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Once you start dreaming about a destination wedding, the possibilities can quickly go from endless to overwhelming. We've gathered some important details about the most popular spots—from the the Caribbean to Europe— to help you decide which far-flung location is best suited for you and your sweetie. Here, our favorite destination wedding locals, why you'll love them, and what to consider when booking your destination wedding.
Why you'll love it: Hello, luau rehearsal dinner! Along with jungly waterfalls and surf-tastic beaches, you can put Hawaii's resorts and unique Polynesian culture in the plus column. And we all know how good a lei looks with a wedding dress.
Keep in mind: Got more than a few party animals in your bridal party? Head to Honolulu—the rest of Hawaii isn't known for its nightlife.
Why you'll love it: Think white sands, azure waters, steel-drum bands, and rum punch—the Caribbean is a full-on tropical paradise within a few hours' flight from the East Coast.
Keep in mind: Getting to some of the more remote islands (Anguilla, St. Barts) can mean multiple flights. Marriage laws vary from island to island, so study up in advance.
The South Pacific
Why you'll love it: You mean besides the sheer sexiness of saying "I do" on a private isle in Fiji or bunking in an overwater bungalow in Tahiti? Both make marriage easy—no blood tests, no residency restrictions.
Keep in mind: It takes about a day to get here, which may deter the less gung ho of
Why you'll love it: The people are some of the friendliest we've met. Many of the all-inclusives have delicious food (and great prices). And the Mexican landscape? Pure gorgeousness from the Pacific to the Caribbean coasts.
Keep in mind: You'll need your birth certificates translated by the Mexican consulate as well as local blood tests and X-rays.
Why you'll love it: Because there are castles. And chateaus. And Mediterranean islands. From Scotland to Santorini, this continent is swimming in history and romance.
Keep in mind: The euro and the pound are stronger than the dollar. Also, many nations (Ireland, France, England) have super-stringent residency requirements for tying the knot.