Destination Wedding Resorts with Built-In Ceremony Sites

Want to incorporate a touch of tradition into your far-flung nuptials? Check out these 16 resorts that are complete with chapels and more

Updated 01/13/15

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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

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Kivotos Luxury Boutique Hotel in Mykonos, Greece

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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

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Mission Inn and Spa in Riverside, California

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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

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Atlantis Paradise Island in Paradise Island, Bahamas

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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

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Sofitel Fiji in Denarau Island, Fiji

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Have a religious ceremony, a non-religious ceremony, or a colorful Fijian-style wedding (complete with Fijian musicians and the island's signature frangipani flowers) in this quaint beachside chapel; Sofitel Fiji

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Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort Thalassso Spa in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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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

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Ko Olina Resort in Oahu, Hawaii

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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

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Conrad Bali in Bali, Indonesia

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Make your grand entrance a walk down a long, marble aisle surrounded by reflection pools. Exchange vows in the sleek, triangle-shaped glass chapel overlooking the Indian Ocean then celebrate with fireworks on the beach; Conrad Bali

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Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Kihei, Hawaii

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After exchanging vows in the seaside chapel, have your reception outdoors on the chapel lawn or overlook, which has views of the chapel's gardens and the beach. Don't forget the tiki torches; Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

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Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri

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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

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The Inn at Palmetto Bluff: A Montage Resort in Bluffton, South Carolina

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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

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Tubac Golf Resort Spa in Tubac, Arizona

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Set on a 500-acre ranch, the mission-style chapel is a replica of a house of worship from the 1700s and fits 225 guests. When you walk out the wooden doors after the ceremony, the chapel's bell will ring, announcing you as Mr. and Mrs.; Tubac Golf Resort Spa

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The Cloister at Sea Island in Sea Island, Georgia

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Tucked under a canopy of Georgia oak trees, the small wedding chapel holds 50 guests and matches the Spanish-style of the resort. The Cloister Garden is right next door—the perfect place for cocktail hour or an outdoor reception under Spanish moss; The Cloister at Sea Island

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Dunton Hot Springs in Dunton, Colorado

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It'll only be you, your guy, and the officiant inside this open-air chapel. But no worries, the resort will set up outside seating for up to 42 guests. Speaking of intimate, why not rent out the entire mining town for a weekend celebration with your closest family and friends; Dunton Hot Springs

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Cathedral Peak Hotel in Winterton, South Africa

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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

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Jewel Runaway Bay Beach Golf Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica

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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

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