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Top 9 Destinations in the World for a Beach Wedding


April 18, 2023
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of various

Beach weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. The combination of beautiful scenery and romantic atmosphere with the sounds of crashing waves makes for an unforgettable wedding experience. If you’re planning a beach wedding, you may be wondering where the best locations in the world are for your special day. Here are nine of the top destinations for a beach wedding.

Maui, Hawaii

The island of Maui has over 30 miles of pristine coastline, offering a variety of options for a beach wedding. Temperatures range between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit, and it rarely rains during the summer months. A tropical paradise with lush vegetation, stunning waterfalls, and majestic mountains, Maui provides a picturesque backdrop for wedding photos.

Phuket, Thailand

Thai hospitality is famous around the world, and Phuket is no exception. You can expect warm and welcoming service from the locals, who will go out of their way to make your wedding day memorable. Phuket offers excellent value for money when it comes to wedding packages, compared to other popular beach destinations. You can get a luxurious wedding experience at a reasonable price, without compromising on quality.

Photo by Ioana Porav

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is famous for its beautiful white-washed buildings and stunning views of the Aegean Sea. You can choose to have your ceremony on the beach or at one of the island’s many beautiful chapels. Santorini is also known for its rich cultural heritage, which can add a unique and meaningful element to your wedding. From traditional Greek music and cuisine to historic landmarks and ancient ruins, there are plenty of opportunities to incorporate the island’s culture into your special day.

Photo by Caro Navarro

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Riviera Maya is home to numerous luxurious all-inclusive resorts that cater to destination weddings. These resorts offer a wide range of wedding packages and amenities, including professional wedding planners, on-site catering, and stunning event venues, making the wedding planning process much easier and stress-free. Easily accessible from major international airports, with direct flights from many cities in the United States, Canada, and Europe, Riviera Maya is convenient for you and your guests. You may even consider including ancient traditions from the local Mayan culture in your ceremony!

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a popular tourist destination, which means it has excellent infrastructure and facilities to cater to tourists’ needs. This includes an international airport, transportation options, and wedding planners and vendors who are experienced in organizing destination weddings. From white sandy beaches to rugged cliffs, Bali has a diverse range of beach options to choose from, depending on your preferences.


The Maldives is a collection of islands located in the Indian Ocean, known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Many resorts in the Maldives offer private islands, villas, or secluded areas on the beach, which make for a more intimate and personal wedding experience. It is also a popular honeymoon destination, and couples can combine their wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable experience.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts

“Cape Cod has so many fabulous beaches to tie the knot, there are almost too many to choose from! Some of our favorite spots include Chatham Bars Inn, Chequessett Yacht & Country Club and Wychmere Beach Club.” – Jamie, Cape Cod Celebrations

“Southern New England is an overlooked location for I do’s on the beach. There is nothing as quintessential Americana as Cape Cod beaches nestled among some of the most historic regions in our country. Don’t forget to explore the Islands – Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island. Each location offers a full wedding weekend opportunity with plenty of sightseeing and touring. Private sail charters, fresh-off-the-boat seafood and an all-around relaxed vibe, the coast of Southern New England is a must-see.” – Elizabeth Lutz, Elizabeth Lutz Boutique Design & Event Planning

Photographer: Katie Slater; Planner: Infinite Events

Newport, Rhode Island

“We have some of the best beaches here in Rhode Island and our favorite venue is The Newport Beach House, located in Newport, Rhode Island! You have numerous options here whether you want your toes in the sand or want the beach just for the backdrop, this all-white, modern venue is it!” – Erica Trombetti, Infinite Events

“If you are looking for the quintessential coastal New England setting, look no further than the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. This stunning setting features sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, 5-star accommodations, cuisine, and service, and a local community of wedding vendors that makes for a stellar destination to tie the knot! All these ingredients combine for the perfect recipe for an unforgettable oceanside celebration.” – Alexandra Denniston, Owner and Lead Planner, Eventlightenment Planning

Photographer: Los Ebano; Planner: Haydon Dillon Events

Los Cabos, Mexico

“The beaches in Los Cabos are, by far, some of my favorites. Not only are they beautiful and clean with amazing views, but they are also only a quick 2-hour flight from Southern California. The locals in Cabo are beyond welcoming, and once you step off the plane, you and your guests will feel taken care of and ready to celebrate! While you cannot go wrong, the beaches at Chileno Bay or Montage sit atop my list.” – Haydon Dillon, Haydon Dillion Events LLC

These nine destinations are among the best in the world for a beach wedding, with each offering its own unique charm and beauty. Whether you choose Hawaii, Thailand, Greece, Mexico, Bali, the Maldives, or Cancun, your beach wedding is sure to be a day you and your guests will never forget.

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