17 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the World

We scoured the world for you to find the top locations for a dream destination wedding. From charming European destinations to big cities and exotic beaches.
Karin, Lake Bled wedding planner
Karin ČemažarKarin, Lake Bled wedding planner
Published: May 11, 2020

Having your mind occupied with engagement rings, bridal gowns, wedding invitations and everything else around your wedding can be exhausting, no doubt. But if your dream is to have a destination wedding, then exploring the wonderful venues worldwide is often one of the most pleasant parts of the wedding planning process.

An increasing number of couples are deciding to get married abroad in order to mark the most special day and celebrate their love in a romantic, extravagant, or exotic location. From charming European destinations to big cities and exotic beaches.

We collected some of the world's most inviting and attractive wedding destinations to help you pick the right venue for your special day. From European chateaux to Caribbean beaches and urban American city spots - we’re sure there’s something for every taste. Here are our top picks for your most gorgeous wedding.

1. Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Beach wedding setting in Costa Rica
Beach wedding setting in Costa Rica

There are countless great wedding venues in this Central American paradise. You can get married on a gorgeous beach, at a romantic waterfall, in a tropical rainforest or right next to a volcano. 

One of the most beautiful locations is Tamarindo in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. The location adored for its stunning white sand beaches and rich wildlife is a world-class location to say, “I do.” 

The area is full of private villas, so it’s an ideal Costa Rica wedding destination for couples looking for more intimate nuptials.

2. Koh Samui, Thailand

Beach and island Koh Samui Thailand
Exotic Koh Samui

Located off the east coast of Thailand, Koh Samui is an island blessed by sunny weather all year round. Its northern shore boasts many high-end resorts, including Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui and Santiburi Koh Samui, ideal for elegant beach ceremonies and pre-wedding pampering at exclusive spas.

3. Lisbon, Portugal

Rossio square in Lisbon, Portugal
Rossio square in Lisbon

Located on the Iberian Peninsula, Portugal has an ancient romantic charm and arguably Europe's most beautiful beaches. 

As for venue recommendations, the classic choices are Palácio Fronteira, a 17th-century palace, and The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz, for winter or early spring weddings.

Another incredible venue option is the Portuguese Royal family summer house Palácio de Seteais, a boutique hotel, half an hour drive from Lisbon.

4. Napa Valley, California, USA

Castle in Napa Valley California
Romantic castle in Napa Valley

Wine Country in California offers various outdoor venues. If you want a perfect wedding, Calistoga Ranch has a little bit of everything: caves, vineyard, mountains, stunning views, lakes, and most of all, fabulous food and wine.

Other prime properties for your wedding venue could be Beaulieu Gardens, a unique French Country Estate, Meadowood, and Auberge du Soleil for its all-embracing views of the Silverado Trail valley.

5. Tuscany, Italy

Bride and groom running in Tuscany
Wedding in Tuscany

Fascinating villas situated on hilltops, cypress-tree lined white roads and sunflower fields. That's what makes Tuscany countryside a dream wedding scenery.

Whether it's a Renaissance-style wedding at an imperial castle or a rustic ceremony with a reception at a farmhouse in the Chianti region, there’s a variety of options for all tastes and budgets. 

Many locations offer luxury private villas for intimate weddings or larger estates for bigger parties.

6. Iceland

Bride and groom standing on a blue icerock in Iceland
Wedding in Iceland

How about a slightly alternative wedding and back-to-nature fairytale location that will completely blow your guests’ minds? Iceland offers an amazingly inspiring wild scenery. 

With its natural wonders at every corner such as glaciers, mountains, sand dunes, geysers, endless green horizons, and much more, you will have a palette of choices where to celebrate your love.

Last but not least: Iceland boasts of wonderful fish recipes, a traditional smoked lamb, and other gourmet specialties you will be able to enjoy during your wedding dinner.

7. Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled Wedding

A romantic setting of the alpine Lake Bled with its island, green forests around the lake and majestic mountains. A wedding in Slovenia is a fairytale-like option, loved by lots of foreign couples. 

One of the most popular wedding venues is the Lake Bled Castle from the 11th century. It is situated at the top of a cliff from where it reigns over the stunningly beautiful Lake Bled with its gorgeous Lake Bled Island in the middle. 

The best and most popular months to get married at Lake Bled are at the beginning and at the end of the summer.

8. Mauritius

Orange pink sunset view with bride and groom by the beach
Wedding in a paradise on a tropical island

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius can't fall out of the best wedding venues list. Mauritius has become a go-to wedding destination for couples who are looking for their own piece of paradise.

To say 'I do' there are not many places more breathtaking than the island of Mauritius. Many different venues are available on the island to choose from, but nothing beats getting married barefoot right on the beach. 

Could you think of anything better than becoming husband and wife on a five-star beach overlooking calm tiffany blue waters? Just imagine those spectacular wedding photos!

9. New York City, New York, USA

Bride in Central Park in New York
Bride in Central Park, New York

Can there be any better urban wedding destination than the most wonderful city in the world that never sleeps?

