A wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime day, when friends and family come together to unite two people in love, in preparation to spend the rest of their lives together. Everyone has their own idea of a dream wedding. For some, it’s a simple and traditional affair at the local church or registry office. For others, it’s a chance to splash some cash and enjoy the most luxurious and opulent day possible.
It is for those people that this article has been written. In this article, we’ll introduce you to some of the best hotels in the world for hosting your dream wedding. Many of these hotels can be found across the United States, from Hawaii to California. But there are also idyllic locations around the world, from the romantic Four Seasons in Florence, Italy, to the Ocean Club, located in the tropical island paradise that is the Bahamas. So sit back and take a look at our exhaustive list of exclusive hotels that are ready and waiting to cater to your every need.
Let’s first start with the best hotels for destination weddings in the US.
Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida
This South American-styled hotel on the oceanfront of Florida’s iconic Miami Beach is a classic wedding destination. With open-air dining and bars open late, it’s the perfect location for a large wedding party.
Beautiful architecture can be seen throughout and works of art by Damien Hirst hang across the hotel. If you’d like an outside ceremony then the hotel will be happy to oblige and your first few days as a married couple can be spent lounging in a private cabana on the beach.
Four Seasons Resort Lana’i, Hawaii
You know what you’re going to get with a Four Seasons and this hotel in Hawaii is no exception. Incredible ocean views and Polynesian culture meet on this small Hawaiian island, perfect for a more intimate wedding in a true tropical paradise.
Styled with classic dark wood, luxury is on offer throughout the hotel, and guests at the Four Seasons even get to make use of a private lounge at Honolulu airport, meaning your trip is special from start to finish.
Miramar Beach Rosewood, Santa Barbara
Another world-class beachside hotel, this time on the sunny shores of California, Miramar Beach Rosewood is a brand new hotel designed with weddings in mind.
Opened in 2018, guests can choose to tie the knot out on the beach or in the ornate Chandelier Ballroom before moving out onto the Great Lawn for the reception. The hotel provides excellent food and offers guests dazzling ocean views.
Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
If you like your celebrity trivia then you’ll be interested to know that Justin and Hailey Bieber tied the knot at the Montage Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina. And who can blame them?
Boasting charming riverside scenery and exquisite rooms complete with outdoor patios and fireplaces, this charming inland hotel is a wonderful place to get married. With multiple swimming pools, a golf course and classic American architecture, it’s the perfect place to start married life together.
Mayflower Inn & Spa, Washington, Connecticut
With just 30 lavish rooms, if you’re hosting a large wedding then you’ll want to entirely book out Connecticut’s Mayflower Inn. One of the USA’s most distinguished hotels, guests can enjoy a stroll in the peaceful Shakespeare Garden, where the hotel’s weddings also take place.
In the meantime, guests can unwind in the Mayflower’s all-white spa, enjoy a game of tennis or wander through the hotels 58 acres of open woodland.
Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, Massachusetts
Decorated in New England design, this classic American hotel in Massachusetts boasts a private beach and oceanfront dining. Get married on the pristine sand before tucking into a traditional lobster dinner in one of the hotel’s classy sailcloth tents.
Located just a short walk from Main Street, the hotel also offers its guests a heated pool, 24-hour gym, and even a croquet court.
Gramercy Park Hotel, New York City
As one of the USA’s most recognizable and popular cities, New York is a fantastic place to get married in style. Gramercy Park Hotel offers couples fantastic views of the Manhattan skyline from the rooftop garden.
It has a special events team whose sole purpose is to ensure your wedding takes place without a hitch. Couples who book a room for their wedding even get exclusive access to the private Gramercy Park.
Sunset Key Cottages, Key West, Florida
The sun-kissed Florida Keys are about as tropical as it gets in the USA and Sunset Key Cottages really make the most of the weather. The perfect idyllic location for your dream beach wedding, with stunning pristine beaches and a calm, clear ocean.
Forty individual cottages are available to rent and options for your wedding reception include catamaran parties, cocktail hours and dancing on the beach.
