The World’s Most Romantic Wedding Destinations


The World’s Most Romantic Wedding Destinations

Ever considered a destination wedding? Whether a tropical beachside retreat, an inner city oasis or magical hilltop destination is what you’ve always dreamed of, here are our picks for the top romantic wedding destinations from around the world.

Australia

From laid-back beach weddings to elegant city soirees and rustic country celebrations, Australia has a location to suit all wedding styles. You don’t have to get married in your hometown to enjoy a homegrown wedding.

When’s the Best Time to Get Married in Australia: For fun under the sun, Australia’s Summers and Springs are the most popular wedding seasons, especially for brides in tea-length wedding dresses. If you’re looking to beat the heat (and avoid the groom from sweating any further), Autumn and Winter are cool and crisp; perfect for a country barn wedding.

Where to Wed in Australia:

Bayview Eden, MelbourneAh Melbourne. Tree-lined boulevards, stately architecture, stunning coastlines and boutique shopping for days  – what’s not to love? Melbourne is one of the most elegant cities to tie the knot in, with plenty of high-class hotels to accommodate you and your guests. If you’re looking to sit back and relax, perhaps sip some artisan coffee, Bayview Eden is a four-star hotel in the heart of Melbourne worth considering. Views of the adjacent Albert Park Lake & Golf Course, where the men can unwind and take a swing before the big day, and a quaint front courtyard with elegant interior furnishings are perfect for you and the family to enjoy a modern-day, cosy, intimate wedding day.

Abbey Beach Resort, BusseltonFor a big-sun-hat and sand-between-your-toes wedding, think about Busselton in Western Australia for your big day. Beachfront and beautiful, there’s no better place to have your wedding than at Abbey Beach Resort. With a picturesque waterfront and close proximity to the city, stylish landscaped gardens, absolute beachfront luxury, and facilities that’ll accommodate both small or large ceremonies, there’s not much more to wish for!

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Circular QuayWhen it comes to chic harbour-front weddings, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location than Sydney, aka the “City of Brides”. For the crème de la crème of Sydney City wedding locations, our pick is the Sydney Harbour Marriot Hotel. Situated in lively Circular Quay, the five-star hotel boasts impressive views of the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, with unparalleled, stress-free service that’ll leave you only having to worry about not tripping down the aisle.

Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel, AscotFor a serene waterfront wedding on the banks of the renowned Swan River, choose Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel. The 4.5-star hotel has exquisitely manicured gardens and is just a stone’s throw away from the meandering Swan River. Flexibility is key at this elegant hotel, with both indoor and outdoor ceremony venues on offer and decadent menu options from the exclusive 150 EAST restaurant.

Thredbo Alpine Hotel, ThredboLocated in the heart of the marvellous Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo is a picture-perfect Summer or Winter wedding destination. With charming country town vibes in Summer and snow-covered mountains in Winter, Thredbo Alpine Hotel offers the best of both worlds for a season-themed wedding. The enchanting chapel is perfect for quaint indoor ceremonies and the location along the Thredbo River makes for exquisite outdoor celebrations.

Bali

From towering mountain peaks to sprawling coastal regions, the beauty of Bali is perpetually on display for the two million visitors who flock to its islands each year. Friendly hospitality from the locals and an abundance of natural and cultural bounties make this magical island one of the most sought-after wedding destinations in the world.

When’s the Best Time to Get Married in Bali: The tropical climate of Bali brings year-round balmy temperatures. Booking your wedding during the dry season from April to September gives you the best chance of clear-blue skies and happy smiles. If you’re considering sharing a kiss under an umbrella, Bali’s wet season is from October to March.

Where to Wed in Bali:

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort: Combine five-star elegance, beachfront seclusion, exotic gardens and five exclusive restaurants and you’ve got yourself a wedding destination that’ll be the envy of other brides. The Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is a stately Balinese retreat for indoor and outdoor weddings. The resort’s grand ballroom has an outdoor terrace and the beachfront ballroom has direct access to the beach – need we say more?

Conrad Bali, Nusa Dua: Situated on the lush coastline of Nusa Dua, Conrad Bali is a five-star haven for two soulmates looking to share their vows by the Indian Ocean. The award-winning resort has several wedding venues to tickle your fancy including the Infinity Chapel, Water Garden and their glamorous Ballroom. You can choose from a selection of wedding packages, some including full access to the beach, wedding flowers, a wedding celebrant and traditional Bali music accompaniments to give your wedding a truly authentic Balinese feel.

W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak: Located in the trendy resort area of Seminyak, the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak is the perfect wedding location for couples who like their romance with a side of local entertainment. With DJs readily available to set the mood, rest assured your wedding celebrations will be nothing short of festive. If you or your guests are looking to unwind, indulge in some retail therapy at Seminyak’s city centre conveniently located five minutes away.

