We love a destination wedding (beautiful location! Exotic signature cocktails!), but we know that not all destination brides want a barefoot wedding on the beach. So, we put together a list of 19 ultra-fabulous resorts that offer amazing service, beautiful views, and picture-perfect wedding chapels. Because, sometimes, you want a little tradition, even in paradise.
Not looking for a grand church wedding? The chapels on this list are totally intimate (most hold fewer than 50 guests, and the largest fits 180 max) and most are non-denominational so your ceremony can be as religious (or non-religious) as you want it to be. You can even ask for an authentic Polynesian ceremony with local musicians at the Four Seasons Bora Bora or for a Fijian ceremony at Sofitel's beachside chapel. After the ceremony, head to a nearby pool, beach, garden, or ballroom to party with your VIP guests. With the swoon-worthy views at these resorts, we recommend keeping the décor to a minimum. Use the reception as a time to enjoy the area's natural beauty (and local food!) and spend time with your nearest and dearest—they did, after all, make the trip to watch you say "I do."
So, whether you want a ceremony in the mountains, by the beach, or on top of a coral reef, click through our slideshow to find the perfect resort chapel for your destination wedding. And while you're looking at all the beautiful pictures, remember that you and your future hubby are hunting for a honeymoon too!
At left: Inside the thatched Aherenoa chapel, 18 guests can watch your traditional Polynesian ceremony in front of a floor-length window with views of the South Pacific; Four Seasons Bora Bora
Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel in Mykonos, Greece
The whitewashed St. Spyridon chapel overlooking Ornos Bay is the definition of Aegean beauty. Have an intimate ceremony inside for 10 guests before celebrating by the pool while the sun sets over the sea; Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel
Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside, California
Built in 1876, this historic SoCal hotel oozes Spanish colonial style. The non-denominational St. Francis of the Assisi Chapel seats 150 guests and features a gilded 18th-century altar, an elegant beamed ceiling, and Tiffany stained glass windows. Want something more intimate? The cozy St. Cecilia chapel holds up to 15 guests; Mission Inn and Spa
Atlantis Paradise Island in Paradise Island, Bahamas
Ask and the Ocean's Edge pavilion can be transformed into a charming seaside chapel. After the ceremony, invite guests to the beach deck for cocktail hour before heading back inside for a lounge-style after party and reception; Atlantis Paradise Island
Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalassso Spa in Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Thanks to see-through glass bottom floor inside the chapel, you can say your vows while your flower girls stay occupied watching the coral garden and swimming fish below. Bonus: The floor-to-ceiling window behind the altar gives guests a straight shot of Mount Otemanu; Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalassso Spa
Ko Olina Resort in Oahu, Hawaii
The Ko Olina Resort has three resorts (Aulani, a Disney Resort Spa, J.W. Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa, and Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort) and three wedding chapels. The newest, Honu Kai Lani, accommodates up to 40 guests and features a white glass aisle with ocean views, while the Ko Olina Chapel of Peace (shown) fits 50 guests and sits within sight of one of the resort's four lagoons. For serious drama, choose the glass-walled Aquaveil Frais Marina Ko Olina Le Plage for 360-degree views of the oceans and gardens; Ko Olina Resort
Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri
Choose from four wedding chapels at this rustic resort in the Ozark Mountains. For a ceremony with views of the lake, decide between The Chapel of the Ozarks (shown), a stone chapel on a hillside, and The Chapel at Integrity Hills, which is even closer to the lake. If you're looking for a more traditional chapel, the whitewashed Garden Chapel features floor-to-ceiling windows and seats up to 80 guests. Lastly, for a more rustic look, check out the log cabin-style Hope Wilderness Chapel, which fits up to 100 guests; Big Cedar Lodge
The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: A Montage Resort in Bluffton, South Carolina
With wide-board pine floors, high gothic windows, and a deep porch across the front, this white chapel is nothing less than picture-perfect. Ask your guests to stay in one of the resort's 50 guest cottages and cottage suites and enjoy a wedding weekend on the May River; The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: A Montage Resort
The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia
Dunton Hot Springs in Dunton, Colorado
Cathedral Peak Hotel in Winterton, South Africa
This farmhouse-turned-chapel in the Drakensberg Mountains has views of the hotel's gardens and the famous peaks. Plus, the resort has a helicopter so ask to take a ride for some amazing photos; Cathedral Peak Hotel
Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Golf Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica
Invite guests of all ages to your beachside ceremony at this all-inclusive resort just minutes from Jamaica's Green Grotto Caves. Decorate the wooden chapel with flowers for a beautifully simple ceremony in front of up to 40 guests; Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Golf Resort