By Shaylen Anita
Getting hitched this year? Tying the knot? Jumping the broom? Whatever you call it, an overseas wedding should be the most fantastic day of your life. And to that end, check out these fabulous wedding destinations for 2019.
If you are staying in Canada it’s all good too, from Atlantic Canada’s rich history and maritime culture to British Columbia’s perfect backdrops and skiing mountains, Canada is the destination for relaxed weddings. Choose to spend a weekend whale-watching in a small seaside town or hit the slopes at Whistler-Blackcomb, couples are offered endless opportunities to connect to the great outdoors—and each other. But if you are venturing abroad, then check out these top wedding destinations.
1) Hawaii-Big Island
The largest in the chain of Hawaiian Islands, Big Island offers diverse topography. From snowy on the highest mountain tops to azure ocean beaches, the landscape transforms dramatically as you venture the island. Riddled with choices, Kona Coast in the west offers a lunar-like landscape and east coast is super-lush. Idyllic with palm trees, Green Sea Turtles relaxing on the sand or water, Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park is the spot for a romantic sunset. Weddings occur all year round with tourist season jammed in between.
2) Caribbean Islands
Unparalleled and expansive, the island of the Caribbean offers everything. Choose from white-sand or black volcanic beaches. Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos, offers the luxury of a private island with unspoiled 1000 acres of nature, award-winning holistic spa, sustainable cuisine, and great ocean views, while the Dominican Republic livens the party with picturesque resort towns.
Antigua, with 365 beautiful beaches to tie the knot, it is one of the swankiest islands to host your nuptials. With high season from mid- December through April, enjoy a 300-acre private island for your wedding retreat. Captivate guests with elegance, exclusivity and natural island beauty.
3) South and Central America
Central America – A sanctuary, removed from its neighbors with more diversity than most places on Earth, Central America is a playground for eco-enthusiasts, explorers and romantics. Sip coffee at a Panama café or scale a waterfall with rainforest residents, there is something for everyone. Costa Rica’s Zephyr Palace is a dream venue with the ceremony area 1000ft above the Pacific Ocean. With some of the best wedding amenities for a perfect and unforgettable experience, May to November work well.
Mexico -Enjoy crystal clear waters, good weather, friendly locals and tequila flowing, Mexico offers endless possibilities for every taste and budget. Pristine waters reflecting in the dramatic sunsets at luxury resorts such as the Grand Velas Los Cabos or exploring the ruins of Rivera Maya, be assured that Mexico will deliver your dream wedding in the spring months.
With the best weather between May to October, far-flung destinations in Europe provide unique venues, romantic Provence and country charm. If ‘fairy tale’ defines your wedding desires, Ireland is a combination of symbolic traditions, authentic hospitality and natural beauty of a romantic country. Loire Valley, France, two hours outside of France, is Chateau and decadent dessert rich, or the ultimate fairy tale destination are the rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and 15th-century art and architecture of Tuscany, Italy. Local specialties, a mix of culture and out of this world wine are recipes for a dream wedding!
5) South Pacific – Fiji and Tahiti
With the friendliest people, abundant sea life and 300 islands, Fiji is an alluring tropical paradise. Dubbed the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’, nature-loving guests can feed sharks, explore sunken ships and a WWII aircraft. Whether couples seek foreign culture, tranquility and unspoiled beaches for their nuptials, or guests indulge in adventures, wedding season is during ‘Fiji Winter,’ the driest period, from May to October.
Tahiti- picture a landscape bursting with palms, fragrant vanilla farms and Instagram worthy rainforests, Tahiti is an optimal far-flung destination. With fewer tourists, couples and guests have the luxury of excellent service and crowd-free (feels private) beaches. Highly recommended is a visit to Papeete where you can hit the Marche du Papeete (central market) for carvings, coffee, and black pearls! While cooler in the evenings (the sweater is a must), May to October is the best season for weddings.
Known as sanuk (fun), this South Asian kingdom is a frequent destination for far-flung weddings. Ornate palaces, exquisite cuisine, and vibrant coral reefs are some of the reasons your guests will be over the moon to visit this exotic gem. Thailand’s urban experience rivals that of international US cities, with many more stopover destinations to make the long trek worthwhile. While the vast metropolis boasts kitschy souvenir shops, northwestern Thailand appeals to nature lovers. Beautiful beaches, crystal clear water and luxe resorts at the poshest island, Phuket, and Koh Samui are the reasons to wed in Thailand between Novembers to January!
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