British Virgin Islands
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Spontaneous couples looking to quietly tie the knot can sneak away to the less-touristy British Virgin Islands, and do it quickly—while many countries require you to be on the island for a few days before an internationally valid marriage license can go through, BVI gets it done in one day. It's easy to customize your day with more than 60 islands and cays to choose from, but we're particularly fond of Guana Island, where you can rent out the whole place if you're feeling particularly private.
Plan your British Virgin Islands destination wedding today with our free planning guides!
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Newport, Rhode Island
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Infuse old-world, rustic charm into your seaside wedding at Castle Hill Inn, where their 40-Acre Wedding Weekend Experience allows brides-to-be (and their grooms, of course!) to take over its dreamy estate looking over Narragansett Bay. Guests will even stay in beach houses, cottages and chalets in between clambakes and beach bonfires—rehearsal dinner, anyone?—providing an all-around beach wedding experience.
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La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Be treated like royalty when you opt for a Dominican Republic beach wedding at Casa de Campo, a 7,000-acre luxury resort that overlooks the Caribbean sea, and choose the reception that suits your style. Minitas Beach provides a lively barefoot party for the laid-back bride, with tiki torches and swaying palm trees to boot, while Altos de Chavon Plaza gives a more sophisticated dine-and-dance vibe perched on the cliffs overlooking the Chavon River. Best part? Come back for your anniversary and receive two complimentary nights as part of the celebration.
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Crystal Coast, North Carolina
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There's a reason all of Nicholas Sparks' novels (and follow-up films) are based in North Carolina. There's an array of gorgeous beach settings, and the Crystal Coast in the state's Southern Outer Banks is no exception. Get a heavy nautical infusion by hosting your ceremony at Harkers Island, where the Cape Lookout lighthouse will serve as your backdrop. Then grab your new hubby and head to Shackleford Banks with your photographer, where you'll pose among wild horses that could, if you're lucky, launch into a gallop to give you a few unforgettable memories.
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Key West, Florida
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The Florida Keys provides an easy getaway for those who don't want to worry about international licenses, while still providing that intimate setting you're after. Up to 40 guests can be transported by yacht—starting your beach wedding on a luxurious note—to Little Palm Island (if your guest list is bigger you can rent the island exclusively). And with only one wedding happening each day, there's no chance of nosy non-guests popping into your photos.
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The perfect place for a beach wedding that transitions right into the honeymoon, Bali provides a gorgeous view of the Indian Ocean as your picture-perfect backdrop. Opt for a traditional beachside wedding at Conrad Hotel, but add some Balinese flair by swapping vows underneath a bale, their open-sided gazebos with thatched roofs. You can even say "I do" at the Infinity Chapel, a breathtaking asymmetrical chapel that sits on walkways of marble and next to a reflection pool (with the beach in the background), to celebrate in a spot unique to your destination.
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An island nicknamed "One Happy Island" sounds like the perfect place to celebrate the happiest day of your life, don't you think? Head to Aruba, then, where you'll find warm weather year-round and it's easy to get married on the day you've always dreamed about. Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa can host your celebration on Eagle Beach of Aruba, one of the top 10 beaches in the world, while you practice saying "Mi ta stima bo!"—"I love you" in Papiamento—for a truly authentic experience.
Plan your ideal Aruba wedding with our free guides!
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Laguna Beach, California
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Head to the west coast for a seaside ceremony you won't soon forget. Montage Hotels gives your guests panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean sprinkled with lush garden greenery. And as the only wedding of the day, the attention will be on nobody but, well, you. Just as it should be.
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Turks & Caicos
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Whether you want to host two people or 120 of them, the Grace Bay Club is the ideal location for a sophisticated beach wedding. Choose a ceremony at the pool, beach, or one of the many nearly uninhabited cays (or opt for a catamaran, if that floats your boat). Either way, you're getting white sand you'll be dying to dig your toes into and the crystal-blue water that makes those post-ceremony photos pop.
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St. John, Virgin Islands
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Outdoorsy girls love getting hitched in a national park, so a beach wedding at Virgin Islands National Park is like icing on the three-tiered cake. You'll have seven white-sand beaches to choose from, and packages at Caneel Bay Resort keep you in the center of all the island's natural beauty (they'll even provide said cake, making your big day super easy and extra delish).
