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Destination Wedding Locations That Double as Honeymoon Spots

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June 17, 2024
Words by In collaboration with Honeyfund
Photos courtesy of Canva

Congratulations on planning a destination wedding! These weddings are a great way to celebrate in a special place thats meaningful to you as a couple. They can also be less stressful and more affordable than traditional weddings. Plus, your honeymoon can start right after the big day without any extra travel! Many couples stay in the same destination for their honeymoon, while others explore nearby cities or different resorts for more privacy. To help with your planning, weve partnered with Honeyfund to share some amazing and affordable wedding locations that double as perfect honeymoon spots. Keep reading for the full list!

If You Like the Beach

wide shot of a beach in Cancun

Cancun, Mexico

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

Couples flock here by the thousands due to the stunning beaches, all-inclusive resorts, vibrant nightlife and an abundance of talented wedding vendors. If youre concerned about the additional costs of flying in outside vendors from the United States, dont worry.  From florists to makeup artists and even rental and decor companies, the list of reliable wedding vendors is considerable. Youll also note that many hotels and resorts offer affordable wedding packages.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

All-inclusive resorts are a great way to know exactly how much youll be spending on your honeymoon upfront, ensuring your trip wont break the bank. Cancun is renowned for its Hotel Zone, where most of these resorts are located. This makes it easy to hop between them for a change of scenery after tying the knot nearby. Spend your days poolside or on the beach, snorkeling, exploring Mayan ruins, enjoying the nightlife, and visiting eco-parks like Xcaret.

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aerial shot of turquoise waters and a beach lined with palm trees

Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

The D.R. has become a popular destination for many reasons. Its accessibility and direct flights from Miami along with its beautiful white sand beaches, luxurious yet affordable resorts, and many wedding package options are among some of the reasons why. Couples will find there are many all-inclusive resorts here that offer great packages for weddings and honeymooners alike.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

The Dominican Republic is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean, making it the perfect destination for a laid-back beach vibe. There is something for every couple, whether you enjoy adventure or relaxation. You can explore lush jungles, go zip-lining, hike to waterfalls, or simply unwind on the beach. Water sports like snorkeling, diving, and sailing are also popular. If you prefer to venture beyond the resort, the area has a rich history to explore. Visit historical sites like the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the countrys colonial past.

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Dunn's River Falls at sunset

Jamaica

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

Jamaica has always been an icon in the destination wedding sphere for tropical locales. And it remains popular due to the abundance of all-inclusive resorts, beautiful beaches, and vibrant culture and history. For those who are looking to explore more than just beaches, Dunns River Falls is one of the most incredible places to go.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

Jamaica offers stunning beaches, vibrant culture, and warm hospitality. Relax on Negril beach or explore breathtaking waterfalls. For adventure, try river rafting on the Martha Brae, zip-lining through rainforests, or visiting the Blue Hole. Immerse yourselves in Jamaican culture with live reggae, Bob Marleys home, and local festivals. Enjoy delicious cuisine and indulge in luxury all-inclusive resorts with exceptional service and spa treatments. Friendly locals and diverse landscapes, from the Blue Mountains to crystal-clear waters, make Jamaica a wedding location that doubles as a romantic and unforgettable honeymoon spot.

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jungle plants frame a blue ocean view with jetting rock formations in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

Costa Rica remains a bucket list destination. With the abundant wildlife (were talking sloths, howler monkeys, coati, and so much more) in and around the area, you dont even need to go to a nature park to experience it. With the diverse landscapes including both beaches and rainforests, eco-friendly resorts, and adventurous activities, wedding groups will have more than enough to enjoy while in this special country.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

Staying in Costa Rica for your honeymoon allows you to fully immerse yourself in the countrys natural beauty and embrace the excitement it offers. You can enjoy a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure with activities like zip-lining, hot springs, waterfall hikes, and snorkeling. Plus, youll be treated to a warm welcome and a luxurious stay at resorts with breathtaking views, adding an extra layer of romance to your getaway.

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If Sand Isnt Really Your Thing

wide angle view of downtown Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

The mountains of Asheville are gorgeous year-round. Known for its fall foliage, an autumn wedding would be one for the books. Add to that Ashevilles vibrant arts scene, the iconic Biltmore Estate and varying levels of accommodations, all guests will find this destination to be worth the visit.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

There are tons of things to do on your honeymoon in Asheville that wont break the bank. Rent a car and explore the Blue Ridge Parkway, grab lunch at the Biltmore Estate, and spend some time in the great outdoors hiking, and enjoying local breweries.

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wide angle of old building overlooking Quebec City's downtown and harbor

Quebec City, Canada

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

Quebec City is known for its European charm with its narrow streets, historic stone buildings and quintessential French feel. Its a truly affordable place to travel, with different price points available to all. The historic and beautiful architecture allows for some great wedding photos too.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

Quebec gives you that European charm without breaking the bank! Wander through picturesque streets, admire stunning architecture, and savor French-inspired cuisine. Explore historic districts, visit quaint castles, and enjoy leisurely strolls through scenic landscapes. Your honeymoon in Quebec promises all the romance and allure of Europe, with a touch of Canadian hospitality.

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shot of St. Louis Cathedral at dusk
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

Lively and rich in cultural heritage, New Orleans is one of Destination I Dos favorite cities in the United States. The abundance of history and incredible venues makes it a perfect place for a destination wedding. Check out the city on a bike tour to get a great lay of the land and to offer wedding guests a fun group activity.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

The food scene alone is worth coming for, but if youre a music buff, enjoying Frenchmens street is a must. Our suggestion is to venture outside of Bourbon Street— the city has so much more to offer than Hurricanes in to-go cups!  Experience the romance of a horse-drawn carriage ride through the French Quarter or embark on a scenic riverboat cruise along the Mississippi River. With its distinct charm and endless opportunities for adventure, New Orleans promises a honeymoon like no other.

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Las Vegas strip at night with Eiffel tower replica and lit up hotels

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Why It’s a Great Wedding Spot

The bedrock of the destination wedding is Las Vegas. They put elopements and destination weddings on the map decades ago and continue to service this part of the industry. With tons of wedding chapels, affordable hotel options, and endless entertainment, theres no end to the reasons Las Vegas continues to lead the country in the number of marriage licenses year after year.

Reasons to Stay for the Honeymoon 

Following your wedding in Las Vegas, extend the celebration with a honeymoon in this iconic city. Enjoy the convenience of affordable hotel options, and endless entertainment. Explore the famous Las Vegas Strip, indulge in world-class shows and celebrity chef restaurants, and venture to nearby attractions like Red Rock Canyon. Las Vegas promises a honeymoon filled with excitement, romance, and unforgettable memories.

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To help make your trip even more affordable and memorable, Honeyfund offers a perfect way to involve your guests in the celebration. With these helpful resources, your wedding and honeymoon experience will be truly unforgettable.

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