04 January 2018
With the chance to combine your wedding and honeymoon in one trip, destination weddings have become more popular in the last few years. A great way to connect with family and close friends over an extended stay, a destination wedding allows couples to savour their nuptials by not having their event rushed or crammed into one, busy day. Instead, destination weddings can unfold slowly over a weekend (or even a week if you’re lucky) of activities, experiences and celebrations.
Here are five wedding destinations that are close to Australia (because no one wants to deal with jetlag while walking down the aisle):
Thanks to a favourable exchange rate, Thailand is a top, low-cost wedding destination perfect for sun loving couples. Exchanging vows on a sunny beach in Krabi or Phuket, then retreating to a resort for the reception is a dreamy way to get hitched. With plenty of activities and experiences on offer to suit everyone, guests can enjoy relaxing massages, snorkelling and diving adventures, yoga sessions and more in the area before and after the wedding. Only a short connecting flight from Bangkok, a wedding on one of Thailand’s islands or beaches is a top idea.
A rising star of the destination wedding scene, Sri Lanka is an under-the-radar wedding destination set to become more popular in the coming years. Boasting luxury resorts with ocean views and infinity pools, welcoming locals and a wealth of culinary and cultural riches, Sri Lanka is an unforgettable destination. Choose to wed at a seaside resort in chilled out Negombo, a heritage hotel in the tea growing, verdant hills of central Sri Lanka or a historic church in coastal Galle. Before and after the wedding, guests from all walks of life will enjoying exploring Sri Lanka’s food and craft markets, national parks and temples.
Easily reached on a 3.5 hour flight from the east coast of Australia, New Zealand is a great wedding destination for a number of reasons. Home to some of the best vineyards in the world, incredible scenery straight out of a storybook and a burgeoning food scene that makes use of the land’s riches, New Zealand is a great spot to host a food and wine focused wedding. Choose to hire out a venue with vineyard views in the Marlborough region, get married aboard a boat while cruising the Bay of Islands or splash out and hire out a luxury lodge complete with caterers and bartenders. As a stable, often-visited, English-speaking country with excellent food safety, New Zealand is also great choice for reluctant travellers or guests who find travelling challenging due to age.
A four and a half hour flight from Australia’s eastern seaboard, Fiji is a deluxe wedding destination perfect for all types of couples, but especially couples who already have children. Fiji’s child-friendly resorts complete with pools, kid’s clubs and nanny services make it a perfect wedding destination for people travelling with kids. Of course, the stunning combination of white sand beaches, rainforests, waterfalls and sunshine also make it a top backdrop for a destination wedding. Whether you choose to exchange vows on a beach, while enjoying a sunset cruise or in a local chapel, Fiji’s notoriously warm hospitality ensures a good time will be had by everyone who is lucky enough to attend.
A popular honeymoon spot, Tahiti’s beautiful beaches, temperate climate and luxe resorts make it an ideal destination for a wedding/honeymoon combination. Many five star resorts in Bora Bora are accustomed to hosting weddings and offer wedding packages (which makes for a less stressful experience). With over water bungalows, private islands, luxury cruises and fine dining on offer, Tahiti is a wedding destination for couples who have a taste for the finer things in life (and the budget to match).