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The Big Island, Hawaii

Why Get Hitched Here: The Big Island is (you may have guessed) the largest island in the chain and offers incredibly diverse topography. In fact, 11 of the world’s 13 climatic zones can be found on the island (there’s even snow on top of the highest mountains!). The landscape varies dramatically as you travel around the perimeter, so you’ll have your choice of backdrops for your Hawaii wedding: The Kona coast to the west has a lunar-like landscape, while the north and east coasts are wet and super-lush. There’s plenty for guests to do too, from exploring the rain forest region to going horseback riding, snorkeling or just lazing on the beach.

When to Wed: Anytime—year-round, temperatures are in the 70s and 80s during the day. Dry season runs May through October, but even in winter, rain showers are short and mild. If you’re looking to save a little cash, avoid winter through early spring, when tourist season is in full swing.

Maui, Hawaii

Why Get Hitched Here: Many visitors think of Maui as the most romantic Hawaiian island, perhaps because it’s filled with waterfalls and rainbows. And its beaches are considered to be among the best anywhere, so it’s a popular spot to wed. Guests attending your wedding in Maui will enjoy hitting the links on the west coast, or “Golf Coast,” and surfers (or aspiring ones) will find some of the world’s most famous waves here. Of course, snorkeling, kayaking, whale watching and all the activities you’d expect from a tropical paradise are here as well.

When to Wed: Anytime—year-round, temperatures are in the 70s and 80s during the day. Dry season runs May through October, but even in winter, rain showers are short and mild. If you’re looking to save a little cash, avoid winter and early spring, when tourist season is in full swing.

 

 

 

 

Kauai, Hawaii

Why Get Hitched Here: Kauai is known as the “Garden Isle” for its incredibly lush tropical landscape and is perfect for those looking for a more secluded spot to tie the knot. It remains the least developed of the four main islands, and life here tends to move at a slower pace. Although Kauai’s Mount Waialeale is considered the wettest spot on earth (it receives an average of more than 400 inches of rainfall per year), the island’s southern coast is perpetually sunny, making it ideal for Hawaii weddings. Guests can surf, hike or take a helicopter tour.

When to Wed: Anytime—temperatures year-round are in the 70s and 80s during the day. Dry season runs May through October, but even in winter, rain showers are short and mild. If you’re looking to save a little cash, avoid winter and early spring, when tourist season is in full swing.

Florida Keys

Why Get Hitched Here: This 110-mile chain of islands offers a laid-back tropical island setting with all the allure of the Caribbean at a domestic price — and a more convenient location for guests. The Keys have a distinct old-Florida vibe, meaning wildlife and nature abound (you may even spot an indigenous deer swimming from key to key as you exchange vows), and since the islands are surrounded by the clear-blue waters of the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico, there’s no shortage of white-sand beaches. Try Key Largo for an underwater ceremony, a low-key beach bungalow or dolphin-assisted “I dos” on Islamorada, or one of the historic homes and gardens on Key West, one of the southernmost points in the US. Or go for a luxe offshore private island resort accessible only by boat; you can also just get married on the vessel (choose from sailboats, tall ships, glass-bottom boats and yachts).

When to Wed: High season is December to April, so you may want to try summer, when things are more affordable (and less crowded)—but it will be hot. Though hurricane season runs from June to November, you should be okay if you avoid the more risky fall months.

Oahu, Hawaii

Why Get Hitched Here: The liveliest of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu is more densely populated than the others, and it’s the one tourists often visit. Honolulu, the island’s most famous city, is located here, as is Waikiki, home of the main entertainment district and a hopping nightlife scene. But Oahu is still packed with lots of natural beauty and native culture, and is the most convenient island for a destination wedding because it has the biggest airport and the most frequent direct flights from the mainland.

When to wed: Anytime—year-round, temperatures are in the 70s and 80s during the day. Dry season runs May through October, but even in winter, rain showers are short and mild. If you’re looking to save a little cash, avoid winter and early spring, when tourist season is in full swing.

Antigua

Why Get Hitched Here: This idyllic island not only has a whopping 365 beautiful beaches to get hitched on, but it’s also steeped in nautical history. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Antigua was home to a huge British naval base, and its harbor is still a popular yachting destination for the international jet set. If you want to host your nuptials at a high-end all-inclusive resort, look no further—many of the world’s swankiest are here for your Antigua destination wedding.

When to Wed: The high season runs from mid-December through April. After April, rates go down as much as 40 percent, but some places do close between August and October. The humidity and rainfall are low year-round, but avoid hurricane season, which runs from June through November.

