Here in the UK, the home of temperamental weather, we’re used to making to making that last-minute switch from bikini to brolly – it’s a bit of a faff when you’ve got plans though, especially if those plans happen to be your wedding. Luckily, you can escape the rain and jet off to some exotic locations for your dream ceremony.
Mexico has everything from golden beaches and old colonial cities to the stunning Sierra Madre mountains. The east coast is where you’ll get the luxurious hotels and A-list experience, while the west coast is perfect for a sunset ceremony against a dramatic, mountainous backdrop. And that’s not all – the reception is where the fun starts. They know how to throw a party in Mexico, and you’ll be smashing pinãtas, dancing to a Mariachi band and tucking into an endless spread of tacos and tequila. Careful not to fall asleep on the beach!
If the sun won’t come to you, then you must go to the sun. During UK winter, India is the ideal wedding destination, boasting warm, comfortable temperatures and slightly cooler evenings. If you want a ceremony fit for a princess, Goa, Kerala and Rajasthan are where you’ll find the beautifully-designed venues and opulent hotels. Or, for a dose of mystical, old-world charm, plan your big day in Jaipur or Jaislamer, and take your pick from the boutique palaces.
This Caribbean island prides itself on having a laid-back attitude and infectious party spirit, so you’ll have no choice but to relax and experience a wedding to remember. It boasts a unique, tropical terrain, so you can choose from verdant mountains, glittering waterfalls and white beaches to be the backdrop for your special day. And if you’re after a truly unique ceremony – Jamaica delivers. Exchange vows on horseback or even on a bamboo raft and guarantee that every little thing is gonna be alright…
If your preferred mode of transport is elephant – Thailand is the wedding destination for you. Dry season starts in November and you can take your pick from traditional sunset ceremonies on the beach or tying the knot in a temple. Everyone loves authentic Thai cuisine, so you can’t really go wrong with your wedding breakfast. And if that’s not enough, you can dine on sand-side tables with a backing track of gentle waves.
Mauritius is the place where dream beach weddings becomes a reality. Ribbons of immaculate white sand and turquoise lagoons make a postcard-perfect backdrop for your ceremony – your photo album could literally be mistaken for a brochure. And if you’re not so keen for the beach, non-sandy options include pretty gardens and ocean-view terraces. After the ceremony, you can tuck into a wedding breakfast fit for a King, which traditionally features fresh seafood, Creole cuisine and rum-infused cocktails. For more info on winter sun weddings, go ahead and visit thomson.co.uk. Or maybe you’re looking for a wedding abroad for the summer, or even a honeymoon – well then, we can help there, too!