These days, destination weddings are becoming more and more popular. Many couples are opting for smaller and more intimate wedding celebrations at a location they love, rather than larger gatherings in their hometowns. Some couples are even throwing two weddings—a large event for everyone at home, and a more cozy and cherished celebration further away.
If you’re considering a destination wedding, get some inspiration from these couples, who planned events everywhere from the sunny beaches of Florida to the dry deserts of Morocco. Happy planning—and bon voyage!
Shari and Kofi: Mexico
Shari and Kofi were married at the Grand Velas Resort and Spa in Mexico. The bride is Jamaican, the groom is Ghanaian, and their Mexican wedding was true cultural fusion. Check out more from this wedding here—including their passport-themed invitation, underwater photo shoot, and very cool video trailer.
Photo courtesy of Aurora Photography.
Sasha and Larry: Jamaica
Sasha and Larry opted for a vintage beach-style wedding in Jamaica, where Sasha’s mother’s side is from. The intimate ceremony, held on 11/11/11, was not only sentimental for the couple, but for Sasha’s family—2011 was the 11th year of the passing of her grandmother, whom she visited often in Jamaica.
The Half Moon Resort, where they wed, is well known for executing some of the most amazing weddings in the Caribbean. Check out more from their gorgeous day.
Photo courtesy of Saab Wedding.
Sasha and Sammy: Delray Beach, Florida
When you think destination weddings, you usually think of a place outside of the U.S. But technically, it can take place anywhere other than where the bride and groom live.
Sasha and Sammy are originally from the Northeast, but chose to get married in Delray Beach, Florida at the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. Their fabulous Asian-themed wedding featured gorgeous décor and amazing details, including paper lanterns and sake bottles as favors.
Photo courtesy of John Arcara Photography.
Jocelyn and Frederick: Maui, Hawaii
Hawaii is pretty much the epitome of paradise—and who wouldn’t want to get married there? Jocelyn and Frederick thought the same, and got married in Maui, Hawaii at the Mala Wailea, in a wedding filled with gorgeous blooms, light pink touches, and the most stunning decor. See more from their wedding here.
Photo courtesy of James Rubio Photography.
Liza and Olugbemiga: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Liza and Olugbemiga reside in Canada, but longed for an intimate destination wedding for just their close families and friends. So they decided to have a larger affair in Canada, and a more intimate wedding in the Caribbean. They chose Riu Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, where they said their vows beachside and donned traditional Nigerian attire at the reception. Find more images from their multicultural destination wedding here.
Photo courtesy of Victor Lee Photography.
Cynthia and Hatim: Morocco
Cynthia is originally from Martinique in the Caribbean, and Hatim is a very proud Moroccan. They both call Paris home, and first celebrated their marriage there. Then, they headed to Morocco for an amazing wedding full of cultural elements and traditional customs.
Photography by Christophe Photo.