Singapore

Singapore is a popular destination for couples looking for an exotic location to tie the knot. Ancient temples vie with modern skyscrapers in this city of striking contradictions. You and your guests will marvel at the sights and sounds of this urban enclave, from the magnificence of the Singapore Botanic Gardens to the unrivalled beauty of the man-made Cloud Forest.

When’s the Best Time to Get Married in Singapore: Daily temperatures in the high 20s make Singapore a great year-round wedding destination, but we’d recommend holding your celebrations indoors to keep your makeup looking picture-perfect as the air can get quite humid.

Where to Wed in Singapore:

The Westin Singapore: Begin wedded bliss by the Infinity Pool that’s perched on luxury at The Westin Singapore. The hotel’s wedding planners are on hand to help create the wedding of your dreams, whether it’s a whimsical wonderland or a lively champagne celebration. Special packages offer the chance for the bridal party to indulge in pampering spa treatments as well as enjoy the hotel’s luxurious accommodations.

San Francisco

Home to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, urban rolling hills, historic cable cars, charming country panoramas and colourful personalities from all walks of life, San Francisco is truly one of the quirkiest and most cultured cities in the world. From the city centre’s chic urban streets to the idyllic vistas of the wine country, San Francisco and its surrounds offer wedding locations to suit a myriad of personalities.

When’s the Best Time to Get Married in San Francisco: The Golden Gate City is at its most pleasant and affordable during Autumn from September to December. If a Summer wedding is on the cards, San Francisco delivers sunny days from June to August.

Where to Wed in San Francisco:

Shelter Co: For adventurous couples looking to get married beneath the stars, Shelter Co. provides luxury camping facilities that’ll take outdoor weddings to a whole new level. Shelter Co. camping rentals feature fully furnished European-style canvas tents and custom amenities. This “glamping” approach to wedding hires means you can get married in any outdoor venue that strikes your fancy, whether that’s a gorgeous country estate, beachfront or picturesque meadow – your options are endless.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Situated at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, Dubai is a stunning destination for more than just a romantic wedding ceremony. A literal oasis in the desert, Dubai offers everything from sunset camel rides and designer shopping to an afternoon on the ski slopes.

When’s the Best Time to Get Married in Dubai: Pack your sunnies because the perpetual blue skies and sunny weather make Dubai a year-round wedding destination.

Where to Wed in Dubai:

Conrad DubaiCelebrate your dream wedding in an absolute oasis at Conrad Dubai. Located in Downtown Dubai; this exquisite five-star hotel features three restaurants that’ll cater to any cuisine you fancy, an outdoor pool for you to cool off in, and a luxurious spa for pampering on your special day. With two grand ballrooms and an outdoor retreat complete with lush succulents and picturesque palm trees, you’ll be hard to find a more spectacular wedding destination in the middle of the desert other than Conrad Dubai.

Hong Kong

Located south of China’s coast, Hong Kong is a city that’s rich in culture and entertainment, brilliant in sights and sounds, and bountiful when it comes to exotic foods – it’s definitely a wedding destination that’s bold and beautiful.

When’s the Best Time To Get Married in Hong Kong: Summer welcomes warm humid air with the occasional shower, thunderstorm and even typhoons, so do ensure your wedding veil is tightly pinned on if you’re going to brave it. Our best bet is going during the Spring to Winter months for a more temperate wedding setting.

Where to Wed in Hong Kong:

Grand Hyatt Hong KongIn a city that’s so scarce with prime real estate, the Grand Hyatt spares no expense in offering guests the comforts of luxurious space and sophisticated living. The lush terrace garden overlooks beautiful Victoria Harbour – the perfect backdrop for any modern-day wedding. Complete with a dedicated team of wedding planners, top chefs, and 5-star services, you can choose to have your hassle-free wedding in 22 event venues that cater for quaint intimate weddings to grand celebrations of up to 888 guests.

Island Shangri-La: Leave your guests in awe as they step into the Island Shangri-La. The towering 56-storey hotel knows how to make an impact – starting with the majestic 16-storey landscape silk painting in the lobby. The hotel offers elegance and sophistication through its team of highly skilled professionals, creating weddings that exceed expectations. Choose from three truly memorable wedding settings; the romantic Ballroom, the Atrium, or the Library that’ll definitely make you feel like the belle of the ball.

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Lisa is the Expedia Blog Editor and has spent the past eight years travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs. She makes sure the Expedia Blog is always stocked with the best stories, travel tips and destination news from our bloggers and Expedia’s experts. Sydney is her base to drop off souvenirs before heading off on the next adventure. Lisa writes about everything from the world’s weirdest dim sum to cruising aboard monster ships. 3 travel must-haves? A hat, hand sanitiser and underwater camera What's on your travel bucket list? An over water bure in Tahiti, an African safari and snorkeling in Oman