10 Dreamy Wedding Chapels Around the World

Today’s bride should no longer just think of a destination wedding as a wedding outside on a beach. Many resorts build their own chapels so that the couple doesn't have to sacrifice their religious faith when marrying in an exotic location. Here, some of my favorite resorts and destinations that incorporate the idyllic beach wedding with a unique chapel.

By: 
Jennifer Doncsecz

  • Dreams Tulum

    Dreams Tulum

    Many resorts in the Riviera Maya offer chapels on property, but one of my favorites is located at Dreams Tulum. This chapel has the traditional Mexican hacienda architecture and can accommodate 30 guests. At sunset, the wedding planners light candles to create a romantic atmosphere.

  • Royal Playa Del Carmen Resort

    Royal Playa Del Carmen Resort

    In stark contrast to the quaint chapel at Dreams Tulum, there is the ultra-modern “Our Lady of Guadalupe" Catholic Oceanfront Chapel at the Royal Playa Del Carmen Resort. This structure features three walls of floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that overlook the breathtaking ocean.

  • Cabo Azul Hotel

    Cabo Azul Hotel

    Another option in Mexico, located on the Pacific Coast in trendy Los Cabos, is the enchanting five-story open-air wedding chapel, El Corazon, at the Cabo Azul Hotel. Surrounded by infinity pools that flow into the Sea of Cortez, this unique chapel is completely non-denominational. A cross, Star of David, or chuppah can be added to accommodate any religious tradition.

  • Sandals Montego Bay

    Sandals Montego Bay

    At the Sandals Montego Bay resort in Jamaica, there sits a lovely non-denominational chapel, Frank Warren Chapel, tucked away in the gardens. It's simply perfect for traditional ceremonies at a pulpit, followed by a beachside reception. The chapel seats about 80 guests and has a sentimental story of undying love: It was built and funded by Dr. Frank Warren’s widow, who gifted the chapel to Sandals in memory of her late husband. Her hope was that couples who exchanged their vows in this chapel could experience the same eternal love as she has with her husband.

  • Barcelo Bavaro Palace

    Barcelo Bavaro Palace

    In the Dominican Republic, the Barcelo Bavaro Palace boasts an open-air thatched San Salvador Chapel. Quietly set on tropical grounds next to a reflecting lake, this chapel performs Catholic weddings. The Barcelo resort is the only resort in Punta Cana that can perform true Catholic wedding ceremonies on the resort grounds.

  • Disney

    Disney's Grand Floridian Resort

    Looking for a true fairytale wedding? Disney’s Wedding Pavilion at the Grand Floridian Resort features a chapel with seating for 300, dressing rooms for the bride and groom, and a patio with the Magic Kingdom serving as the backdrop for a storybook wedding reception.

  • Grand Wailea Resort

    Grand Wailea Resort

    One of the most serene locations for a wedding is in Hawaii on the island of Maui. Along the famous stretch of Wailea beach lays the Grand Wailea Resort, which built their seaside chapel specifically for weddings. It boasts a gorgeous gazebo, waterfall, and small lake nearby. The interior is air-conditioned, and stained glass windows of Hawaiian flowers and birds adorn the church.

  • Turtle Bay Resort

    Turtle Bay Resort

    Also in Hawaii, the Turtle Bay Resort — located on Oahu’s North Shore — features their signature glass wedding pavilion. This chapel, which overlooks the ocean, is completely encapsulated by glass doors and overlooks some of Hawaii’s premium surfing spots. The chapel sits up to 50 guests.

  • Raffles Resort

    Raffles Resort

    If you're looking for privacy and seclusion, you'll find it at Raffles Resort, located deep in the Caribbean on the very exclusive Canouan Island in the Grenadines. Unlike other resorts that design a chapel to accommodate weddings, this resort was built on the grounds of a 19th-century Anglican Church. Beautifully restored with murals and Italian stained glass, the walls still bear the original stones brought from England many years ago. If you are looking for a truly traditional Christian wedding, this church provides an authentic experience right in the middle of paradise.

  • Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa

    On Bora Bora, one of the most exotic locations to host a wedding, the Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa offers a traditional Polynesian wedding ceremony in their Blue Lagoon Chapel. In the true spirit of South Pacific architecture, this chapel is set on stilts over the water, and a walk down the aisle inside this chapel means walking over the glass pathway, giving the illusion of the bride walking on water.


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