Planning a beach wedding? We’ve got our friends at Thomson Weddings to tell us the best destinations for your big day in 2015…
When we say wedding abroad, do the words ‘beach’, ‘sea’, ‘palm trees’ and ‘sunshine’ spring to mind? If you’re thinking about making your dream destination wedding a reality, here’s out top pick of the best beach settings for your big day…
Head to the Caribbean and you’ll find those postcard-worthy beaches you thought only existed in your imagination. If you’ve always dreamed of walking down the aisle with the sand between your toes, it doesn’t get more soft, white and powdery than on Eagle Beach in Aruba. Quiet and secluded, it’s the ideal location for a romantic ceremony without hordes of tourists spoiling the pics. Plus, it’s sandwiched between Aruba’s capital, Oranjested and the lively Palm Beach for some post-wedding fun.
Getting those wedding photos just right is pretty important. After all, you’ll be looking at those snaps for years to come. With a stunning coastline and colourful villages piled up on to hills, the Amalfi Coast makes the perfect backdrop for those #nofilter Instagram uploads. You can choose sunset or moonlit beach ceremonies in Positano and enjoy the finest Mediterranean cuisine and local wine at your reception. Where better than the country of love to have your wedding ceremony?
There are hundreds of beaches to choose from in the Caribbean, but if you want to add some striking scenery into the mix, Sugar Beach in St Lucia is your go-to location. The secluded beach cove is nestled between the island’s lush green mountains for a distinctive, tropical feel. If you want to explore the landscape post-ceremony, you can hike through rainforest trails, visit old Caribbean villages and enjoy sunset catamaran cruises. It’s the ideal place to combine a stunning beach ceremony with the holiday of a lifetime.
Fancy matching the sand to your wedding colour scheme? Thanks to its volcanic landscape, there are black, red, grey or white beaches to choose from in Santorini. The island is also home to some of the most stunning sunsets in the world, which of course makes an excellent backdrop for your ceremony. And if that’s not enough, there are quiet cliff-top villages populated with blue-domed houses and candlelit tavernas to add to the romantic ambiance.
If you’d like an extra helping of adventure with your wedding – Costa Rica is the destination for you. Not only does it boast creamy sands and sunset vistas for that perfect ceremony, but there are volcanic hot springs, a lush rainforest and a range of high-octane activities for some honeymoon fun. If the wedding ceremony isn’t thrilling enough, you can get stuck into some rock-climbing, hiking through cloud forests and zip-lining through towering trees. It’s perfect for thrill-seekers who want to explore the local landscape in style.