You only get married once, or twice, or thrice. Anyway, however, many times, you want the wedding destination to be memorable to you and the guests. The best places for a destination wedding are surrounded by nature, water, and nothing else but lovely noises from birds in their habitat.
What do you want in a wedding venue? As the bride, the day belongs to you. You want nothing but peace, calm, and beauty. You want the surroundings to be beautiful enough to captivate, but not too consuming that the attention is focused on them. It’s your day, remember. Islands have that effect; beautiful without imposing, with the water body large enough to make you feel small but grateful.
While there are thousands of islands in the world, we will only cover five of the best places for a destination wedding.
1. Lamu, Kenya
This Kenyan Costal island steals your heart in more ways than one. While the main town, Lamu, has no much to offer, the inner island, Watamu, is an amazing getaway. The first thing that meets your eye when you land in the small island is the expanse of the shoreline. The white beaches extend for miles, making it the ideal place to take an evening stroll, or even lay down as you watch the uninhibited sunset. A bonus, the only company you will have, is the sound of the water lapping around you.
Why Get Married Here? It is breathtaking. The island is almost inhibited, with the majority of locals living in other small islands. It is exquisitely private. The beach extends for miles, leaving you enough space to set up and get down to the best wedding venue and reception ever. The weather is fantastic all year round, as you would expect of coastal regions. The ocean makes it breezy, and so it is not as hot as the inland areas. There are plenty of hotels offering international standards of care, and the local cuisine is mouthwatering.
2. Aruba, Kingdom of the Netherlands
You want a place with lots sunshine, water, plenty of mouthwatering food, and laughter never take a break? Aruba is your ideal destination. Apart from being just breathtaking, it is also safe from hurricanes, thanks to the island being located south of the hurricane belt. That’s just one of the reasons why it is one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean.
Why get married here? For starters, the weather is simply beautiful. Any day of the year is a good time to have your wedding. There is such a diverse culture, seeing that the island attracts all sorts of people. You have Africans, Europeans, and Indians, a beautiful blend of islanders. Your guests will not only get the chance to get away, but they will also experience the delectable Aruban cuisine that is a mix of three distinct heritages. All you will need are passports, birth certificates, witnesses, and of course be single. Later, the warm waters on this side of the ocean await you.
3. Las Catalinas, Costa Rica
Las Catalinas is a unique town and certainly one of the best places for a destination wedding. It is breathtakingly natural with the green waters of the Pacific Ocean surrounding it. It is small, serene, with limited movements of automobiles, and more on-foot traffic. The people in this beautiful island are warm and welcoming, especially given that they are isolated from the world most of the year.
Why get married here? Because the serenity of this island is like no other. The expansive white beaches fill your heart with gratitude for nature, and the birds sing their greetings in the morning. After the wedding, your guests can indulge in a host of activities available on the island. Snorkeling, kayaking, mountain biking, boat surfing, or just relaxing at the extravagant Club House.
4. Maui, Hawaii
Waterfalls, rainbows, and hundreds of breathtaking beaches are only a few of the things that make Maui one of the best places for a destination wedding. The natives are all fun and welcoming, which makes it feel like a second home. The beauty and hospitality will make you want to come back here. If you or your guests want to enjoy a run in the woods, Maui will give you that, as you only need to look beyond the waters.
Why get married here? If the ocean and the beaches are not enough inspiration, the weather is. Maui is hot throughout the year, with temperatures ranging between 70 and 80 degrees F during the day. November all through April is the rainy season, but it never gets gloomy here. Winter and early spring are tourist seasons, so you could skip those and opt for the other seasons if you want serenity. You also get to save a little money.
5. Cayman Islands, Caribbean
If you are like me, your knowledge of the Caymans comes from fiction novels where the island is depicted as the preferred tax haven for corrupt lawyers, politicians, and businesspeople. Well, it is no secret that the Cayman Islands are a tax haven, but that’s not all they have to offer. The Gorgeous backdrop, expansive white beaches, paths beautifully lined with pine and palm trees, and the expansive ocean all at your service.
Why get married here? The three top islands have seen their fair share of weddings, and so they are not short of venues and pros. Pros will do all your planning with lengthy exposure to the Caribbean and international culture. The hotels here have the best service, and their capacity is limitless. There is no shortage of fun activities, from snorkeling to rafting. If you want to avoid crowds, then December all through April is a no-go.
Here’s to Your Nuptials!
These places are only a fraction of the best places for a destination wedding. Wherever you decide to hold yours, we hope that sunshine and love abide. Not only through the day, but also throughout your new life. Cheers to nature’s beauty and plenty of sunshine.