Go all out and say "I do" on a luxury island for your destination wedding. When it comes to getting married the location plays a key role in the memories you make. Many brides and grooms dream of planning a gorgeous, luxurious getaway for their wedding but are unsure of where and how to start their search. Fortunately, we did some research and put together a list of the top 9 luxury islands for destination weddings.
1. Guana Island (British Virgin Islands)
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Guana Island's pure white sand beaches offer the perfect location for a memorable ceremony. The 850-acre island offers snorkeling, tennis, sailing, hiking, and of course, swimming in the stunningly blue water.
Whether soaking up the plentiful sunshine or strolling the lovely beaches, Guana Island proves to be an all around magical destination choice. One of its most unique features is that the entire island can be rented out for private events of up to 42 people.
2. The Dominican Republic
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A well-known destination in the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic serves as the perfect location for a wedding in paradise. With a varied terrain of lush rainforests, savannahs, and highlands, the astounding destination provides ample areas to explore.
Activities include swimming, strolling the miles of powdery white sand beaches, snorkeling, and hiking. The awe-inspiring scenery will lead to a relaxed, memorable ceremony.
3. Miniloc Islands (Philippines)
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Featuring impressive limestone cliffs and clear, sparkling blue water, the Miniloc Islands create a breathtaking backdrop for any wedding ceremony. The island also offers swimming, snorkeling, exploring a variety of beautiful lagoons, and a host of other adventures to enjoy.
4. Koh Yao Noi (Thailand)
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Koh Yao Noi is a romantic island for a beach wedding or honeymoon. This island features a laid-back vibe, small local shops, and absolutely breathtaking beaches and sunsets. Since the island is mostly undeveloped and inhabited by only a few fisherman and farmers, the surrounding scenery is untouched.
There are a variety of things to do in Koh Yao Noi including swimming, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and fishing. Visitors can also enjoy scenic day trips to view the unique rock formations, also known as Koh Hong, near the island.
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With over 50 public beaches, Jamaica offers an array of options for a lovely, romantic beach ceremony. The island, the third largest in the Caribbean, features a variety of mountain ranges, beaches, botanical gardens, and wildlife such as manatees.
Activities include swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, exploring and hiking, and enjoying the pleasant tropical climate. Jamaica is an essential option to consider when planning your getaway wedding.
6. Nassau Paradise Island (the Bahamas)
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With a name like 'Paradise Island', you know the scenery will be magnificent. Featuring turquoise water, white sandy beaches, and beautiful temperatures, Nassau Paradise Island is an excellent option for a destination wedding.
Activities include golf, relaxing in the sun, swimming, or soaking in the mesmerizing island culture.
7. Hayman Island (Australia)
Located off the coast of Queensland, Australia, Hayman Island offers remarkable scenery and the perfect destination for a memorable wedding. There are countless activities to enjoy on the luxurious island including snorkeling, swimming, enjoying the magical sunsets, and scuba diving near the largest barrier reef in the world.
Exchange your vows overlooking the crystal blue ocean and surrounded by palm trees.
8. Oahu (Hawaii)
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Long known as a tropical beach paradise, and a favorite of the presidential family, the island of Oahu - part of the Hawaiian islands - boasts iconic beaches, incredible ocean views, a host of exciting activities, and stunning surroundings. Visitors will find plenty of activities to enjoy including surfing, swimming, strolling the spectacular beaches, exciting nightlife, restaurants, and kayaking.
9. Bali (Indonesia)
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Finally, our list concludes with the incredible island of Bali, an Indonesian island known for its relaxing vibe and magnificent surroundings. Featuring rice paddies, beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and forested volcanic mountains, Bali offers a mystical, awe-inspiring location for a wedding ceremony.
Activities include exploring the lush terrain, surfing, attending colorful cultural ceremonies, visiting a variety of natural sites, and enjoying a large range of delicious restaurants and world class shopping.
All in all, planning the perfect location for your wedding does not need to feel overwhelming or stressful. By using our list of the 9 most beautiful places to get married on the beach as a guide, your wedding day will be unforgettable.
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