With worldwide weather options, there’s no shortage of great locations for a destination wedding any time of year. From winter wonderlands to summer fiestas, every bride has a unique idea of what her dream destination wedding is. So, to help you plan according to the best time of year for you, we’ve put together our favorite locations by month. Just one thing: Can you be sure to invite us to your wedding once it’s planned? 🙂
Winter – December, January, February
Winter weddings get a bad rap. Sure, there are travel issues like snowstorms — but what season doesn’t have its weather woes? We especially love destination weddings in the winter when rates are a little lower and people have some more room on their social calendars since it’s not peak wedding season. The weather may be a little on the cooler side in some U.S. destinations, but that’s totally okay — and if not, there’s plenty of other warmer options to choose from.
With last year’s hurricanes causing damage to the Caribbean islands, it’s important to be well-informed about which ones are receiving visitors and what hotels are open for business. Our friends at DestinationWeddings.com are the experts here, and can advise on some great locations that are better than ever. Some of our favorite islands include the following:
Also known as “Happy Island,” Aruba is a great bet year-round since it’s not within the Caribbean’s hurricane belt. There are plenty of high-end resorts to choose from, and the weather averages in the low 80’s during the day and low to mid 70’s at night. Even though December & January are the coolest months, we’d say that’s pretty great.
Honestly though, Jamaica is one of our favorite destination wedding locations. There’s awesome yet affordable options as far as hotels and wedding vendors. December through April is a great time to plan a wedding here weather-wise, with average winter temperatures in the low 80’s during the day and low 70’s at night.
We love St. Kitts for its beautiful beaches and luxury atmosphere. The Park Hyatt St. Kitts is new here, and it’s a great hotel for those seeking a modern beach wedding. There’s also the Four Seasons on Nevis — St. Kitts’ sister island — and a number of other luxury hotels to choose from. With a ton of nonstop flight options from the U.S. now, this beach destination is a definite favorite. Winter temperatures are in the low 80’s during the day and low 70’s at night.
With lush rainforests, waterfalls, volcanos, and black and white-sand beaches filling the land between its Caribbean and Pacific Coasts, Costa Rica offers so much for couples looking for a unique destination wedding location. December to May is dry season, so the winter is a great time to book a wedding here. The temperatures during the day are in the low 90’s and the low 70’s at night.
The Florida Keys
With a unique old Florida charm and tropical atmosphere, the Keys make for a great destination wedding location for those seeking a bit of the Caribbean in the U.S. We love locations like Key Largo and Key West, and from barefoot ceremonies to luxe hotels, the options are there for just about anything. Winter temperatures are in the low 70’s during the day and high 60’s at night during the coolest months.
US & Canada Ski Destinations
Jackson Hole, Aspen, Salt Lake City, Whistler and other ski destinations are a winter lover’s dream. The snowy weather, the winter white photos — it’s all a magical winter wonderland. Since its peak season, prices will be high, which is why we also love these locations in the summer when there is still plenty to do but prices are more affordable.
Spring – March, April, May
Though some of our winter destinations are great year-round, there are a few locations that are just perfect for spring travel. We especially recommend the Southeastern and Southwestern U.S. where temperatures are perfect just before the peak summer travel season. Here are our favorite spring destinations!
Though the winter is also a good time to visit the Bahamas, we’re adding it to the spring list because it’s still a great location during this time of the year. However, we recommend avoiding key spring break weeks when it’s a little louder at the resorts. There’s plenty of awesome places to plan a wedding here, the Bahamian culture is wonderful and the weather is pretty great. The temperatures are low 80’s during the day and mid to high 60’s at night.
We must say Hawaii is great any time of the year. It makes our spring list because it’ll be less expensive to plan a wedding here in the spring than during peak holiday travel seasons like December and January. In general, every island’s northern shore gets more rain than the southern, and this is especially true for Kauai and the Big Island in Hawaii. The weather varies on each island, but on average, temperatures in Maui are mid to high 70’s during the day and mid to high 50’s at night.
