What could be more romantic than a beach wedding? Let’s have a look at your checklist: Beautiful blue waters (check), sparkling white sand (check) and a romantic sunset to end a wonderful day (check). What else could you ask for? If you’ve recently just gotten engaged and are still undecided about your wedding venue, consider these top beach wedding locations. One of these would have to be close to where you live.
Bali is one of the more popular wedding destinations, due to its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean and Java Sea. Under Indonesian Law, beaches in Bali are in the public domain – and privacy cannot be guaranteed on popular beaches in Kuta, Legian,and Seminyak. If you are concerned about your privacy, you may want to select a secluded beach in less popular sites such as Bias Tugal and Amed.
Be careful though, resorts may advertise beach weddings but in actuality, the ceremony takes place within the resort with nary even a view of the beach. Check the venue beforehand before signing on the dotted line.
There are 115 tropical islands in the Seychelles so you will be spoilt for choice. The three main islands of Praslin, La Digue and Mahé are all very popular and exquisite wedding venues. If you want to get married in one of their not-so-popular beaches, consider Denis Island just north of Victoria. It’s a private island with 25 individual cottages that can be rented out for events such as this. Another option would be Sainte Anne, another luxury private island, which is just a 10 minute boat ride from Mahé.
Thailand is another popular wedding destination. Koh Samui has a wide selection of beaches and is quite popular. Places such as Chaweng and Lamai are popular too but can be overcrowded with backpackers and other travellers. If you want to have a private wedding, try Bo Phut or Mae Nam – both beaches offer unparalleled views and a higher level of privacy. Sunset at Mae Nam is supposed to be amazing so make sure you have some wedding photos during that time of the day.
Hawaii has been, and will always be, a popular wedding destination – so you can’t go wrong if you want to exchange your vows here. Turtle Bay, on the island of Oahu, ranks high in the list of honeymoon hotel with over 35o wedding held at their venue every year. Apart from the wedding ceremony, the hotel offers other romantic experiences such as beach picnics, horse riding and couple massages.
Getting married in Greece may prove to be a headache simply because there are a lot of romantic wedding locations for you to choose from. Crete boasts of 1,000 kilometers worth of exquisite coastline. The historic coastal towns of Rethymno and Chania have secluded coves and luxury resorts. Kefalonia, an island made famous by the novel “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” has amazing vistas as well. There’s just so many places to choose from!
The Coromandel Peninsula on the western side of New Zealand’s North Island is dotted with picturesque beaches. Front Beach has spectacular views of the Coromandel coastline, Cooks Beach is also a great option. Cathedral Cove would be an amazing wedding destination, if you don’t mind a short walk from the car park to the beach. It’s well worth it.
The Whitsundays is a little-known but great exotic beach wedding location. Whitsundays is home to Hamilton Island and Whitehaven Beach which is just an 8-minute flight from Hamilton Island. With 7km of white sandy beaches (made up of 99% silicon so it never gets hot), you and your guests can stand bare-foot on the beach while you and your loved-one exchange wedding vows.
Of course there are other exotic and romantic beach wedding destinations around – it would be impossible to list them all down. The list above is just a mere teaser. If you don’t fancy any of the ones mentioned – why not look closer to home? Surely there’s a nice secluded beach a few hours drive from where you live – it may not be as visually awe-inspiring as the places that’s been listed, but since it’s in your hometown, it would probably be more special than these locations.