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Top 5 Destinations for a Wedding Abroad

Our hottest picks for destination weddings in 2018

Whilst many brides wouldn’t dream of having their big day anywhere but home, it is becoming increasingly popular for couples to get married overseas…

Whether you and your partner have decided to elope, or you want to whisk your nearest and dearest off for an epic adventure to witness you say your ‘I do’s’, destination wedding can open up an endless list of incredible locations to host your big day. We have done our research, and rounded up our top picks for the hottest locations around the globe for your wedding abroad in 2018/19, sure to make your guests squeal with delight when they open that invitation!


It’s difficult to beat Mexico’s diversity as a holiday and wedding destination – the food is fantastic, the people are friendly, and the activities range from jungle treks to pro-golfing and cultural excursions. With more than 6,000 miles of beautiful coastline on the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea in the East and the Pacific Ocean to the west, Mexico makes for the perfect beach wedding. Whether your dream to get married involves an escape to a white-sand beach in Cancun or an exploration of the ruins in Riviera Maya, Mexico provides endless possibilities for every taste and budget. What’s more, when booking a wedding abroad to Mexico, you can guarantee: good weather, friendly locals and TEQUILA!

Wedding Hotspots: check out prime destination wedding locations such as Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Riviera Maya, Los Cabos, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. We love Zoëtry Paraiso de la Bonita in Riviera Maya, a luxurious ocean front venue with unrivalled views or Palace Resorts with locations in Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.


Romance and Italy go hand-in-hand making it an easy choice and dream destination for many brides and grooms-to-be! Home to incredible cuisine, mesmerising scenery, fascinating history, enchanting cities and (most importantly) some of the world’s best wines, Italy is the perfect destination for couples looking for a gorgeous European retreat that isn’t too far from home.  If you’re looking for a luxurious wedding celebration, The Amalfi Coast and Puglia have everything you need and more, whereas if you want to immerse yourself in Italian culture and tradition, hosting your big day in the town of Sorrento or historic Rome could fit the bill!

Wedding Hotspots: Whether you want to travel on the Orient Express to marry in Venice, get hitched in the glamorous and celeb-filled Lake Garda or Lake Como Italy or travel further south for a picturesque coastal resort of Sorrento, Positano or Ravello, Italy has some first-class wedding locations.  Check out Villa del Balbianello in Lake Como for a true show-stopper or Santa Caterina, Amalfi, Italy for a dreamy venue.

Phuket, Thailand

Although it may seem surprising given its location, Southeast Asia and Thailand offer a lot in terms of value for hosting  a wedding abroad!  And this gem in Thailand is an island paradise that offers a dream beach wedding location with famous diving sites, first class beaches and amazing spas. Wow your guests with the natural beauty of Phuket, and get lost in the magic of traditional Thai Buddhist ceremonies which include symbolic blessings, Thai music, dancing, a feast and even an elephant ride! This tropical paradise will delight cultural mavens, adventure seekers and foodies ensuring your guests will have a time they’ll never forget.

Wedding Hotspots: we recommend checking out Katathani Phuket Beach Resort or Surin Phuket, a fantastic resort that illustrates the indigenous values of Thai culture through distinctive designs, natural colour, native sounds and historical art.

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

This post-card ready breezy jungle island is the perfect backdrop if you are considering a Caribbean wedding. The Dominican Republic has a strong Latin influence and is a country bursting with colour and energy! So for a wedding location with picture-perfect beaches, enticing festivals and cultural events and immensely varied and stunning scenery check out the Dominican Republic. On the Caribbean side, destinations such as Juan Dolio and La Romana have clear waters and white-sand beaches, perfect for snorkelling and diving, whilst the Atlantic side has surf and fishing towns set against plush tropical rainforest.

Wedding Hotspots: Check out the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana or Secrets Cap Cana Resort and Spa, a beautiful resort facing the clear Caribbean Sea along the white sand of the exclusive Juanillo Beach where you’ll experience Unlimited-Luxury and all-inclusive service for your big day.

Secrets Cap Cana


Looking for a marriage in the Med? Why not have your own big, fat Greek wedding surrounded by golden beaches, white-washed buildings, ancient ruins, an abundance of olive groves and lush, mountainous hillsides. Get married in a charming chapel on the beachfront or Cliffside against the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea before wowing your guests with the unrivalled luxury of so many of Greece’s wedding venues. Once the big day is over, guests can wander the quaint cobbled streets; enjoy delicious authentic Greek dishes from rustic restaurants. It comes as no surprise that Greece continues to be one of the most popular destination wedding locations for 2018!

Wedding Hotspots: Check out Andronis Luxury Suites in Santorini for unrivalled romance. Reflecting traditional Aegean architecture and overlooking the island’s volcanic crater or caldera, these suites represent the most luxurious, dreamy escape in a Mediterranean setting beyond compare. Alternatively, why not have a ‘Mamma Mia’ wedding on the idyllic island of Skopelos. Relive the iconic wedding scene in the lovely church of Agios Ioannis, perched on top of a rock.

Andronis Luxury Suites, Santorini

For more inspiration and to discuss your options for your wedding abroad, browse our honeymoon and destination wedding suppliers in Ireland and Northern Ireland HERE.

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