Photo: Courtesy of Ashford Castle
When you decide to plan a destination wedding, you suddenly have the whole world open to you! Amazing? Sure. Confusing? Definitely! But here's how to find a spot that jibes with your priorities and personalities — whether you're country folk, beach bums, or city slickers — for a destination wedding that's out-of-this-world and still totally you.
If you want tons of activities...
In the Country: Ashford Castle, Ireland
Play princess in this recently refreshed 13th-century castle. Guests will swoon, too — falconry, archery, and fishing lessons are all on the mile-long activities list.
In the City: Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas
This chic hotel is attached to the Mandalay Bay resort complex, so you'll get the best of both worlds: Four Seasons' next-level service for your vows and fun places to play (a shark aquarium, a wave pool) the rest of the weekend.
Photo: Courtesy of The Point
If you want epic togetherness...
In the Country: The Point, Saranac Lake, New York
This plush 11-room Adirondacks Great Camp was William Avery Rockefeller's summer compound. Expect nightly campfires and a Gatsby-goes to-the-woods vibe.
At the Beach: Ocean View Club, Harbour Island, Bahamas
At just 17 rooms, this barefoot-chic retreat is perfect for a wedding takeover. Say "I do" on pink sand, then party by a bonfire.
In the City: Casa Hyder, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Colorful and cool, this swank villa has 11 antique- and art-stuffed rooms in three houses for guests. The pool area is surrounded by greenery — perfect for intimate vows, followed by a parade through the city streets.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Wailea
If you want amazing food...
In the Country: Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma, California
It looks like an old-world villa and has the menu (and wine list) to match: Think three custom courses featuring dishes like risotto and artisanal burrata, paired with Sonoma vintages.
At the Beach: Hotel Wailea, Maui
This newly anointed Relais and Chateaux resort offers tropical mixology classes and a Mediterranean-meets-Hawaiian wedding menu plucked from the on-property organic farm.
In the City: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy
This palatial 19th-century hotel just outside the city center is known for its opulent wedding spaces, insane Florence views, and decadent Tuscan feasts. Bonus: The resort offers cooking classes for all of your foodie friends.
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