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If you're planning a destination wedding, you have a separate list of logistics to consider — how to transport your wedding dress, which costs you're supposed to cover for your guests, and so on. But first things first: How do you pick where to get married?!
Some brides and grooms choose a faraway locale for personal connections (if a family home is there or it was the proposal spot), but others want a wedding that'll look great in photos, plus act as a vacation for your guests. If that's the case, there's a beautiful spot just waiting to host a wedding. Could it be tropical Hawaii? Or, perhaps, classically romantic Italy? There's also rustic Aspen, glamorous Paris, and stunning Mexico. How can you possibly choose from these destination wedding (and honeymoon) hotspots?
We're here to help end your guesswork. Answer our six crafty questions and scroll down to find out where you should have your destination wedding!
What is your favorite color?
Which movie do you enjoy the most?
a. Midnight in Paris
b. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
c. Forgetting Sarah Marshall
d. Dumb and Dumber
e. Roman Holiday
Who is your favorite celebrity bride (or bride-to-be)?
*a. Halle Berry
b. Jennifer Aniston
c. Megan Fox
d. Kate Bosworth
e. Chrissy Teigen*
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite dessert?
c. Pineapple upside-down cake
d. Blackberry cobbler
What is your ideal wedding dress style?
*a. Form-fitting, with lots of lace
b. A breezy sheath
c. A colorful, flowy gown
d. A long-sleeved dress with a little bit of sparkle
e. A formal ball gown*
If you picked mostly a's: You should get married in Paris. Honestly, what could be better than a wedding in the City of Love? Effortlessly chic stars like Salma Hayek have said "I do" in perhaps the most romantic city on the planet, and for good reason. With breathtaking scenery, endless landmarks, and world-renowned cuisine, it's a great place to congregate friends and family for a trip to remember. If you're destined for a Parisian destination wedding, you probably love feminine details like lace, mixed in with bold hints of red.
Incorporate lilies, France's national flower, into your bouquet and serve up locally-crafted macarons for dessert instead of a wedding cake. Warning: You may never want to leave.
If you picked mostly b's: You should get married in Mexico. ¡Ole! Mexico is a destination wedding hotspot, especially for west coasters that are searching for an exotic getaway without too much travel. If you got Mexico, you love low-key details like breezy sundresses, flan instead of wedding cake, and throwing back shots of tequila among your loved ones. Embrace Mexico's colorful culture with a bold bouquet of sunflowers, which are native to the country, and pops of green throughout your décor.
You and your fun-loving crew won't ever forget this fiesta of a lifetime.
If you picked mostly c's: You should get married in Hawaii. You're a little more laid-back, and you want a romantic, no-frills wedding that reflects that. Hawaii, one of the most popular honeymoon spots, is great for destination nuptials because newlyweds can stick around long after the wedding. If you're meant to say "aloha" to a Hawaiian wedding, look to Megan Fox, who got married barefoot on the beach — albeit in a couture gown. Hawaii is loaded with natural beauty, so stick an orchid in your hair, wear a wedding dress with a little bit of color, and serve up a pineapple-flavored wedding cake to get festive.
If you picked mostly d's: You should get married in Aspen. Rustic, bohemian brides flock to the Rocky Mountains to get married, thanks to its breathtaking vistas, especially for winter weddings. Kate Bosworth's 2013 wedding in Montana was filled with rustic romance, and brides-to-be that want a similar vibe should take note. Long-sleeved wedding dresses are ideal for these types of destination soirèes, as temperatures can be breezy even during the summer. Wildflowers bloom everywhere in the West, so pop a few into your bouquet — or, perhaps, make a flower crown of bluebells.
Serve farm-to-table cuisine, sip out of mason jars, and enjoy those unforgettable views.
If you picked mostly e's: You should get married in Italy. Brides who want an Italian wedding love la dolce vita — the sweet life! The country is a celebrity-wedding hotspot, playing host to nuptials like those between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. And why not? With castles to spare, impeccable food, and glamour aplenty, it's a honeymoon and destination wedding hotspot. Roses are grown there, making it a perfect accent to a formal wedding dress.
Indulge your sweet tooth with a dessert like tiramisu, pop bottles of prosecco, and voila! Romance, the Italian way.