The Hay-Adams, Washington D.C.
Rounding out our destination wedding locations is the Hay-Adams in Washington DC. The picturesque wedding reception area overlooks the White House and the Washington Monument, whilst the Italian Renaissance-style design is obvious throughout the hotel.
Classy and sophisticated, couples who choose to get married here will receive souvenir pillows emblazoned with their initials, a fantastic memento of your special day.
Now, let’s check out some of the best hotels for destination weddings in the rest of the world.
The Ocean Club Four Seasons Resort, Bahamas
Set along five miles of pristine sandy beach, fringed with dainty palm trees, The Ocean Club is a slice of tropical paradise. The perfect destination for a beach wedding, the hotel is located on the Bahamas’ popular Paradise Island.
This Four Seasons resort provides all the incredible services and amenities one would expect, with a truly idyllic location to boot. Just a stone’s throw from Nassau, the hotel is easily accessible for guests and your wedding photographer is sure to have a field day, with stunning scenery to be enjoyed in all directions.
Four Seasons Florence, Italy
Located in the heart of one of Italy’s most charismatic and romantic cities, the Four Seasons Florence is just a stone’s throw away from the famous Duomo – perfect for wedding photos.
The stunning frescoes of this architecturally beautiful hotel also make an amazing backdrop for a wedding and there’s a Michelin-starred restaurant onsite. The hotel can hold up to 500 guests for your celebration and dinner can be enjoyed in the ancient Conventino – a former church turned hall.
Ritz Paris, France
Dubbed the most romantic city in the world, Paris is already one of the most popular honeymoon destinations, so why not go the whole way and get married here too?
If you choose to do so then it doesn’t get much better than the Ritz Paris, offering glorious views of the Place Vendome and boasting lavishly decorated suites. Just 18 miles from Charles de Gaulle airport, it’s a hassle-free journey for your guests too.
Taj Lake Palace Udaipur, India
Udaipur is India’s city of love and the Taj Lake Palace is one of the most exclusive hotels in the city. Having hosted such royalty as Queen Elizabeth II and Jackie Kennedy, this five-star royal palace is located in the middle of Lake Pichola, with incredible panoramic views all around.
The white marble façade makes for an incredibly romantic backdrop and the service here is second to none. With rooftop restaurants and exquisitely decorated suites, it’s sure to bring your dream wedding to life.
Nizuc Resort & Spa Cancun, Mexico
A secluded resort on the Punta Nizuc and just ten minutes from Cancun airport, Nizuc Resort and Spa is a slice of serene paradise, far removed from Cancun’s boisterous reputation.
You can choose to stay in a peaceful garden villa, or a modern high rise complete with plunge pool and there are two private beaches on which you can get married. Boasting a range of delicious restaurants and a comfortable spa, this venue is suitable for weddings of all sizes, large or small.
Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada
If you’re after a winter wonderland wedding then look no further than Fairmont Banff Springs. This Canadian hotel is styled as a Scottish castle and tucked away in some of Canada’s last wilderness.
Green forests abound for miles around and mountain peaks protrude from the snowy white canvas, whilst crystal clear rivers wind their way through the landscape. The hotel itself offers comfortable rooms and excellent service, with a shuttle service to nearby ski resorts for those who fancy an adventurous honeymoon.
Dorado Beach Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Puerto Rico
Dorado Beach is one of Puerto Rico’s most exclusive accommodation options, known for its peaceful remote setting, wonderful ocean views, and “one group at a time” policy.
This means you have the hotel’s undivided attention during your wedding, but make sure you book early to guarantee your slot! Mouthwatering food is on offer throughout the hotel, which is just a short drive away from the Puerto Rican capital, San Juan.
Whether your dream wedding involves dancing on a tropical beach, gazing over a bustling Italian plaza, or saying your vows in front of Washington’s White House, there are so many luxury hotels and resorts around the world that are just waiting to take your booking and help you to begin married life in style.