Exotic Wedding Destinations – Part One

Want a memorable wedding? Piece of cake – the world is a huge and beautiful place and you don’t need to put that much thought into your ceremony. Why? Well, there are people who will be more than happy to do all that hard work for you, meaning you’ll only have to worry about choosing the destination of your dreams. Hence the following suggestions.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Surrounded by rugged coasts, dark-blue waters and golden-sand beaches (aka the perfect romantic backdrop), Maine’s breathtaking waterfront might easily be mistaken for the Mediterranean, were it not for its iconic lighthouses (and more convenient locale). You’ll get all the sophistication and style, though. Like Europe’s southern coast, Bar Harbor is the epitome of seaside chic, only with a distinct American flair to incorporate into your day (think: fresh lobster, clambakes and blueberry pie). Your guests will have fun checking out Acadia National Park, which surrounds Bar Harbor on the east side of Mount Desert Island, in addition to bike riding, whale watching, kayaking and taking a dip in the ocean. Summer is when Maine attracts the most visitors, especially in July and August, when the weather is warmest. To avoid peak prices and crowds, consider a September wedding, when the crisp fall weather begins to light up the foliage.

Sea Island, Georgia

With its turquoise waters and pristine beaches, Sea Island feels like the Caribbean, only without all the tourists cramping your wedding style – the island’s only visitors are guests of its two resorts. And the oceanfront setting on five miles of private beach couldn’t be a more beautiful spot to exchange vows. In addition to world-class fare and amenities, this tiny Georgian retreat has plenty of activities for your guests to enjoy, including golf, tennis, horseback riding, boating, fishing, spa-going and more. The best times to go are in the late spring and summer, and in early fall. June, on the other hand, marks the start of the hurricane season.

Tucson, Arizona

Retreat to the city of turquoise jewelry, saguaro cacti and deep-orange sunsets. Located in the southern region of Arizona between Phoenix and the Mexican border, Tucson offers a natural and rugged rendition of the Southwest landscape for a unique setting for your “I dos.” On the weekend lineup for your friends and family: catching a glimpse of a road runner while hiking through Sabino Canyon, touring the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac or perusing the photo and art galleries full of Native American and Mexican textiles and jewelry. Tucson’s weather is generally warm year-round, and most days are bright and sunny. Temperatures regularly climb into the 90s (and above) in the summer, with June and July accounting for the largest number of very hot days.



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