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10 Best Winter Wedding Destinations

Renuka Savant Dec 17, 2018
So you thought things couldn't possibly get more romantic than a heartwarming winter wedding. We beg to differ. Which is precisely why we're bringing you 10 of the very best winter wedding destinations.
I discovered I'm actually planning two weddings―the one inspired by Pinterest and the one I can actually afford.
Destination weddings, only until recently were viewed as an indulgence of the wealthy. Call it a boon (for the couple) or a bane (for the parents who pay for it), but destination weddings are now becoming pretty commonplace, considering the fact that they can be tailored to suit every budget.
So, if a winter wedding is on your mind, and you feel that the town you live in gets rather dreary during the season, head to any of these gorgeous destinations to say "I do".

10 Popular Winter Wedding Destinations

Getting a Pinterest-worthy wedding picture against a breathtaking backdrop is the top priority for couples these days, even more than the actual wedding vows. And to click your Pinterest-worthy picture, we have listed some enchanting wedding venues that act as great destinations too.

Hawaii, USA

... because Hawaii seduces the imagination. It's the perfect postcard, no props, no fillers."
―Robert Wintner
Why would anyone ask for an explanation as to why Hawaii features on this list? Forget winter weddings, Hawaii is one place that beckons visitors all year round, irrespective of whether they want to get hitched or not.

Why have your wedding here

  • Okay, it's HAWAII, for God sake!
  • Everything related to Hawaii spells romance―the azure waters of the Pacific, the smoldering volcanoes, the gorgeous white sand beaches.
  • Popular options include Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hanalei Bay Beach, Kauai, and Ke'e Beach Park, Kauai.
  • To this, add picture-perfect weather all year round, and the to-die-for sunsets, and you have the undisputed winner among all wedding destinations.

Napa Valley, California, USA

Napa Valley is a famed vacation destination, being a world-renowned viticulture center.
Its scenic natural beauty, along with its location (right in the heart of sunny California) makes it an ideal place for winter nuptials. A wedding here would take place amidst some superb locations, along with the best of wines, and accompanied by some delicious grub. Your guests won't have a thing to complain about.

Why have your wedding here

  • The world-class wines, along with the delicious cuisine made from locally-sourced ingredients means that you will have a wedding feast that transcends reality.
  • You can choose to have an indoor wedding in a traditional setting, or even an outdoor one, since the weather will be perfect.
  • The Napa Valley official website has some great ideas to help you plan your wedding, keeping your budget in mind.

Sedona, Arizona, USA

Sedona is perfect for those who'd like a little bit of adventure as a part of their wedding. You'll be getting hitched right in the middle of the desert, surrounded by those stunning red sandstone formations that emit a gorgeous glow at dusk. If you're a believer, the energy vortexes here are bound to lift your ceremony to a whole new blissful dimension.

Why have your wedding here

  • With arguably the most beautiful backdrop in the Southwest, a wedding in Sedona is sure to be an unforgettable event.
  • What's more, this location is unique, with its spectacular red rock formations rising amid forests of juniper and pinon pine.
  • Don't even think of keeping the celebrations indoor; all of Sedona's beauty lies out in the open.

Aspen, Colorado, USA

Now this is what a quintessential winter wedding should look like, isn't it? The Rockies provide the perfect backdrop for the snowy wedding of your dreams, as you declare your vows on the icy slopes. If it's too cold for you outside, you can always have an indoor venue like a conservatory, and still enjoy the wintery landscape.

Why have your wedding here

  • You'll have a choice of wedding themes to choose from as you tie the knot in Aspen.
  • You can go rustic chic, with a cozy venue nestled in the snow-covered Rocky Mountains.
  • If luxurious is what you want, you may pick from any of the five-star hotels in Aspen, especially if you're wary of the chill outside.
  • If you're country-inspired, your wedding can be scheduled at a cozy mountain lodge, featuring stunningly beautiful backdrops and the crisp Colorado air.