When it comes to luxury New York City weddings, the city's Public Library is an out of the ordinary, classic, and glamorous venue. High ceilings, ancient marble columns, and monumental large staircases make it a stunning place for your romantic ceremony and party. 

Other attractive New York City wedding venues include Spring Studios, American Museum of Natural History, The Carlyle Hotel in the Upper East Side, Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, The Caldwell Factory, or a classic wedding venue at The Plaza Hotel.

10. Lake Como, Italy

Just married couple hugged
Lake Como wedding

Lake Como is a traditional, historical luxury destination underlined by an authentic, old-style, aristocratic luxury.

One of the most popular and world's most breathtaking wedding locations is a magnificent villa Balbiano where you will enjoy the authentic Italian experience on the lakeside lawns and gardens, historic guest rooms, lustful pools, and it's own dock.

11. Florence, Italy

Bride and groom sitting and watching Florence
Wedding in Florence

Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, has attracted visitors from all over the world for centuries. It is no surprise that hundreds of couples pick this Italian gem for their wedding destination.

The Four Seasons Florence hotel is a prime venue for your wedding in the heart of Italy. It's located in the city centre, just a minute or two from the world-renowned Duomo and the Uffizi Gallery.

The hotel offers space for intimate ceremonies or big prestigious weddings of up to 500 guests. Imagine your photo session on the gorgeous Piazzale Michelangelo with a view over this magnificent Renaissance cradle!

12. Maui, Hawaii, USA

Couple by the beach in Hawaii enjoying sunset
Wedding in Hawaii

Hawaii Kapalua premier resort area in the northwest of Maui, at the foot of the Kahalawai mountains, is an elegant and not very commercial wedding venue.

With its bays and white-sand beaches, it is one of the highest voted destinations in the USA. Luxury resorts like The Ritz Carlton Kapalua and Montage Kapalua Bay offer enough space for large weddings and impressive sceneries with panoramic ocean views of other islands. 

13. Paris, France

Happy married couple walking down the stirs with Eiffel tower in the background
Just married in Paris

No need to talk about the romantic connotation of the city of love, Paris.

One of the most famous Paris hotels Ritz Paris is a glamorous gem with its stunning view over the Place Vendôme, majestic ballrooms, elegant suites, and some of the most quintessentially rich Parisian details. With its fairytale interiors and the private courtyard, Ritz Paris is every fashion enthusiast’s dream wedding place.

14. Udaipur, India

Udaipur in India
Beautiful Udaipur

Udaipur, a city in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, is also known as the “City of Lakes”. 

A well known and absolutely marvellous wedding venue here is the Taj Lake Palace, a former summer palace of the royal dynasty of Mewar. It is now turned into a romantic hotel which has been visited by numerous eminent guests such as Jacqueline Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth and Vivien Leigh. 

The hotel’s hypnotizing white marble facade with breathtaking views of Udaipur and the Aravalli mountains make it one of the most astonishing locations for a luxurious wedding in India.

Taj Lake Palace is built in such a way that it appears to float on the calm surface of Lake Pichola. This makes it an incredibly magical sight to see from a distance.

15. Antigua, Guatemala

Colourful streets of Antigua in Guatemala
Colourful streets of Antigua in Guatemala

Antigua's most popular beach, Half Moon Bay, was voted one of the world's most beautiful beaches. Do you need to hear anything else?

Dickenson Bay on the northwest coast is a centre of all-inclusive luxurious resorts offering wedding packages in a relaxing shade of coconut palms. Bordered by stunning turquoise sea and pleasantly warm all year round, this makes it a perfect ceremony setting. 

If you're looking to save some money, it's best to travel to Antigua during the off-season, from May to November when the prices are lower. But if you don't want to take chances of rain, you should opt for the period between December and April, just prepare for higher costs and more crowds.

16. Marrakesh, Morocco

Medina quarter of Marrakesh, Morocco
Medina quarter of Marrakesh, Morocco

A picturesque country, located in Northern Africa, with its former imperial city of Marrakesh. It is not only one of the top tourist places to be, but also a wonderful destination for those who are looking for a romantic wedding venue with Arabian and European cultural influences.

Some of the top locations in Marrakesh are The Royal Mansour as the ultimate luxury hotel with exquisite food & beverage range, La Mamounia with its beautiful gardens, and Beldi Country Club as a paradise-like Moroccan style wedding location. 

17. Bali, Indonesia

Future bride and groom in Bali
Future bride & groom in Bali

Now we're talking about luxurious and extraordinary wedding locations in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Who wouldn’t want their dream wedding to be in Bali? 

You won’t find any kitschy ballrooms or standard table settings here. Bali weddings are more about glamorous venues with spectacular views, Balinese artisans handmade décor, exotic flowers, jasmine scent everywhere, amazing clifftops, and sandy beaches. 

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Karin Čemažar
I’m a passionate wedding planner with a Wedding Planning Academy certification. As a born and raised Bled local I'm absolutely in love with my romantic home town. Professionally, I’ve been sharing the wonder of Lake Bled with visitors from all over the world for over 10 years while I've been working in tourism and wedding planning.

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