Our Top 13 Dreamiest Destination Wedding Locations This Year

With a growing number of marrying couples opting for smaller guest lists and shifting the emphasis to providing an immersive and memorable experience for their guests, a destination wedding is one way to simplify planning while providing a breathtaking backdrop for everyone who's part of the celebration to experience.  In fact, according to a recent Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists (DWHSA) survey, destination weddings are on the rise.  The reports show that destination wedding bookings surged from $21 billion in 2022 to $28 billion in 2023 – and DWHSA members expect that rise to be even larger in 2024.

We delight in wanderlust, which is why we compiled a list of our favorite destination wedding locations this year and beyond.  Whether you envision exchanging vows on a sandy beach, amidst the charm of a European city, or surrounded by the majestic beauty of mountains or lakes, we've got a destination for you.

Tulum, Mexico: A trendy and and top Mexican destination, couples and their guests can easily embrace the laid-back luxury of Tulum with its pristine beaches, ancient ruins, and bohemian vibes. All-inclusive resorts offer a stress-free wedding experience against the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea.

Santorini, Greece: Known for its iconic blue-domed churches and stunning sunsets, Santorini is a dream destination for couples seeking romance and charm. Exchange vows overlooking the azure Aegean Sea for an unforgettable Mediterranean wedding.

Lake Como, Italy: Nestled in the Italian Alps, Lake Como exudes elegance and sophistication. Picture-perfect villas and lush gardens provide a romantic setting for a lakeside wedding surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

Aspen, Colorado: For couples who love the great outdoors, Aspen offers a picturesque mountain backdrop for a rustic-chic wedding. Whether you choose a ski resort or a cozy mountain lodge, Aspen's alpine charm will set the stage for a magical celebration.

Paris, France: Known as the City of Love, Paris exudes romance at every corner. From exchanging vows in front of the Eiffel Tower to hosting a reception in a charming Parisian chateau, this iconic city offers endless possibilities for a fairy-tale wedding.

Dubrovnik, Croatia: Dubrovnik's medieval charm and Adriatic Sea views provide a romantic setting for a destination wedding with a touch of old-world elegance. Exchange vows amidst ancient city walls or in a seaside garden for a truly unforgettable celebration.

Bora Bora: Escape to the paradise of Bora Bora for a wedding surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters and overwater bungalows. Private island resorts offer exclusive venues for couples seeking luxury and seclusion on their special day.

Costa Rica:  For eco-conscious couples who love nature, Costa Rica is the perfect destination. With its lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and abundance of wildlife, Costa Rica offers a unique and unforgettable setting for a tropical wedding.

Banff, Alberta, Canada: Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers breathtaking mountain vistas and pristine alpine lakes for a scenic wedding celebration. Whether you choose a mountaintop ceremony or a cozy lodge reception, Banff's natural beauty will leave you spellbound.

St. Lucia: With its lush rainforests, dramatic Pitons, and secluded beaches, St. Lucia sets the stage for a tropical wedding in paradise. All-inclusive resorts offer luxury amenities and personalized service for a stress-free destination wedding experience.

Barcelona, Spain: Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and architectural beauty of Barcelona for a destination wedding with Spanish flair. From historic venues to trendy rooftop terraces, Barcelona offers endless options for a stylish and memorable celebration.

Queenstown, New Zealand: Known as the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown offers breathtaking landscapes and adrenaline-pumping activities for adventurous couples. Say "I do" against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, and rugged wilderness for a truly unforgettable wedding experience.

The Maldives: Experience luxury and romance in the Maldives, where secluded islands, turquoise lagoons, and overwater villas create the perfect setting for a dream wedding. Dive into crystal-clear waters, relax on pristine beaches, and celebrate your love in one of the world's most idyllic destinations.

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