Hottest destination wedding locations for 2020

Going into the new year – and the new decade – destination weddings are hotter than ever. Many couples fall in love with the idea of hosting stress-free celebrations in paradise, where the biggest decision is often where to host their big day.

From secluded islands with lush rainforests to tropical hotspots with gorgeous beaches, choosing the perfect spot to tie the knot isn’t always easy. To help inspire your wedding vision, we’re sharing the hottest destination wedding locations for 2020. Read on to see where couples are celebrating in the New Year!

Wedding ceremony on a terrace overlooking the bay
Start your forever in Antigua

Antigua is one of the world’s most romantic destinations. Known for its unrivalled tropical settings, the island’s lush landscapes and exotic flora and fauna provide beautiful natural décor for your big day. Whether you want to celebrate on one of 365 white-sand beaches that wrap around Antigua’s coastline or on a terrace overlooking turquoise waters and rolling hills, your tropical celebrations are sure to be picture-perfect.

Where to stay: Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa is a brand-new luxury resort that exudes romance. Choose from a selection of glamorous wedding venues such as the Sky Terrace, a rooftop venue that offers exceptional views of the bay that can be used for private ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions. When its time to embark on your honeymoon, switch from the main resort to the adults only Chairman Overwater Bungalows and bask in newlywed bliss in a lavish overwater bungalow featuring a private infinity pool, glass floors and direct ocean access.

Pristine beach lined with palm trees
Say “I do” in Punta Cana

Ocean vistas and sunny skies are just a few of the reasons why Punta Cana continues to be one of the Caribbean’s leading destination wedding locations. Punta Cana offers endless activities to help you make the most of your wedding week; you can tee off on one of the area’s top-rated golf courses, snorkel in crystal-clear waters alongside exotic fish or take in sunset views on a picturesque catamaran cruise.

Where to stay: Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort and Spa is an adults only resort set on the coveted shores of Uvero Alto Beach. This stylish escape features everything you need to host a lively wedding in the tropics including daily themed parties, a pristine pool with a swim-up bar and a DJ booth and an on-site nightclub. When its time to tie the knot, you can exchange your vows on a gorgeous golden-sand beach, which features an arch that can be personalized to suit your wedding vision.

Charming wedding chapel on the beach
Tie the knot in Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is the perfect place to relax and recharge before your wedding festivities. Tucked away on the northern coast, this Jamaican hotspot is known for its rich culture and charm. You can incorporate the local culture into your celebrations by serving Jamaican delicacies at your reception, hiring a local reggae band or toasting to forever with authentic Jamaican rum. If you’re looking to explore the area’s spectacular scenery, you can treat your wedding guests to an excursion and hike up the picturesque cascades of Dunn’s River Falls!

Where to stay: Jewel Runaway Bay Beach and Golf Resort is a popular resort choice for island-inspired destination weddings. Notable wedding venues include the Beach Chapel, a rustic and romantic wooden chapel located directly on the beach and the resort’s verdant garden area that’s perfect for romantic receptions! This family-friendly resort also features a range of facilities to please all your wedding guests including an on-site golf course with complimentary green fees and a thrilling water park.

Wedding ceremony by a gazebo overlooking the ocean
Celebrate your love in St. Maarten

St. Maarten is the ideal destination for a laidback beach wedding or a luxury celebration. This Caribbean gem boasts a vibrant culture reflecting its Dutch and French influences. You can pose for wedding portraits against candy-coloured buildings in Phillipsburg or by one of the marinas overlooking superyachts. Before your big day, you can take advantage of the island’s impeccable water sports conditions and try jet skiing or kitesurfing, or sunbathe on Maho Beach as airplanes fly directly above you.

Where to stay: Couples looking for a luxury escape in St Maarten will love Sonesta Maho Beach Resort Casino and Spa. This newly-renovated resort is centrally located within walking distance to shops and nightlife, making it the perfect jumping off point for exploring local hotspots. You can get married overlooking turquoise waters with a beautiful beach wedding on the sparkling white-sand shores or by the Point Gazebo where you can walk down the aisle surrounded by up to 150 of your loved ones!

Wedding gazebo in the middle of a lush garden
Host your tropical nuptials in Riviera Maya

Nestled along the Yucatan Peninsula, Riviera Maya offers tranquil tropical escapes outside of the hustle and bustle of downtown Cancun. This seaside sanctuary sets the stage for romance with breathtaking landscapes ranging from palm-fringed beaches to ancient Mayan ruins and stunning cenotes. With an array of resorts to choose from, you can host your big day at a lavish adults only resort, a fun-filled family-friendly property or a charming boutique hotel depending on your destination wedding vision.

Where to stay: Bring your wedding vision to life at Barcelo Maya Palace. This beachfront paradise features an array of delicious dining options where you can toast to forever, from al fresco eateries to upscale à la carte restaurants. The resort’s Palace Gazebo is a sought-after ceremony venue straight out of a fairytale, featuring stone pillars and a round design to ensure all your guests have a great view for your first kiss. Plus, you can host a traditional Mayan wedding ceremony for an authentic experience.

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