Destination Weddings

Destination Wedding Spots Around the World

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Editors' note: Unless otherwise noted, quoted room rates are available year-round.

The Big Island

Why here? Channel the heat of an active volcano for your wedding night.

Sweet spot: With canal boats and a monorail linking hotel, spa, and multitiered pool, the Hilton Waikoloa Village offers all the excitement of a theme park. Among the I-do options: the Hale Aloha, or House of Love, a glass-enclosed chapel where hearts are joined beneath a mosaic of overlapping leis. Doubles from $199; weddings from $1,100; 800-445-8667 or

Fact file: No residency requirement; fees from $60. Contact the Marriage License Office at 808-586-4544 or


Why here? You get a taste of what Hawaii was like before it went Hollywood.

Sweet spot: The Waimea Plantation Cottages, sprawling in chilled-out style on a 27-acre coconut grove, are made for togetherness. You and your guests will bond at the spa, the pool, the beach, and the on-site brew pub. And if you need some alone time, there's always your oceanfront hale (hut) or the stately manor house. Doubles from $195, January through March and June through August; weddings from $1,500; 866-774-2924 or

Fact file: See Big Island requirements.


Why here? The island plays host to two grand resorts and countless stylish vows.

Sweet spot: Wed at the Four Seasons' Lodge at Koele, a secluded, oh-so-Anglo manor in the Lanai upcountry, and your guests will be seated by a reflecting pond, under Cook pines. As you glide across the manicured croquet lawn, your intended will be waiting at the gazebo. "I dos" are followed by Champagne and coconut shrimp beside the pineapple fountain, and DJ-spun tunes in the library. Doubles from $400; weddings from $7,800; 800-321-4666 or

Fact file: See Big Island requirements.


Why here? Your love will cascade like a waterfall in this posh Pacific paradise.

Sweet spot: At the Fairmont Kea Lani Maui, you can have a white-glove soiree with a string quartet and candelabras—or go Hawaiian with an outrigger-canoe entrance. Afterward, a luau with fire-knife dancers and hula girls will light up your big night. Doubles from $385; weddings from $4,800; 800-441-1414 or

Fact file: See Big Island requirements.


Why here? Hawaii's most rustic island has no stoplights and countless waves.

Sweet spot: When the coral hues of sunset hit the tide pools of Kaupoa Beach, it's prime nuptial time at the Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch. The staff will outfit your seaside reception with china and crystal from the lodge, then wave a fond aloha as you disappear into your luxe "tentalow" on the shore. Doubles from $285; weddings from $950; 888-627-8082 or

Fact file: See Big Island requirements.


Why here? From Waikiki to the North Shore, this isle offers many ways to wed.

Sweet spot: The chic Kahala Hotel & Resort is the kind of place that prompts couples to return for their anniversaries, kids' birthdays, and any other excuse they can dream up. Can you blame them for wanting one more kiss in the oceanfront gazebo, one more photo by the waterfall, and one more Hawaiian-Asian dinner at Hoku's? Doubles from $375; weddings from $3,000; 808-739-8888 or

Fact file: See Big Island requirements.

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