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Anyone who’s planned a traditional wedding knows just how much time, effort and stress comes with it. Perhaps you’d rather concentrate on finding the right home to buy among the houses for sale in Fresno, or wherever you hope to live your life together?
With a destination wedding, just about all you have to do is pick the destination. Once you book your airfare and accommodation, the resort does everything else. It’s no wonder that 25% of weddings today are destination weddings, with the majority of couples choosing Las Vegas or Hawaii. If you don’t want to go where everyone else does, these are plenty of other great destination wedding spots to consider.
Dreaming of a Caribbean destination wedding but you don’t want your guests to have to worry about passports? The Florida Keys is ideal. It offers year-round mild weather with a tropical Caribbean feel yet it’s probably going to be much easier and cheaper for guests to travel to. Honeymooning is fabulous here too, with the opportunity for everything from snorkeling, diving and dolphin watching to sunset and champagne sailing excursions. Duck Key is home to Hawks Cay Resort, one of the archipelago’s best spots for a wedding, with ceremonies hosted in its waterfront gazebo. A cocktail hour, illuminated by tiki torches, and a reception at the Tranquility Pool follows.
Napa Valley, California
California’s wine country is a fantastic pick for saying your “I dos” surrounded by landscapes that are reminiscent of the Tuscan countryside in Italy, with lush rolling hills and endless vineyards as far as the eye can see. You’ll have lots of opportunities for sampling the region’s famously delicious food and wine, taking part in activities like hot-air balloon rides and indulging in decadent spa treatments. Rutherford’s Auberge du Soleil Resort is a favorite, where couples exchange their vows among panoramic views, perched on a terraced hillside with the vineyards below.
Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas
The Bahamas are a relatively easy jaunt from Florida, and on Harbour Island, you can even tie the knot on a spectacular pink sand beach. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that. The three-mile-long stretch of powdery pink sands is often ranked among the world’s most beautiful beaches and offers plenty of room for you and your guests. The Pink Sands Resort can help make it all happen.
Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Petit St. Vincent is a private island resort where you and your guests can enjoy the beach all to yourself, perfect for a small ceremony with close family and friends. The 113-acre island is ringed by two miles of postcard-perfect white sands that edge the sapphire blue and turquoise Caribbean waters. Pick the perfect spot for exchanging your vows in a place where the only sounds you’re likely to hear are of the gently lapping waves and the songs of the birds. Celebrate afterwards with a sunset sail. The six beachfront cottages, complete with alfresco living and dining areas, provide the ultimate place to honeymoon.
For something really different, outdoor adventurers may want to wed in the Alaskan wilderness atop a glacier. Pearson’s Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa in Juneau can arrange to have you flown in by helicopter for a ceremony on top of Mendenhall Glacier. Afterwards, enjoy everything from some of the world’s best wildlife watching to glacier cruises, fishing, kayaking and hiking.