Five Places to Have a Destination Wedding

| October 24, 2012

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A wedding is an exciting event anticipated even more when it features a special destination. The following five places to have a destination wedding are popular matrimony hotspots each featuring their own special brand of charm.


Featuring a variety of port cities with ocean views and balmy weather, Mexico offers the bride and groom many wedding destination choices — from Cabo San Lucas to Puerto Vallarta to Cancun. Sunny weather most of the year along with spicy cuisine and friendly customer service make this a destination wedding to remember. A favorite spot known as Playa del Amor, which translates to Love’s Beach, is located near Cabo and provides scenic locations for wedding photos.


As one of the largest islands in the Caribbean, Jamaica offers couples a lush tropical paradise in which to say their vows. The country features beaches, mountains and waterfalls, and the island is also home to many luxurious all-inclusive resorts. Some of the best places to find a romantic retreat include Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.


With six islands to choose from, Hawaii offers soon-to-be-marrieds a wide array of choices, from a luxury resort setting, to an oceanside ceremony with the waves crashing in the background, to a mountain scene with volcanoes looming in the distance. You can even choose to be married in a traditional Hawaiian wedding, complete with authentic Polynesian attire.


Mild year-round beach weather and clean, white sandy beaches make Aruba a destination wedding location to remember. Enjoy a seaside ceremony during the day and hit the casinos and nightclubs Aruba is famous for at night, or have your own grand ballroom extravaganza ceremony. The sky’s the limit in this Caribbean island paradise.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

If you’re looking to stay in the continental United States and have a more rugged adventure in mind when it comes to saying “I do,” Jackson Hole, Wyo., just may fit the bill. You can begin your wedding day with your betrothed enjoying a jaw-dropping sunrise while floating in a hot air balloon over the Grand Tetons and then float down to a scenic ranch where you can say your vows with the mountains as a backdrop.

One of the big perks of having a dream destination wedding at one of these five places or another location of your choosing is the fact that you don’t have to go far to enjoy your honeymoon. Your guests are also likely to approve of your choice in venues.

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Julie Bawden-Davis is a Southern-California-based writer specializing in home and garden, real estate, small business and personal finance. Since 1985, her work has appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Family Circle, Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur and The Los Angeles Times. Julie is a University of California Certified Master Gardener and has written five gardening books, including Reader’s Digest Flower Gardening.