12 of the Best Destination Wedding Locations for the Modern Couple

12 of the Best Destination Wedding Locations for the Modern Couple

“I do” in the mountains of Arizona, tie the knot in a
Provence chateau, or indulge your wild side with nuptials in South
Africa’s Kruger National Park (feeding the mother-in-law to lions,
optional). These destination wedding locations are your ticket to
happily ever after.

Wedding destinations worth travelling for



With Van Gogh-esque olive trees and centuries-old chateaus,
Provence is any idyllic setting for a wedding. Walk down the aisle
through the pristine gardens of Chateau Fontaine, or choose Chateau d’Argent, where
nostalgic window shutters match the blanket of lavender on the
nearby hills. If the location isn’t enough to stun your guests,
then the Provençal rosé wine should do the trick.

Paradise Valley


With an average of 299 days of sunshine each year,
is a pretty sure bet for those who want perfect weather
on The Big Day. Say “I do” against a backdrop of chiselled sienna
mountainscape – The Hermosa Inn and El
offer beautiful outdoor receptions.

Catania, Sicily


On the east coast of
is Catania, where baroque palaces and country houses
serve as opulent backdrops for nuptials. Immerse yourselves in the
floral setting of Villa La Limonaia or sip champagne
underneath tree-hung chandeliers at Castello
. Fill your menu with the fresh seafood that’s in
abundance here next to the Mediterranean coast.

County Wicklow


County Wicklow’s dramatic rolling green hills and picturesque
lakes catch the attention of many soon-to-be-weds. You’ll be spoilt
for choice when it comes to venues – our favourites include
Trudder Lodge, Powerscourt House and Rathsallagh Country House. An hour’s drive from

, County Wicklow is easily accessible for those
travelling in to the Irish capital.

Kruger National Park

South Africa

South Africa’s largest game reserve is the perfect destination
wedding location for those with a wild side Home to lions,
leopards, elephants and rhinos, this spot is a surefire way to make
your wedding snaps stand out. Lion Sands River Lodge, Leopard Hills Lodge and Jock Safari Lodge rank among the many beautiful
contenders for venues here.



Oxfordshire is not short of
stately homes and country houses – you can even get wed at Blenheim
Palace. Couples more academically inclined can get hitched in one
of the University of Oxford’s colleges or libraries, and follow the
vows with a feast in one of its great dining halls.



Your guests will forgive you for any long flights incurred as
soon as they touch down in
. Host the reception on the beach or at an enchanting
venue such as Casa Malca, Ak’iin
and Papaya Playa Project. For the
eco-conscious, boutique hotel Sanara Tulum will provide a
wedding menu that’s sustainably sourced.

Aberdeen & Deeside


Tying the knot in Scotland could turn your idea of a fairy-tale
wedding into a reality with its romantic, sculpted landscapes. The
ethereal facade of Cluny Castle will make any brides
and grooms feel like royalty, while Logie Country House and Ballogie Estate are other favorable venue choices.
Although Scotland isn’t famed for good weather, its hearty food is
guaranteed to warm the cockles.

Guanacaste Province

Costa Rica

Do you dream of an exotic wedding? Costa Rica’s Guanacaste
Province offers picture-perfect beaches and jungles. Choose
eco-conscious El Mangroove for natural wooden
decor and locally sourced produce, or one of the province’s many
villa-style hotels that can be hired out in their entirety.



With centuries-old architecture and food to satisfy even the
fussiest of taste buds, Rome is a no-brainer when it comes
to destination weddings. Ask your parish priest to request a spot
for the ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica or, if you prefer somewhere
out of the centre, opt for Castello di Tor Crescenza. Skip breakfast; Italian
wedding banquets are known to offer course after course – you don’t
want to get left behind.



The otherworldly honeycombed hills here should convince you to
start destination-wedding planning straight away. Host the ceremony
on Museum Hotel’s terrace (if you don’t mind your guests’ attention
being stolen by the surroundings) or choose Mithra Cave Hotel, where rooms are carved into the
landscape. Balloon rides and Turkish banquets are the icing on the
(wedding) cake.



The colourful city of Marrakech is becoming an
ever-more popular hotspot for bohemian nuptials. The Red City
leaves you with little need to worry about rain, while its rich
sunlight makes for a gorgeous wedding album. Poppy Delevigne tied
the knot at La Mamounia – and we can see why;
not only is it visually magnificent, its restaurant has two
Michelin-starred chefs, so your wedding breakfast won’t

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