Bermuda

Why Get Hitched Here: Though geographically removed from the Caribbean, Bermuda shares many of the same traits as those beachy, beautiful islands. So if you love the idea of a Caribbean destination wedding but also want something formal and elegant, consider Bermuda. It’s famous for tranquil pink-sand beaches, iconic pastel-hued houses and proper British history. (PS: The island has no standalone casinos and few fast-food restaurants.) But perhaps its biggest selling point is that it takes just a couple of hours to fly there from the East Coast, and flights are often cheaper than those to Caribbean destinations. Guests attending your Bermuda wedding can spend days teeing off on one of the country’s eight golf courses (this island is a links-lover’s paradise), visiting the botanical garden or scuba diving among reefs and shipwrecks.

When to Wed: Bermuda is only 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, so its weather resembles that of the coastal US more than it does that of the Caribbean islands to the south. May through early September brings ideal weather, but summer temps typically hover around 85 degrees and stay around 70 in the winter. Although hurricanes are infrequent, they can occur, so be aware of any warnings from June through November.

Cayman Islands

Why Get Hitched Here: Discerning couples who want more than a destination-wedding-in-a-box head to the Cayman Islands for the ultimate in hospitality and tropical romance. Whether you choose to marry at a smaller resort or a five-star hotel, this destination has the resources to cater to every couple’s personal style and guest-list size. Not to mention the backdrop is absolutely gorgeous (think: tranquil turquoise waters and sugary white-sand beaches dotted with palm and pine trees). All three islands are home to a wealth of wedding venues and pros, so there’s little need to bring your own pros. And your guests will have plenty of options for how to spend their downtime, including swimming, snorkeling and visiting historic George Town, where sparkling-jewelry retailers abound. Keep in mind: There’s no live/outdoor music allowed on the island on Sundays, which means if you’re saying “I do” beneath a tent on the beach or poolside on a Saturday, your band or DJ must wrap it up by midnight.

When to Wed: High season begins the week before Christmas and goes through April, so you’ll deal with crowds then. Avoid hurricane season, which is May to November.

Dominican Republic

Why get hitched here: Take your pick from 800 miles of super-fine sandy beaches for your nuptials. The Dominican Republic‘s most popular destination, Punta Cana, is also home to some of the best beaches in the world. In addition to its long list of all-inclusive resorts offering wedding packages and planners, Punta Cana’s over 20-mile coast is lined with coconut palms and bordered by warm cerulean waters (aka an idyllic ceremony backdrop). For something a little less populated for your Dominican Republic wedding, check out the beaches of the north and northeast coasts. The DR (as it’s casually called) is also the largest producer of cigars in the world, making for easy favors or a fun cigar-rolling station.

When to wed: The nice thing about the DR is that it averages 78 to 82 degrees year-round, making it a warm-weather wedding destination anytime.

Jamaica

Why Get Hitched Here: There’s a reason glamorous globe-trotters call it home (Ian Fleming wrote the first James Bond book, Casino Royale, from his seaside abode here). A Jamaica wedding offers much more than just beaches and palm trees—it’s steeped in culture: reggae, Rastafarianism, indigenous spices and a fun-loving, laid-back atmosphere. The site of many all-inclusive resorts, Jamaica can be one of the most affordable of the Caribbean islands on which to wed, but it has super-luxe options too, including private villas that come with their own chefs, housekeeping staffs and security. The resorts of Montego Bay offer the ultimate in service and convenience; the cliffs and beaches of Negril are great for intimate sunset ceremonies; and the gardens and waterfalls of Ocho Rios provide gorgeous backdrops. And scattered about the countryside are a host of Great Houses, old Georgian-style plantation homes with expansive grounds (one’s even haunted!).

When to Wed: Avoid March, aka spring-break season, as well as the hurricane season from June through November.

Nevis

Why Get Hitched Here: Nature lovers, this is your island. Known as the “Queen of the Caribbees,” Nevis has a high-end, posh pedigree and is home to some of the Caribbean’s best-preserved beaches, rain forests and reefs. You’ll also find world-class resorts and a more private atmosphere for your wedding. And you won’t have to worry about your guests having fun—from exploring the rain forest and climbing to the top of Nevis Peak (3,232 feet tall) to horseback riding and chilling on the pristine sand, they’ll have plenty of activities to choose from.

When to Wed: Nevis maintains temperatures averaging between 72 and 87 degrees year-round. Be aware of hurricane season, though, which lasts from June through November.

Puerto Rico

Why Get Hitched Here: Puerto Rico‘s got all the assets of the other Caribbean islands—gorgeous beaches, friendly locals, plush resorts—plus one big one that sets it apart: It’s a US territory. That means you and your guests will have few, if any, of the hassles associated with travel abroad. You won’t need to go through customs, phone service is excellent and most people speak English. Puerto Rico offers a blend of both traditional beachy relaxation and unique cultural and historic sights (which non-beachgoing guests will appreciate).

