A destination wedding is a great way to plan your nuptials while satisfying that growing urge for wanderlust. In fact, one in four couples has a destination wedding, with over 340,000 weddings taking place around the world each year. If you want to plan an event to remember, check out some of the hottest wedding locations for 2019.
Get married in a colorful, vibrant paradise when you decide on Morocco for your destination wedding. Take in the mountain peaks as you enjoy the aromatic open-air spice markets. Plan a ceremony and reception out in the lush fauna, complete with camel rides, fire performers and more. Afterward, you and your partner can stay behind for a honeymoon experience like no other. Learn how to surf down sand dunes or lounge on the beach, sip cocktails and relax.
If you want a truly unique wedding experience, set aside the bathing suit and pack your winter parka. Iceland is one of the hottest destinations of the year, home to plunging waterfalls, rumbling volcanoes and black sand beaches. For an even more magical experience, try to plan your wedding between September and March, when the Northern Lights are most active.
3. South Africa
South Africa probably isn’t the first country that comes to mind when thinking about your wedding. But for the right couple, the stunning winelands offer the perfect picturesque backdrop to your big day. Book a private wine estate where you can enjoy towering mountain views, flowering vistas and balmy temperatures year-round. Most venue rentals also come with local vino, tasty cuisine and complete access to the vineyards and orchards.
Book a trip to the sixth largest country in the world for a wedding experience you won’t soon forget. You can expect extraordinary encounters with nature and animals, world-class beaches, beautiful coral reefs — including the Great Barrier Reef — and lively nightlife. Some of the most popular spots for weddings are Sydney, Hayman Island and the Gold Coast.
What could be more romantic than a cruise to your destination wedding in Italy? Known as a place for lovers, Italy is the perfect spot to say your vows, relax on the beach and indulge and homemade pizza and pasta. After the celebration is over, you and your partner can explore all the country has to offer, such as the canals of Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the ancient Colosseum in Rome.
Look no further than Greece if you’ve ever wanted to get married on a group of tiny, luscious islands surrounded by whitewashed buildings and clear-blue water. Say your vows as you breathe in the salty ocean air. Wave to family and friends as your photographer happily snaps magazine-worthy shots. And don’t forget to stay behind after guests leave to enjoy a romantic and relaxing honeymoon.
If you’re planning a wedding on the other side of the world, you can’t go wrong with beautiful Thailand. This mystical land is filled with hidden beaches, flowering fauna and exciting wildlife — almost as if straight out of a fairytale. Add a cultural twist to your wedding with ancient Buddhist traditions, such as an arrival time a 9:09 AM, which is considered good luck in Thai culture.
With snow-capped peaks and picturesque valleys, Switzerland is considered one of the most romantic countries in the world. Once you step foot off the plane, you won’t be able to keep your jaw from dropping. The best time to plan a wedding in Switzerland in April through May or September through October, as there are fewer tourists but the weather is still nice.
9. Sri Lanka
Located at the bottom tip of India is Sri Lanka, a tiny island that’s completely off the grid. Find a villa with a private beach and on-site chef to host your wedding. All you must do is provide the final guest list. After the celebration, book extra nights at your villa to check out the local sights, such as the ancient site of Sigiriya or the Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.
While Russia is not a traditional wedding destination, it offers a unique taste of culture and history that many couples are looking for. One of the best places to get married is St. Petersburg, a colorful and grandiose city sure to captivate guests. After the ceremony, you won’t be able to resist checking out the local attractions, like the Peter and Paul Fortress or the Savior on the Spilled Blood Church.
Your ideal wedding destination will depend entirely on you and your partner’s wants. Do you want a balmy location where you can relax on the beach and sip from coconuts? Then you may want to stick to destinations like Thailand, Australia and Greece. Or you can invite guests on an adventure by hosting your wedding in an exotic spot like Iceland, Morocco or Sri Lanka. No matter where you choose, you’re sure to have a wedding you won’t forget.
Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Guides for Brides, Hotel Online and more! Follow Kacey on Twitter and subscribe to her blog to keep up with her travels and inspiring posts!