Wedding Traditions Around the World

Looking to tie the knot? From a sand unity ceremony to jumping the broom, find inspiration for your memorable day with these wedding traditions from around the world.

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Rockhouse Hotel
The Rockhouse is one of the most desirable destination wedding hotels in Jamaica, and it goes to great lengths to create a memorable experience -- the food is excellent, the service attentive, and the setting exclusive, intimate, and beautiful.
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Kahala Hotel and Resort
Kahala is one of Hawaii's most romantic hotels and its beachfront weddings are simply gorgeous. While a wedding here will be pricey, all the little extras aren't quite as outrageously expensive as they are at some of Hawaii's larger, less-intimate luxury resorts.
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Punta Cana Hotel
For what you get -- a beautiful setting, great service, and food that is far superior to what you get at most of the all-inclusive resorts -- the Punta Cana's prices are very fair. And unlike at the all-inclusive resorts, most wedding details are up to you -- a great advantage, if you want a personal touch and don't mind a little extra legwork.
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Biltmore Coral Gables
Miami's most elegant and historic hotel is also its most prestigious black-tie wedding destination, and its prices reflect this. But you get what you pay for: the food is superb, and the Biltmore's gardens, terraces, and ballrooms are some of the most beautiful, ornate wedding locations anywhere in Miami.
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Royal Lahaina Resort
This family-owned property outside of Kaanapli's main strip hosts affordable, laid-back wedding ceremonies overlooking the ocean. Just note, however, that the bar fees can add up.
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Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Caneel Bay keeps wedding options simple and elegant -- an ideal combination that, naturally, comes at a high price.
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Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay is a great choice for large weddings, given its gorgeous location, ample space, and great food. Plus, the 880-acre resort includes 5 miles of shoreline, so there are lots of ceremony and reception locations to choose from.
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Halekulani
Excellent food, alcohol (despite the lack of flat-fee open bar options), and reception space make the Halekulani a great choice for a classier, yet less Hawaiian-feeling, wedding.
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Natura Cabanas
These eco-friendly bungalows offer intimate, low-key weddings on a beautiful beach with delicious food.
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Half Moon
Half Moon -- our pick for the top luxury resort in Jamaica -- is a gorgeous property with enough options and flexibility to plan an elegant and personalized celebration.
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Royal Plantation
A big step up from the typical all-inclusive resort, the Royal Plantation offers much better food, doting service, and a gorgeous beach that's largely cut off from strolling gawkers.
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The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne
The Ritz is one of Miami's most luxurious hotels, and it's weddings uphold the brands' standards of service and all-around opulence. Of course, it's also one of Miami's most expensive venues.
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Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina

A charming town set in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville comes alive in the fall as the leaves change and the air turns crisp. Love the mountains, but not so fond of rustic barns? Biltmore Estate, a 250-room French Renaissance chateau on 8,000 acres — complete with an award-winning winery — blends refined elegance with sweeping mountain views for a picture-perfect wedding. 960 1280

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Aruba

Aruba

Dreaming of a Caribbean destination wedding in the fall but fear hurricane season? Consider Aruba, since it’s situated in the Southern Caribbean, far from the hurricane belt. Fall is a great time to visit, as the summer crowds are gone, but the sun is still shining and constant trade winds will keep you from sweating through your gown or tux. The white-sand beaches provide a spectacular stage for your white wedding, too. 960 1280

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Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

Nothing could be more romantic than a fall wedding in New England, with a canopy of autumn’s stunning colors as the backdrop. A favorite New England haven of presidents, writers and celebrities and a National Historic landmark, Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods, NH, offers a grand history and refined luxuries, such as an on-site spa, amid a serene mountainside setting. After the big day, adventurous newlyweds and guests can take an unforgettable 3 1/2-hour zip-line tour to see the foliage up close. 960 1280

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Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley, California

Fall is the best time to visit Napa Valley — the summer crowds have thinned, and it’s “crush time,” when grapes are harvested. Get married while surrounded by 27 acres of vineyards at the Carneros Inn, a resort that seamlessly mixes rustic barn charm and understated luxury. Say “I do” in the resort’s apple orchard, a grassy lawn that’s dotted with apple trees and has panoramic views of the rolling hillside. 960 1280

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Hot Springs, Virginia

Hot Springs, Virginia

Say your “I do’s” amid the dazzling fall foliage at the Omni Homestead, a luxury resort nestled in the Allegheny Mountains. A National Historic Landmark, the Homestead has welcomed 22 American presidents as guests since the 18th century. Unwind after the big day at the Jefferson Pools, the legendary hot springs where Thomas Jefferson soaked in 1818. 960 1280

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Hudson Valley, New York

Hudson Valley, New York

A mere 90 miles upstate from Manhattan lies the respite of Hudson Valley, a favorite fall getaway to take in autumn’s color show. Plan a wedding at the Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle mountaintop resort that overlooks Lake Mohonk and is surrounded by 40,000 forested acres and breathtaking views of the Catskill Mountains. Nature lovers can choose an eco-friendly wedding, which includes an organic and local menu, extensive composting and recycling, and flowers from the resort’s greenhouse. 960 1280

