11 Unconventional Locations For A Destination Wedding
By Bianca Lambert
One of the best days of your life just happened: the love of your life has asked you to marry them. After sending a picture of the ring to your family group chat, facetiming your BFFs, and updating that relationship status to ‘engaged’ — it is time to start planning your wedding day. Some might opt for a courthouse wedding, while others might opt for an over-the-top hometown soiree, but you and your honey want to seal the deal with a destination wedding — since it can be more cost-effective and stress-free. Here are a few destination locations we think would make your wedding both joyous and memorable.
If you or your partner has ever wanted to come face-to-face with a glacier, here is your chance. On this one-of-a-kind experience, you fly in a helicopter to elevations of 1,800 to 3,500 feet and will have ice up to 2,500 feet deep below your feet, with mountain peaks surrounding you. Alaska Weddings offers packages starting at $2,380, that include a helicopter to the Mendenhall Glacier and thirty minutes on the glacier. Since there will be helicopter travel, there will only be room for the two guests of honor, the wedding officiant, the photographer, with a possibility of two additional guests depending on their weight. Their packages also includes special boots with metal cleats to wear on the glacier, a six-passenger chauffeured Limousine and a wedding planning assistance.
The Tirtha Luhur offers many options for couples that want to say their ‘I do’s’ in Bali. With panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the calm that Bali provides, this destination is one that everyone will enjoy. The Tirtha will help couples plan everything in-house including accommodations, food and beverage, decor, styling, and anything else the wedding party desires.
Getting married in Africa is a dream for many newly engaged couples and the NamibRand Nature Reserve is a offers a unique way to do it. The Wolwedans can accommodate wedding parties as small as two to as large as forty at their Dunes Lodge or Dune Camp. Before booking this as your wedding venue, you’ll want to be sure those on the guest list know what they’re signing up for as the reserve is set in a remote environment. The reserve also requires the couple to have specific paperwork on hand like a valid passport and screening documents from immigration — and you’ll also need to visit the Ministry of Home Affairs in Windhoek upon your arrival.
Ready to eat, pray, love it with your forever bae and your loved ones? Add Villa Il Borro to your list, because their stunning accommodations, lush grounds, and exceptional service will make your special day one to remember. You will work with a dedicated wedding planning team that will coordinate every detail of your wedding, from decorations to food.
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Whether you want to have a one-on-one wedding experience or invite a small group of guests along, the Mara Explorer Camp offers a chance to have a unique wedding experience along with tailor-made excursions for you and your guests. From air balloon rides to see the sunrise, guided safari tours, and unique dining experiences — having your wedding here will be an unforgettable adventure.
San Luis Obispo, California
Barn weddings are relatively popular, but who says you can’t have a destination barn wedding? No one! Santa Margarita Ranch, located in California’s Central Coast region (just between Los Angeles and San Francisco), offers picturesque views and tons of space to bring your big day to life. The wedding package includes chairs, tables, parking space, on-site restrooms, security and parking staff, a private dressing area, along with a representative that will be there throughout the day should any hiccups occur.
Are you and your lifelong partner adrenaline junkies? If you answered yes, we think an underwater wedding in Monte-Carlo is for you. You will not only be underwater in your Sunday’s best, but there will also be an altar set up for you underwater to make sure you get the perfect wedding photos. After your dive, you’ll be met by your family and friends with cocktails and lunch on the beach.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Solange and her hubby Alan Ferguson showed us how beautiful a NOLA wedding could be, with the help of the historic buildings and cultural experience the city provides. The Marigny Opera House, where Solange was married, is ideal for both the ceremony and the reception. Take it the NOLA experience one step further and have your guests picked up in a streetcar. Charting a streetcar starts at $1,000 per trip with the price varying depending on the wedding parties request.
Some Disney lovers might be dreaming of a wedding surrounded by the magic of “Happiest Place On Earth” in one of the most romantic cities in the world. Of course, Disneyland Paris can help you make it happen offering tailormade packages to bring the Disney magic to your wedding day.
New York, New York
If you and your partner share a love of all things, science, a wedding at the American Museum of Natural History would likely merge the best of both worlds. You could dance the night away under the dinosaurs, and after the night ends to continue the party on the streets of New York that never sleep.
Marfa is known as a place where creatives (including Beyonce and Solange) go to get away and take amazing pictures — so why not plan a wedding there. Since this area is pretty remote, you’d probably want to make plans to host your wedding at Marfa Saint George since they have venues on-site where you can host everything from your rehearsal dinner to a late-night post-ceremony celebration.