Destination weddings offer couples a greater opportunity to customize their wedding experience. Whether they’re looking to take advantage of gorgeous seasonal foliage, celebrate the historical significance of a location, or simply exchange vows in a dream vacation environment, a destination wedding can provide them with the memorable wedding experience they desire. If you are considering a destination wedding for yourself or a friend, here are a few terrific ideas for 2014:
Domestic Destinations: For a Spring wedding, consider southern towns like Savannah, Georgia. With moderate temperatures and abundant flora in full bloom, the atmosphere is perfect for an outdoor ceremony and reception. The city is well equipped with a wide selection of historic and garden venues like The Mackey House and the Davenport House Garden. More intimate, Gazebo Weddings are also very popular in Savannah and can be hosted at locations like the beautiful Beaulieu Plantation District.
For a fall wedding, you’ll want to take advantage of the colorful fall foliage. And when if comes to colorful scenery, you can’t beat New England and its many elegant venues like Blantyre in Lenox, MA, the storybook countryside of Mad River Valley, VT or the Lake Placid Lodge near the breathtaking Adirondack mountains in Lake Placid, NY.
International Destinations: For a tropical atmosphere, one of the hottest destinations right now is Taveuni Island in Fiji, especially for couples who like adventure and eco-friendly environments. Alternatively, you may also want to consider a beach wedding in Belize overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
For a classic, romantic setting, Italy offers the most exciting options. You can choose a romantic villa in Tuscany surrounded by grapevines and olive trees or trade the countryside for an historic location in Rome, like the Griffe Hotel which is situated near the world renowned Colosseum or the Residenza Di Ripetta, a 17th century former convent located just around the corner from the infamous Spanish Steps.
Budget Destinations: When you can’t afford to invite the whole family or even host a reception, you can’t beat Las Vegas, NV. With a multitude of tiny, affordable wedding chapels to choose from and a vast selection of officiants (including beloved Elvis impersonators) available to conduct the proceedings, you’re sure to get the most entertaining wedding experience on a tight budget. And after the vows are exchanged and the pronouncement is made, who needs a reception when you have Las Vegas to entertain your guests?
If Vegas is not your thing, another fine budget destination is Mexico where you will enjoy a lush tropical environment and can negotiate a great wedding package deal at premium resorts like Barceló Puerto Vallarta. For a domestic seaside alternative, you can take advantage of Monterey Peninsula’s dramatic coastline in California and host an unforgettable ceremony on one of its many beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
If none of these destinations are attractive to you, think of the places you love traveling the most and research wedding venues in those areas. Remember to stick to your budget so you can also enjoy a fabulous destination honeymoon.