When you decide to plan a destination wedding, you suddenly have the whole world open to you! Amazing? Sure. Confusing? Definitely! But here's how to find a spot that jibes with your priorities and personalities — whether you're country folk, beach bums, or city slickers — for a destination wedding that's out-of-this-world and still totally you.
If you want tons of activities...
In the Country: Ashford Castle, Ireland
Play princess in this recently refreshed 13th-century castle. Guests will swoon, too — falconry, archery, and fishing lessons are all on the mile-long activities list.
At the Beach: Curtain Bluff, Antigua
Not only is it set on two gorge strands, it's also all inclusive, so your guests' tennis, diving, yoga, and windsurfing are covered in the room rate.
In the City: Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas
This chic hotel is attached to the Mandalay Bay resort complex, so you'll get the best of both worlds: Four Seasons' next-level service for your vows and fun places to play (a shark aquarium, a wave pool) the rest of the weekend.
Photo: Courtesy of The Point
If you want epic togetherness...
In the Country: The Point, Saranac Lake, New York
This plush 11-room Adirondacks Great Camp was William Avery Rockefeller's summer compound. Expect nightly campfires and a Gatsby-goes to-the-woods vibe.
At the Beach: Ocean View Club, Harbour Island, Bahamas
At just 17 rooms, this barefoot-chic retreat is perfect for a wedding takeover. Say "I do" on pink sand, then party by a bonfire.
In the City: Casa Hyder, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Colorful and cool, this swank villa has 11 antique- and art-stuffed rooms in three houses for guests. The pool area is surrounded by greenery — perfect for intimate vows, followed by a parade through the city streets.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Wailea
If you want amazing food...
In the Country: Kenwood Inn and Spa, Sonoma, California
It looks like an old-world villa and has the menu (and wine list) to match: Think three custom courses featuring dishes like risotto and artisanal burrata, paired with Sonoma vintages.
At the Beach: Hotel Wailea, Maui
This newly anointed Relais and Chateaux resort offers tropical mixology classes and a Mediterranean-meets-Hawaiian wedding menu plucked from the on-property organic farm.
In the City: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy
This palatial 19th-century hotel just outside the city center is known for its opulent wedding spaces, insane Florence views, and decadent Tuscan feasts. Bonus: The resort offers cooking classes for all of your foodie friends.
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