Extraordinary wedding destinations for those who don’t do things the ordinary way
So, the big question has been asked, and an affirmative answer given. Now on to decide on the wedding venue! Did you know that, as well as adding something extra special to your big day, that getting married overseas can sometimes actually be cheaper than getting married at home? Plus, you have a built-in honeymoon destination and can get some amazing pictures to look back over in years to come.
Some couples dream of tying the knot in the most romantic places in world, others seek out places that are a little quirky and unusual, and there are those that would love to combine some excitement and adventure with their nuptials. Whatever kind of wedding appeals to you and your beloved, here are some ideas to inspire you:
Mount Yasur, Vanuatuf
There are plenty of gorgeous spots around the South Pacific island of Vanuatu to get married, but why not hike to the top of an erupting volcano for that extra wow factor? With steam and smoke billowing up from the boiling and bubbling lava, not to mention the incredible views from the high vantage point, your wedding photos are sure to be out of this world!
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Whilst both Zambia and Zimbabwe offer great views of the one of the world’s largest and most stunning waterfalls, you can see more of the falls from the Zimbabwean side of the Zambezi River. There is also a natural rainforest close to hand, brimming with interesting flora and fauna, to enjoy either before or after you take your vows.
With an exotic charm that is difficult to beat, a wedding in Marrakech promises to be filled with colourful traditional designs, delicious food, and plenty of fun activities to enjoy before or after you become man and wife. How about a camel ride? A trip into the desert? Or, you can wander through the captivating souks, enjoy a traditional hammam (steam bath), and absorb the energy of Jamaa el Fna. If you’re into history, hire a Marrakech tour guide to take you through the old medina.
Cahal Pech, Belize
Would you love to get married amongst ancient Mayan ruins? Go to Belize and you can make this dream a reality. Although there are many evocative ruins around the country where you can get wed, Cahal Pech is one of the most spectacular places.
Bora Bora, Tahiti
Bora Bora is often said to be one of the earth’s greatest paradises and amongst the most romantic places in the world. Romance can be found around almost every corner, with long stretches of sandy beaches with barely a soul in sight in some places, some of the most incredible sunsets that you will ever witness, delicious cuisine, and a captivating laid-back charm.
Ice Hotel, Sweden
Take the words white wedding to a whole new level and make your commitment to each other at the world-famous Ice Hotel in Swedish Lapland. A veritable winter wonderland, the Ice Hotel is built anew each year. The hotel’s grand chapel has soaring pillars, an altar, and reindeer-skin-covered pews.
With hundreds of historic temples, Bagan can stir any soul. A Bagan tour guide will help you to learn more about the area and uncover some beautiful gems. Although Bagan attracts many visitors, there sheer number of sites means that it’s easy to find a secluded spot for your ceremonious occasion. You can also admire the area above, toasting to your new lives together, with a hot air balloon ride.
Schonbrunn Palace, Austria
For a grandiose affair, with trapping of opulence and elegance, hold your wedding at the former summer home of the Habsburgs in the Austrian capital of Vienna. Surrounded by fine details and beautiful architecture, you are both sure to feel regal on your special day.
Phang Nga, Thailand
Dramatic karsts rise out of the sparkling waters, vibrantly coloured long tail boats grace the shores of the palm-fringed white sandy beaches, and there’s a relaxed vibe all around in Thailand’s southern gem of Phang Nga. Slip your shoes off, feel the sand between your toes, and say “I Do” in a magical seaside setting.
Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm, South Africa
Located close to South Africa’s Stellenbosch, Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm is definitely an unusual choice for a wedding! You can get plenty of memorable wedding snaps (snaps, get it?!) with the crocs behind you, and you can even pose together holding a baby crocodile if you like. The function hall offers terrific views of the surrounding countryside too.
Bran Castle, Romania
One of Europe’s most famous castles, Bran Castle, also known as Dracula’s Castle, is a top spot for horror loving couples to get wed. You don’t need to be into blood and nocturnal activities though to consider a wedding in this marvelous Gothic jewel, as it’s a beautiful place for anyone looking for somewhere unique for their special occasion.
Pearson’s Pond, USA
Located in Juneau in the USA’s state of Alaska, Pearson Pond is an unusual romantic spot. You can cement your love and pledge your future lives together whilst standing on an impressive glacier. Special footwear prevents any slips and trips, and warm bridal wear is highly recommended!
Almost every country on earth has someplace romantic where you can get married in style. Other ideas include glorious islands such as the Seychelles, the Maldives, Fiji, Hawaii, or the Bahamas, the picturesque fjords of Norway, the rolling countryside of Italy’s Tuscany, the Bridal Cave in Missouri, Dromoland Castle in Ireland’s County Clare, any of the world’s Disneylands, Kenya’s wildlife-rich Masai Mara, Lake Palace in Udaipur, India….and so many more! Where will you choose for your magical wedding?