While many couples choose to stay close to home for their nuptials, go back to the city where they first met to say "I do," or celebrate their love in their hometown, more and more weddings are being held in exotic destinations. Since most brides and grooms these days grow up, meet, and live in various cities across the U.S. (and even the world), even a wedding close to home can end up being a destination for most guests – which is why many couples choose to plan destination weddings.
A destination wedding is a wonderful way to host a small group or a large guest list in a unique setting. Since destination weddings often include a variety activities for guests to enjoy, these more-intimate events allow friends and family to spend an extended period of time together. Choose a destination that means something to you as a couple, or a new place that you've always wanted to go. Since it's often difficult to plan a wedding from afar, consider hiring wedding professionals that are based in the U.S., but willing to travel.
Present guests with welcome bags upon arrival filled with specialties from the locale and a list of popular restaurants and activities to visit during free time, have fun with your décor, and include interesting activities that may not have been possible in your hometown (like pre-wedding yoga on the beach). The options are endless! We've gathered 10 destination wedding locations to consider, below – all inspired by real weddings! From warm weather nuptials abroad to chic snowy celebrations in the U.S., click the photos or locations to learn more about these real weddings:
3. Costa Rica
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6. Deer Valley, Utah
Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography
8. Aspen, Colorado
Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer
9. Charleston, South Carolina
Photo by Adrienne Page