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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

With the whole globe as your choice, ideas for an unforgettable and unique wedding site are bountiful. Whether you choose to be married in a glacier, palace, underwater, or on a private ranch in Colorado, the following destination wedding list offers options that will make for exquisite pictures and meaningful memories.

Colorado Destination Wedding

colorado weddingIf you are looking for winter wedding venues, Colorado has beautiful venues near Rocky Mountain National Park and Grand Lake. Known as the state’s most beautiful wedding destination, many couples opt to say “I do” with a Colorado ranch wedding at the Winding River Ranch.

Mayan Ruin Destination Wedding (Belize)

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Belize offers many picturesque locations for destination weddings — from its white sands to abundant rainforests to Mayan ruin sites. Temples and stony structures create dramatic backdrops. Jungle settings are also a great natural background for an unforgettable wedding.

Palace Destination Wedding (Portugal)

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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a king or queen with your very own palace? This childhood dream can happen at a palace destination wedding in Portugal. Wedding planners can arrange a ceremony in the hilltops of Pena Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or in Monserrate Palace, a romantic villa with great architectural features. Another option will be in Penha Longa Resort, where couples can experience a 14th-century palace, a 16th-century chapel, and a special garden.

Underwater Destination Wedding (Cozumel, Mexico)

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Having an underwater wedding is popular among couples who love water adventures. The Secrets Aural Cozumel, an adults-only resort, offers an underwater ceremony wedding package including wine and cake.

Glacier Destination Wedding (Juneau, Alaska)

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A glacier destination wedding is right for couples who love snow sports or whose love story started in a snowy place. Take a helicopter trip from Juneau to a nearby glacier site like Mendenhall or Herbert. Here, say your vows near the mountains of ice. Then spend your first nights together in Best Western Grandma’s Feather Bed, which is known for its vintage charm.

Traditional Thai Destination Wedding (Ko Samui, Thailand)

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Do you love to explore different cultures together? Then consider this unique idea to say your vows: A traditional Thai wedding. The Tongsai Bay is the best place to say “I do” in Thailand. In a traditional Thai wedding performed in a Buddhist tradition, the union is sanctified by a piece of majestic music from Thai musicians that serenade the ceremony. A long drum parade and water blessing will be part of the ceremony as well.

After the wedding, have your honeymoon in Thailand where you can enjoy the beach, diving, snorkeling, waterfall hiking, visiting the Secret Buddha Garden, or sightseeing.

If you are looking for a gorgeous wedding venue, many fantastic options await. Not sure how to afford these? A Honeyfund wedding fund and honeymoon registry can make your destination wedding dreams come true.

About the Contributor: When you are looking for a unique wedding destination, come to the Winding River Ranch, located in the state’s most beautiful wedding destination. Near Rocky Mountain National Park and a couple of miles from Grand Lake, we offer breathtaking mountain views, thousands of twinkling stars, snowy peaks in the distance, Colorado wildflowers, farm animals, and wildlife as a backdrop for your rustic mountainside wedding.

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