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The Best Overseas Wedding Destinations

April 4, 2016

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Source: Kevin Cabral

What could possibly be more exciting than an overseas weddings? It’s a big decision for a couple to make, and one which possibly excludes certain guests from being able to attend, but if you don’t mind a more intimate affair, going overseas can make your wedding experience unforgettable.

It’s a big world out there, and you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venues. From the traditional to the unconventional, I’ll be covering a variety of my dream destinations for overseas weddings and how they could make your special day unforgettable.

Niagara Falls, Canada

Whilst wedding venues in Kent can boast the garden of England as a backdrop, few can claim the presence of a certified wonder of the world. Niagara Falls is the informal name given to a collective of waterfalls sitting on the border between Ontario and the state of New York, with the tallest standing at over 165 feet.

Fans of NBC’s The Office might remember the iconic moment where Jim and Pam escape the pressures of their wedding day for a shotgun marriage at Niagara Falls. This no doubt has inspired many other people to do the same; whether you enter the splash zone or not is up to you!

Ueno Park, Japan

Formerly lands belonging to the holy temple of Kan’ei-ji, this beautiful park is especially popular with visitors in spring when the cherry blossoms are in bloom and Hanami (the celebration of transient beauty) is in full effect. If you’ve never been to Japan, the experience is worth it alone for seeing the stark contrast of the sprawling metropolis cities and beautiful countrysides for yourself.

A marriage in Ueno Park is sure to be popular with spectators, as the space attracts over 10 million visitors per year and the Japanese love documenting odd-occurrences with pictures and videos. If privacy is your main concern, a marriage in this gorgeous park could be off the table.

Kauai, Hawaii

Hawaii has long been the idealistic wedding and honeymoon destination for many couples. Simultaneously, the archipelago offers a United States experience unlike any other, yet remains quintessentially American. For natural beauty, nothing comes close to Kauai; the oldest and most famous of the main Hawaiian Islands. The lush tropical rainforest covering much of its surface has earned Kauai the nickname of ‘the Garden Isle’.

The peaceful, picturesque shores of Kauai make for the perfect beach wedding setting in sand or stone, whilst famous attractions and sights such as Waimea Canyon, the Nounou Trails and the Sleeping Giant ridge will make fascinating visual additions to your day.

Ibiza, Spain

The island of Ibiza offers variety found nowhere else in the Mediterranean Sea. On one side, the island is a peaceful and almost year-round sunny paradise, with secluded villas and summer houses nestled into its various small islands and mountainous regions. This is the perfect setting for a relaxing, sunshine-laden ceremony.

The other side of Ibiza is the one you’ve heard about mostly; the party island. This side is a global phenomenon, where some of the biggest players in the clubbing industry hold fort at their summer outposts, inviting thousands of ravers to come and hear the biggest names in electronic music. This is the perfect setting for the wedding after-party! Whether you’re looking for peace or chaos, Ibiza offers everything.

On a Boat

If you can’t make your mind up on a destination, there’s always the option of taking your venue literally overseas and getting married on a boat. You can choose either the open sea, beautiful natural scenery, or a startlingly striking city skyline as your backdrop.

There’s loads of benefits to tying the knot at sea. Firstly, it’s a great excuse to keep your ceremonial guest-list tight, however keep in mind some of your guests may be susceptible to sea-sickness. You also have the option of stripping off your wedding outfit and jumping into the water as the happy couple speeds away on a jet ski; what could possibly be cooler than that?

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