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Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Dreaming of an Italian fairy-tale wedding that rivals George Clooney’s and Kim Kardashian’s? Tie the knot at Il Salviatino, an exquisitely restored 15th-century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, a town 15 minutes from Florence’s city center. Exchange your vows in the enchanting Italian-style gardens against the sparkling scenery of Florence’s city lights and a view of the iconic Il Duomo di Firenze. 960 1280

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Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

A short, direct flight from most major US cities, Cancun boasts sunny skies, year-round 80-degree weather and bright-blue ocean views. Sister properties JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort offer a world of options to cater to various kinds of couples — from beachfront Catholic weddings (the nuptial seaside gazebo is approved for use as a Catholic altar) to Indian, kosher, LGBT and Mayan celebrations — all led by specifically certified professionals. 960 1280

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Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona

Don’t want to worry about rain on your wedding day? Tie the knot in Scottsdale, AZ, a vibrant desert town that boasts more than 330 days of sunshine every year. You don’t have to have a wild, wild West wedding here; Montelucia Resort and Spa brims with luxury and sophistication in its indoor/outdoor ballroom. Could you dream up a more stunning wedding backdrop than Camelback Mountain and the Sonoran Desert? 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park, California

Nature lovers will cherish a fall wedding in Yosemite National Park, surrounded by majestic pine forests, iconic sites such as Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Bridalveil Fall (how fitting!), and pops of fall color in nearly every direction. There’s a range of hotels perfect for every couple’s style, including the elegant and historic Ahwahnee Hotel and the cozy, rustic accommodations of Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to a wedding in paradise. Combine your nuptials and your honeymoon with a destination wedding on the Hawaiian Islands. With year-round warm weather, beautiful beaches and stunning sunsets, this is one of the world’s most romantic places to tie the knot. 960 1280

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Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

Dreaming of a white wedding? A winter wedding in the stunning Lapland area of Finland is nothing short of magical. Travel through a snow-covered forest on a sled pulled by reindeer to your chapel made entirely of ice and snow. Then spend your wedding night cuddling in an igloo. 960 1280

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Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, Arizona

Despite what Alanis Moriesette says, rain on your wedding day isn’t ironic … it’s just plain gloomy. With an average of more than 300 days of sunshine per year, Sedona (almost) has perfect wedding weather year-round. Plan an outdoor wedding in this desert locale, complete with a stunning Red Rock backdrop, without the worry of bad weather ruining your big day. 960 1280

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Vermont

Vermont

Cozying up to the idea of a winter wonderland wedding? Consider the beautiful snowscape of New England as a romantic choice for a destination wedding. Vermont’s snow-covered mountains, charming lodges and roaring fireplaces will make your big moment memorable. 960 1280

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Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Hotel de Glace, Quebec

Does the idea of a wedding on ice seem like a fairytale? Plan your fantasy wedding at Quebec’s Hotel de Glace. This hotel, made entirely of ice and snow, has its own wedding chapel and plenty of rooms for all your non-cold-fearing wedding guests. Rebuilt annually, the ice hotel has a unique design ever year – another reason your wedding here will be special. 960 1280

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica

This country has been dubbed the happiest place on Earth. So what better place to start your happily-ever-after? This Central American hot spot offers budget-friendly winter weddings in a tropical setting. And it’s close to the US; so affordable direct flights will make your guests very happy, too. 960 1280

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Belize

Belize

Are you a nature-loving couple? A wedding in Belize will compliment your adventurous personality. This outdoor playground is filled with rainforests, Mayan ruins and some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. And while it’s picking up in popularity, Belize is definitely cheaper than many Caribbean hot spots. 960 1280

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Colorado

Colorado

Have you always dreamed of your big day being under a blanket of snow? If you’re a powderhound who can’t get enough of the slopes, it’s fitting to get married where you can ski off into the sunset. Whether it’s tying the knot at one of the well-known ski resorts of Aspen, Breckenridge or Telluride -- or exchanging vows in a small chapel tucked in the Rocky Mountains -- there’s something for everyone here. Everyone that loves snow, that is. 960 1280

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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Want a taste of the tropics at your wedding, but still want to stay in the continental US? A winter wedding in the Florida Keys will provide you with warm weather and pristine beaches. 960 1280

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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Guaranteed snow. Check. Magical mountain views. Check. Romantic sleigh rides. Check. Everything you could dream of for a winter wonderland wedding can be found in Lake Tahoe. For the truly adventurous, say your “I dos” on the slopes and ski down the mountain as husband and wife. 960 1280

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Ice Hotel, Sweden

Ice Hotel, Sweden

Exchange your vows at Sweden’s magical Ice Hotel. Couples from all over the world tie the knot in the hotel’s ice church, which can accommodate an intimate wedding of 35-45 people. Then, spend your wedding night in one of the hotel’s ice suites, where you’ll be surrounded by stunning ice carvings as you snuggle under reindeer skins. 960 1280

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