When it’s just not enough to hire out the local hotel ballroom and invite hundreds of your closest friends and relatives, the answer is to seek out an international destination that simply bursts with charm, uniqueness and glamour. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 unique overseas spots for weddings (well, in our opinion!) to inspire you to dream even bigger than you already were!
Safari weddings, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, Zimbabwe
How do you like the idea of sharing top billing with incredible wildlife? There will be photo opportunities here like no other you could have in regular wedding destinations. At Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, you and your esteemed guests will stay in luxury accommodation in one of 72 ensuite bedrooms with private decks that offer stunning views out onto the African landscape.
Spot elephants, warthogs, hyenas and jackals as they roam around before your eyes. At most lodges you can choose from an array of venues for your ceremony and reception. But even more exotic, you could actually get married on a boat as it drifts down the Zambezi River, or at an elephant camp, surrounded by these majestic creatures who will bear witness to your nuptials.
Treat your guests to a meal of game dishes expertly prepared by African chefs or make it an elegant cocktail party with sumptuous vistas. In-house wedding planners will see to every detail for you including flowers, photographer, music, spa treatments and of course, helping to ensure that your guests are supremely looked after.
Celebrity-style weddings, Lake Como, Italy
Not only do the celebs love to get married here – think John Legend and Chrissy Teigen – but it’s also home to the effortlessly fabulous Mr and Mrs George Clooney. While you’re there for your wedding, you might happen to spy a celebrity or two since the shores of the lake feature homes owned by the rich and famous.
Wedding planner firms like Distinctive Italy Weddings can plan your entire event and assist with accommodation needs for your guests. They will ensure that your intimate occasion features all the glamour, elegance and style you deserve. They offer venues such as exclusive, private villas or exquisite gardens for you to exchange vows, in the lakeside towns of Bellagio, Varenna and Tremezzo and the best part is you don’t have to be able to speak Italian as they will arrange everything. Your beauty and hair, bouquet and flowers, cake, music, photography and rehearsal dinner will all be organised and they can even assist with your wedding gown and men’s attire.
Even if you decide to elope with just the two of you on your very own private, romantic celebration, the company can create an elopement package that will simply dazzle you.
Southern belle weddings, Louisiana, USA
If the style and charm of Gone With the Wind took your breath away, then you truly deserve a wedding at Southern Oaks Plantation, New Orleans. Picture sparkling crystal chandeliers, sublimely manicured gardens and the impeccable manners of yesteryear that still remain today. All of this and more will form the backdrop to your southern belle wedding, set in or around a stately plantation-style mansion.
You could arrive for your afternoon nuptials in a glamorous white horse-drawn, open air carriage and exchange vows under the two-storey colonnade portico. Toast the occasion with champagne and sip mint juleps as dusk unfolds. Or, do it all by twinkling fairy lights, outdoors under the light of the moon.
Your wedding will include a 3-hour rental of the entire Plantation, professional coordination of every detail, personal attendants to assist the bride and groom, a travelling box of hors-d’oeuvres and champagne for the bride and groom, stunning, chef-prepared food including delectable desserts and so much more. ‘Enhancements’ come in the form of meat carving stations, a 1956 Silver Cloud Limo, fireworks presentations and even a live New Orleans Jazz Band to have your guests kicking up their heels.
Mountaintop weddings, Wanaka, New Zealand
Heli Weddings will fly you to the top of a mountain in New Zealand so you can truly be on top of the world. Their helicopters carry up to 6 passengers so bride and groom plus attendants can all be there, taking in the supreme views as the vows are exchanged. A huge emphasis is placed on the most incredible photography. Some brides have appeared as though they are standing on a sharp cliff’s edge with their train and veil blowing into thin air. Other couples have had their photos taken atop snow-capped mountains, appearing for all intents and purposes as though they are the only two people on the face of the earth, enjoying complete privacy and intimacy.
The thing is, not every couple wants to have the sit-down dinner or buffet with loads of people who were invited because it seemed obligatory. A Heli Wedding package includes three hours of photography, witnesses (if you need them), champagne, wedding coordination, a celebrant, marriage licence and certificate, ground transport plus the use of the well-appointed helicopter.
There’s no reason why you have to adhere to a traditional format. It actually can be just the two of you, in the middle of the most pristine wilderness on earth, with simply a photographer to capture those exquisite moments.
Provencale hideaway wedding, Provence, France
Doesn’t Provence just sound like the perfect wedding destination? You and your betrothed could be married in a lovely, private 15th century hideaway where you can choose from a poolside or shaded terrace setting. Marry Me in France are planners who can make this happen for you and your guests. With accommodation all your guests in a charming location, you can all embrace the French joie de vivre throughout your stay. Exchange your vows in the on-site chapel which dates back to 1691. Have your photos taken by the gentle river that flows through a lush landscape, and sip cocktails in the sunshine before moving into the former orange grove for a magical meal.
During your stay, the two of you can escape to the world-famous bridge, the Pont d’Avignon for some precious, romantic moments on your own.
Take a look at some of the photos from other festivities held in this very special venue which has justifiably made our list of top 5 overseas spots for weddings.
You only get married once, right?
Never mind the statistics; you only want to get married once, and do it in extravagant form. Any one of the above options will help you create the wedding of weddings, that special day – or evening – that will be impossible to beat!