The Top 6 Romantic Wedding Destinations


The Top 6 Romantic Wedding Destinations

You’ve popped the champagne and announced to your family and friends the exciting news – you’re engaged! Before you can start picking out dresses, flowers or even set the date, you’ll need to find the perfect wedding destination. Whether it’s beachside in tropical paradise or atop a dreamy snow-covered mountain range, the wedding of your dreams could be just around the corner or a flight, train or boat ride away. Make your dreams a reality with our pick of the world’s most romantic wedding destinations.

New Zealand

If natural beauty and surrealism is your ideal wedding backdrop, then look no further than the beautiful homeland of Aotearoa. Breathtaking mountain ranges, enchanting mist-enshrouded forests, untouched beaches, hot springs nestled in ancient volcanic craters…the list of beautiful wedding backdrops goes on.
Best time to get hitched: Whenever you’re ready to say “I do”! With four  beautiful seasons, New Zealand has a unique atmosphere to suit every type of wedding.

Our New Zealand Picks:

Millbrook Resort, Central Otago: Green fairways, gentle streams, rolling hills and a backdrop of rugged mountains, Millbrook Resort offers couples a romantic escape in 500 acres of beautiful countryside. With 5-star rooms and suites as spacious as its surroundings, couples can choose from three stunning venues, whether they want to go rustic or extravagant.
Te Anau Hotels and Villas, Fiordland: For a gorgeous lakeside wedding, exchange your vows in Distinction Te Anau Hotel and Villas’ waterfront glass chapel. With luxurious rooms, a range of wedding packages and an on-site Wedding Specialist to cater to your every whim, newly weds can expect a hassle-free wedding.

Australia

Couples looking for a little change in scenery can explore the different backdrops in the land across the ditch. From bustling cities, pristine beaches of their own, vast red deserts, snowcapped mountains or lush rain forests. Australia offers a beautiful destination wedding that’s not too far from home.

Best time to get hitched: Spring and Summer deliver blue skies and a warm to hot climate. In Autumn expect a cool, temperate climate with crisp breezes and clear star-studded nights. If you’re after an ultra white wedding, look to the mountain ranges of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania where snow falls in the Winter months.

Our Australia Picks:

Bayview Eden, Melbourne: Romance goes next-level at the exceptional four-star Bayview Eden. Situated in Melbourne’s heart, this stylish hotel offers modern day charms and boasts views across the Albert Park Lake & Golf Course. Its proximity to the best of Melbourne’s vibrant shopping and dining scene doesn’t hurt either, especially convenient for those last minute wedding errands.

Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton: Wiggle your toes into the warm sand as you say ‘I do’ at Abbey Beach Resort. On the beach at Busselton just 30-minutes from the famous wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River, this luxurious low-rise hotel is set amongst lush, landscaped gardens and can cater for both intimate and grand ceremonies.
Thredbo Alpine Hotel, Thredbo: Located on the banks of the Thredbo River in the heart of New South Wales’ snow country, Thredbo Alpine Hotel is a unique and charming wedding destination with its own onsite chapel. In the warmer months, crisp blue skies and golden plains dominate. Come Winter, the landscape dramatically transforms into a snow-covered wonderland. With the flexibility to take over the entire venue, DIY wedding dreams come will come to life, allowing you to put your stamp on your special day.
Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel, Perth: If you’re after a more relaxed yet elegant wedding then the Assured Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel is an idyllic wedding location. Set amongst pretty manicured gardens on the banks of Perth’s Swan River in Western Australia, this handsome hotel offers both indoor and outdoor ceremony options, flexible wedding packages and a deluxe menu from exclusive 150 EAST restaurant.

Singapore

For those searching for the exotic and urban, go no further than this ‘city in a garden’. The best of both worlds combine in Singapore – offering couples a modern and decidedly green wedding destination. With the beautiful Botanic Gardens and the lush, man-made Cloud Forest, this island city is a veritable landscape of green parks and rainforests intersected by ancient temples, towering skyscrapers and mind-blowing cuisine.

Best time to get hitched: With moderate temperatures 365 days a year, anytime is a great time to get married in Singapore! Humidity is high so take advantage of the cooler evenings and ample air-conditioning.

Our Singapore Pick:

The Westin, Singapore: This upscale five-star hotel is a standout for couples wanting a modern hotel wedding setting with maximum effect and minimum fuss. Let the in-house wedding planners take care of everything while you spend the lead up to your big day soaking up the sun by the rooftop infinity pool, being pampered in their luxury spa or indulging in some retail therapy.

Bali

Earning its nickname as ‘The Island of Love’, Bali radiates natural beauty. Its wooded volcanic mountains, coral reefs, sweeping rugged coastline, azure waters and luscious tropical gardens create a magical island paradise; making it one of the world’s most romantic locations.

Best time to get hitched: While the temperatures are balmy year-round, to avoid rain on your wedding day, book during the dry season that runs from April to September.

Our Bali Picks:

Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Nusa Dua: The sun-drenched shores of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa will take your breath away before you even say ‘I do’. Set within 23 acres of exotic gardens, this stunning five-star resort hotel features an alluring beachfront location, five restaurants and a number of wedding venues with different package options available.
W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak: Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this trendy hotel in vibrant Seminyak is the perfect destination for couples looking for a chic and eclectic wedding venue. Exchange vows beachside and then dance the night away under the stars to the hottest DJs arranged by the W Retreat & Spa Bali Seminyak.

Dubai

At the continental 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.
Best time to get hitched: Pack you sunnies because the perpetual blue skies and sunny weather make Dubai a year-round wedding destination.

Our Dubai Pick:

Conrad Dubai: Sophisticated and elegant, the Conrad Dubai is an opulent location for an enchanting wedding. This five-star hotel in downtown Dubai features three world-class restaurants, an outdoor pool surrounded by palms, luxury spa, oasis retreat and two stunning grand ballrooms. Relax knowing that the hotel wedding planners will attend to every last detail.

Hong Kong

Vibrant, lively and buzzing with lights and sound, Hong Kong is an explosive mix of old and new. Once part of the British colony, this steamy city of towering skyscrapers and ancient Chinese traditions, is a culinary hotspot. The cuisine aside, its rich and diverse culture, exciting nightlife, outstanding shopping and spectacular vistas make it a unique and stunning wedding destination.
Best time to get hitched: October to December is best for brides wanting to keep their cool, avoiding the humidity and often-fierce Summer storms. Late Autumn is marked by pleasant sunny days while early Winter is cool and dry.

Our Hong Kong Pick:

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong: The sky’s the limit at the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. This  spacious and luxe five-star hotel overlooking Victoria Harbour can easily cater for intimate gatherings through to elaborate events of up to 888 guests. With 22 wedding venues to choose from, plus a dedicated team of wedding planners, first-class chefs and top-notch services, your wedding day is sure to be unforgettable.

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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