When to Wed: As with the rest of the region, beware of hurricane season, which lasts from June through November.

St. Thomas and St. John

Why Get Hitched Here: Along with Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands may be a few of the most hassle-free places to have a Caribbean destination wedding. There are lots of direct flights to St. Thomas (and St. John is a short ferry ride away), airfare is usually competitive, the US dollar is the official currency, and you should have great cell phone service. St. Thomas can sometimes feel a bit crowded, since it’s a main stop on the itineraries of many cruise lines, and it’s quite developed for the Caribbean. But it’s nonetheless brimming over with natural beauty. St. John, while a bit harder to reach, is more rugged, unspoiled and higher end, with fewer big resorts. Active guests will be in heaven: St. John is known for its plentiful and easily accessible snorkeling sites, as well as its national parks. In St. Thomas, suggest that guests visit the capital city of Charlotte Amalie to see historical sites such as Fort Christian and for tons and tons of duty-free shopping.

When to Wed: Tourist season goes mid-December through mid-April, but temperature highs are in the mid-80s and lows are in the 70s year-round if you want to steer clear of the crowds. Just avoid hurricane season, which runs from June through November.

The Bahamas

Why Get Hitched Here: This collection of 700 islands has something for every taste—enjoy complete privacy by renting your own island, or host hundreds of your favorite people at a mega-resort for your Bahamas wedding. Nassau and Paradise Island are two of the most visited and activity-packed destinations, while more remote areas such as Harbor Island and the Exumas tend to feel more laid-back. And since the Bahamas are just a 35-minute plane trip from Florida, it’s an easy journey for guests and makes for a great excuse to spend a few extra days vacationing, scuba diving around Andros Island (the third-largest barrier reef in the world), strolling the white-sand beaches, touring the historic homes of Nassau and sipping Goombay Smashes (hint: a great signature cocktail).

When to Wed: The high season lasts from mid-December to mid-April, while summers are sleepier. Although hurricanes are infrequent, they can occur, so it’s best to avoid the area from June through November.

Turks and Caicos

Why Get Hitched Here: Less developed and more upscale than much of the Caribbean, this collection of 40 islands, eight of which are inhabited, has an intimate feel. Many of the islands are surrounded by a natural reef, making the turquoise waters just offshore clean, calm and full of sea life, and the perfect backdrop for a beach ceremony. And sunsets over Grace Bay are unforgettable (sunset ceremony, hint, hint). The islands are also relatively easy to reach, since you can fly direct from a number of US cities to Providenciales, the main island—a plus for guests. Snorkeling and scuba diving are great options to suggest, since Turks and Caicos has some of the best underwater sightseeing around. Historic Cockburn Town on Grand Turk is also worth a visit for history buffs, and whale and bird watching are two other popular activities.

When to Wed: The climate is sunny and dry, with highs between 80 and 84 degrees from November to May. But during the summer and early fall, daytime highs range from 85 to 90 degrees, sometimes reaching the mid-90s in late summer, and hurricane season also runs from June through November, so that’s not prime wedding time.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Why Get Hitched Here: When the backdrop for your wedding is a citrus grove that overlooks Italy’s jaw-dropping Amalfi Coast, great wedding pictures take care of themselves. The Amalfi Drive is one of the most scenic stretches of Italian coastline, consisting of a winding cliff-top road offering dramatic views of the sea. Your guests will certainly enjoy the food and surroundings, so there’s no need to stress over the menu or decor. And an itinerary filled with one-of-a-kind experiences, like a visit to the ruins of Pompeii, a boat trip through the Blue Grotto off Capri or a walk through the ancient, narrow streets of Naples’s Old Spacca Quarter, will make for an unforgettable wedding weekend.

When to Wed: April through June, and September and October are the best times to explore Italy, with mild temperatures and smaller crowds. August can get hot, and it’s the month when most Italians go on vacation, so many shops, hotels and restaurants may be closed. Winters stay on the warmer side, with temps averaging around 50 degrees.

Rome, Italy

Why Get Hitched Here: In the Eternal City, old-world culture mixes with a modern, energetic metropolis and historic attractions for a truly unique affair. With more artistic monuments than just about any other city in the world, Rome offers the ultimate wedding photo op. It contains as many perfect backdrops for romance as it does churches and ancient ruins—many, of course, are one and the same—from a centuries-old cobblestoned piazza to a baroque palace or even a rustic castle or villa just outside town. Plus, you’ll have access to some a-maz-ing wine, not to mention a selection of authentic Italian fare to serve your guests.

