Wanderlust Weddings: Top 10 Destination Wedding Locations Abroad

(Top 10 Elopement and Destination Wedding Locations Abroad)

by Michele Huntington

Dreaming of exchanging your vows against the backdrop of a breathtaking foreign landscape? Elopements and destination weddings abroad offer a chance to combine your love for travel with the celebration of your commitment. From the romantic highlands of Scotland to the charming villages of Italy, the lush landscapes of Ireland to the vibrant cultures of Spain and Portugal, and the tropical paradises of Central America and Belize, this article will take you on a journey through the top 10 elopement and destination wedding locations abroad that promise to turn your special day into a remarkable adventure.



A Fairytale Amidst the Highlands

Eilean Donan Castle, Dornie: Nestled by Loch Duich, this medieval castle is a romantic backdrop steeped in history.

Isle of Skye: The dramatic landscapes of Skye include rugged cliffs, moody lochs, and the iconic Fairy Pools.

Glencoe Valley: With its majestic peaks and serene valleys, Glencoe offers an awe-inspiring and romantic setting.



Romance Amidst Historical Beauty

Florence: The city of art and culture provides charming streets, Renaissance architecture, and the iconic Ponte Vecchio.

Amalfi Coast: Cliffside villages, azure waters, and lemon groves make the Amalfi Coast a dreamy wedding destination.

Tuscany: Rolling vineyards, rustic villas, and the enchanting city of Siena set the stage for a romantic celebration.



Emerald Isles and Celtic Whimsy

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare: Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the cliffs provide a breathtaking and dramatic backdrop.

Ashford Castle, County Mayo: This opulent castle on the shores of Lough Corrib offers fairy tale charm.

Giant’s Causeway, County Antrim: The unique hexagonal basalt columns create a mystical and unforgettable atmosphere.



Flamenco Flair and Mediterranean Splendor

Alhambra, Granada: The Moorish palace complex is a masterpiece of Islamic architecture surrounded by lush gardens.

Costa del Sol: This coastal region offers sandy beaches, charming villages, and vibrant nightlife for celebration.

Gaudi’s Park Güell, Barcelona: The whimsical park with its colorful mosaics and architectural marvels is a true Barcelona gem.



Fado Music and Coastal Beauty

Sintra: The fairytale town boasts romantic palaces, lush gardens, and a backdrop of the lush Sintra Mountains.

Algarve: Golden beaches, dramatic cliffs, and hidden coves make the Algarve a stunning destination.

Porto: The charming city along the Douro River offers historic charm, Port wine cellars, and a scenic riverside.


Central America:

Tropics and Cultural Richness

Tikal, Guatemala: The ancient Maya ruins amidst the Guatemalan jungle create a mystical and historical backdrop.

Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica: The lush rainforest, hot springs, and volcanic landscapes offer an adventurous setting.

Antigua, Guatemala: The colonial city’s cobblestone streets, colorful architecture, and Mayan traditions are captivating.



Tropical Paradise and Azure Waters

Ambergris Caye: This idyllic island offers turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, and a relaxed Caribbean vibe.

Xunantunich Ruins: Ancient Maya ruins amidst the jungle provide a unique and adventurous wedding backdrop.

Placencia: The charming village boasts laid-back beaches, vibrant marine life, and a tranquil atmosphere.



Elegance in the City of Love

Eiffel Tower, Paris: A symbol of romance, the Eiffel Tower is a timeless backdrop for a Parisian wedding.

Château de Chambord, Loir-et-Cher: The grand Renaissance castle amidst a forested estate exudes elegance.

Provence: Lavender fields, vineyards, and quaint villages make Provence a picturesque and romantic region.



Aegean Allure and Island Delight

Santorini: The iconic blue-domed churches and caldera views offer a dreamy and picturesque setting.

Mykonos: White-washed buildings, turquoise waters, and vibrant nightlife create an energetic and chic ambiance.

Crete: Rich history, stunning beaches, and charming villages make Crete a diverse and captivating wedding location.



Down Under Delights and Natural Grandeur

Sydney: The Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, and Harbour Bridge provide an iconic backdrop in this cosmopolitan city.

Hamilton Island: Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers the ultimate destination wedding experience.

Uluru (Ayers Rock): The spiritual and natural wonder of Uluru in the Outback creates a unique and unforgettable setting (check out Longitude 131°).


Elopements and destination weddings abroad allow you to immerse yourselves in new cultures, landscapes, and experiences while celebrating your love. Whether you’re drawn to the historic charm of Europe, the tropical beauty of Central America, or the grandeur of Down Under, these top 10 locations promise to turn your special day into an unforgettable adventure, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

AND, if you are planning a wedding experience at any of these amazing locations, reach out. I love to travel and am up to check more places off my bucket list!

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