Destination Weddings:The World's Most Popular Destinations to Say 'I Do'

Looking for inspiration? These 10 destination wedding locations are favorites among couples—and for good reason.

The peak of engagement season—that annual rush of proposals between Thanksgiving and New Year’s—is winding down, which means it’s time for couples to start planning the big day. Almost a quarter of them will decide on a destination wedding, so we narrowed down the most sought-after spots (using data from Internet search trends, inside tips from our Traveler editors, and a survey of over 1,000 brides from the wedding network The Knot, to create this list for couples looking to get hitched far from home.

Mexico

Not only is Mexico relatively easy to get to in the grand scheme of destination weddings, it also has reliably good weather outside of hurricane season, and you won’t have issues bringing in vendors from the U.S. Los Cabos and Cozumel—both known for their beautiful beaches—are popular choices for weddings. But the most desired location in Mexico is Riviera Maya. Stay in a private villa at the Viceroy and host your reception right on the beach, by the pool, or in one of three restaurants. The Grand Velas Riviera Maya, an all-inclusive resort, offers eight different wedding venues, including a chapel in the Mayan jungle that fits up to 143 people.

France

Yes, there's Paris, it's romantic, we get it. But there's also Vaux-le-Vicomte, a sprawling 17th-century estate an hour outside the city—and in high demand for couples who want their own castle-inspired occasion. While the landmark doesn't offer lodging, the chateau has customizable options including fireworks, horse carriage rides, musicians (in period costume, no less), and a helicopter pad.

Hawaii

Oahu, Maui, and Kauai are all popular spots for destination weddings—it helps that guests cansnorkel and hike in their down time. You can’t go wrong with any of the islands, so start by choosing a resort and work from there. The Four Seasons has three wedding-worthy properties, one of which is on Maui. If you want beachfront views for your ceremony without getting sand in your skirt, stay at the Halekulani, which has a ceremony spot on a lush lawn overlooking the water.

Jamaica

The most popular Caribbean wedding destination, Jamaica has been a hot spot among couples for decades. Exchange vows at sunset at the Jamaica Inn on a staircase overlooking the water; if you can get 100 friends and family to attend—the resort’s maximum capacity—you’ll have the whole property to yourself. The Half Moon, Rose Hall Resort in Montego Bay offers five outdoor ceremony locations and the same number of wedding packages for easy planning.

India

A destination wedding in India might mean a long trek for guests, but experience shows that many will take the once-in-a-lifetime trip; the views and incredible setting will pay off. Consider the Oberoi Udaivilas, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state. It sits on 50 acres of lakeside property, with lavish domes in gold leaf and white marble across the property. Wedding parties here are in store for an unforgettable reception.

Anguilla

Known for being equal parts friendly and beautiful, this British territory has become one of the most searched destination wedding spots. You’ll have to fly to St. Maarten to get there, and then take a short flight or a ferry ride to the island—making this destination best for smaller parties. The Viceroy Anguilla, a favorite for luxury weddings, has six different event spaces, as well as two simpler packages for couples without guests. The beachfront resort Cap Juluca is another top choice, offering couples four unique packages—or the services of an on-site wedding planner, who can help you build a customized wedding from scratch.

Italy

Couples are throwing destination weddings in Europe at twice the rate they were just a few years ago, and Italy is topping their lists. If you’re inviting guests, forget Capri and host your wedding in scenic but easier-to-get-to places like Venice, Portofino, or in the Tuscan countryside near Florence, so guests won’t have to take four modes of transportation to get there. Should you decide to pull a George Clooney and marry in Venice, book the San Clemente Palace, a St. Regis property on its own little island that’s safely guarded from tourist crowds.