BridalSmiths’ Top Picks: Exotic Wedding Destinations Around the World

Hawaii offers idyllic beach wedding destinations with plenty of pristine beaches, lush mountains and scenic cliffs for you to choose from.

France offers an abundance of romantic wedding destinations, from Paris and its breathtaking architecture and breathtaking architecture of Loire Valley chateaux surrounded by vineyards to charming villages in Provence renowned for their cuisine and fine wines.

1. Santorini

Santorini’s jaw-dropping cliffs and crystal blue waters, combined with whitewashed houses clinging to them, is truly captivating. While Santorini is well known as an island travel destination, booking your stay wisely to avoid school holiday dates allows you to experience its off-the-beaten-path charm and stunning views without breaking the bank.

Be-weds looking for more cost-effective wedding venues might want to consider the South African wine country of Franschhoek for their destination wedding celebration. Here, the venues combine elegance with rustic beauty – plus, vino is part of their standard fare!

Hawaii makes for an excellent non-tropical destination, offering spectacular beaches and gorgeous mountains that provide an impressive setting.

2. Bali

Bali, situated at the heart of Southeast Asia, is an idyllic tropical island that will charm every member of your wedding list. With secluded beaches, dramatic volcanic scenery and mystic temples showcasing culture, history and spirituality of its Land of the Gods; Bali makes for an unforgettable wedding destination.

Surfers flock to Uluwatu for stunning waves and a vibrant beach club scene, while Seminyak attracts locals looking for fun party scenes, shopping opportunites, spa services, luxurious restaurants such as Potato Head and Ku De Ta.

Phulay Bay Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers guests who seek a relaxing and luxurious retreat an idyllic getaway experience, while at the same time supporting conservation efforts through locally produced produce from its garden that’s prepared in its gourmet kitchen and sunrise yoga classes with an experienced onsite instructor, plus relaxing spa services and treatments.

3. The Hamptons

Florida offers stunning sands and vibrant culture for you to host your beach-inspired event without breaking the bank.

The Hamptons on Long Island’s South Fork have long been considered a summer playground for New Yorkers from all backgrounds, offering miles of coastline and charming villages with 18th century shingle houses hidden behind tall boxwood hedges. Additionally, boutique-lined Main Street in East Hampton or tasting local craft beer and wine at Montauk Brewing Company or Duck Walk Vineyard make The Hamptons an inviting summer escape.

Fiji provides an idyllic wedding setting, boasting crystal-clear waters, hidden lagoons and gorgeous waterfalls. Additionally, its thriving resort industry provides impeccable service and breathtaking backdrops that guarantee picture-perfect celebrations.

4. Marrakech

Marrakech in Morocco makes for a breathtaking destination wedding location. Boasting vivid textures and colors reminiscent of 1001 Arabian Nights, its vibrant markets feature bustling stalls selling traditional street food; trendy international restaurants serving fusion cuisine are also abundant here.

For an easier-going vacation experience, head to Ibiza’s southern coast where pristine beaches, olive groves and relaxing environments await. Or book a villa in the hills for more intimacy.

Though many couples dream of getting married in Paris, France offers other exquisite locations that should make up your destination wedding list. Take the Occitanie region for example; its lush vineyards spread across its rolling landscape while guests can indulge in wine tasting or dining at some of its famed eateries.

5. Tabacon Thermal Resort

Joshua Tree National Park stands out among US wedding venues as one of the most stunning wedding locations, boasting its breathtaking desert landscape of Mojave and Colorado Deserts – providing a gorgeous setting. Located in California, it serves as an unforgettable wedding setting.

Cozumel Island offers visitors an unforgettable tropical island experience, from its Mayan ruins and palm-fringed beaches to resorts and haciendas that provide impeccable service amidst scenic backgrounds.

The Tabacon Thermal Resort of La Fortuna, Costa Rica is an eco-friendly destination that specializes in highlighting its surrounding natural beauty. Visitors can indulge in hot spring baths in open-air rainforest rooms or dine at either Los Tucanes Restaurant or Ave del Paraiso (both open to both hotel guests and day pass visitors), or take part in exciting outdoor adventure activities like white water rafting and rappelling through waterfalls.

6. Guatemala

Guatemala, located south of Mexico in Central America, boasts volcanoes and rainforests as well as Mayan archaeological sites. Its vibrant culture encompasses indigenous, Spanish and African influences. Guatemala City hosts an array of stately cultural buildings like the National Palace of Culture or take a trip out to Tikal (UNESCO World Heritage Site), while La Merced Church stands as another highlight of Guatemalan architecture.

Guatemala’s Yucatan Peninsula combines jungle with sparkling Caribbean waters for an idyllic coastal experience. Choose Cancun for its vibrant hotel zone or Tulum for more rustic beachside fun and ancient Mayan ruins, both featuring beach access. Chichicastenango boasts one of Guatemala’s vibrant markets where visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind traditional textiles at bargain prices. Rural areas, however, pose risks of kidnap and extortion that women and children are particularly susceptible to; women traveling alone must exercise extreme caution when venturing into rural areas that may present risks such as kidnap or extortion – women alone should especially vigilant.