It’s the most wonderful day of your life, a day when you want everything to be just perfect, and that certainly applies to your choice of venue. Your wedding day is the one day when everything needs to be just right, and the setting you choose can definitely help to define the style and mood of your wedding. These days, many couples are abandoning the tradition of church and hotel based weddings, and are opting to combine a wedding and honeymoon by getting married in a foreign beach resort.
And why wouldn’t they. A romantic wedding on a beach works so well on so many levels. It is perfect if you want to keep your ceremony small and intimate, rather than full of relatives you haven’t seen in years. You have an idyllic setting that makes a stunning backdrop for all those wedding photos, and can opt for something that is a little more informal, with the sand in between your toes as you make those special vows. You can also combine your wedding with a stay in a beautiful, luxurious, 5 stay resort like Hotel Lopesan, with many resorts also having a wedding planner that can help your perfect day run smoothly, and can also offer space for a meal or reception afterwards. I myself married in St Pauls Bay in Lindos, Rhodes, and had the most perfect day that holds the most wonderful memories, so I would definitely recommend taking this step away from the traditional.
When it comes to beach weddings, where would I recommend? The truth is that the world is your oyster, with European beaches and those of the Caribbean and the Far East all making great backdrops.
Gran Canaria has the beauty of lots of glorious, 5 star hotels and resorts that make the perfect setting for a beach side wedding. The beautiful, all year around weather of the Canary Islands, and the great beaches all make this a popular destination for weddings.
Cyprus is a popular choice, with it’s short flight time to the UK, some great resort hotels with access to private beaches and glorious weather. My brother was married in Paphos, in Coral Bay, and was able to host a beautiful ceremony on a jetty that looked out to sea, and then a reception overlooking the beach.
Further afield you have Thailand, and particularly Phuket. Known as the land of smiles, the white sands and clear blue seas make for beautiful boho weddings on the hippie trail. You can tailor your wedding to your taste, with drummers, a water blessing and a choice of services, including a Buddhist ceremony conducted by monks for something that would be both beautiful and spiritual.
Mauritius and The Maldives.
Mauritius really is a paradise on Earth, and an ideal spot for a the ultimate in romantic, intimate ceremonies. You could opt to stay in an adults only resort, or combine your wedding with staying in a beautiful beach side bungalow. Ceremonies in Mauritius are legally binding too, so these are real weddings.
The Maldives ceremonies are not legally binding, but I can’t think of a more beautiful place to have your wedding blessed, particularly if you are celebrating a special anniversary.