Recently, bride to be Natalie contacted me and was admidst planning her own wedding. Today, Nat brings you her wisdom from all her research into tropical destination weddings!

As a bride to be I have always dreamed of a destination wedding, the change of scenery, the ambiance that you get when people are on holiday all contribute to a magical event that nobody will ever forget.

Destination weddings are becoming more popular each year.  With so many people putting off marriage until well into their 20’s or 30’s, destination weddings make sense.  After all, by this time, people have likely enjoyed traveling for work, pleasure or both.  If not, a destination wedding is the perfect opportunity to start exploring the world beyond college and first couple of jobs.

If you’re dreaming of a romantic destination wedding, these 5 hotels will meet and exceed every expectation for a breathtaking ceremony.

 

Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Don’t make the mistake of assuming this is an ordinary Holiday Inn with a better theme than usual.  Holiday Inn Vanuatu, located in Port Villa is not only a beautiful location to get married, it’s a high quality resort in every way.  Nestled on its own private lagoon, it has the look and feel of lush tropical isolation, although mere minutes from city life.  Talk about romantic, the ceremony and wedding photos can’t help but turn out amazing in this setting

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

Image provided by Holiday Inn Vanuatu

 

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

With 35 acres of tropical gardens plus the white sandy beaches and surrounding crystal clear waters, the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is a wedding location for the books.  There are several venues to choose from within the resort, both indoors and out, including a beach front chapel on the property.  Several wedding packages are offered or speak with the concierge for a custom arrangement.

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

Image courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography

For some more beautiful images from Hilary Cam Photography, check out the blog: http://www.hilarycam.com.au/blog/2012/10/rob-olli-fiji-location-wedding/

 

Rarotongan Beach Resort & Spa

On the shores of lover’s lagoon, this Cook Islands’ resort is a lovely blend of Polynesian looks with today’s modern comforts.

Popular with couples from all over the world, the no-fuss ceremony on the beach is both romantic and fun.  But don’t worry if your tastes run toward formal.  Your wedding, can be laid back with flip-flops informal or as well-heeled designer as you wish.

One extra romantic feature of this hotel, is the tree planting ceremony.  All couples plant a baby coconut palm, or uto, to seal their vows.  In the islands, the coconut is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ for the many ways it sustains life in the South Pacific.  These trees and their fruits are used in roof thatching, costumes, canoes, baskets, food and drink.  Many couples give their tree a special name and can keep in touch with the resort staff to check on it throughout life.  In fact, the wedding planner reports that couples married at The Rarotongan come back at least once later in life to check the palm tree’s progress.  That sounds like the perfect excuse for a second honeymoon to me.

Rarotonga beach resort

 

SeaBreeze Resort Samoa

Winner of the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor, SeaBreeze Resort Samoa makes beautiful weddings easy.  In fact, if you book a stay for 6 nights, you get a small wedding for up to 10 guests FREE of charge.  This package includes your personal wedding planner and a local warrior dressed in traditional costume to escort the bride.  The warrior, besides adding an element of excitement, makes it easy on Dads who may not be keen on ‘giving’ their daughters away.

Image courtesy of SeaBreeze Resort Samoa

Image courtesy of SeaBreeze Resort Samoa

Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze Resort

Sea Breeze Samoa

Sea Breeze Resort

 

St. Regis Bora Bora

This large 44 acre resort, located between the Business Centre and the Main Beach, defines Polynesian paradise while delivering flawless signature service.  Weddings, whether planned a year in advance or the result of a last minute decision, are always executed with top drawer style and care.  Ship your formal wear ahead or arrive entirely unprepared and visit The Bridal Boutique for an exquisite designer dress by Cecilie Melli. The level of attention, luxury and personalization rivals top hotels worldwide.  For a wedding that includes all the pampering and attention a bride desires, St. Regis Bora Bora is the apex of destinations.

The hotels listed are simply 5 among many, although certainly among the very best for lovely tropical weddings.  Regardless of your taste or budget, with a little checking around, you’ll find a resort that will be perfect for you and your love to tie the knot.

St Regis Resort

St Regis Resort

Feature image showcases dress by designer Cecilie Melli

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