The beauty of wedding planning is that you truly have infinite options to make your big day your own. And while many couples opt to host their wedding in their hometown or the city they reside in, some look to far-off destinations.
Whether you’re looking for incredible seaside or mountain views, historical architecture, or simply hoping to incorporate the element of travel and adventure into your celebration, a destination wedding may be the ideal choice. However, that doesn’t always have to mean hours of travel time. There are plenty of stateside gems, along with international dream spots, on this ultimate list of 32 ideal places to tie the knot.
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Hoping for a beach setting for your destination wedding? Puerto Vallarta, nestled right on the Pacific Coast, offers the option of renting private villas or hosting nuptials at a hotel for an all-inclusive experience. Either way, the photos will be absolutely stunning.
Shiraz Garden, Texas
This is not your typical destination wedding location. However, if you’re in the Southwest and looking for a gorgeous place without traveling too far, Shiraz Garden is an ideal spot to say “I do” overlooking Texas Hill Country.
Lake Como, Italy
Lake Como showcases breathtaking scenery in Northern Italy as it borders the foothills of the Alps. This wedding destination spot has become so popular, there are plenty of venue options to choose from, including luxury options right on the lake and charming villas with historic architecture.
Joshua Tree, California
Few places in North America offer as distinctive of a landscape as Joshua Tree National Park. Two deserts meet at the park, making it a picturesque locale featuring incredible views, rock formations, and the unique shape of the Joshua Tree. Book a venue with this superb backdrop, or search for an Airbnb to accommodate a smaller guest list. Either way, you’ll have stunning desert destination wedding photos to look back on.
Couples who are aiming for a desert vibe need to check out Sedona. The vibrant Northern Arizona landscape showcases tall red rock buttes, dotted with pine trees and agave. Another bonus: You can easily plan a destination wedding at any time of the year because of its mild climate.
Marrakech is an amazing destination wedding locale for couples striving for a boho-desert vibe. Surrounded by desert landscapes and paired with dramatic architecture and intricate patterns, it is truly a magical setting.
Located in southern Guatemala, Antigua is primed for wow-worthy wedding photos. The charm of Spanish colonial buildings remains intact, while volcano views surround the city. Tie the knot and then waltz through the historic city, or go for an outdoor location to embrace the landscape. Either way, it’s sure to be impressive.
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica is all about tropical vibes. And if you’re hoping for a wedding destination surrounded by turquoise-hued water, white sandy beaches, and palm trees, Montego Bay is it. Multiple resorts offer beach wedding options, or you can choose to find a private Airbnb retreat on the beach. Just be sure they allow nuptials!
Italy’s island of Capri is known for its extraordinary cuisine (including Amalfi lemons!) along with picturesque views. Its jaw-dropping coastline and colorful buildings located in the cliffside make for a memorable wedding destination. Couples can find historic churches or venues with seaside views for the ideal spot to tie the knot.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has a nightlife that never sleeps, not to mention delicious food and wonderful music. If a parade down the streets is what you’re hoping for after the ceremony, then don't pass up this stateside locale. Plus, it’s legal to have a drink in your hand while walking in public, so a signature cocktail can be incorporated into your parade for even more fun.
Couples looking for a Southwest destination that’s not remotely in the desert will love Scottsdale. The city is home to gorgeous architecture, along with with palm trees, cacti, and dramatic mountain views. There are also plenty of resort options so finding a venue won’t cause any stress.
Newport, Rhode Island
Newport has plenty to offer couples who want a coastal destination on the east coast without traveling too far. From the magnificent Newport bridge to the plentiful sailboats dotting the water, this is a lovely escape for those searching for a nautical vibe.
Franschhoek, South Africa
When it comes to wine regions, certain places instantly come to mind, including Napa, Burgundy, and Bordeaux. Franschhoek, South Africa is quickly rising to the top of the list. Known as South Africa’s food and wine capital, the region is brimming with vineyard views surrounded by mountain backdrops for a unique wedding destination.
