It is the season of the big fat Indian wedding and almost all of us would know at least one person who is frantically planning that perfect D-day. While all wedding celebrations mean happiness, cheerful faces and get-togethers, destination weddings have their own charm. People sometimes prefer to take off from the city to the quiet of a meadow or a beach to exchange their vows. Others, just want to head to a special place to make their weddings special. And there are no dearth of beautiful destinations in the world to tell your special one ‘I do’. Here are 10 international destinations you can head to for your D-day.
San Diego, California
If a sunny, breezy weather is what you want on your wedding day, head to San Diego in California, known to be home to world’s loveliest weather. Its 70 miles of white sand means plenty of options for laid-back lovers looking for a barefoot-on-the-beach ceremony, while the bustling Gaslamp Quarter is a perfect choice for couples who want a cosmopolitan locale in which to say ‘I do’.
Whether watching the sunrise atop Haleakala or simply strolling barefoot on the beach, Maui makes for the ideal wedding destination. If you are a beach bum, you could just stay put with your partner and explore the resorts, world-renowned surf, activities aplenty and sandy beaches ranging from white to black to red here.
Amalfi Coast, Italy
Who wouldn’t want a wedding in an old church of magnificent architecture, followed by an intimate dinner party in a quaint Italian restaurant while glasses of wine clink to wish them good luck. The air in Italy is known to smell of romance and there’s probably no place as picturesque there as the Amalfi coast. High above the coastline is Ravello — an ancient town known for its spectacular vistas. For a more casual by-the-beach affair, choose the beautiful little town of Positano.
New York, New York
New York City has been the setting of countless evergreen romantic comedies including the Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan starrer You’ve Got Mail. What better place can provide the backdrop for the most important day of your life. Ride a taxi, choose and ornate hotel ballroom for your reception and continue the celebration into the morning hours by taking part in New York City’s unrivaled nightlife scene.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Unlike what is seen in most movies, all Las vegas weddings are not the unplanned drunk adventures they are shown to be. A lot of people choose the Sin City as the venue for their weddings. One can choose anything from an intimate, low-key ceremony on Bellagio’s Terraza Di Sogna with the world-famous fountains in the background to the Graceland Chapel, the site of many celebrity weddings.
What better to place to experience the heavenly marital bliss than at the island that is known as one that inspired heaven. Its fairly remote location preserves its pristine white-sand beaches, lush green mountains, and cobalt-blue waters.
With locales ranging from exotic gardens to waterfront pavilions,there’s probably a place in Orlando for nearly everyone’s taste. If your wedding dreams have always been inspired by fairy tales, then there’s no location better than Swan Boat Landing with Cinderella Castle as the backdrop. Fulfill your dream by choosing Cinderella’s Coach,complete with six Welsh ponies and two footmen in full costume,as your transportation.
Nevis, British West Indies
If you want a Caribbean sunset at the beach wedding, Nevis is the place to make a beeline for. The place is a part of the two-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Beautiful volcanic ash beaches,full-service resorts will engluf your senses as you fall in love with the quiet of this place. And for amazing wedding photographs, Nevis’s legendary sunsets make for the perfect backdrop.
For couples who prefer snow to sand,a winter wedding in the French Alps is a natural choice. With its cobblestone streets,upscale shops and world-class restaurants, Megeve is everything one would expect from a tiny Alpine ski resort. Despite the plethora of high-end tourists it attracts, moderately priced hotels and family-run bed-and-breakfasts are available in addition to the luxury hotels.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Stretching around 200 miles along the Pacific Coast from Nuevo Vallarta in the south to San Blas in the north, Riviera Nayarit is the home of mega-resorts to quaint boutique hotels and everything in between. Depending on preference,a couple might choose to begin their lives in the laid-back surfer enclave of Sayulita or at one of Punta Mita’s ultra-luxe beachfront resorts, like the St. Regis Punta Mita.