The 5 Most Popular Destination Wedding Locations in 2018

You just said “yes!” to one of the most important questions in your life! Whether you’re still reeling from the excitement or you’ve been planning your dream wedding for a while, there are certain wedding trends that most brides can agree on. And this year, that trend is the destination wedding. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting married in a historic Irish Castle or on the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean, check out these 5 trending wedding destinations for your location inspiration.

 

  • Portugal

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Portugal is Europe’s newest hot spot, and it’s no exception for destination weddings. For those who love the bustle of popular European cities, you’ll find incredible restaurants, fascinating sights, and affordable amenities within its capital city of Lisbon. This city also offers unforgettable venues, including manors, palaces, and monasteries, that are available for your ceremony or reception. If you’re wanting a slightly more tropical location, check out the nearby coastal city of Cascais for stunning wedding photos featuring seaside cliffs and sandy beaches. Prefer to have a countryside wedding? Consider looking into Sintra or Obidos for two historical countryside cities. Portugal is known for its incredible wine selection and beautiful year-round weather, which guests will no doubt enjoy.

 

  • Italy

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Paris may be the City of Love, but Italy is easily the Country of Romance. From well-traveled tourist destinations like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, and Florence, to lesser-known spots like Bologna, Genoa, and Lucca. When it comes to planning a destination wedding, Italy has something for every bride. Historical chapels in the city, waterside manors, and countryside villas are all available for brides looking for their perfect destination wedding venue. Italy has always been a popular location for brides searching for their ultimate romantic destination, and it will remain that way for a while.

 

  • Ireland

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Another European destination gathering attention from international brides is the beautiful, lush country of Ireland. It is now considered the #1 destination for heritage weddings.  Ever dreamed of saying “I do” in a European castle? The Irish countryside is chock-full of royal venues. Many of these castles and manors offer in-house wedding teams to provide you top-notch vendors for your special day. Being a relatively small country, you and your wedding guests will enjoy the ability to tour the country before and after the big day. Ireland is fully welcoming to international brides and is becoming one of the top locations for future brides planning their special day.

 

  • Morocco

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Ever heard about couples traveling to get married in Morocco? No? Well, you probably will soon. Morocco is on its way to becoming one of the top destinations for couples looking to say “I do”. From it’s jaw-dropping architecture to its colorful decor, Morocco is becoming one of the most photogenic locations for destination weddings. A variety of palaces, courtyards, and beachside venues are available for future brides to book. March, April, and May are the most beautiful months when spring begins and the landscape is green and lush.  Although, September and October are the most pleasant months for the most temperate weather. We would just recommend avoiding Ramadan (May-June), as many vendors will not be available during the daytime!

 

  • Costa Rica

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Central American countries have always been a popular and budget-friendly region for destination wedding goers, and Costa Rica is no exception. Elegant rural estates and upscale oceanfront properties make up this country’s most luxurious wedding venues. Whether you dream of taking a dip in the Caribbean or hiking through the rainforest of Corcovado National Park, you’re sure to find it in this tropical destination.

From the Italian hillsides to the sandy beaches of Costa Rica, more and more brides are choosing to go international for their nuptials this year. No matter where you choose to hold your special day, we would love to come along for the ride with our global travel expertise. Give our team a call for our wedding videography services or check out our website to see some of our past work!

The Best Destinations for Your Summer Honeymoon

Greece, Hawaii, and Switzerland are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newly wed couples, but are they the best destinations to visit in the summertime? If you and your fiancé are planning a honeymoon to take after your summer wedding, consider some of these top honeymoon destinations around the globe.

 

  • Czech Republic

 

While you won’t be able to avoid the inevitable summer crowds in this European country, you and your new spouse will get to experience the beauty of the Czech Republic in the summertime. Spend your honeymoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Europe’s fairytale city, and/or venture outside of the country’s capital to visit the famed “Bone Church” in Kutna Hora or peer from the romantic castle’s belltower in Cesky Krumlov, both quick day trips from Prague. The best time to visit this country is between May and September, and if you go, make sure you make time to see the Prague Castle, Astronomical Clock, and spend a romantic evening seeing a show at the Prague National Theater.

