Tying the knot with your sweetheart? Whether you’re sentimental about your own small town or longing for a romantic adventure, it’s hard not to fantasize about the luxuriating virtues of a destination wedding. These ceremonies give the betrothed a unique taste of both the intimate and the unknown, and are instantly memorable for all involved. Still, sometimes all it takes to make your wildest, most idyllic fantasy ceremony a reality is deciding on a place that is right for you and your significant other. With the close of 2013, Google’s annual Zeitgeist report has provided us with the top ten most searched wedding destinations and some useful insight for all those looking to take the plunge away from home.
Mexico – With beaches on the Gulf, the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean, Mexico’s sprawling coastline is a major hotspot for weddings each year. With cities like Acapulco, Cancun, and Los Cabos – so full of delicious food and immersive culture – the majority of Americans found Mexico to be the complete package for a destination wedding in 2013.
Bahamas – As an archipelago of approximately 2,000 islands, you and your soulmate are bound to find a love nest here. Whether you stay on a main island and indulge in the vivacious nightlife or an out island for a more relaxing experience with family and friends, the Bahamas is a perfect destination for anyone fond of good weather and good times.
Kauai – Dubbed the Garden Island, Kauai is a beautiful option for those of us dying to finally get to Hawaii. It’s the oldest island on the chain and possesses some of world’s most immaculate beaches. Both timeless and traditional, it’s a universal destination, and sure to be crowd pleaser.
Caribbean – Including the islands of St. Martin, St. Lucia, Turks and Caicos, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Cayman Islands – the Caribbean is as diverse an option as it is vast, making it the perfect option the lovers most spontaneous among us.
Jamaica – Full of some of the most wedding-friendly hotels and resorts, Jamaica is also a destination loaded with unspeakable treasures. Here, couples will long to let their love linger as long as possible in the clear blue water and spectacular mountaintops.
Italy – One of romance’s oldest and best-loved venues, Italy is perfect for those looking to profess their love amidst over two millennia of amorous history. Having perhaps the most diverse landscape of all these destinations, it’s a nation made for those who love travel as much as they love history.
Las Vegas – Whether you’re eloping or bringing the whole family, Las Vegas has something for the party animal in all of us. Filled with replicas of some of the world’s most romantic icons and boasting a notoriously naughty nightlife, it’s the perfect place to celebrate the start of something new.
Florida – Who doesn’t want to retire early? A wedding in Florida can only be one thing – a good omen. As a tropical paradise right here in the States, the engaged get all the convenience of a domestic wedding with all the luxury and romance that comes with travel.
Costa Rica – Tropical all year round, Costa Rica is a gorgeously temperate option for men and women of all seasons. Couples making their vows here are sure to remember the country’s exotic rainforest and sublime climate.
Bermuda – With an incredibly diverse cultural history gathering Native Americans, Spanish-Caribbean, English, Irish, and Scottish traditions, Bermuda is an amazing destination for couples seeking a truly unique experience. Whether you and your love are sunbathing in the island’s delectable rays or listening to a Calypso hymn, it’s sure to be a highlight and a wonderful entry in your story together.
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