Picture Perfect Places to Say “I Do”

Your wedding day should be memorable, as it’s the day you’ve probably been thinking of for years. Getting married abroad is perhaps the best way to ensure that your wedding is perfect, free of the distractions that come with a local wedding. And afterward, the location you pick will hold a special place in your heart.

There are many reasons people want a destination wedding. Aside from usually costing less, they provide an exotic backdrop to your special day, and if you choose a tropical location, the chances of the weather ruining that special day are slim to none.

If you need help planning your destination wedding, look no further. We’ve put together a list of the best places to say, “I Do.” If none of these locations are right for you, let them inspire you to plan your own unique wedding.

Mexico

Getting married on a beautiful white-sand beach is the reason you’d choose to have your wedding in Mexico, not to mention the convenience. You and your guests can experience a luxurious, tropical getaway not too far from home, as most U.S. cities fly directly into Mexico. The national language is Spanish, but locals typically understand English and often accept the American dollar.

There are plenty of resorts in Mexico for you to choose from. The Riviere Maya is home to many gorgeous resorts filled with friendly locals and delicious food. And if beach weddings aren’t your thing, many resorts offer more exotic experiences, giving you the option of having your ceremony in a Mayan ruin or a sky terrace.

There isn’t a bad time to hit up Mexico for a wedding, but there are some things to consider. It’s more likely to rain between May and October, which is hurricane season, and it’s quite hot. On the other hand, peak tourist season is between Christmas and Easter. Weigh the pros and cons of both when planning your wedding.

As for cost, it depends on the number of guests and the resort you choose. The average Mexican all-inclusive wedding is between $5,000 and $7,000.

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Bahamas

The Bahamas are the perfect place for couples who want an easily accessible destination for their guests to travel to. There’s plenty of great food, unlimited sunshine, and countless shops to explore. If you’re a beach bum and love the water, that’s even more reason to get married here. You could follow up your stunning beach wedding with diving and snorkeling.

There are plenty of resorts that host weddings in Nassau, like the Atlantis resort. And when planning when to hold the event, keep in mind that the Bahamas are also susceptible to hurricanes between May and October, and have the same peak season as Mexico. If you plan your wedding during hurricane season, prepare yourself for potential rain.

The Atlantis resort offers wedding packages ranging from $2,100 to $25,000, so it’s not off-limits to anyone.

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