Now that you‘re engaged, you’ll need to make a number of decisions—or maybe only one: How do I want to get married? Whether it’s a small, intimate gathering or a lavish celebration, here are a few suggestions for how to make it the most special event of your life.
Queen For One Day
If you’ve ever dreamt of being a princess (or a prince), your wedding should provide the perfect opportunity. Rent a castle, wear a gorgeous dress, and feel spoiled—you are at the center of the whole event, anyway, and are entitled to arrange the festivities that suit your fairytale aspirations. For the ultimate Downton Abbey-style nuptials, we recommend renting an historic mansion like Ireland’s Ashford Castle, one of the most idyllic and romantic hotels in Europe. This spectacular 350-acre estate offers the most incredible setting for a day you’ll remember forever. Five-star luxury awaits you, as well as a surprisingly homely and welcoming atmosphere for up to 164 guests. If you‘re more the Mediterranean type, we recommend the Gritti Palace in Venice. Imagine the reflections of the city’s historical monuments on the Grand Canal as you glide by on a gondola to this 15th-century palazzo, where, in days gone by, only royal families had the privilege to stay. If you prefer informal luxury, try the Aman Sveti Stefan, a graceful and romantic seaside hideaway with lush grounds and stunning sea views on Montenegro’s iconic and fortified islet of Sveti Stefan. Slick and chic, the Adriatic beach resort offers friendly, charming comfort at its best: no request is too great and no detail is too small for the dedicated hotel team, working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure everything goes to plan.
For many people, a beach fringed by swaying palm trees with the sound of the ocean’s gentle waves is the ideal backdrop for a wedding in paradise. One place where you’ll feel at home as well as in paradise is the Sanará on Tulum Beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico. You won’t find a palatial all-inclusive resort, but tranquility and privacy, together with white sand beaches and the aquamarine colors of the Caribbean. This luxury eco boutique hotel offers a magical beachside location for your ceremony, a stunning roof top terrace for your cocktail reception, and cozy villas—it is, in fact, the perfect sanctuary. For even more luxury, the idyllic Baros,a secluded island in a crystal-clear coral lagoon of the Maldives with over-water villas and a lush, palm-filled garden, will exceed your highest fantasy-island expectations. The award-winning boutique resort is renowned for wedding ceremonies with traditional Maldivian Boduberu performances, as well as vow-renewal ceremonies on a private sandbank. The only stunning location that can top this ultimate backdrop for a wedding must be Petit St. Vincent. Known as one of the world’s most enchanting hideaways, the private Grenadines island is tucked away in the Caribbean Sea, offering an unparalleled vacation for people who seek absolute privacy amid natural beauty and the luxurious comforts of a James Bond-style setting.
For the adventurous, typical wedding ideas may seem sub-par. If river rafting, mountain hiking or helicopter rides are your thing, here are a few exhilarating ways to say “I do”: Emily Moon River Lodge at the Bitou River in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, is an exclusive boutique guest lodge with wonderfully quirky yet chic décor. Surrounded by indigenous vegetation and views of the wetlands, winding river, and distant mountains, this Garden Route location not only offers the perfect romantic wedding setting, but also a range of outdoor activities, including mountain biking and horse riding, canoe paddling, whale watching, and safaris. If this still sounds too bohemian, we suggest consulting the travel and wedding planning team at Pink Iceland. Mind-blowing backdrops, such as thundering waterfalls and hulking blue glaciers, create a picture-perfect moment on this fire-and-ice island in the North Atlantic Ocean. Pink Iceland not only plans pretty much everything to do with getting married, but also helps everyone who wants to get married. For aviation aficionados, the height of adventure must be a helicopter wedding in New Zealand’s South Island. Exchange your vows up in the air, surrounded by stunning vistas of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu, or alight on a mountaintop of your choice with Heli Weddings.