Agonizing over rounding up your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” before the big day? Make the task a bit simpler—and get creative with it—by selecting a venue that doubles as your quota for the latter. We all wish for blue skies for this most critical moment, but that’s not the only place the pleasing hue can appear. There are places around the world where you’re immersed in shades of everyone’s favorite color.
Or maybe you’re not quite at the planning stage because there’s still an important question to ask. Take it one step further with an underwater proposal, as offered by Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire—where the staff will help with custom marriage proposal signs to use when you’re down deep—and Hilton Barbados Resort, where the question can be popped under the surface in an actual shipwreck. Once it’s time to make arrangements, we’ve rounded up a slew of spots where cerulean, azure, and cobalt will provide the perfect backdrop for best day of your life.
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Not only do you get the otherworldly azure Atlantic as your something blue at the W South Beach, but newlyweds tying the knot at the hotel are also gifted a pale blue crystal carafe from Tiffany & Co.—to match South Beach’s water—with their initials and ceremony date. Exchange vows and rings with your true love where the blue sky meets the aquamarine ocean at the exclusive Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach's 20,000-square-foot oceanfront Sky Deck.
Is it any surprise the Hawaiian islands are one of the best places to let your something blue be the star of the show? At Montage Kapalua Bay a beachfront ceremony is one way, but the Cliff House is maybe even better—floor-to-ceiling windows give panoramic views of the Pacific as well as surrounding islands. The just relaunched retro Queen Kapi’olani Hotel offers couples unmatched views of the sparkling Waikiki waters, complementing the blue skies above Diamond Head, and Turtle Bay Resort (famously the filming location for Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) allows for weddings on Bay View Beach, which is just part of its five unspoiled miles of coastline curling around the iconic North Shore.
Maldives and more
Anantara’s and Hurawalhi’s glass-encased underwater restaurants can serve as “I do” venues for total immersion into the blue, and Jumeirah Maldives recently launched its new overwater wedding chapel, complete with panoramic glass doors for 360-degree views of the most unbelievably colored Indian Ocean water you’ve ever seen. And not nearly as far of a trip, Fiji’s private-island resort Royal Davui totally tailors its nuptials to the couple, from a toes-in-the-sand ceremony on the water to a cultural Fijian wedding to an elopement on the Sand Quay literally surrounded by South Pacific blue.
India and Morocco
There are two absolutely magical places in the world known as blue cities: Jodhpur in India, and Chefchaouen in Morocco. There’s nothing like wandering through a place coated in breathtaking shades of cerulean, and there’s really nothing like getting married in this kind of fairytale setting. In the first there’s Umaid Bhawan Palace, and yes, it’s an actual palace. Butlers have taken care of actual royalty and will make sure the bride and groom—and their guests—get the absolute best service. The transportive architecture also makes for an epic wedding the blue-washed town of Chefchaouen, where accommodations are affordable and charming, or Morocco’s charming seaside getaway of Essaouira.
At the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, on Monaco’s Larvotto Beach, water babies can actually say “I do” submerged in the cerulean sea. Dive 40 feet down in neoprene—for the groom a wetsuit replicating a top hat, bowtie and tailcoat, and for the bride a white one with a voile skirt, pink scuba tanks and veil—along with professional divers taking the role of priest, videographer and more. There’s even music on the boat ride to the venue.
One of the easiest-to-reach destinations to ensure plenty of blue somethings is Mexico, and across the country’s coastlines are more options than one can imagine. Some standouts on the Baja Peninsula include Marquis Los Cabos (where the pristine ocean and trio of pools, including one with a three-tiered waterfall, give off serious blue vibes), The Resort at Pedregal (the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific at this prized peninsula property), Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection (the new glass-walled palapa AIRE is perched over cliffs above the Sea of Cortez with panoramic cobalt vistas) and Chileno Bay Resort & Residences, Auberge Resorts Collection (where even your rehearsal dinner can be on the pool). Down the Pacific Coast is Careyes, where not only does the ocean spread out before you but architecturally stunning venues include vibrant castles and villas, some in eye-catching shades of azure. And in Acapulco is Banyan Tree Cabo Marques, a retreat high on a cliff where you can see the turquoise ocean from weddings on the Las Rocas deck or La Sao terrace.
The newest Caribbean resort, Silversands Grenada (opening in November), has one of the coolest blue options for a tropical “I do”: at the end of an awe-inspiring 100-meter infinity pool, which just happens to be the longest in the islands. The electric blue sea behind you will be the perfect backdrop for photos. At Dominican Republic’s Tortuga Bay, designed by the great Oscar de la Renta, those wishing for an intimate wedding can buyout all 13 villas of the hotel and plan to make things official on one of the crystalline freshwater lagoons on the property’s ecological reserve. Blue, blue and more blue are the options for ceremony venues at Zemi Beach House on Anguilla, where it’s essentially nothing but white sand and turquoise waves.
There’s something about California’s long, winding coastline that’s just spectacular. Near Sonoma, where the redwoods meet the sea, is Timber Cove, perched on an isolated bluff above the Pacific Ocean with hiking trails, forest, rugged coastline and an event lawn that overlooks it all. For larger affairs, there’s Terranea Resort with views of Catalina Island, and a massive amount of lawn, terrace and coastal garden space for a fantasy blue-backdropped wedding for up to 900. Newport Beach’s Balboa Bay Resort has the perfect way to wow: a 128-foot yacht called The Ambassador, which boasts three decks that can hold 150 for a wedding, complete with live music on a baby grand and built-in dance floor.