If you are planning on getting married abroad then look no further. We have carefully selected some of the best locations from around the America’s and the Caribbean that will provide you with the perfect two-in-one wedding and honeymoon experience. Your wedding abroad will be one of the most romantic and exciting times of your life, so making sure you choose the right location is imperative.
Las Vegas, USA
Considering it goes by the moniker of ‘Sin City’ it is quite remarkable that Las Vegas is one of the most popular destinations in the world to make those sacred vows. It has garnered a reputation for being quick, easy, inexpensive and fun, and while it can be somewhat cheesy in places this type of wedding can still be very special and meaningful for those involved.
Themed weddings are very popular giving you the chance to get creative and have some fun. Where else can you have Elvis perform the ceremony, ride into the chapel on a Harley Davidson, get married beach-party style or have your wedding attendants dress like mobsters? No requests are too outrageous or unachievable in Las Vegas.
There are around a dozen chapels located on the strip that have ‘cute’ and endearing names, including Little White Wedding Chapel which appears to be a favourite among Hollywood celebrities. Many people refer to it as the drive-thru tunnel of vows as you can get married without even setting foot outside your car!
Just because the chapels get most of the attention doesn’t mean that you cannot have a traditional church wedding. Las Vegas does have a diocese and a handful of churches so if tradition is key to your big day you can do things the old-fashioned way before taking your sweetheart on a gondola ride to snap pics at the Bellagio fountains or enjoy your first meal courtesy of Wolfgang Puck. The possibilities are endless.
Even the name itself carries romantic connotations. Kissimmee offers those seeking a traditional wedding a variety of unique settings and venues ranging from picturesque chapels to grand basilica. There is also the opportunity to take advantage of the abundant outdoor beauty and exchange vows beneath a romantic canopy of 100-year-old oak trees, in a scenic lakeside park, or even under the sunset along one of Florida’s finest beaches.
Many visitors to Florida opt to stay in Kissimmee as it is a family-orientated destination known for its themed dinner theatres, swamp tours and five-star villas. Whilst it is a world famous wedding destination it also doubles up well as a honeymoon location, particularly with those soon-to-be-wed parents. If you can’t jet away and leave the children behind then where better to go than Disney Land? Kissimmee is less than 10 miles away from both Disney Land and Universal Studio theme parks and most hotels and villas have free daily transfers to-and-from.
Los Cabos, Mexico
It has long been a tale of forbidden romance or a spate of spontaneity for American couples to elope to Mexico but now the Latin American destination is fast becoming an international wedding location.
One of Mexico’s most popular ceremony spots is appropriately named Playa del Amor – Lovers Beach – in Los Cabos. It is home to some of the country’s most striking scenery and has a reputation for year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, luxurious villa rentals and resorts. Los Cabos is more than equipped to provide that magical moment that will last with you for a lifetime.
Whatever you are looking for in a wedding, Mexico can cater. From tranquil beaches to historic old colonial cities, photographic opportunities are everywhere to be found. Other locations you may wish to consider include Puetro Morelos for a destination wedding in a beautiful fishing village along the Mayan Riviera, or the archaeologically stunning walled-city of Tulum along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula.
More famous for its honeymoons than it is for its weddings, St Lucia has been voted the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination eight times by the World Travel Awards. Regardless of whether you choose to come here for your wedding, honeymoon or even both – you are in for a treat.
St Lucia is breathtakingly beautiful with its iconic Piton Mountains, stunning lush scenery and beautiful palm-fringed beaches. There is also no shortage of enchanting places to stay, with luxury suites more than happy to exploit the serenity of the surrounding offering balcony views backing onto the Caribbean Sea overlooking the striking Pitons.
The most magical aspect of the entire honeymoon experience is the fact that despite being renowned for romantic luxury, bananas are still a bigger business on the island than tourism. As a result newly weds are able to enjoy each-others company in an almost exclusive privacy.