Published on May 26, 2019

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Forget the days when you had to withstand a 14-hour flight just to be able to call your wedding a “destination.” With local venues sometimes booking years in advance, you may just need to expand your horizons to the next state over. Besides, a wild country wedding might feel more appealing to city folks, while beach nuptials could be the ideal locale for anyone who is landlocked.

To find your perfect wedding destination, we asked the experts to help narrow down some of next year’s most sought-after locations. Southern sites like Asheville, North Carolina, and Charleston, South Carolina, are fan favorites for their quintessential charm and breathtaking trails, while Lake Tahoe is famed for its ability to turn a wedding into a full weekend experience. To fill a spot on your European wish list, Amsterdam is popular for its international food scene and canal wonderland.

From beaches to mountains to the rain forest, there’s something for every couple on this list of once-in-a-lifetime spots perfect for tying the knot. If you’re thinking of walking down the aisle soon, we suggest taking a look at this collection of popular destinations before officially booking your ticket.

If you want to say “I do” with your toes in the sand…

“Shooting against beautiful and tropical backdrops is one of the many reasons I was drawn to destination weddings,” says photographer KT Merry, owner of KT Merry. The Bahamas’ natural beauty creates an energy of relaxation and adventure that spills into all wedding events. “I love harnessing the site’s colors, architecture, and unique elements to create one-of-a-kind imagery that captures the couple and location,” she adds.

If you dream of a wild, wild wedding…

For couples who are looking for a Southern destination that doubles as a unique mountain location, Asheville, North Carolina, is considered one of the ultimate ceremony sites for 2019. “A quirky and creative mountain town, Asheville celebrates all four seasons with breathtaking mountain views that can be seen in town and on nearby hiking trails,” says Melissa Porter, managing partner and wedding planner at Asheville Event Co. “From walking the grounds of the historic Biltmore Estate to exploring the renowned culinary and beer scene, the city truly has something for everyone.”

If you’re unafraid of a white wedding…

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“Jackson Hole, Wyoming is starting to make its mark on the wedding world,” says Lindsey Nickel, founder of Lovely Day Events. She emphasizes that more and more couples (not to mention vendors) are learning about the area. Though summer is the most popular season for tourists and weddings, winter should not be dismissed. “The snowy mountains and cozy decor for weddings make it truly unique.”

If you’re looking for Southern charm with a twist…

“Charleston has lots to love,” says Elisa Bricker, owner of Elisa Bricker. “With beautiful classic architecture and an abundance of activities for out-of-town guests, this city and its surroundings can help you celebrate your wedding day with a splash of charm.”

If you want beautiful water views…

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As we head into 2019, we expect couples to continue seeking out locations that offer breathtaking views, as well as activities and experiences for their guests, who will often make a full weekend out of the trip. “Lake Tahoe is a prime example,” says Becca Atchison, creative director at Rebecca Rose Events.With its beautiful mountains, lush forests, and pristine blue water, this California region is perfect for boating, swimming, skiing, hiking, and just breathing in the fresh mountain air.”

If you’d rather get hitched across the pond…

“With its charming canals and cosmopolitan food scene, Amsterdam is a great choice for a destination wedding,” says Liz Banfield, owner of Liz Banfield. Destination weddings have always been buzz-worthy options for nuptials and can double as an added vacation for your guests. “As a major European hub, your guests will thank you for choosing a location that is so easily accessible.”

If you can hear the wedding bells of nature…

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With wooded areas, rich landscape, and mountainous terrain, Tennessee has become a coveted wedding destination. “I have seen more and more couples show an interest in the South, in particular, the Smoky Mountain area of Tennessee,” says Ali Phillips, founder of Engaging Events by Ali. This couple opted for an organic backdrop of lush foliage for their Knoxville nuptials, an element that was emphasized with wood ceremony chairs and an elegantly overgrown arch.

If you want a quick escape from the city…

Accessible from both Boston and New York, the Berkshires is poised to become one of the leading destination wedding locations in the Northeast. “Offering beautiful landscapes, world-renowned cultural institutions, endless outdoor activities, and an established farm and local food scene, there are options and venues for every couple,” says Linda Stripp, catering director and event manager at Mezze Catering.

If you want your wedding with a side of dolce far niente

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A resurgence for hosting nuptials in Italy has definitely taken off in the past year. “Rome makes travel easy for guests with numerous direct flights from U.S. cities, but couples are also treating their loved ones to special experiences in locations like Umbria and Sicily,” says Rebecca Ickes Berg, owner of Rebecca Marie Photography. “While everyone has been visiting this timeless country for decades, there are still so many places left untapped.”

If you love the idea of a first French kiss…

Tradition, spirit, and pure celebration are just a few reasons why New Orleans continues to be a destination go-to. “The people, atmosphere, food, and drinks exude a laissez-faire attitude,” says Sarah Worsley, owner of Mint Julep Productions. “Not only are the oak tree–lined streets and French Quarter architecture swoon-worthy, but you are encouraged to have a parade to celebrate!” she adds, emphasizing the traditional Second Line parade.

If you like luxury with a wild side…

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“Costa Rica is an ideal destination for those seeking luxury and quality,” says Meghan Cox, owner and creative director of  Mil Besos Costa Rica. With venues that range from relaxed beach clubs to exotic waterfalls, private villas, and five-star resorts, destination couples will find Costa Rica a unique experience to offer their guests. “You have the opportunity to come face-to-face with wildlife you’ve only seen in a zoo and experience year-round sunshine, pristine beaches (with crystal-clear water and legendary surf), as well as jungles full of intrigue as far as the eye can see,” adds Cox.

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