In Spain’s romantic city of Seville, you’ll discover eye-catching architecture, including grand Andalusian palaces, epic churches, and beautiful haciendas. Plenty of cobblestone streets remain intact, further boasting this city’s old-world charm.
Few things compare to the bright turquoise-hued water in Cancun, situated along the Caribbean Sea. And that’s exactly why this city on the Yucatán Peninsula has become so popular. Choose from hundreds of venue options, including all-inclusive resorts, and host your ceremony and reception on the beach with an impressive seaside backdrop.
Dreaming of a destination wedding at a jaw-dropping chateau nestled in France? Well, then, Provence is the place to go. Renowned for its elegance, along with its magnificent vineyards, lavender fields, and olive groves, the city also offers remarkable architecture and mountain views. Book a chateau and host an al fresco dinner under romantic string lights for an unforgettable celebration.
Pacific City, Oregon
Tucked away on the Oregon Coast, Pacific City is the perfect beach town for a Pacific Northwest destination wedding. This location has expansive beaches with uniquely carved cliffs and sandstone caves due to its mountainous terrain, offering dramatic backdrops for any couple.
Royal palaces? Historic estates? Romantic architecture? If you’re searching for all of this and more, Sintra, located in Western Portugal, is certainly the destination wedding spot. This couple said “I do” in an incredible coral-colored chapel before hosting their reception at Penha Longa Resort.
One incredibly vibrant wedding destination is Cartagena, Colombia. The colonial buildings showcase plenty of color nestled amongst expansive seaside views. From the city to the beaches, this locale is for the couple who wants to wed somewhere bold and beautiful.
Uluwatu is located on Bali’s most southwestern tip. With that come magnificent views of the Indian Ocean, along with the intrigue of limestone cliffs. Plan a destination wedding weekend of adventure for your guests to explore the clifftop lookouts, and don’t forget to pencil in a visit to the Uluwatu temple—an incredible beacon of architecture perched high on a steep cliff.
While Croatia may not be the first locale that comes to mind when destination wedding planning, maybe it should be. Located in Southern Croatia along the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik has gorgeous baroque architecture, unique stone walls, and streets paved with limestone. And let's not forget the breathtaking seaside views.
If nothing sounds more charming than a weekend in the English countryside, check out Suffolk. This picture-perfect area is where history meets elegance, making for the most delightful destination wedding location. Choose from gorgeous mansion venues with carefully manicured grounds to jaw-dropping historic hotels nestled in the countryside.
Tulum has become well-known as an up-and-coming Caribbean destination wedding spot. And while it certainly offers remarkable beaches and seaside views, Tulum is also packed with history. From the ancient Mayan ruins to the mangroves, there’s beauty and history no matter where you look.
Couples on the hunt for a mountain getaway should start researching venues in Aspen. Of course, this ski town is known for its winter sports, but it’s also a scenic wedding destination, whether you’re hoping for a winter wonderland celebration or would prefer a dramatic mountain backdrop to say “I do.”
Pretoria, South Africa
Pretoria is one of the three capital cities of South Africa, with gorgeous architecture, history, and culture. It is also famous for its magical Jacaranda trees, which make the city simply radiate in purple from September to January.
Hawaii is a hotspot for honeymoons, but it's also makes for a memorable wedding destination. Kauai is covered with lush rainforests paired with magnificent cliffs along the sea. Talk about the best of both worlds!
Add some Southern charm to your destination wedding by hosting it in Walland, Tennessee. A quick drive from Knoxville, the location is home to a number of farm and barn-style wedding venues. Luscious green countryside backdrops, string lights, and mountains in the distance? This is the ideal spot for a quintessential country event.
East Hampton, New York
For New Yorkers, heading to the Hamptons is a classic choice. But it may also make for a wonderful wedding destination. The area has splendid venues spanning from luxury hotels to picturesque seaside escapes. Couples hoping for a nautical vibe can hunt down a view with a lighthouse standing tall in the background for frame-worthy photos.
While many couples opt for beautiful beach vibes for their destination wedding, others want a magical fairytale. For that, Ireland is certainly a good start. Look to Limerick, Ireland, where you can literally get married in a castle.