From historic castles to royal palaces and floating bridges, here are the 10 best wedding spots in the world to say ‘I do’.
1. WALK DOWN A WATER BRIDGE
WHERE: HOTEL FOUR SEASONS, BALI, INDONESIA
Who wouldn’t want to get married with awe-striking views of the ocean on one side and a tropical forest on the other? Four Seasons Bali has built a 187 ft long floating bridge for couples who wish to make their wedding a dream affair. If you book the place for the evening, a killer view of the sunset will make exchange wedding vows even more special.
2. MARRY LIKE THE ROYALS
WHERE: OBEROI UDAIVILAS, INDIA
For $8,000 a night, you can book a five star luxury for your wedding. Guests will be greeted by caparisoned elephants, and the white marble structure will be decked up in roses and marigold. Get your pre-wedding photo shoot done while boating on the calm Lake Pichola.
3. GET A GAME OF THRONES LIKE CASTLE BACKDROP
WHERE: ODESCALCHI CASTLE, ROME, ITALY
Remember Riverrun — Lady Catyln Stark’s maiden home? The idyllic Odescalchi Castle in Rome is quite similar to the fictional tower-like castle in Game of Thrones. Erstwhile couple Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married here.
4. BOOK A PRIVATE ISLAND
WHERE: SONG SAA PRIVATE ISLAND, CAMBODIA
At the Song Saa resort, you can choose to get married at the beach, on the deck of a cottage, in the rainforest or at the footbridge that connects the resort to another private island. A fantastic display of fireworks is provided by the resort for the nuptials.
5. SAY ‘I DO’ AT A BOATHOUSE
WHERE: THE LOEB CENTRAL BOATHOUSE, NEW YORK
This historic structure in Manhattan’s Central Park has been holding wedding ceremonies since more than 150 years. Couples get married on the dock overlooking the lake.
6. A VOLCANIC AFFAIR
WHERE: LAUCALA ISLAND RESORT, FIJI
The 25-villa Laucala Island Resort is surrounded by volcanoes and tropical rainforests. More than a 100 species of native birds here will join in with their songs at your wedding party. After the ceremony, send your guests scuba diving to explore the coral reefs while you head for a romantic sunset cruise with your beloved.
7. FOR YOUR MONEY’S WORTH
WHERE: BURJ AL ARAB, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Get a taste of the Arabic opulence at the Burj Al Arab that is considered one of the best wedding spots in the world. Get married at the Al Falak Ballroom that has the world’s largest Swarovski chandelier. The hotel also gives the couple an option to arrive at the venue in style — either by a chopper or in a Rolls Royce.
8. AT THE QUEEN’S HOME
WHERE: CHÂTEAU VAUX-LE-VICOMTE, FRANCE
For $60,000, you can book a 17th century château that was one of the many homes of Mary Antoinette, the last queen of France. The famous Château Vaux-le-Vicomte in Versailles is an apt choice if you are looking for a vintage theme for your wedding. The wedding ballroom is filled with Victorian furniture and candle stand chandeliers overlooking manicured lawns where up to 50 guests can be seated.
9. ROMANCE AT THE VINEYARDS
MOLENVLIET WINE ESTATE, SOUTH AFRICA
Instead of walking down the aisle, you would love to walk down the gardens of the MolenVliet Wine Estate for your big day. The idyllic setting overlooks a mountain and a river and of course provides an uninterrupted wine flow for guests.
10. INDULGE IN AN IMPERIAL AFFAIR
WHERE: LA MAMOUNIA, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
Immerse yourself in middle eastern culture as you go wedding trousseau hunting at the bustling and vibrant Marrakech market. The ancient La Mamounia palace, located adjacent to the bazaar provides a luxurious 17-acre garden for your wedding reception. More than 80 different kinds of traditional massages are offered as a part of their wedding package!