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Summer Destination Wedding Ideas

Mar 24, 2008
The summer months continue to be the most popular months in which to marry, and for good reason. The weather's great, the flowers are in bloom, and the beaches are inviting. And, with the increasing popularity of destination weddings, top summer vacation spots are also becoming top summer wedding spots. Where might you consider saying "I do" to a summer wedding?


The Islands of the Bahamas is a 100,000-square-mile tropical paradise that claims more than 700 islands and 2500 cays and lies a mere 50 miles off the Florida coast. Once called the "Isles of Perpetual June" by George Washington, the Bahamas is blessed with a tropical climate that makes it a year-round eloping and wedding destination.

Cayman Islands

Searching for a unique and exotic place for your summer wedding? Why not consider a Cayman Island wedding? Located in the western Caribbean Sea, the Cayman Islands consist of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman.

Why would you want to consider a Cayman Island wedding? Consider this: Seven Mile Beach, located on Grand Cayman, is considered by many as one of the best beaches in the world. And, if you or your fiance' are into scuba diving, the Cayman Islands is also considered the world's best scuba diving destination. All this adds up to the Cayman Islands being one of the best spots for a Caribbean wedding.

Costa Rica

When you think of a wedding in Costa Rica you probably think of beautiful beaches and romance. And you would be right. With almost two thirds of Costa Rica's borders consisting of coastline, Costa Rica is the perfect place for a beach wedding.

But what you probably don't know is all the other wonderful locations in Costa Rica to say "I do," such as the Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tabacon Hot Springs and the foot of the Arenal Volcano. You may also want to check out the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, another spectacular place for a wedding.

Cruise Ship Weddings

Cruise ship weddings are tailor-made for destination weddings or couples wishing to elope. You can get married and instantly begin your honeymoon cruise. How cool is that? Some ships even have on-board wedding chapels, or you can decide to get married before boarding the cruise, or get married at one of the ports of call. For example, if you choose a summer Alaskan cruise, you could get married on top of a glacier at one of your ports of call.

California Wineries

California's wine country is a perfect choice for a summer wedding. One fun wedding idea is to get married on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a three-hour round-trip rail and gourmet dining adventure from the town of Napa to St. Helena.

Of course, while many automatically think of Napa Valley when they think California wine country, there are many different wine regions from which to choose, such as Paso Robles, Santa Barbara County and Sonoma County to name just a few. While not very well known outside California, Paso Robles is one of California's fastest growing wine region, with nearly 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 170 wineries within a 40-mile territory. Not only that, but it's a beautiful area to boot. And, you avoid the crowds of Napa Valley. A couple wineries to consider in Paso Robles for your wedding are Meridian Vineyards and Zenaida Cellers.

Manitou Springs - Pike's Peak Area of Colorado

While Colorado is great for winter weddings, it's also perfect for summer weddings. The Pike's Peak area is just growing more and more popular as a top destination wedding spot, whether you get married in a castle in Manitou Springs or on top of 14,110-foot Pikes Peak itself! One favorite wedding spot is Seven Falls, in South Cheyenne Canon, often referred to as the "Grandest Mile of Scenery in Colorado". And, grand it is. Seven Falls cascades 181 feet in seven distinct steps down a solid cliff of Pikes Peak granite, making it a popular spot for couples to tie the knot. You can host a wedding of up to 150 people at Seven Falls, although they do not have reception facilities and alcohol is prohibited.

San Diego - California

San Diego's a favorite summer destination spot for people living in the west and southwest, so why not make it a spot for your destination wedding? In San Diego and the surrounding area you have a great number of interesting places for anything from simple elopements to grand weddings.

Top spots include the beaches of La Jolla as well as Balboa Park, where your choices include Alcazar Garden, which was patterned after the gardens of Alcazar Castle in Seville, Spain, and Zoro Garden, a stone grotto with a butterfly garden. Couples choosing Zoro Garden will share their wedding with a beautiful assortment of butterflies, including monarchs, sulfurs, skippers and swallowtails.

Another unique San Diego wedding venue is nearby Coronado Island, where brides can choose to arrive to their waterfront wedding on a gondola to the cheers of wedding guests. Or, couples can choose to get married on a gondola, again to the cheers of wedding guests, who either watch from shore or join you in their own gondolas.
About the Author
Shari Hearn is a writer and creator of a destination wedding website, where you can learn about such things as weddings in Costa Rica and cruise ship weddings
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