Every bride wants to have an incredible ceremony location, especially when it is at a destination. A misconception about destination weddings is that they all are similar. Always in the same spot, with everyone’s photos identical.
This does not have to be the case. We’ve come up with plenty of unique and special ideas to make each destination wedding extraordinary, and personalized. Below is a list of just a few suggestions on what we think is some of the most unique locations.
1. The Stairwell at Royal Plantation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
Now having a wedding on a stairwell may not sound appealing at first, but hear us out. This beautiful stairwell is outdoors and covered in lush leaves and vines with a thick canopy of trees overhead. With some hanging lights and candles lining the “aisle” of the stairwell, this outdoor ceremony location is magical. It’d be an easy climb as the stairs are separated into landings after only 4 or 5 steps, creating beautiful seating or standing spots. The wide stairwell makes this an extraordinary location for a small gathering.
2. Secluded Cay in Exuma Islands, Bahamas.
The Bahamas have been well-known for years for wonderful destination weddings. Even the Exuma Islands have gained popularity recently. As you may know, the Exumas are small low lying islands in the Out Islands of the Bahamas. The capital city, George Town has a tiny population of 1000 of permanent residents. What makes the Exuma Islands so special? Well, there are two main islands here, Great Exuma and Little Exuma which both have breathtaking beaches and seascapes. But we are after something unique right? Right! So even though the main islands of Exuma are something special, we’ve taking it a step further. The Exuma Islands have over 365 cays, small islands that appear and disappear as the water changes. Some cays are permanent sand bar and others only last while the tides out. Imagine, floating up by boat to your own beach where your guests are waiting. It is a dream destination in general, but it’s a dream wedding location when we arrange for your destination wedding to be on an un-named cay that is all your own to have a huge wedding party or a private ceremony.
3. Lanchas in Mayakoba Lagoon at Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico.
The Mayan is a well-known area in Mexico. It has been a long-time favorite for destination weddings. When a destination is known as a long-time favorite it seems to lose some appeal, mostly, because brides and grooms want something different, something special, something unique. Here is the unique part. In an affluent area of the Mayan Riviera is a place called Mayakoba. This is a community of lavish properties like Rosewood, Banyan Tree and Fairmont. As well, this area has unspoiled beauty and nature. Mayakoba offers distinct ecosystems: mangroves, tropical forests, lagoons, water canals, and coast dunes. One of my ultimate unique wedding locations is at the Fairmont Mayakoba. This resort is tucked under a forest canopy with a network of waterways and canals. The mode of transportation in the canals is by a covered boat called a “Lanchas”. These lanchas are perfectly different for someone who wants something special. They’re large enough for family and friends to attend your ceremony or just for the happy couple themselves. As the ceremony takes place, the lanchas will drift through the beautiful canal, floating by the immaculate grounds and hotel.
4. Overwater Bungalow at Four Seasons Bora Bora, French Polynesia.
If you have ever read anything on Bora Bora, you would have read about the beauty of the lagoons, the color of the waters and the smell of the flowers. So as this destination is a great spot for any occasion it’s ideal for a gorgeous wedding. Now the legal requirements for marriage are changing within French Polynesia it’s becoming more popular. Most people only travel there once in a lifetime. If you’re going to only go there once, why not make it for the most important time in your life. Your wedding! As Bora Bora offers many unique locations from mountain tops to roadside lookouts to beautiful beaches and chapels here is one place that might seem different, but completely unique. An overwater bungalow! Most people choose to have an overwater bungalow while in Bora Bora. An overwater bungalow creates privacy, romance, and seclusion. Carry that over into your wedding ceremony and you’ve got a wonderful location. From the deck of an overwater bungalow you’ll see loads of colorful fish, coral and even rays. The Four Seasons resort in Bora Bora has very large overwater bungalows that would accommodate a small group of 20 or so for a beautifully unique destination wedding ceremony.
5. Pushcart at Rockhouse in Negril, Jamaica.
Pushcart restaurant in Negril is a great try for locals and tourists. You’ll find a choice of indoor and outdoor dining with open breezeways, a stage for a band or local artist, and smiling friendly Jamaicans to take care of you. This is typical service you will find at Rockhouse hotel (Pushcart is a restaurant part of Rockhouse hotel). This area of Negril is known for caves and rocks. You will see cliff divers jumping from the jagged rocks deep into the blues and greens that make up the sparkling Caribbean Ocean. Pushcart makes for an authentically unique wedding ceremony. You can chose to have an outdoor ceremony on the deck of the restaurant, looking out to the famous Negril sunset and shining sea, or an indoor setting with dimmed lights and candle flames flickering as a steel drum band plays.
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