Beach Bash: 5 Islands for Your Destination Wedding

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Beach Bash Destination Wedding Locations

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Always dreamed of tying the knot on a romantic island, filled with white sand beaches? Your ideal destination wedding is easier to plan than you think! These romantic retreats fulfill your barefoot-in-the-sand fantasy and then some. But one note, if you want to literally exchange vows barefoot on the beach, ask your planner to roll out an aisle runner so you don't burn your feet!

Pick one of these five islands and get planning the perfect seaside nuptials.

The Bahamas
Why here: Few places can compete with the Bahamas' 700 isles for beauty — or big-day options. Choose between bustling Nassau or one of the super-chill isolated Out Islands. They're all a puddle hop from Miami.
Where to wed: At Atlantis on Paradise Island, your part can play at the sprawling water part before watching you say "I do" by a waterfall or at the picturesque Ocean's Edge pavilion, easily transformed into a chapel. (Doubles from $385, Atlantis)

British Virgin Islands
Why here: You won't find any megaresorts on this chain of emerald isles, but you will find a serious sailing culture and bars to hop to by boat. (Hello, welcome party!)
Where to wed: Built on a hushed cover in Virgin Gorda, Rosewood Little Dix Bay feels magically away from it all. Marry at Bougainvillea Point, lush with fuchsia blooms, then stun your crowd with stilt dancers. (Doubles from $420, Rosewood Hotels)

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Why here: Pick any postcard-perfect location: the cliffs of Negril, the waterfalls of Ocho Rios, the lush peaks of the Blue Mountains. Plus, reggae and jerk barbecue are major reception crowd pleasers.
Where to wed: Not only is Half Moon Bay 10 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, it has 400 acres of wedding-worthy sites, from beaches to ballrooms to Caribbean-view lawns. Groups can bunk in the hotel's villas, all with private pools.(Doubles from $209, Halfmoon, a Rock Resort)

Los Cabs, Mexico
Why here: Take the drama of the desert, throw in haute hotels and celeb-packed beaches (Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo got married here), and you've got a gorgeous setting for you're a wedding. Bonus: The weather is predictably perfect.
Where to wed: At Capella Pedregal, you can have a tequila tasting for the rehearsal, a bonfire at your after-party, and décor by Anne Hathaway's planner, Yifat Oren, for the main event. (Doubles from $750, Capella Hotels & Resorts)

Riviera Maya, Mexico
Why here: This stretch of Caribbean coastline south of Cancun offers turquoise waters, Mayan culture, and ruins on the beach (Tulum!). How many brides can say they were married by a shaman?
Where to wed: Set on one of the world's prettiest beaches, Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun has fire dancers on call for the reception and a trained eagle to act as your ring bearer. (All-inclusive doubles, $744, Secrets Resorts & Spas)

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