Check out our guides to weddings in the U.S. Virgin Islands now!
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Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
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If you want to travel for your wedding, don't worry—that doesn't automatically mean you have to sacrifice your big-day dreams. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Resort & Spa in the Grand Cayman Islands lets you accommodate up to 500 guests so no one feels left out. A ceremony at the beach, followed by cocktail hour on the lawn patio and a reception in the Governor's Ballroom keeps elegance at an all-time high...and the constant view of the Caribbean doesn't hurt.
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You didn't think we'd leave out Hawaii, did you? Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, Maui is one of the most gorgeous of the Hawaiian islands, and with Montage Kapalua Bay's recent multi-million renovation, you can have a beach wedding unlike any other. Brides can say "I do" at Cliff House, which, as its name suggests, sits atop a cliff and offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the ocean and nearby islands. Stay for your honeymoon and prepare to be treated like royalty—newlyweds can enjoy three levels of the cascading pool that drops into the ocean, all while receiving luxurious amenities like sunglass cleaning and a scented cooling mist. Ahhh, wedded bliss.
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No need for high heels here. From the ceremony and cocktails straight through to dinner and dancing, you and your groom can relax with your feet dipped in cool white sand while the sea breezes of Marigot Bay and the Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon give your skin a healthy glisten. Le Guanahani in St. Barth infuses the evening with a French flavor to give your special night the romantic touch every girl dreams about.
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Paget Parish, Bermuda
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Swap white sand beaches for pink ones and you'll end up at Elbow Beach Resort on the famed Bermuda South Shore. Seat two or 200 guests—doesn't matter which—and up the ante with special features like a horse-drawn carriage to bring you up to the beach, or fireworks over the ocean to celebrate your marital bliss.
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Sonoma County, California
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Perfect for wine and beach lovers alike, Sonoma County offers 55 miles of edgy, dramatic Pacific coastline to make your wedding an unforgettable day. We recommend a rehearsal dinner at one of the local wineries, like Copain or St. Francis, to satisfy your vino craving. Follow it up with a perfect ceremony at Bodega Bay Lodge or Sea Ranch Lodge, both of which provide unique views of the coastline to capture the scenery you crave.
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Koh, Samui, Thailand
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Experience a traditional island wedding or immerse yourself in culture through a Buddhist religious ceremony at the Four Seasons Koh Sumai, where the fine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water along the Gulf of Thailand are what you dream about. Make your beach wedding even more unforgettable by riding off into the sunset—and ocean—on an elephant. Yes, you really can ride an elephant on your wedding day.
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Charleston, South Carolina
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Add a hit of historic Southern charm by hosting your beach wedding in Charleston. A ceremony at Seaside Point gives you rustic elegance at its finest, while a reception at Wild Dunes Resort provides guests with ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with an array of outdoor activities. You'll also be within driving distance of downtown Charleston, perfect for bridal party explorations while the guys fit in a few rounds at the 36-hole golf course.
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Marco Island, Florida
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One of the top islands in the United States, Marco Island is the largest of the famous Ten Thousand Islands and is known for its world-class sunsets (locals and visitors alike often clap when the sun makes its final dip into the water). A wedding at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort & Spa lets you time your ceremony (or couple photos, if that's what you prefer) to capture the scenery at its finest hour, then scoot indoors for a lively dance party no one will soon forget.
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Castaway Island, Fiji
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Don't worry, your beach wedding on this island will be much more pleasant than the plot line of Tom Hanks' famous film. That said, a ceremony here won't come cheap—estimates start around $6,000 US to accommodate 20 guests. But the luxury you'll get at Castaway Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands, coupled with a helicopter ride to a private vow exchange at Monkey Rock is something your friends and family will be talking about for ages. And can you really put a price on that?
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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Surround yourself with rugged coastal water (imagine the drama in your photos), golden sand beaches and iconic lighthouses that come together to rival Europe's sophisticated style. The Harborside Hotel provides a seaside chicness to your wedding whilst infusing American classics like fresh lobster and a scrumptious clambake. Bonus: Guests can enjoy nearby landmarks like Acadia National Park while they're in town.
Photo: The Harborside Hotel