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So you're thinking about a destination wedding? Congratulations on taking the first step in your research journey … you’ll soon discover, if you haven't already, why this super-romantic trend is so popular today!

Holidays for Couples has been the leading voice in romance travel for 20 years now, and over the years we've noticed a steady increase in this style of wedding. When you consider some surveys indicate that the average Australian wedding costs in excess of $60,000(!), there are some very practical reasons for choosing a destination wedding.

Couples who chose a destination wedding often cite the value they received as a major drawcard — did you realise that a wedding away can often work out less expensive than one held in your hometown? For example, flight prices for travel within Australia are quite reasonable, and most Australian Wedding Venues specialising in destination weddings offer competitive packages that often include group discounts for accommodation. 

Bali has remained a leading wedding location for couples from around the world. Long before "Eat, Pray, Love" drew attention worldwide to its romance and intoxicating scenery, couples in the know were flocking to the shores, mountains and rice fields of beautiful Bali. As such, many of Bali’s hotels and resorts offer fantastic wedding packages, which often include a coordinator to assist you. And, best of all, because they’ve been catering to the needs of couples from all over the world for so long, you’ll feel completely at ease knowing you're in good hands. After the wedding, you're in one of the world’s most romantic island and beach destinations, so why not stay on and enjoy your honeymoon at one of the bespoke luxury resorts that specialise in making honeymoon dreams come true?

Another exotic Asian destination that has mastered the art of making destination wedding dreams come true is Thailand. Some couples go to Thailand for an underwater wedding, which is popular in the province of Trang, but most go to enjoy an ultimate toes-in-the-sand beach wedding. From Phuket to Koh Samui and Koh Lanta to Hua Hin, there are beaches and islands in most corners of the Kingdom of Thailand. For something a little different, head to the mountains of Chiang Mai. Although it's the second largest city in Thailand, it's a place that still retains the charm and pace of yesteryear. In spiritual Chiang Mai, where it seems there's a temple on every corner, the theme of a traditional Buddhist ceremony fits perfectly (though you can choose to have this style of ceremony just about anywhere in Thailand). Some of the most romantic luxury hotels and resorts in the world are found in Thailand, and you’ll appreciate "service from the heart" during your honeymoon or wedding. Holidays for Couples has most likely already found your dream Thailand honeymoon accommodation with this gallery of stunning resorts

Also in Asia, Malaysia offers a range of beautiful islands and beaches that are the perfect backdrop for a destination wedding – from the islands of Langkawi to the exotic charm of Sabah. 

Alternatively, have you thought of The Philippines? Although Boracay is one of the most famous islands attracting couples looking for a Philippines destination wedding, with more than 7,000 islands comprising this beautiful country, you won’t have to look far for something a little different.

While the Maldives is considered to be one of the most beautiful island destinations in the world, and it's certainly on many a bucket list, weddings aren’t entirely legal there. This though hasn't been an issue for thousands and thousands of couples who get around this by having a cheap and easy, legally binding civil ceremony in their home country, before jetting off to the Maldives for the beach wedding of their dreams. 

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If you seek another island destination that's also one of the most beautiful in the world, where weddings can quite easily be made legal through a few easy steps, consider Tahiti.  There are few places that rival the islands of Tahiti in terms ofsheer exotic beauty. Make your Tahiti destination wedding even more exotic with a local Tahitian style ceremony! Or how about Fiji? Close to Australia and easily accessible for you and your guests, Fiji is one of the most popular destination wedding locations in the Pacific Islands.

Closer to home is beautiful New Zealand. From exquisite wineries to pristine beaches to rugged mountains … New Zealand has it all And the best news is, if you're legally able to marry in your home country, you can easily marry in New Zealand - so there are absolutely no complications. 

So there you have it! A range of beautiful destinations that are perfect locations for a destination wedding - we hope we at least got you thinking about your options! Stay here on www.holidaysforcouples.travel and take a look around. Not only was this site designed to be your one-stop romantic travel portal featuring a wide range of accommodation options throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands, and most of the featured hotels and resorts offer destination weddings. 

If you want to really delve deep and explore the idea of having an amazing destination wedding further, head over to www.greatdestinationweddings.com.au where you'll find a directory of  incredible wedding destinations, guides on how to make your marriage legal, and inspiring articles on aspects of a destination wedding you may have not even thought about.

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