Imagine sharing your vows and saying “I do” with your toes in the sand and a light ocean breeze kissing your face. Picture your friends and family gathered in an intimate beach-side ceremony as the rhythm of the waves counts each beat of your new lives together. The combination of a spectacular sunset and turquoise water creates the perfect backdrop and dreamy ambiance as you greet guests, enjoy a delicious dinner, and dance the night away. If this sounds like a dream come true, what you want is a destination wedding.
What Is a Destination Wedding?
If you aren’t familiar with the idea, you may be wondering, “what is a destination wedding?” A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place somewhere other than where you live. It can involve anything from mountains or beaches to glaciers and ski resorts. Tropical locations are a popular choice because of the romantic atmosphere, the warm climate, and the convenience of transitioning right into the honeymoon after the ceremony.
couple walking on the beach holding hands
Benefits of a Destination Wedding
In addition to traveling somewhere fun and getting married on a beach or boat, there are many benefits to having a destination wedding. Whether you get stressed easily, are worried about timing, or can’t decide on a theme, a destination wedding may just solve all your problems.
Save Time & Reduce Stress
Planning a wedding involves coordinating a variety of details, including phone calls, emails, fittings, tastings, and piles of paperwork. With a destination wedding, you will typically have an on-site or local wedding planner take care of most of these things for you. Not only are they familiar with local vendors and local resorts, but they will also make sure everything is executed in a timely manner and done well. This way, you have more time to relax and be with friends and family.
A destination wedding also gives you more options for attire. If you want to go barefoot or forego the tux, it’s not only acceptable—but encouraged. Just make sure your guests know the dress code in advance so they can plan accordingly.
bridesmaids wearing foot jewelry standing in a circle
Add a Theme
Technically, you can have a themed wedding at any location, but isn’t it so much better when the location is part of the theme? For example, you could have an authentic luau on the beach rather than try to recreate one in your hometown. Or, have some fun with a jungle theme and get married in or near a real jungle.
beautiful wedding decorations on a table
Where to Have a Destination Wedding
The beauty of planning a destination wedding is that the sky’s the limit. You can be married in the actual sky on an airplane or even atop a skyscraper. Or, find a certified ship captain and get married at sea. People have even been married in libraries, theme parks, botanical gardens, and national parks.
If you plan to travel, however, we believe the best weddings involve other nearby activities to complete the trip. Mexico is a favorite thanks to numerous opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, sightseeing, shopping, and adventure tours. Check out our top three destination wedding resorts in Mexico below.
Couple on their wedding day posing for a beautiful image with the ocean in the background
Las Caletas in Puerto Vallarta – This exclusive private beach is accessible only by boat. Enjoy an intimate setting away from the crowds with plenty of nearby entertainment and activities, both in the water and the Sierra Madre mountains.
Punta Venado in Riviera Maya – Stunning white sandy beaches and natural beauty make this spot ideal for weddings. It is also just a short drive from Playa del Carmen.
Majahuitas in Puerto Vallarta – This is one of the largest and most beautiful private beaches in Puerto Vallarta, making it a magical and unforgettable wedding destination. Many exciting tours and activities are easily accessible from nearby resorts.
Learn more about dreamy destination weddings and how you can get started planning your big day. Contact Adventure Weddings today!