by Claire O’Sullivan, Content Marketing Manager
From narrowing down your guest list to matching your bridesmaids’ dresses — no one deserves a vacation more than a party planning bride. Destination weddings require a lot of coordination, but a beautiful resort (and a skilled event planner) can make all of that stress disappear. Your wedding day should be all about you and your soon-to-be partner, so celebrate your new chapter together with your toes in the sand and sun on your skin. Here we share our favorite domestic spots and international getaways worth traveling for — read on for our pick of the 14 best destination wedding resorts.
For a private villa with your own chef and butler...
A lavish lifestyle is brought to life in Cabo at the One&Only Palmilla resort. Luxurious spa treatments, private yacht tours, and remarkable 5-star service make up only some of the amenities found at this renowned resort. We love the Mexican-style chapel for a romantic wedding ceremony, especially when filled with thousands of glowing candles. Or say “I do” in the sand with crashing waves serving as your ceremony soundtrack — wherever you decide to wed, sweeping vistas and romantic details are never far away.
For adventurous couples...
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
The Banyan Tree Mayakoba resort in Playa del Carmen takes destination weddings to the next level with its nature-filled extravagance. Couples with a love of the outdoors will love exploring the jungle surroundings full of wildlife. With the most gorgeous beaches in Mexico and endless ocean views, the wedding of your dreams is just a flight away. Take the stress away and prep for the big day in the resort’s rainforest-inspired spa. We love a seaside ceremony, with a reception in the resort’s Mayapán Garden space — a zen, Japanese-inspired venue full of natural beauty.
For an iconic, opulent, historic resort experience...
Palm Beach, Florida
Fine dining, exquisite beaches, manicured lawns, and sparkling shores make Palm Beach the ultimate destination location for a sunshine-filled wedding. Having launched in Palm Beach last year, PartySlate knows the event professionals in this city are the best of the best, and will ensure an unforgettable evening. But one of the things that really sets Palm Beach apart from other domestic destination is The Breakers Palm Beach. This absolutely iconic resort is the pinnacle of opulence. With private beaches, lawns, and terraces, you can soak up all of the Florida sun from the comfort of a 5-star resort. Take your celebration inside to really wow your guests. With 360-degree glittering details, a reception in The Breakers ballroom is simply unforgettable.
For a trendy yet timeless wedding in the mountains…
Park City, Utah
With over 60,000 square feet of event space both indoors and out, your wildest — and largest — wedding dreams can come true at the Montage Deer Valley. This luxury Park City resort offers the best of both worlds when it comes to adventure and relaxation — ski, fly fish, ride in a hot air balloon or go on a snowy sleigh ride before indulging in a signature spa treatment. A mountain wedding with sweeping, majestic views will take your — and your wedding guests’ — breath away. We love how this glamorous white floral wedding looked against grand backdrop offering alpine vistas.
For a luxurious stay your guests will never want to leave...
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
With French Polynesian culture infused throughout the resort, Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora offers a wedding celebration that’s both traditional and tropical. Private pools, floating bungalows, and stellar 5-star service mean that your wedding guests will never want to leave this exquisite resort. Get the most out of your stay by exploring all this resort has to offer — exclusive boat rides, private lagoons for snorkeling, and more. Your destination wedding in Bora Bora is sure to be memorable for you and your guests.
For a domestic destination with a French feel...
Napa’s Auberge du Soleil is an absolute dream, not only with its sweeping Napa views and extravagant suites, but with the largest wine cellar in Napa and a top-of-the-line in-house events team. Find sophistication and serenity in the resort’s sprawling vineyards, hillside terraces, and private cottages all surrounded by olive trees. We love how this magical wedding framed the view with white florals. The cuisine is sure to match the wine menu, with multiple Michelin-star restaurants on site.
For a dreamy elegant vibe that will make you feel rested...
Sea Island, Georgia
Being the only resort in the world to receive four Forbes’ Five-Star ratings 11 years in a row, Sea Island’s reputation speaks for itself. With five types of accommodations — including private cottages and The Cloister, Sea Island’s most stunning space — there is much to explore, see, and do at this stand out resort. The recreational activities are endless at Sea Island, offering everything from horseback riding, falconry, fishing, and more. The five-star spa is not a bad place to spend time, either. As you enjoy yourself on the resort, the fully equipped wedding and events team will ensure your big day lives up to Sea Island standards. Whether you wed beneath ancient oak trees, from a tent on the beach, or in the private fairytale chapel, you simply cannot go wrong saying “I do” to Sea Island.
