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Best Places For A Winter Destination Wedding

You said “Yes”, you’ve envisioned your perfect dress, and now it’s time to start planning your day to remember. And if you’re thinking about a destination wedding in winter, you’re headed in the right direction, because winter is one of the best times of the year to take the plunge. Venues are not crazily booked like in April, May and September, October, there’s more flights available and if you’re dreaming of an exotic tropical destination, you’re right on the money. The weather’s perfect! Most islands in the Caribbean and Mexico have average winter temps in the mid 70’s to mid 80’s with low humidity. So it’s like a summer wedding with even better weather. And the best part—you’ll be in the perfect place for an unforgettable honeymoon. Whether you have an idea of where you’d like to get married or you’re unsure, read on for a guide on the best places for a winter destination wedding:

Aerial view of Paradisus Resort in Dominican Republic
Punta Cana

Located on the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is one of those majestic, picturesque destinations that captures the true essence of Caribbean beauty and tranquility. In the winter, the mild temperatures and early sunsets make for amazing conditions (and photographs) to say your vows in the sand as the tides gently roll in or in a garden blooming with tropical flowers.

A wedding here is nothing short of magical, especially if you choose a resort on Bavaro Beach, ranked among the world’s best beaches (the Dominican Republic has more top ranked beaches than any other Caribbean island). Wide stretches of white sand transcend into shimmering emerald seas and all along this beach you’ll find water sports and tons of activities (for you and all your friends and family), or a palm tree that provides a quiet, shady retreat.

St. Lucia Beach View
Saint Lucia

Breathtaking. That’s pretty much sums up this eastern Caribbean gem known for its dramatic twin volcanic peaks (the Pitons), beautiful beaches, thriving coral reefs and rain forested regions. Upon arrival on Saint Lucia, you’ll travel along a scenic curvy mountain road that winds its way around the island, transporting you through papaya and banana fields, overlooking the magnificent cerulean Caribbean waters to your resort, the setting for the world’s most romantic wedding. If you choose to commemorate your special union in Saint Lucia, you’re in good company. It’s considered to be the Most Romantic Caribbean Island and a top wedding and honeymoon destination.

Whether you choose to walk down a pier and say your vows under a gazebo, with the lush tropical Saint Lucia landscape as your backdrop or in the soft sand as the sun drops off the horizon, you’ll never forget the moment when you two first lay eyes on each other as you make your way down the aisle. But what you won’t remember is that it’s winter, because in Saint Lucia, the average temperatures are around 80°, the humidity is low and there are constant trade winds. When planning your Saint Lucia destination wedding, choose December, January or February as these months typically get less rainfall.

View of Beautiful Mayan Ruins in Mexico
Riviera Maya

Located on the northeastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, the Riviera Maya is one of the country’s most pristine regions and home to the second longest barrier reef in the world. The Mesoamerican Reef (formerly the Planacar Reef) begins near Cancun and makes its way along the whole length of the Riviera Maya toward Guatemala. There’s also the ancient Mayan ruins, archeological wonders that tell the story of the indigenous people that once inhabited the area. It’s an ideal destination for those who love exploration—under the water and on land. Encompassing some of the most beautiful regions in Mexico, including Cancun and Playa del Carmen, this Mexican region offers many choices for the perfect winter wedding, whether by the water or under a decorated gazebo in a garden. And because it also boasts a mild winter climate, it’s perfectly pleasant to have your ceremony on a picturesque beach or by a sparkling pool.

Enjoy your engagement and get started on planning the winter destination wedding of your dreams by looking into these ideal destinations. And if you need help deciding or when you’re ready to get planning, Ask Me!

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