Udaipur, South Africa, Morocco or Fiji? Marry in style this year!
From ancient chateaux to floating decks, these 10 luxurious venues are a perfect place to say ‘I do’
Four Seasons, Bali, Indonesia
Float your way to the aisle on Bali’s longest overwater aisle built at the Four Seasons Resort. The 187 ft long floating venue is built on the scenic Jimbaran bay and has a killer view of the ocean on one side and 35 acres of tropical gardens on the other. You will also get a bewitching view of the sunset if you book an evening wedding here. The ‘Ultimate Water Wedding’ package by Four Seasons also includes benefits such as 30 spa therapists and 150 room attendants for guests, 40 chefs dedicated to your party menu and traditional Balinese dance performance at your reception.
Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India
Many a famous celebrities come to the picturesque Udaivilas to exchange wedding vows while Jennifer Lopez sets the stage on fire. The allure of this palace-like venue is amazing — it is made up of white marble and hand-stone columns overlooking a calm Lake Pichola. The entire palace is decked in lights and flowers and caparisoned elephants are stationed at the entrance to welcome guests. The five star resort that can be booked for $8,000 a night offers wedding guests, private pools, boat rides across the Lake, butler service in addition to great food from its two fine dining restaurants.
Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah group’s Burj Al Arab has one of the most stunning wedding venues in the world. The Al Falak Ballroom where most ceremonies take place is decked with the world’s largest Swarovski chandelier and serves guests in exclusive silver cutlery. The bride and groom are given an option to arrive by Rolls Royce or in a helicopter. If you take the “Here Comes The Bride” wedding package, you will be treated to a six hour spa with rose and milk bath followed by a relaxing massage, facial, mani-pedi and many more treatments.
MolenVliet Wine Estate, South Africa
If you are still hesitating about accepting a proposal, one look at this venue will surely help make up your mind! Located in the wine country of Stellenbosch, the MolenVliet Wine Estates overlooks mountains and the River Dwars. This estate has often been rated among the top five most beautiful wedding venues in the world. You can choose to walk down either the romantic vineyards or one of the many landscaped gardens here. The idyllic setting is cozy enough to hold 250 guests. The venue’s wedding package starts at $10,000.
Laucala Island Resort, Fiji
This 25-villa private island resort offers unparalleled views of volcanoes and tropical rainforests. Your wedding guests will marvel at the natural beauty of the surroundings — white sandy beaches, a clear sunset view over the ocean and a plethora of native birds chirping as you exchange your vows. After the party, you can take your guests scuba diving to explore the coral reefs or encourage them to try adventure sports such as kayaking, kite surfing and jet skiing. The couple can take a romantic sunset cruise and enjoy delicious cuisine on deck.
Château Vaux-le-Vicomte, France
The famous Palace of Versailles is an ideal wedding venue for those seeking a vintage theme. This 17th century French château has many ballrooms with architecture dating back to Mary Antoinette’s era. The rooms filled with Victorian furniture and 200 candles overlook manicured lawns that can seat at least 50 guests; the venue can be booked for $60,000.
Odescalchi Castle, Rome, Italy
Erstwhile Hollywood couple Tom Hanks and Katie Holmes got married at this 15th castle in Rome. Game of Thrones fans will especially love this dreamy place where venues such as the Secret Garden, an ancient tower, and Hall of the Caesars will remind them of the show. Ample vines and flowers at the venues provide a natural decoration. The place can seat up to 1,000 guests and can be booked for $50,000.
The Loeb Central Boathouse, New York
The Loeb Central Boathouse in Manhattan has been holding wedding ceremonies for over 150 years. Couples choose to exchange vows at the dock followed by a private party at the Lake Room. For $60,000, the Loeb offers guests an open bar, four course meals and a cocktail party for five hours.
La Mamounia, Marrakech, Morocco
The restored La Mamounia palace is located minutes away from the bustling Marrakech market. It has a luxurious 17-acre garden meant for wedding receptions. After the ceremony, guests can indulge in over 80 different kinds of traditional massages and can order cuisines of different countries each night.
Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
The Song Saa resort connects the beautiful islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong through a footbridge. You can book the entire island for your wedding party of up to 70 guests. The resort offers wedding packages where you can get married either at the beach, in the rainforest or even at the foot of the bridge followed by a fantastic display of fireworks.