For a European seaside ceremony...
A wedding in Capri, Italy — need we say more? Coastline vistas, endless wine, and romance galore is what you can expect from hosting your wedding at Capri’s J.K. Place. This extravagant Italian resort is known for its stellar interior design and homelike feel. We adore this postcard-worthy wedding along the sea, complete with a string quartet and stunning floral chuppah. A ceremony in the grass followed by a wine-filled reception on the seaside terrace — that’s amoré.
For a southern-style ceremony...
Charleston, South Carolina
We’re thrilled to have recently launched PartySlate Charleston, especially since Charleston is the top wedding destination in the US. With ocean views, renowned golf courses, shopping, and fine dining, Charleston is proving itself to be the hottest spot in the south. The Kiawah Island Golf Resort is the perfect place to wed and relax during your time in Charleston. Pristine beaches surround the resort, which is filled with deluxe villas and multiple event spaces. Say “I do” on a rustic terrace wrapped in greenery, or seaside in the sand.
For those getting married in Maui…
Get lost in the vastness of the Pacific Ocean from your beach wedding ceremony at the Montage Kapalua Bay resort in Maui. Hosting an event at any of the Montage properties, you are guaranteed to be taken care of, relaxed, and entertained — but the activities and opportunities at this Maui resort are what set it apart from the rest. Spend the day before your wedding exploring your incredible surroundings on a helicopter tour or catamaran, by taking a guided tour, zip lining, snorkeling — the list goes on. Make your rehearsal dinner engaging and memorable with hula lessons, ukulele performances and lei making. And for wedding day, create a custom, Hawaiian-inspired menu your guests will be buzzing over.
For saying “I do” among the ruins...
The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort
Don’t let the Fyre Festival documentaries fool you — it’s more than possible to plan an epic celebration in the Bahamas. The Ocean Club, A Four Seasons Resort is an extravagant tropical getaway, surrounded with architectural ruins which offer gorgeous photo ops. With 5-star, Four Seasons service, rest assured every single detail of your wedding day will be attended to. This wedding truly made a splash in the Bahamas, with all of the guests (and photographer!) jumping into the resort’s pool at the end of the night.
For terraced lawns and gardens offering perfect photo ops...
With sprawling terraces, garden spaces, and stunning Napa views, The Estate Yountville offers the most romantic and relaxing getaway. Surrounding vineyards ensure the wine is flowing, which you can even customize for your wedding day. The outdoor spaces are transformative, whether you are planning a glamorous celebration, or something more rustic. We absolutely love how this manicured lawn looks beneath sparkling chandeliers — the best of both worlds. For décor ideas, check out this rustic chic wedding that made beautiful use of a luxe clear tent.
For a winter wonderland wedding...
It doesn’t get much more dreamy than a destination wedding on a mountaintop in Aspen. The Little Nell is one of the most luxurious resorts out west, famously known for its 5-star cuisine and cocktails from the legendary Ajax Tavern. Sitting at the bottom of the ski hills, The Little Nell is perfect for snow-lovers, and is notable for being the only ski-in, ski-out venue in Aspen. As you cozy up by the fire from the private cabins, or enjoy yourself après ski, you can take comfort in knowing The Little Nell’s event department is taking care of every last detail — from the locally-sourced menu, to the custom selected wine from their cellar —ensuring the most magical mountain wedding.
For a beach wedding in the Hamptons...
Montauk in the Hamptons, New York
Of course, we had to include a destination wedding resort in the Hamptons. Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa is a unique, inspired venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. Romantic and rustic details meet resort extravagance at Gurney’s Montauk Resort. Host your wedding on the beach as the waves crash against the Montauk shores, then enjoy cocktail hour and minging from the full-service, private cabanas. Along with its stunning views, Gurney’s cuisine and cocktails make it a hot tourist spot, but never fear, Gurney’s team can ensure a private, seamless celebration.
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