If you love the idea of a beach wedding then take a look at 47 of the most stunning beaches that could be perfect for your wedding abroad.
Then all you'll need is your beach style wedding dress, your flat wedding shoes and you're ready for a wedding in the sun!
So from coast to island, we’ve found the 47 best places around the world to get married on a beach.
1. Dreaming of idyllic white sand and palm-fringed coves? The Indian Ocean is most popular — especially Mauritius’ barefoot ceremonies and Creole culture.
2. And the neighbouring Seychelles are famous for their private island resorts.
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3. Avoid the heat with a moonlit ceremony in fascinating Sri Lanka.
4. Or exchange vows on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast before a safari honeymoon.
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5. It’s easy to mix Zanzibar’s little-known white sands with safari in Tanzania too.
6. Further south, celebrate on South Africa’s chic Cape beaches with the best vintages from the nearby winelands.
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7. Prefer some bubbles? Champagne Beach on Vanuatu gets its name from the fizzing waters, caused by volcanic gas bubbles.
8. Arrive in local style: sail by traditional dhow to a deserted stretch of sand in Mozambique.
9. Or in Fiji, a traditionally dressed warrior can paddle couples in a decorated warrior boat.
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10. For the ultimate entrance, land in his-and-hers helicopters on secluded Hamilton Island in Queensland, Australia.
11. Parading on elephant back to Thailand’s beautiful beach resorts is another way to make a memorable entrance.
12. For sunset vows on (celebrity favourite) Ambergris Caye, Belize, the island’s private sandbar faces west, unlike the main beaches.
13. The sunset changes direction during the year on lovely Oahu in Hawaii, but there’s the perfect beach for every month.
14. The colourful villages along the Amalfi coast are perfect 24/7 — and you can choose sunset and moonlit beach ceremonies in Positano.
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15. Don’t forget the legalities: straightforward paperwork makes the stunning British Virgin Islands one of the easiest places for Caribbean beach weddings.
16. And there’s no residency requirement to tie the knot on the twin islands of St Kitts & Nevis, either.
17. Habla Espanol? Ceremonies in the tropical Dominican Republic take place in Spanish, complete with translator.
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18. One of the world’s best beaches, Grace Bay on Providenciales is the highlight of the laidback Turks & Caicos.
19. But you’re spoiled for choice in Antigua & Barbuda, with a beach for every day of the year.
20. Or choose from glitz on Grand Cayman, or unspoiled sands on Little Cayman with only iguanas for company.
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21. Want a secluded ceremony? The private beaches in St Vincent & The Grenadines are ideal.
22. And Grenada’s Grand Anse beach stretches for two picturesque miles, so there’s always an uncrowded corner.
23. Head north and Anguilla is home to another two-mile Caribbean gem, Shoal Bay.
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24. Or the Cook Islands’ uninhabited islets, including One Foot Island in Aitutaki Lagoon and Koromiri off Rarotonga, ensure privacy.
25. In beautiful Bali, all beaches are public, so it’s worth finding a wedding planner who knows the best secluded spots.
26. For the perfect curving bay, Jamaica’s Half Moon beach lives up to its name.
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27. Think pink! Bermuda’s famous rosy sand makes for unique wedding photos.
28. And three-mile Pink Sands Beach helps make Harbour Island, in the Bahamas Out Islands, an A-list favourite.
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29. Time your ceremony for sunset and see the rose-hued sands of Crane Beach in Barbados at their stunning best.
30. But for some of the world’s whitest sand, Aruba’s Eagle beach wins out.
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31. Pick the perfect backdrop to white sand and turquoise water with St Lucia’s dramatic peaks, the Pitons.
Image credit: Saint Lucia Tourist Board
32. Tie the knot between the rainforest and the waves on one of Malaysia’s islands, especially Langkawi and Pangkor Laut.
33. Or marry in the shade of Mayan ruins on the picturesque beach of Tulum in Mexico’s Riviera Maya.
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34. On the opposite coast, Baja California’s Playa del Amor lives up to its name, Lovers Beach.
35. Add some local flavour by beginning your ceremony with the blowing of conch shells, a tradition in stunning Samoa.
36. And even if you don’t fancy the Tahitian marriage tradition of getting tattoos, French Polynesia is still paradise.
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37. You don’t need a tiny island: New Zealand’s coastline makes an unusual alternative, especially Coromandel’s lovely coves.
Image credit: Top — Legend Photography Tourism New Zealand; Bottom — Sergio Del Rosso Tourism New Zealand
38. Or the powdery fine sand of Siesta Key in Florida is always among the USA’s top beaches.
39. California even lets you marry on a beach next to Malibu Nature Preserve.
40. Don’t overlook Europe’s beaches. Cyprus is the legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of love.
Image credit: Cyprus Tourism Organisation
41. From a volcanic sand beach in stylish Santorini, to laid-back Lefkada, Greece’s islands offer endless choices.
42. More than 1,000 miles long with over 1,000 islands, Croatia also has romantic beaches galore.
43. And Turkey’s turquoise coast is as stunning as the name suggests.
44. Or choose a beach in northern Malta, looking out to the beautiful blue lagoon of sister island Comino.
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45. For a dramatic setting, try Sicily for a beach overlooked by Mount Etna.
46. Head off the beaten track to Montenegro, to a cove in the country’s fjords.
47. And Slovenia’s romantic scenery includes a beach shaded by pines near the medieval town of Piran.
48. For families, consider Portugal’s Algarve with child-friendly golden sands as well as wild Atlantic beaches.
49. Or up the glam factor and say “oui” on the French Riviera.
50. But you needn’t even leave the country: one place in the UK currently meets the legal requirements for a beach wedding — and it’s beautiful Bournemouth.
Image credit: Top — © Anna Morgan; Middle & Bottom — © ianH photography
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