What do you do if you don’t have time for a long, leisurely honeymoon? Why, do as Ivanka Trump and her newspaper scion husband Jared Kushner did, and take a mini moon. After their wedding in October 2009, the couple escaped to the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut, for a few days. Located just a train ride from New York City, near where they held their five-star bash, the 30-room New England inn provides a restful sojourn for any couple.
It was no joke when funny-girl actress, Anna Faris, and actor, Chris Pratt, eluded the paparazzi to wed on the tropical island of Bali in July 2009. Ringed by coral reefs, transparent waters and pristine beaches, this paradise promises an A-list experience for all.
Vegas—a destination so iconic you don’t even need the “Las” in front of it. Once known as the City of Sin, the town is now a wedding-friendly playground. There are amazing venues for ceremonies, from luxurious in-hotel chapels to fun, kitschy drive-throughs, and gorgeous ballrooms for receptions—those at the enormous Venetian and Bellagio hotels, for example. Thanks to full-service spas, gourmet restaurants and relaxing pool areas, Vegas is a fabulous city to spend your first days as husband and wife.
Sure, you can spend every day of your Mexican honeymoon sunning and swimming and every night partying. But maybe you’d like to try out a few other things while you’re at it.
Have you always had a taste for Mexican food? Take a cooking class! Into massage? Pick up some sensual skills to take home with you. And for you language buffs, sign up for classes en español and impress the folks back home. Here, our writers give a little taste of their own experiences.
In bygone days, gold and silver were the treasures found in the verdant Sierra Madre Mountains, which run in two long spines down either side of Mexico’s vast central plateau. These precious metals eventually ignited the epic struggle between the Aztecs and the Spanish conquistadors.
The largest member of the Cayman Islands trio, Grand Cayman is home to some of the Caribbean's top-rated coral reefs and impossibly clear water, making it a magnet for scuba divers and snorkelers. Plus, the uncrowded, white-sand beaches are divine. And it's easy to reach, with direct flights from several American cities. But the main reason to get hitched there just may be how easy it is to tie the knot. Unlike other international destinations, Grand Cayman allows visitors to wed without extended waiting periods or exhaustive paperwork.
The literal translation of Puerto Rico is “Rich Port,” and with its many amazing offerings, the island lives up to its name. For nature lovers, there are endless strands of pristine beaches, majestic emerald-green mountains and even a protected tropical rain forest. City slickers can hit the capital city of San Juan for hip restaurants, a hot nightlife scene and charming historic buildings. The island also has different locales for hosting a destination wedding, no matter your style and budget.
If you’re dreaming of a posh wedding that’s also off the grid, consider the Cayman Islands, in the western Caribbean. Renowned for glorious beaches, world-class scuba diving and spectacular sunsets, this destination offers luxe amenities and lots of privacy. On Grand Cayman, the island’s pristine Seven Mile beach and turquoise waters beckon the most discerning visitors. If you prefer an entirely remote experience, head over to Little Cayman, the smallest of the islands—here, life is leisurely.