Going to the Chapel? See These Gorgeous Destination Wedding Sites

Going to the Chapel? See These Gorgeous Destination Wedding Sites

When no local hotel ballroom will do.

By Jenny Berg

Chocolates are nice on Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it: Nothing tops a big fat sparkler. If your holiday comes with a proposal, you'll be in good company! Tom and Katie and Demetria and Roger will be cake, flower, and dress shopping right along with you — but if we can offer this preliminary advice, it’s to book your venue fast. And, to think big. (Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime event, after all!)

If an epic destination wedding is what you’re after, here are our picks for the world’s most swoon-worthy wedding backdrops.

1. The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

Tropical, secluded, and romantic beyond belief? This property has it all — now with turtles. True, the pokey animals don’t always conjure luxury, but hear us out: The luxurious resort just opened a freestanding pavilion in the Indian Ocean. And it’s perfect for dreamy, intimate ceremonies. Accessible only by boat, the venue has a glass-bottom aisle that overlooks a turtle enclosure. For couples looking to pare down the guest list, the wee space only fits 18 people. So, those annoying relatives you don’t really want to invite? Vote them off the island. 

2. Fairmont Mayakoba

Forget a single venue. Rent a whole town square at the stunning Playa del Carmen property… well, kind of. Known as “El Pueblito,” a new event space at the Fairmont hotel evokes a quaint Mexican Village replete with sidewalk eateries, an art gallery, and a Catholic chapel. The charming space can hold 1,000 guests, so — yes! Your bestie gets a plus one.  

3. Burj Al Arab Jumeirah

This one’s for couples that live on the edge (and, er, not for the ones who fear heights). At the luxury hotel in Dubai, lovebirds can say their vows on a helipad some 700 feet above the ground. The dizzying perch overlooks the sparkling blue Arabian Gulf, and a “wedding architect” is on hand to oversee every detail. Even for clients with sky-high demands. 

4. The Restoration

Looking for something a little more down home? Channel the folks from Southern Charm and book a ceremony at The Restoration. The newly renovated property in Charleston, South Carolina (cue dreamy, low-country scenery) hosts weddings on a rooftop overlooking the city. And, how’s this for Southern Hospitality? An in-house perfumer will create custom scents for brides and grooms. 
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