If you're planning a wedding and hoping to bring your loved ones together for a truly unique experience, a destination wedding should be on your radar. "Destination weddings provide couples the opportunity to extend the entire wedding experience and enjoy significantly more quality time with their loved ones and close friends," says event designer Jung Lee of Fête. Along with allowing more time for guests to get to know each other, Lee points out that a destination wedding is also a natural way to keep a wedding small and intimate. "The goal is to create an experience for the guests that reflects the couple and a weekend that guests will never forget," Lee says.
Planning a wedding in a dreamy far off location? We pinpointed the most popular places in the world to tie the knot, then found destination wedding décor to suit each theme. Consider your table setting sorted.
Loire Valley, France
"With destination weddings becoming more common and new types of venues opening, the trend is for couples to seek unique and/or undiscovered venue options to host the wedding weekend," says Lee. For one unique venue, head to Loire Valley. Located in central France, this romantic destination is just two hours from Paris and makes the Knot's list of best destination wedding locations. Rolling green hills, lavender fields, and castles will serve as the backdrop for your big day and you can incorporate all of the magic of the city with the perfect wedding décor. Check out our picks below.
St. Thomas, Caribbean
Another popular destination according to the Knot, St. Thomas is the perfect place for a Caribbean wedding. Set the scene with beachy lanterns, patterned outdoor rugs, and delicate macrame accents.
"For a couple and their families, weddings go by in the blink of an eye. The six- to eight-hour celebration feels like 15 minutes," Lee says. Extend the experience by planning a destination wedding, even if it's not an overseas excursion. Stay stateside and tie the knot in Tucson, Arizona. The desert landscape will provide a chic setting and make for truly stunning photographs of the big day. Make it special with agate details and play up the desert botanicals with potted cacti.
If you prefer the East Coast, head to Nantucket, Massachusetts, with wedding décor that pays homage to the New England coastal town. Navy and white accents hint at nautical influences while traditional glassware is fitting for the charming town known for its clambakes and lighthouses.
The Knot also names Aspen, Colorado, as one of the most popular places to have a destination wedding. Go for a rustic theme inspired by the forested mountains of the city. Think wooden details and lots of natural elements.
Finally, for a beachy destination wedding location, celebrate your nuptials in Cozumel, Mexico. "While expectations are more relaxed in a destination, it is a wedding and is not a time for a couple to be taking chances on essentials pieces of their wedding," warns Lee. Whether you're on the beach or at a nearby resort be prepared for anything with this destination wedding décor.
Make any location feel curated and unique with this gorgeous destination wedding décor.