The thrill, the excitement, the adventure of getting married… nothing can spoil it unless you can’t decide on the venue. If you’re considering a destination wedding, you’ve got some serious thinking to do because there are several absolutely incredible sites for weddings around the world.
Perhaps you’d like to stand on the sandy white beach of a South Pacific island for your nuptials or you’d like to say your vows surrounded by the grandeur of an 18th century French château. The word “incredible” often fails to describe the romance, splendor, and wow-factor of the world’s most amazing wedding venues. Without further ado, here are the most spectacular places for your big day.
1. Koh Samui – Thailand
Gorgeous white sand and crystal clear waters surround this island where couples can get married in a standard Western ceremony or may choose to be married in the traditional Buddhist style. Would you like to ride on an elephant during your wedding and be blessed by monks? A Thai-style wedding on Koh Samui might be the perfect destination. According to the island’s official tourism site, there are over 50,000 residents on Koh Samui, and many families make a living providing tourism-related activities to visitors.
History suggests that the first inhabitants of the island probably arrived about 15 centuries ago and were humble fisherman who came from the Malay Peninsula. Some of the amazing events listed on the Koh Samui tourism website include the Buffalo Fighting Festival where locals dress a buffalo in colorful ribbons and gold-painted leaves, as well as the Ten Stars Samui Art Party, which celebrates the art and culture of the island.
Couples and their guests might also want to attend the Bowling Championship, which is a terrifically fun event held each May. Another fun event is the Fisherman’s Village Festival, which is a five-day celebration that features tons of music and food provided by local hotels and resorts. Several accolades have recently been paid to resorts on Koh Samui, like Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa’s award of “Best Overseas Health & Wellness Property,” which was given by Australia’s “Luxury Travel Magazine.”
To ensure the growth of the island’s tourism, some hotels on the island have also started to create one-of-a-kind travel packages for couples. For example, the Four Seasons hotel chain offers lessons on Thai boxing (called muay thai by the locals). If you’re interested in a wedding on Koh Samui, you might want to book early. A report from the Bangkok Post suggests that hotel occupancy rates reached record levels from 2012 to 2013.