Destination weddings are continually growing in popularity, with the number of couples choosing to exchange their vows in a beautiful location away from their city.
With destination wedding you can be sure that the only people who make it are the ones that truly want to be by your side when you tie the knot. They will be your closest friends and family, and the people that you want to spend time with.
All weddings are special, but a destination wedding can be a truly unique experience. You could combine the wedding with a family reunion, and it is the perfect opportunity for a holiday for your guest as well.
You can extend your wedding over several days, to include activities such as beach barbecues, spa retreat, round of golf. You can also incorporate tradition, food and music from the local area into the wedding ceremony and reception to make your wedding just that bit different.
From the sandy beaches of Thailand to stunning architecture of Taiwan, and vintage charm of Vietnam, South East Asia is filled with uncountable locations for incredible wedding destinations.
Whether you envision a ceremony on a white-sand beach, overlooking gorgeous mountain ranges or in a beautiful garden, the possibility are endless. With destination weddings, many couples opt for intimate celebrations, while some invite as many as 200 guests.
While destination wedding is an attractive alternative to the traditional wedding, destination weddings do still require considerable planning and research. It is advisable to plan ahead with all the arrangements and fight itineraries for yourself and your guests.
We have rounded up five of the most beautiful countries to “I do”, in your respective cultural manner with incredible settings to create lasting memory.
Sri Lanka always be an ideal destination for an exotic wedding ceremony, and it is one of the most popular destination for weddings and honeymoons in the world.
The backdrop of your wedding can be selected from, hot-air balloons drifting silently through the air, a jungle setting, on wide sandy beach with an elephant on a river boat cruising along a river, little private island, a tea plantation, to a private ceremony in an old church in the hill country.
It is also a heaven for hooneymooners, be it a spectacular beach resort where you could have a fine dining experience in candlelit dinner under millions of stars, a complete hideaway with your lover in remote jungle or honeymoon safari with elephants in Yala or Udawalawe.
Couples who choose to host their day of love in Sri Lanka have the choice of selecting the many interesting backdrop for their wedding.
Destination weddings in Sri Lanka can be tailored to meet your exact requirement. Sri Lanka practices many different faiths, hence you can decide from examples such intricate Christian, Buddhist or Indian weddings to simple exchanges of vows by the beach.
The paradise country has lush greenery and breathtaking mountain views. Northern Thailand is a good option for getting hitched. The seasonal monsoon season, between June to February, makes it all the more beautiful for a celebration in the outdoors.
A beach wedding fits perfectly in Hua Hin, or at one of Thailand’s many southern islands. Phuket for instance, offers diverse locales ranging from Ko Yao Noi, Ko Racha and Ko Phi Phi-all accessible through Phuket’s international airport. Ko Samui, along with Krabi island’s dramatic limestone cliffs, come to close second after Phuket for the much-loved wedding destination.
If you are looking for a destination with historical and cultural significance, look no further than Sukhotai. The province boasts 13th- and 14th-century places places and temples that are known for their classic architectural style. Further North, the twin cities of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are also known for their unique Lanna Thai wedding experience.
The most popular option is to go for a traditional Thai Buddhist-style wedding, which is led by monks from a local temple in the early hours of the morning. Any other kind of religious and non-religious ceremony can be easily arranged by the agreement of the hotel of preferred venue, in Bangkok.
Most ceremonies in Thailand are not legally-bound. So it is best to register your wedding in the home country before departing.
This is small island nation is known for its modern cities, traditional, Chinese temples, hot springs resorts and dramatic mountainous terrains. Taiwan still remains as one of the unexplored destinations of South East Asia, which makes it a unique offering for couples seeking privacy.
Blessed with stunning natural beauty, Taiwan has become a global trendsetter in the engagement and pre-wedding photography industry, attracting a large number of international couples to capture their happiness and exchange their vows on this beautiful island.
Lush scenery surrounding the Sun Moon Lake is a dream location for newlyweds. Alishan known for weddings under a timeless tree signifies the bond of eternal love. Hualien, the city covered with Southern European architecture is one of the most elegant destinations for stylish weddings. Walk down the aisle to witness an exotic romance in the floating chapel at Yilan. These are some of the most popular destinations that couples choose to have their wedding and it definitely doubles up as romantic holiday.
From the perfect proposal to the dreamiest honeymoon, Taiwan’s top hotels provide a brilliant setting for a wedding or commitment ceremony that reflects who you are as couple.
Australia is such an incredible country with so many stunning wedding locations to choose from. From a vineyard Australia’s Margaret River to a beach on Queensland’s Whitsundays or even an outback wedding at Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory, there is no limit to the landscape for your day – Australia have it all.
For the glamour and sophistication of a chic city wedding, cities such as beautiful Sydney, cosmopolitan Melbourne, tropical Brisbane or stunning Perth are great wedding destinations in themselves. If you are desire magnificent island just off to central Queensland coast are the Whitsundays island. Encompassing some 200 island, they offer a breathtaking backdrop for romantic, tropical island weddings. For more the more adventurous, an outback wedding in central Australia is a must, but remember, summer is hot in the outback.
Another popular location for destination wedding in Australia now, is the sensational tropical city of Cairns. Cairns is a beautiful and vibrant city, uniquely surrounded by world heritage listed wonders. To the East, is the Great Barrier Reef, and to the North, South and West, are the oldest rain forest in the world, located in the magnificent mountains that surrounded in the tropical paradise.
For a wedding ceremony with a difference, you can book Ngilgi Cave in Quindalup (between Dunsborough and Yallingup) or Lake Cave in Forest Groove (a little south-east of Margaret River). Both enchanting and ‘otherworldly’ inside, but Lake Cave also offers spectacular views outside; stand amongst towering trees, high above the cae ceiling.
There are just to many choices to choose in Australia. Any location is guaranteed to have an amazing backdrop for wedding pictures.
Infused with a myriad of different cultural influences, Vietnam is a beautiful country in the South East Asia. With mountains, beaches and colorful cities to explore, Vietnam offers you stunning varieties of each respectively.
When looking for destinations in Vietnam for your nuptials, there are lots of options that is captivating and theatrically beautiful. You could survey the beautiful beaches and coastline at place like Hoi An and Nha Trang (among others) which have luxurious hotels, bungalows and villa style option, in case a wedding by the shore is what you desire.
If urban life is more of your kind of setting, the vibrant city of Hanoi offers a modern metropolis juxtaposed with timeless charm and exoticism. Otherwise, if you envisioned a memorable setting near peaks, waterfalls and riversides, the mountainous region of Cao Bang is a lovely option.
Culturally there is a lot to explore here as well, making it an exciting destination to visit. Pagodas and temples, waterfalls and beaches, plush hotels and yummy roadside eateries are combination not to be missed whilst you are in Vietnam.
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