to be Little Palm Island for its essence of romance and sheer beauty.  Little Palm is located in the Florida Keys, and surrounded by emerald-green waters.  Visitors arrive by boat or seaplane only, making it a quiet and private island.  The resort manages by a “barefoot” policy.  This means no electronics like televisions and telephones. You won’t miss them for the chic SpaTerre that has several wedding-themed treatments available, such as the “Cold Feet Spa Package” for the groom or  “It’s Your Day Princess” for the bride.

What is really great is that you can choose from a variety of ceremony sites.  There are  natural white-sand beaches, a harbor view Palapa Point gazebo, tropical Zen Garden, or the Sunset Dock.  People under the age of 16 are not allowed at the resort, making it an amazingly refreshing atmosphere for an adult get away.


Paphos, Cyprus












Aaaaah, the “Island of Aphrodite,” named for the goddess of love.  Couples head toward this Mediterranean isle when searching for a site for their nuptials mainly due to its beauty.  The majority of accommodations have on-site chapels which makes Cyprus the perfect place for those who want a religious ceremony in paradise.  At the Anassa Hotel you can wed in a Byzantine chapel in a recreated village square, surrounded by lavender-fringed paths and scarlet bougainvillea.  At the Elysium, you can marry on the front of a church with the waves of the Mediterranean rolling in the distance.

This destination serves as a cultural experience as well.  Years of human history can be seen in spectacular mosaics dating back to 4 B.C.  All major towns, save the capital of Paphos, boast sprawling beaches. In winter months, you can ski in the mountains and then return down to Limassol and swim at sea. The Troodos Mountains are about 6,000 feet above sea level and offer glorious views, as well as several Byzantine churches and a cluster of monasteries to visit.  Tourist attractions are generally connected to mythology, though other interest from the island include lacework, brandy, and wine.


Coastal Maine










Maine’s Windjammer cruises offers the perfect venue for the couple who wants an alternative, something different than a typical destination wedding.  A fleet of a dozen turn-of-the-century sailing ships accompany the setting.  You can get married by a licensed captain atop the Atlantic Ocean while your best friends and family surround you and take in the ocean air.

Couples can charter an entire vessel for up to a week.  Consider leaving the wedding party behind and enjoy a relaxing cruise along the coast of Maine.  The captains can help the couple plan for their perfect ceremony.  Costs for a cruise range from $400 to $1,050 per person.

Naturalist would surely love this wedding style.  There are no fluffy frills, hot tubs or canopy beds, the bride and groom and their guests will fall in love with the natural beauty of the Maine coast, the rich experience of sailing a 19th-century ship with delicious food, family and friends.



I Do! Blog Author  – Lillie M. Jones



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