12 Stunning Locations for an Epic Destination Wedding

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Planning a wedding is an exhilarating journey, and what better way to make it truly unforgettable than by saying “I do” in a breathtaking destination? Destination weddings offer couples the opportunity to exchange vows in stunning locales while creating lifelong memories for themselves and their loved ones. Allow us to take you on a virtual tour of some of the most captivating and romantic destinations for your dream wedding!

The Top Destinations for a Gorgeous Wedding Abroad

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Colorful beach resorts, countryside estates, and endless options have become choice locations for couples seeking exotic experiences on the first day of marital bliss. So, if a destination wedding makes your bucket list, check out these romantic luxury havens guaranteed to make memories that stick. Whether you crave tropical beaches, historic cities, or picturesque landscapes, we’ve got you covered. Let’s go!

1. Santorini, Greece

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How does it feel to begin your first day as a couple before an orange sunset cast over white-washed buildings and the shadows of blue-domed churches? Such imagery is indeed left for the make-believe scenes on the big screens, but that is what Santorini offers you. You could say your vows before the spreading waves of the Aegean Sea while smiling at the uneven towers of earthquake-carved hills.

2. Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany offers rolling hills, field-long vineyards colorful as an artist’s palette, and a charming hilltop town that stuns even the most experienced travelers. You could take the vows in the loud historic villas or embrace a rustic outdoor wedding that welcomes nature as a guest.

3. Bali, Indonesia

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Bali awaits you with a cultural heritage that could change your wedding order of events for good. You could settle for intimate ceremonies in hidden gardens sitting on the edge of a hill or embrace luscious beachfront resorts that pose tropical landscapes too breathtaking to ignore.

4. Cape Town, South Africa

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A vibrant and cosmopolitan city immersed in bespoke beauty carved in rich history, Cape Town presents sweeping beaches, towering mountains, and colorful vineyards for your conjugal delight.

5. Maui, Hawaii

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It’s easy to see why many couples choose Maui as a wedding destination. Edge all around by crystal clear waters that soak in sunrise; in Maui, you’ll find pristine beaches cuffing lush greenery that makes for the perfect romantic nuptial rites.

6. Marrakech, Morocco

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Holding in its reins stunning agriculture, bustling markets of some of the friendliest people in the world, and a pervasive culture of vibrancy, Marrakech waits for you with such contrast that befuddles logic. If your wedding seeks a blend of tradition and modern sophistication that blends effortlessly, this destination should top your list.

7. Phuket, Thailand

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The Andaman Sea holds a highland of alluring beauty that’ll make Eden jealous. All around your wedding could be the lure of crystal clear sea water, beachfront villas, and luxury resort that add waiting to add colors to your big day.

8. Queenstown, New Zealand

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A picturesque town bordering the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queensland, folds into a stretch of towering alps radiating nature’s crafted beauties. A wedding in Queensland promises catchy scenery and 5-star lodges that define nuptial adventure in new lights.

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia


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One of Europe’s finest wedding destinations, Dubrovnik is steeped in culture and history carved in ancient walls that have witnessed many “I do” moments. You can revere in the nighly awe of the charming village while you drown your evening in instantly crushed grape wines still with the taste of fresh soil.

10. Maldives

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Tropical and beaming with turquoise waters that stretch far beyond what your eyes can see, the Maldives waits prepared in holy matrimony like you, the couples, are the bride, being lusted after by a charming landscape fenced by colorful coral reefs fighting for the last lights of a stunning sunset.

11. Paris, France

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Paris, France: Known as the “City of Love,” Paris exudes an undeniable aura of romance and charm. From the iconic Eiffel Tower to the picturesque streets of Montmartre, this city offers an enchanting backdrop for a destination wedding.

12. Riviera Maya, Mexico

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To round out our list, selecting a destination in the stunning Riviera Maya region of Mexico is ideal for a seaside wedding. With white sandy beaches and turquoise waters as your wedding backdrop, who needs decorations?

Is There Another Destination We Should Add to Our List?

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Increasingly, destination weddings are leaving the pages of romantic novellas to become part of newlywed realities. Did any of these exotic locales tickle your fancy? Let your imagination take flight, and create a wedding experience that will be cherished for a lifetime in one of these extraordinary destinations.

This story was inspired by Quora and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Budget Savvy Bride.

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