When you think of a destination wedding, do you assume you'll tie the knot at a resort, perhaps on the beach or by a lake? Sure, those are the most common choices, but you can also expand your search to other sites in flight-worthy locations, the way you would at home. Here are a few to consider:
Marrying by a lighthouse gives you immediate access to ocean views, without the pesky annoyance of sand in your wedding shoes. Instead, you'll probably find a grassy hillside with waves crashing on rocks in background.
One to Consider: The Montauk Point Lighthouse in New York's Tony Hamptons offers a dramatic red-and-white stripe lighthouse for photo ops in a park setting, with the surfer-friendly shoreline nearby.
One to Consider: Oahu's Polynesian Cultural Center offers an immersive lesson in not just Hawai'i's customs, but those of other Pacific islands as well. The team can help coordinate an event that celebrates the rich traditions of this tropical fantasyland.
History-loving couples can head to Europe for the ultimate wedding day fantasy. After all, a princess-themed wedding never feels quite as appropriate as at an actual castle, where medieval history abounds and you can imagine what it would have been like to marry your beloved hundreds of years ago.
One to Consider: Ireland's Irish Landmarks Trust preserves historic buildings and rents them out at reasonable prices to vacationers and for events. Consider Clomantagh Castle in County Kilkenny — just be sure your guests close the gate to the lush, green fields on the way back to the castle so the sheep don't get out.
If you or your significant other are a connoisseur of a specific spirit, a ceremony or reception at a distillery is a great way to celebrate that passion on your wedding day.
One to Consider: You can have this kind of event, and your Caribbean fantasy, too. Check out St. Nicholas Abbey, a rum distillery in Barbados, for a spectacular setting. Bonus: This spot even has its own chapel.
You may think of a farm-themed wedding as having twine-wrapped bails of hay for ceremony seating and daisy bouquets for the bridesmaids, but there are farms in island locales, too. There, you can plan a farm-to-table reception with fresh local ingredients grown right on the spot.
One to Consider: Maui's Upcountry O'o farm is owned by a pair of local chefs, who use the land to supply a lot of the produce for Pacific'o restaurant and the popular luau, the Feast at Lele. We can't think of better partners for a decadent wedding dinner surrounded by tiki torches, an orchard, and even coffee trees.