Weddings & Celebrations

Say ‘I Do’ to a Destination Wedding

For Texas brides, the notion of a traditional hometown wedding may seem deeply ingrained in your DNA from the moment you’re born. But the allure of saying ‘I do’ in a far-flung locale has become increasingly irresistible — especially if it’s the second time around. As you embark on the wedding planning journey for yourself or a family member, consider the multiple benefits a destination wedding can offer, creating an unforgettable experience for you, your family, and your closest friends.

Spectacular Backdrops.

One of the most captivating aspects of a destination wedding is the opportunity to exchange vows against a breathtaking backdrop. The possibilities are endless, whether it’s a pristine beach, a panoramic mountaintop, or a lush vineyard. A destination wedding allows you to infuse your ceremony with unparalleled natural beauty, creating unforgettable memories for you and your guests.

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Beautiful, intimate wedding table setting.

Intimate Affairs.

Destination weddings often entail smaller guest lists, allowing you to share your special day with those who matter most. With fewer attendees, you can focus on creating meaningful connections and cherished moments, fostering a sense of closeness and intimacy that is often elusive in larger gatherings. And even more important is the smaller price tag with the smaller guest list!

Extended Celebrations.

A destination wedding allows you to extend your festivities from a few hours into a days-long celebration. From pre-wedding excursions and rehearsal dinners to post-wedding brunches and adventures, you and your guests can immerse yourselves in the destination’s culture, cuisine, and attractions, creating a truly immersive experience.

Stress-Free Planning.

Contrary to popular belief, planning a destination wedding can be remarkably stress-free, thanks to the assistance of experienced wedding planners and resort staff. Many resorts and venues offer comprehensive wedding packages, including accommodations and catering to décor and entertainment, streamlining the planning process and alleviating much of the logistical burden. 

Unforgettable Memories.

Ultimately, a destination wedding is about creating unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. From the moment you and your guests arrive at the destination to the exchange of vows and beyond, every aspect of your wedding will be infused with adventure, romance, and joy. 


Keep in mind that destination weddings aren’t for everyone. Travel expenses can burden guests, leading to attendance limitations and financial strain. Planning from afar may pose logistical challenges, including language barriers and unfamiliar vendors. Unforeseen weather conditions or cultural differences could impact the wedding experience. And the absence of close friends and family who cannot travel may dampen the celebration’s joy. But despite these drawbacks, a destination wedding is still the perfect choice for many couples. 

Here are some of our favorites:

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Napa and Sonoma Valley, California.

Renowned for its scenic vineyards, charming wineries, and breathtaking landscapes, California’s wine country exudes romance and sophistication. The idyllic weather, world-class cuisine, and luxury resorts further elevate the experience, ensuring an unforgettable celebration amidst the rolling hills and lush greenery. There’s a wide variety of venues to choose from, including vineyards, resorts, inns, ranches, farms, and estates.

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Mayakoba luxury resort destination, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Just 45 minutes south of the Cancun airport, you’ll find Mayakoba, a luxury resort destination nestled along the stunning coastline of Riviera Maya, renowned for its pristine beauty and unparalleled amenities. This exclusive resort community boasts a collection of world-class hotels — Banyan Tree, Rosewood, Fairmont, and Andaz — at varying price points, with various dining options, exceptional service, wellness spas, and championship golf. Set amidst lush mangroves and shimmering lagoons, Mayakoba provides a serene backdrop for destination weddings, with picturesque venues ranging from pristine beaches to lush gardens. 

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Baha Mar Resort in the Bahamas.


Baha Mar is the Bahamas’ newest luxury resort destination. It is perfect for destination weddings, with three oceanfront wedding venues, a chapel, and a professional wedding planner, making your wedding planning seamless. Choose from three hotels: Grand Hyatt, SLS, and Rosewood. There are plenty of activities to do here. Highlights include 30 restaurants, bars, and lounges, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, 10 swimming pools, a water park, a world-class spa, and the largest casino in the Caribbean. 

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A perfect mountain setting in Aspen. | Photo courtesy of Limelight Hotels

Aspen, Colorado.

It’s hard to beat the romance of a mountaintop ceremony with breathtaking panoramic views. Aspen Snowmass has four mountains, five elevated venues, and many options for indoor/outdoor, summer/winter, small/large, and formal/informal events. Throw in Aspen’s natural beauty, award-winning restaurants, luxury lodging, and an endless list of activities every season, and you’ve got the perfect wedding destination.  


Molly Gregor

Molly Gregor is the founder and editor of and has been writing about weddings for more than 25 years.

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