Charleston, Savannah, Sea Island, Kiawah Island
We can’t say enough great things about a destination wedding in the low country. Not only do these locations offer a ton of great venue options, they are also warm and semi-tropical for a bit of an island vibe. Spring is the perfect time to plan a wedding here before the weather gets super warm for the summer and hotels and businesses are crowded. Temperatures in Charleston jump from mid to high 60’s during the day and low 50’s at night in March, and in May, it’s high 70’s during the day and high 60’s at night.
Scottsdale, Palm Springs, Santa Fe, Las Vegas
Welcome to the Southwest – i.e a destination wedding in the desert. From the bright lights of Vegas, the luxe resorts of Palm Springs and Scottsdale and the unique culture of Santa Fe, the desert offers so many awesome and unique options for a destination wedding. Spring weather in Scottsdale hovers around the high 70’s during the day and high 40’s at night in March, and low 90’s during the day and mid 60’s at night in May.
Summer – June, July & August
Ahh summertime. It’s nice almost anywhere in the U.S., though definitely hotter in some locations than others. And as for international travel, who doesn’t love a great summer beach vacay? We definitely do. Here are our favorite destination wedding locations for the summer months.
We love Bermuda but it doesn’t have the longest travel window for destination weddings. The weather here basically mimics the east coast of the U.S., so planning a wedding in the summer here is definitely the best time. Though resorts are expensive, the location is absolutely beautiful with its pink sand beaches and great summer weather. The temperatures here averages low to high 80’s during the day and low to high 70’s at night.
Is there anything more romantic than an Italian wedding? Just picture the coast with its blue waters and citrus trees, Tuscany favorites like Chianti and Montepulciano, and beautiful cities like Florence and Rome. Keep in mind many restaurants and businesses close in August for summer vacation. If you’re keen on a late summer or early fall wedding, September and October are still beautiful times to plan a wedding here. The weather varies by location but in Tuscany, for example, temperatures are in the low to high 80’s during the day and high 50’s to low 60’s at night.
New England offers such a wonderful selection of venues for summer and early fall weddings. From beach ceremonies to clam and lobster bakes, there’s something so special about coastal New England weddings. Venues are plentiful in locations like Maine and Cape Cod, and these locations really seem like a vacation for guests. Weather varies in each state, but the temperatures in Cape Cod are low to high 70’s during the day and high 50’s to low 60’s at night.
Fall – September, October, November
While wedding season is definitely in full swing in spring and summer, we have to say the fall has become a key time period for brides. On the east coast, fans of fall foliage can enjoy beautiful photos, while there are still a ton of international locations that are perfect for destination weddings like Europe. Here are our favorites for the fall season!
West Coast, U.S
Napa Valley & California
We love a great Napa Valley wedding. Not only does it remind us of Italy without having to travel as far, it offers beautiful fall weather. September is harvest season and will be more crowded and more expensive, but October and November are still wonderful times to plan a wedding here. The temperatures in Napa range from high 80’s during the day and low to mid 50’s at night in September, and mid 60’s during the day and low 40’s at night in November.
Fall in New York City is beautiful. The cool weather is brisk and perfect for a wedding in the city or upstate (with key fall foliage in upstate early October, this would definitely be our choice!). There’s a ton of great upstate resorts to choose from, and plenty of outdoor activities like hiking. The temperatures in upstate New York vary based on location. In Lake Placid, temps range from high 60’s during the day to low 50’s at night in September, and mid 40’s during the day to mid 20’s at night in November.
Mackinac Island, Michigan and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
The Midwest offers great fall weather, beautiful foliage and traditional activities like apple picking that we all love. While Mackinac Island and Lake Geneva are both beautiful in the summer, early fall is also a great time to plan a destination wedding here when the crowds are less crazy and there’s more availability. Weather on Mackinac Island ranges from mid 60’s during the day to high 40’s at night in September, and low 40’s during the day and high 20’s at night in November. Early fall weddings are probably a better choice here.