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Are you the kind of woman who’s been dreaming of her wedding since you first noticed your mother’s wedding ring? Or did you start thinking it when your soulmate popped the big question? Either way, you’ll probably be making choices about your wedding sooner or later – including where you want to get married in the first place.
Not sure where you want to say “I do”? Luckily, ENTITY is here to help. Whether you’re planning your wedding right now or you just love drooling over bridal magazines, check out (and pin, if you must) these nine most beautiful wedding venues in the world.
Do you want to stay close to home but still want your wedding to feel like an important part of history? Then look no further than the Arizona’s Montelucia Resort and Spa. Castilla Lucena, one of the reception options, boasts of the venue’s elegant cathedral ceilings, hand-laid wood floors and 16th century palace doors imported from Southern Spain.
Brides can also use the Valencia Ballroom for a more intimate feel or the Valencia Lawn for a close-to-nature wedding, which also offers views of Camelback Mountain. And if you’re a foodie or have a green thumb, getting married in the Chef’s Kitchen and Herb Garden with 2,500 square feet of citrus trees, herbs and seasonal paintings is a gardener’s dream.
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You can even enjoy a dinner and show after your wedding, thanks to a live cooking exhibition by Executive Chef Michael Cairns
Want to travel the world before your honeymoon even starts? Then fly out to Villa Sirio near Naples for a wedding that is full of Italian culture, elegant architecture and, of course, beautiful views. Couples can marry 15 feet from the ocean and 200 feet from the town center, making your wedding the true “star” of the day! History lovers will also enjoy that the hotel is surrounded by medieval buildings, a small fisherman’s port and a sixth century palace. Who says a wedding can’t be elegant and educational at the same time?
If you’ve always dreamed of being a princess, marrying Prince Charming in an Indian palace is about as close as you can get (unless you’re Kate Middleton, of course!). The Oberoi Udaivilas is designed the mimic the traditional home of Indian royalty, offering elegant touches like courtyards, reflecting pools, domed pavilions and fountains. To get ready for your big day, you can also take advantage of their spa or take a boat across the late to explore Udaipur, which is especially known for its elegant lakeside palaces.
Ever wondered what Paris looked like being the hustle and bustle of city life? Then go back in time by marrying on the estate of Vaux Le Vicomte. It offers plenty of elegant architecture and is one of the largest private chateaus (or French castles) in all of the country. Besides roaming gardens that sprawl over three kilometers, you can also pose for photos at the famous horseshoe-shaped staircase. If you want Instagram-worthy wedding photos, you may want to say “Oui” to this French venue.
Book lovers, rejoice! Thanks to the New York Public Library, your favorite hobby can play a starring role in your wedding. Compared to some venues, this one features more red tape; you should check guidelines of what is and isn’t accepted – ranging from where you can take flash photos, what guests can touch and what flowers you can bring – before your wedding day. For the true bookworm, though, getting married surrounded by paper history would be worth the extra work!
With this venue, “elegant and exotic” are the two words that will likely stick out in your guests’ minds. This island resort offers plenty of privacy and, for women who want to start their marriage off “green,” the resort’s sustainable reputation is a bonus. Surrounded by tropical rainforest, villas sit on top of mountains for a stunning view of the ocean. You can also enjoy private beaches and plenty of outdoor activities – ranging from deep-sea fishing to windsurfing – perfect for an adventurous couple.
This wedding definitely shows that, when it comes to weddings, “green” sustainability is the new white (wedding gown).
For the businesswoman who wants a dream wedding but doesn’t have time to plan every detail, the “Legendary Sunset” wedding package from One & Only Reethi Rah Resort is just the romantic helping hand you need. You can get start married life on a gorgeous island and enjoy a ceremony full of fresh flowers, a personalized wedding cake and candlelit dinners that are just as elegant as they are (deliciously) edible.
Want plenty of options for your big day? At Babington House, brides can choose between being married at the early Georgian country mansion, in the nearby St. Margaret’s Church or the Orangery with a beautiful view of the grounds. Brides who want a longer celebration with plenty of space can also enjoy getting the whole house – which boasts 33 guest rooms and 18 acres of land – from Thursday to Friday afternoon. If you’re feeling restless before the big event, you can even explore the Victorian garden, tennis courts, cricket pitch lake and pools.
Sunsets? Check. Gorgeous lagoon and beach? Check. Architecture that oozes elegance and tropical charm? Check. You may not have heard of the island of Mauritius before, but this hotel is well-known for its privacy and beautiful surroundings. Besides enjoying massages complemented by the sounds of nature, guests can also take advantage of several sports and activities, ranging from biking to scuba diving to riding in glass-bottom boats. If you want to be whisked away to another world during your wedding, Mauritius is a dreamy option.
Regardless of what wedding venue you choose, making memories with your soulmate, friends and family is the most important part of your special day. But if you can enjoy gorgeous views, elegant architecture and cultural history at the same time, why not say “I do” in style?