The events that have unfolded over the past two years have challenged the wedding industry in ways previously unimaginable. Runaways, canceled ceremonies, micro-weddings and scaled-down receptions have become commonplace, leaving wedding planners and venues scrambling to find solutions. However, despite the tidal wave of uncertainty, many determined couples overcame myriad obstacles and forged ahead with wedding plans, often replacing lavish ballroom receptions with get-togethers. backyard intimates dictated by social distancing guidelines.
As the world slowly but surely begins to reopen, weddings and receptions are returning to some sense of normalcy, and destination weddings are back in vogue. No longer confined to backyards or closed restaurant areas, receptions are once again held in settings befitting special occasions. The following destination wedding venues roll out the red carpet for couples by offering exquisite ceremony settings and exceptional culinary offerings.
Perched on an ancient cliff above the azure Aegean Sea, Grace Hotel, Inn Resorts Collection, Santorini, Greece, offers an ethereal coastal setting to exchange your vows. Along with this highly personalized approach, Grace Hotel attracts couples with a dramatic cliffside location. Exchanging vows on the terrace of the largest villa in the Cyclades is just one option. From the welcome drink to the farewell brunch, the alchemy of the resort gives each wedding event a special meaning in a setting of its own. Treat your wedding party to lunch on a cliff-top platform overlooking the Aegean Sea. Thousands of square feet of outdoor and indoor space exude Grecian elegance and laid-back sophistication, allowing the resort to host events without rehearsal. Stunning views as well as themed menus that incorporate the best seasonal local produce and the freshest catches make for a memorable setting.
AT Florblanca Resort, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, couples can soak up the sun and sand of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, celebrate their love in one of the world’s five ‘Blue Zones’, while exploring the great outdoors of a lush tropical paradise. Nestled between a white sand beach and a tropical forest, the eco-luxury resort offers 11 independent villas. From May to November, Costa Rica’s famous “green season” takes over. Lush foliage and flowers bloom, wildlife thrives and crowds dwindle, creating the perfect natural setting to indulge in some beautiful solitude. Florblanca’s private setting, Costa Rican natural beauty and romantic villas combine to make it an enchanting destination for intimate weddings. Rather than offering fixed packages, couples choose the services they desire, making each Florblanca wedding unique.
AT Hotel Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico, private villas and beach houses offer wedding groups a seamless way to experience the destination with all resort amenities and services. Three, four, and five-bedroom hacienda-style villas and private beach houses offer unparalleled privacy, personalized service, and spacious amenities. Features include private pools, patios, and grilling areas, plus daily access to a personal host who is dedicated to taking care of every detail throughout guests’ stay. Let your ceremony unfold in your own hidden paradise by the Pacific Ocean. The resort is surrounded by lush vegetation and seaside cliffs, making it an ideal place to celebrate your love. From unspoilt Cuevas Beach to a dramatic cliffside rock formation, the collection of outdoor and indoor event spaces capture the country’s natural beauty.
Couples looking for a low-density, remote Caribbean hideaway with new private villas should consider Bequia Beach Hotel, Friendship Beach, Bequia. Just seven square miles with about 5,000 residents, there are no traffic lights, no neon signs, no chain hotels or restaurants, no golf courses, and no gated communities. Bequia, a small, sun-drenched island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, offers an abundance of natural beauty, pristine sandy beaches, verdant hills and a stunning natural harbor filled with turquoise blue waters. Wedding venues include the most idyllic settings combined with a passionate team of perfectionists, all seasoned to your personal taste. Couples can choose from a villa with a private pool, a cottage that overlooks lush gardens, or a plantation junior suite.
A historic destination for romantic getaways, Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, first opened as a luxury hunting lodge for wealthy Bostonians in 1914. Conveniently located on the private beach sand a quarter mile from Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa, the Octagon House is ideal for small groups looking for the best accommodations on Cape Cod. The Atlantic Ocean takes center stage for a waterfront wedding venue, serving as an intriguing and ever-changing backdrop for your big day. From intimate affairs on the beach to large marquee celebrations, you’ll have your choice of surroundings as well as access to the Inn’s private beach and fleet of boats. Whether you’re hosting a reception in the upscale Harbor Room or a summer cocktail party by the ocean, the Inn can customize your big day.
A McCall’s landmark since 1948, coastal lodge, McCall, Idaho is located just two hours north of Boise, bordering one of the largest protected wilderness areas in the continental United States. The town of McCall is home to Idaho’s second statewide ski area, opened in 1937. Shore Lodge’s historic 77-room lakefront resort is an Idaho staple, located in the center of the mountains of McCall. the Salmon River on the southern waters of Lake Payette, a 5,330 acre expanse of clean, glacial water. Offering the best of rustic elegance and natural beauty, Shore Lodge offers an enchanting four season setting for couples on their special day. This magical mountain lake oasis offers expansive interior space for a magnificent celebration, as well as waterfront and beach options offering stunning views of the area’s beautiful natural terrain.