When to Wed: The best times are April through June, and September and October. In the fall, temperatures are cooler, and the city is lively but still manageable. July and August can be unbearably hot (and expensive), and most Italians go on vacation in August, so many shops, hotels and restaurants may be closed.

Tuscany, Italy

Why Get Hitched Here: Set along central Italy’s west coast, Tuscany’s green valleys, rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and 15th-century art and architecture are what wedding dreams are made of. For a rustic, romantic affair, the wine estates and castles of central Tuscany can’t be beat. And a laid-back vibe will help your guests feel right at ease—this part of Italy is all about il dolce far niente, or “the sweet art of idleness.” Indulge your guests with amazing cuisine and wines—you’ll find some of Europe’s best here. So incorporate these local specialties into your menu: olive oil, mushrooms (such as porcini and truffles), roasted meats and salami, sheep’s milk cheeses (such as pecorino and ricotta), and out-of-this-world wines.

When to Wed: May, September and October are the best times weather-wise. July and August are the hottest and most humid times of year, but tourism swells from May through September, so pick your battles.

Cozumel, Mexico

Why Get Hitched Here: Set just off the Yucatan Peninsula, this peaceful island in the Caribbean is framed by one of the largest coral reef systems in the world, surrounded by turquoise waters and home to wildlife-filled nature reserves, which spells P-A-R-A-D-I-S-E for outdoorsy couples looking for a quiet spot (read: away from the tourist crowds) to tie the knot with a Cozumel wedding. Expect lush grounds and pristine swaths of sand, plus a range of resorts (including many luxe all-inclusives) with impeccable service and on-site wedding planners and vendors to help you plan your perfect party. Nature-loving couples and their guests will love Cozumel’s Chankanaab National Park, where you can check out a lagoon, botanical gardens and a replica of a Mayan village, and find incredible snorkeling. When the more laid-back guests tire of sipping cocktails and sunning themselves on the beach, they can hit up the shops and restaurants of downtown San Miguel.

When to Wed: High season begins in mid-December and typically lasts through Easter, with the rainy season running from May through mid-October. Although temps may only top out at 90 degrees during the summer, the humidity can make it uncomfortably hot. And beware of spring-break crowds in March and April.

Los Cabos, Mexico

Why Get Hitched Here: Fun in the surf and sun is what Los Cabos—which stretches from the town of Cabo San Lucas to the west over to San Jose del Cabo to the east, along the southernmost coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula—is all about. In between the two is the Corridor, a 20-mile string of cozy hotels, championship golf courses, winding horse trails and white-sand beaches. Lively Cabo San Lucas draws plenty of celebrities, meaning there’s no shortage of uber-exclusive beach clubs and villas, plus plenty of fuss-free all-inclusives, so finding your perfect Los Cabos wedding venue and accommodations for your guests will be a breeze. You can also take a boat ride to a private beach or cove to say your vows (how’s that for special?). Looking for something a little different? Enter your beach ceremony by horse, or make the release of baby sea turtles part of your wedding program. Cabo San Lucas is also home to the region’s iconic giant rock arch at Land’s End, where the deep-blue waters of the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez meet for some spectacular waves (kind of like your relationship, no?).

When to Wed: Winter months have the best weather, but are crowded, with sunny, 70-degree days mid-December through Easter. Try April and May, traditionally slower months when the weather’s still good. Avoid spring-break season, which runs from late February through March. Though summer offers the best prices, humidity is uncomfortably high then. Rain is heaviest in June and October, with hurricanes possible through November.

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Why Get Hitched Here: This coastal stretch of the Yucatan Peninsula along the Mexican Caribbean mixes ancient Mayan ruins with palm-fringed beaches to give your wedding a real tropical feel. Farther north, seemingly carved out of the jungle, Cancun sits at the tip of the peninsula, twinkling with big resorts and a boisterous nightlife. Choose a property in Cancun’s hopping Hotel Zone, book an entire boutique hotel or go for a hacienda-style Mexico wedding in a Mayan village near one of the ancient archaeological sites. The ruins of the ancient Mayan empire in seaside Tulum provide a stunning backdrop. For a slower-paced setting, try Playa del Carmen, which displays an authentic rustic charm and is home to some gorgeous beaches. And there’s no shortage of natural settings here, either: Say “I do” in a lush, tropical garden, in a beautiful eco-park or among the cenotes, or freshwater pools, the Riviera Maya is famous for.

When to Wed: Winter months offer the best weather but are crowded, with sunny, 80-degree days from mid-December through Easter. Avoid spring-break season, late February through March. April and May are traditionally slower months, and the weather’s still good. Rain is heaviest in June and October, with hurricanes possible through November. Humidity is uncomfortably high in the summer.

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