Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life and so it deserves a setting to match. More and more people are moving away from the traditional church service and opting for more luxurious instagram spots in which to exchange their vows. These can make the wedding photos look incredible, give you and your guests a unique experience. Feel on top of the world during your big day!
There are now some wonderful far-flung destinations that are waiting to host your nuptials. And whether it is just the two of you or if you are bringing friends and family along too! The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many couples look at their weddings, with many more prepared to dispense with old traditions, instead of concentrating more on what is right for them. Let’s have a look at some of the most luxurious and Instagrammable locations where you can say ‘I do’.
1. Koh Samui, Thailand
Thailand has been a firm favourite with Brits for many years, and Koh Samui provides some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Located off the east coast of Thailand, it boasts year-round sunshine without monsoons contrary to the rest of the country.
Koh Samui is home to some elegant, high-end resorts that combine luxury service, pampering spas, and beautiful beaches. The turquoise waters can be lapping at your feet during your wedding ceremony, and it can provide the ultimate honeymoon destination too.
2.5M posts as Instagram spots (#KohSamui)
2. Tuscany, Italy
For the perfect romantic destination, you need to look no further than Italy. The Tuscan countryside provides charming villas amongst hillsides and cypress-tree-lined roads.
The local sunflower fields are the ideal photo opportunity, and the stunning Lari Castle is a beautiful wedding venue… Especially if you prefer majesty over rustic farmhouses! There are also large estates boasting luxury private villas that are great for a larger party, and with Florence and the coast nearby, there is plenty to explore whilst you are there.
10.2M posts as Instagram spots (#Tuscany)
3. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
For golden sandy beaches and crystal waters, the east coast of the Dominican Republic offers a dream for any couple. There are a number of luxury all-inclusive resorts in the area that cater to adults and families, so you can make your celebration as big or small as you like.
This fabulous stretch of coastline has plenty of aquatic adventures to keep you busy or the perfect weather for a spot of sunbathing as well as some well-known golf resorts.
6.8M posts as Instagram spots (#PuntaCana)
4. Tofino, Vancouver Island, Canada
If you are looking for something a little different for your wedding, then Canada might just have the answer. This small surf town is off the beaten path and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty.
There are beautiful ocean views and rocky outposts allowing you to choose from modern luxury celebrations or dancing the night away around a fire. With the Pacific Rim National Park right next door, there are some rugged backdrops for your big day or for spending time in afterward.
3.3M posts as Instagram spots (#VancouverIsland)
5. Montego Bay, Jamaica
If a picture-postcard beach wedding is what you are looking for, then Montego Bay can provide everything you need. You can get married whilst standing on the white-sand beaches overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
There are some outstanding luxury resorts boasting huge ballrooms for larger receptions as well over-water villas for a simply incredible honeymoon stay.
960K posts as Instagram spots (#MontegoBay)
6. Kapalua, Maui, United States
Located at the foot of the Kahalawai mountains, this elegant resort lives up to its name, which means “arms embracing the sea”. Less commercially built-up than some other locations, this beautiful hideaway is perfect for a luxurious but intimate wedding.
There are five bays and three white-sand beaches to choose from, all living up to the very highest standards. You can opt to stay in The Ritz Carlton Kapalua or the Montage Kapalua Bay to enjoy some of the breath-taking scenery that is on offer.
7.4M posts as Instagram spots (#Maui)
7. Tenerife, Spain
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, some national parks and nature reserves. It gives couples some dramatic volcanic backdrops for their weddings.
The mild and stable temperatures can be enjoyed all year round, and the luxury resorts on the island include Michelin-Starred cuisine, deep blue sea, wedding planners on hand, and tropical beauty, all whilst staying closer to home than many other beach destinations.
9.7M posts as Instagram spots (#Tenerife)
8. Los Cabos, Mexico
Los Cabos enables iconic pictures of ocean thanks to its famous arch, seemingly rising out of the water. It can now be part of your wedding as you say your vows in front of it, for a ceremony that is truly out of this world.
The luxury resorts in the area, including Solaz and The Cape, provide sophistication and seclusion, whilst Flora Farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains gives a tranquil and sustainable farm-to-table experience. For a full aquatic experience, the Bahia Hotel can even provide ceremonies in the Sea of Cortez.
1.5M posts as Instagram spots (#LosCabos)
9. Lucerne, Switzerland
For a scenic and placid experience, the car-free town of Lucerne is a beautiful location as many other Swiss places. With the Chapel of Castle Meggenhorn overlooking Lake Lucerne, or the option to say “I do” 6,000 feet above sea level at the top of Mount Pilatus, there are some incredible wedding locations to choose from.
There are even paddlewheel steamers to take your wedding party on a cruise of the iconic lake! Not to mention some romantic and historic sights for you to see while you are there.
89K posts as Instagram spots (#Lucerne)
A luxurious wedding destination can not only be picture-perfect, but it can also make the entire day feel magical for everyone. Whether it involves a beach, a mountain range, or a glittering lake, there are some terrific spots across the globe that can be the backdrop to your big day. They will make it everything you ever dreamed of, or even something you never believed was possible.
About the author: Kuldip Rait is the Managing Director of White 7 Bedford. It is specialist in providing personalised chauffeur services for weddings, corporate events, and airport transfers.