15 Exotic Destination Wedding Locations

For the travel-obsessed couple, planning a wedding is nothing short of an opportunity to add another stamp to your passport. Jess Levin, Founder and CEO of Carats & Cake, caught up with some of the industry’s top experts—from photographers to florists—to find out their favorite far-flung locations to watch couples say “I do.”

Image by Bri Cibene Photography
Image by Bri Cibene Photography

Talloires, France

This small town is in an amazing part of France where the Alps come together to form a valley and one of the cleanest lakes in Europe is there to greet you. Not only is the scenery to die for, but the service and food at Abbaye de Talloires, a wonderful local hotel and event venue, will leave your guests’ mouths watering for days.” —Meena Lee, 5th Avenue Weddings & Events

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San José del Cabo, Mexico

“San José del Cabo is the perfect place for a destination wedding in Mexico. The lush foliage at the One&Only Palmilla provides a beautiful tropical setting for your event and their staff is unparalleled when it comes to service—they make every guest feel like the only guest.” —Sara Fay Egan, Jackson Durham Floral and Event Design

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Image by Clark+Walker Studio
Image by Clark+Walker Studio

Nantucket, Massachusetts

“Very few places are as beautiful to visit as Nantucket during the summer months. From sandy beaches to gorgeous boating and yummy lobster rolls, this island just screams ‘summer.’ Guests will have a blast with all there is to do, and brides and grooms get some of the most scenic locations you will find in the U.S. for wedding photos.” —Luke Walker, Clark+Walker Studio

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Image by Sam Hurd Photography

Paradise Island, Bahamas

For the couple seeking a Caribbean escape, look no further than Paradise Island. I love planning events at the One&Only Ocean Club because it allows for a formal tropical wedding (without having to stand in the sand), and their on-site Cloisters offer an outdoor ceremony backdrop that is second to none. The staff at the venue provides some of the best customer service I have ever experienced at an island destination, and the food is absolutely gourmet.” —Tracie Domino, Tracie Domino Events

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Image by Erich McVey Photography
Image by Erich McVey Photography

Ulvik, Norway

“This couple exchanged vows overlooking the fjords of Ulvik, Norway, as the midnight sun set. Thanks to the abundance of farmland in the area, there was not a single car or a stranger in sight.” —Erich McVey, Erich McVey Photography

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Image by Lindsay Madden Photography

Tuscany, Italy

“The Tuscan hillside is a simply breathtaking destination for a wedding. I particularly love the picturesque backdrops Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort offers—the olive grove is perfect for bride and groom portraits, while the front lawn provides sweeping views for the reception.” —Lindsay Madden, Lindsay Madden Photography

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Image by Leila Brewster Photography

Great Exuma, Bahamas

“Great Exuma is one of those destinations that just takes you away to another place, where everything is full of beauty, sunshine, relaxation, and happiness. It’s the perfect setting for a wedding and destination for guests traveling from afar.” —Sarah True, True Event

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​Image by KT Merry Photography

Paris, France

“Paris is known as the city of love and light, so it’s no wonder it provides the most magical backdrop for a wedding. The incredible golden light makes for truly dramatic and romantic photographs amongst the city’s monuments—many of which are reminiscent of the time of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI.” —Julie Savage, Strawberry Milk Events

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

“Ravello, Italy, which lies just above the Amalfi, is an unforgettable and timeless place. The landscape literally takes your breath away, and every view is better than the last. Whether you’re the photographer, florist, musician, or the bride and groom, you couldn’t ask for a better canvas on which to build a magical wedding.” —Brian Marcus, Fred Marcus Studio

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Riviera Maya, Mexico

“The scenery along the Riviera Maya provides a stunning yet organic backdrop for your big day. The Rosewood Mayakobá’s lush, jungle-like grounds in particular offer endless possibilities for beautiful photographs.” —Chaz Cruz, Chaz Cruz Photography

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Kona, Hawaii 

The consistently beautiful weather in Kona makes it such an easy destination to love. The oceanfront ceremony lawn and incredible indoor-outdoor reception space at the Four Seasons Hualalai, pictured above, make it an exceptional place to plan your Hawaiian celebration.” —Rebecca Reátegui, Rebecca Reátegui Weddings and Special Events

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Kruger National Park, South Africa

“The African bush is a setting like no other. The incredible fragrances of flowering trees, the chance encounters with elephants and lions, and the cool breezes, the smells, the sounds, and the sites combine to create an incomparable experience.” —Michael Falco, Christian Oth Studio

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Mykonos, Greece

“The character of the people and locations in Greece has such a wonderful mix of ancient history and youthful energy. The light is so glamorous—it’s like being in a huge lightbox when all the white walls and the bright Greek sun are set against the dark blue sky above.” —Ira Lippke, Ira Lippke Studios

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Mazatlán, Mexico

The vibrant and joyful spirit of Mazatlán is truly intoxicating, and there is an inherent appreciation among the culture for relaxed yet beautiful entertaining. The coastal city offers an intriguing blend of gorgeous beaches and a historic center with cobblestone roads and impressive colonial architecture.” —Lynn Easton, Easton Events

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Round Hill, Jamaica

“Jamaica is so naturally beautiful that all of the surrounding foliage can be used in place of traditional wedding flowers. We love to mix that with locally sourced fruit such as pineapples to create a unique elegance that is native to the island.” —Jennifer Zabinski, JZ Events

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About the Author

Jess Levin

Jess Levin is the founder & CEO of Carats & Cake, a premier network representing the best in the wedding industry. A native of Laguna Beach, California, Jess attended the University of Pennsylvania before heading to New York to work in venture capital at Burch Creative Capital, where she helped manage investments and brand development for a portfolio that includes Poppin and...


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