Cape Town, South Africa

Moving a tad further from the comfort zone, Cape Town, South Africa doesn't really spring to mind when one thinks of winter wedding destinations.
However, this South African city has numerous charms up its sleeve; like the arresting view of the Table Mountain from the seafront which is dotted with little African penguins. If you're okay with some more unconventionality, you may even get hitched on top of the Table Mountain itself. Talk about lofty beginnings! So, do you fancy getting married here?

Why have your wedding here

  • Located in the Southern Hemisphere, Cape Town has the summer season on in full swing when we have our winters.
  • Cape Town's landscape is like no other―it sits at the confluence of two mighty oceans.
  • The Table Mountain is a natural marvel, and a fabulous wedding venue unlike any other.

Paris, France

It would be a sheer travesty if Paris was left out of this list. The undisputed capital of romance has hoards of people flocking to it in the summer months; but if there's one thing that beats a Parisian summer, it's got to be a Parisian winter.
Yes, with the entire city under a thick blanket of snow, and the hazy outline of the Eiffel Tower peeping through the fog, this is the most awesome backdrop for a wedding picture (in the history of wedding pictures).

Why have your wedding here

You've seriously got to be bonkers if you even imagine this question in your head.

Venice, Italy

With Paris upfront, can Venice be too far behind? Casanova's city is, no doubt, a magnet for romance seekers. Its famous lagoons, lovely gondolas, and snazzy Italian men and women provide enough fodder for romance.

Why have your wedding here

  • Lagoons, gondolas, wines, and cuisine apart, Venice is simply different during the winter.
  • Besides the locals, the city is mostly barren; so no crowded tourists, no eager street performers, none of the usual chaos that Venice is famous for.
  • So if Venice is on your wish list, winter is the only time you can hold a beautiful wedding.

The Twelve Apostles, Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road that takes you along the Twelve Apostles is Australia's pride and joy. Many of you may be of the opinion that if you are to wed in Australia, then the Sydney Opera House can also provide a spectacular backdrop.
But really, does anything made by the hands of man compete with the works of Mother Nature? Just take a look at the previous picture again and answer the question.

Why have your wedding here

  • This is one venue that will leave you mesmerized with its sheer natural beauty.
  • Beach weddings may be done to death, but as anyone will tell you, the Twelve Apostles are leagues ahead of everyone, when it comes to novelty.

Valle de la Luna, Chile

People in love often promise each other the moon and the stars, but never deliver it in reality. But what if we tell you that you can fulfill that promise if you get married in the Valle de la Luna, quite literally, the Valley of the Moon, here in Chile. So if quirky and offbeat is what you're aiming at, this could just be a fairytale wedding for you.

Why have your wedding here

  • Located in the Atacama Desert, this region hasn't seen a drop of rain in several hundred years, and is known to be just like the surface of our actual Moon.
  • This place is so un-earth like, that NASA tested a Mars rover prototype here a few years ago. This is as close as you can get to having an extraterrestrial wedding.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket does not require any introduction, owing to its reputation as a honeymoon hotspot. As there is no dearth of romantic locales in Phuket, getting married here would be a sound idea. So you get hitched here, then bid goodbye to your guests as you stay on for your honeymoon. And that just saved you the hassle of picking a separate honeymoon destination.

Why have your wedding here

  • It's Thailand, for starters. And no one ever needs a reason to visit Thailand.
  • You'll be able to enjoy the exotic Asian theme for your wedding here, which can extend to your attire, the décor, and even the menu. Win-win!
  • Phuket's vibrant vibe will have you and your guests in a mood of perpetual partying, which is basically what a wedding is all about.
Ideally speaking, we're meant to go through the wedding rigmarole just once in our lifetime. So it is justified that we head to the farthest corners of the globe to make this day a memorable one. On a different note, however, it doesn't really matter if you tie the knot in Toronto or Timbuktu, as long as it is done with the right person.