Destination Wedding Spots Around the World
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Why here? Make marital magic among flying butterflies and swinging monkeys.
Sweet spot: At 2,400-acre Paradisus Playa Conchal, every marrying couple gets a handcrafted album covered in leaves; fill yours with pictures of the ceremony site (a natural chapel of palms on the beach wound with red and orange heliconia vines), your candlelit dinner by the pool, and your room-service breakfast in a suite carpeted with petals. All-inclusive doubles from $658, January through April; weddings free with five-night stay; 888-956-3542 or solmelia.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement; documents must be authenticated by local U.S. consulate. Fees from $400; a wedding planner is essential. Contact the Costa Rica Tourism Board at 866-267-8274 or visitcostarica.com.
Why here? Just try finding a place that's more exotic—and more welcoming.
Sweet spot: The gown: a Fijian wedding frock of tapa cloth. The entrance: in a canoe heaped with blooms. The music: a local choir, singing a capella. The honeymoon: right here, at Turtle Island Resort, in one of 14 private bures (huts) overlooking the lagoon. All-inclusive doubles from $12,640 for six nights, the minimum stay, year-round; weddings from $2,500; 800-255-4347 or turtlefiji.com.
Fact file: One-day residency requirement; fees from $12. Contact the Fiji Visitors Bureau at 800-932-3454 or bulafiji.com.
Why here? Spying on lions is a good excuse to cling to him—and vice versa.
Sweet spot: The two American women who run VirginBush Safaris know every chic wedding spot in East Africa. They've even had a stone altar built on the floor of the Rift Valley at Shompole Lodge. Ask them to plan a sexy safari honeymoon, complete with wildlife viewing and accommodations ranging from a white bedouin tent with antique carpeting to Princess Caroline of Monaco's island home off the Kenyan coast. Doubles from $1,300, year-round; weddings from $3,000, June through February only; 888-432-8681 or virginbushsafaris.com.
Fact file: No residency requirement, but paperwork must be filed three weeks ahead; fees from $242. Contact the Kenya Tourist Board at 866-445-3692 or magicalkenya.com.