 

  • Canada

 

With an entire country to choose from, you and your partner will have no issues finding romantic ways to spend your honeymoon in Canada. From the European-style locations like Quebec City and Fairmont Banff Springs to the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island, you can plan an incredible Canadian honeymoon full of hiking, sightseeing, and luxurious hospitality. Summer is arguably the best time to visit Canada for its warmer, but still mild, weather and luscious natural beauty.

 

  • French Polynesia

 

Known for its overwater bungalows and jaw-dropping sunsets, French Polynesia is a favorite among honeymooners seeking a carefree, romantic vacation. And it’s not hard to see why! Whale watching, snorkeling, catamaran trips, and guided walking tours are just a few of the countless activities to do on these tropical islands. Try visiting one of their smaller “motus” for a much more private experience.  Our summer is French Polynesia’s winter and this season provides the best weather and water visibility for honeymooners looking for a tropical escape.

 

  • Ireland

 

For couples seeking a more temperate, cultural honeymoon, Ireland is the place to be. From its romantic villages to the luscious greenery covering the island, a honeymoon in Ireland is like a fairytale. If a rainy walk through the historic, cobblestone streets of Dublin sounds like a dream, consider booking a round-trip ticket for two to this popular honeymoon destination. While in Ireland, consider a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for an unforgettable sight and a stop by the Killarney National Park for a breathtaking hike past waterfalls and eye-catching lakes. The best months of the year to visit Ireland are July and August, so consider getting a head start on planning your Ireland honeymoon!

 

  • France

 

“The City of Lights” isn’t the only romantic stop in this Western European country. For those seeking a more tropical honeymoon destination, consider a trip to the French Riviera to visit famous towns like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco. For couples desiring a hillside escape to French vineyards and historical villages, look into visiting the Champagne region of France. This well-traveled country offers amenities for every honeymoon budget, from stays in 5-star resorts to reasonably priced apartments in the country’s capital. France draws its biggest crowds in the summertime, so consider booking a May or September honeymoon to avoid the crowds and expensive prices.

 

  • Thailand

 

From the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the magical islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is a country full of enough adventures to last you months. Thailand is the perfect location if you and your future spouse are dreaming of a honeymoon that includes both cultural experiences and pristine white beaches. Diving, boat tours, and great nightlife are just some of the many perks that come with a honeymoon in this Asian country. No matter what you and your fiance(e) want from your honeymoon, you’re bound to find it in the beauty that is Thailand.

 

  • South Africa

 

Sand dunes, wine-tasting, and safaris: these are just a few of the many adventures that await couples planning to honeymoon in South Africa. Summer in South Africa may be on the chilly side, but the summer months offer the best time to go on a safari adventure and explore the countryside. However, if you have your heart set on getting some sun on the South African beaches, consider postponing your honeymoon to the winter months for warmer weather and better beachside activities.

 

  • Brazil

 

If the 2016 Summer Olympics weren’t convincing enough, maybe the beautiful rainforests, world-famous beaches, and cultural sites will inspire you to honeymoon in Brazil. Visiting Brazil during its off season (May-September) will ensure you avoid the big crowds and overwhelming heat. A visit to Brazil during these months will offer weather in the 70s/80s and less packed beaches, providing a romantic vacation for you and your spouse. If you love dancing, relaxing on the beach, and exploring natural wonders, Brazil may be the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

From unbelievably romantic beaches to historic towns and villages, the options are endless for any couples looking to have a wonderful summertime honeymoon. If you’re planning a destination wedding, take a look at our blog post Popular Wedding Traditions around the World for help following local customs. And for more information on hiring a wedding videographer to capture every moment of you special day, contact us!