If you’re looking for an over-the-top gorgeous wedding chapel to exchange your vows in, then this is for you! Did you know, a few special hotels around the world have actually designed chapels on their properties, with brides and grooms in mind! So if you’re hosting a destination wedding and want to get married in a church or super special ceremony site, there’s a chance you never even have to leave your hotel home. Take a look at our topic picks for epic wedding ceremony sites around the world.
First up (and pictured above and below) is the charming chapel at the Montage Palmetto Bluff Resort. For a southern destination with plenty of southern hospitality, you’ve found it here in spades! And this waterside chapel known as the Somerset Chapel is actually one of two on property, making this picturesque property ideal for “I do’s.”
Next up we take you across the globe to Phuket, Thailand where this Chapel-On-The-Lagoon stands on stilts in the Laguna Phuket Resort, home to the beautiful Banyan Tree Phuket and Angsana Laguna Phuket resorts. The non-denominational chapel can be yours when hosting your wedding with these luxury brands, and it’s just minutes from your hotel room, making getting married a breeze. With 360-degree views of the seaside lagoon, a sunset ceremony is ideal if you want to dazzle your wedding guests!
For a location a little closer to home, head to Mexico for your destination wedding, where you’ll find two of the most amazing chapels to choose from. The first, in Riviera Maya’s hot spot destination, Mayakoba, you’ll find a Catholic Church in El Pueblito, the small town square of the resort property. With four luxury resorts within the walls of Mayakoba, you’ve got plenty to choose from when you party and where you guests can stay. And if a Catholic mass is your style, then say yes to this old-world feeling church reflective of the colonial towns of old Mexico. And when El Pueblito isn’t hosting parties (you can even book out the town square for your cocktail hour and reception), it’s home to local art exhibitions, craft markets and cultural activities so you can get a taste of the culture where you wed.
From Mayakoba (pictured on the left) in the region of Riviera Maya to further west in Los Cabos (pictured on the right) is celebrity favorite the One&Only Palmilla and its on-property chapel. Say I do in Cabo and choose to wed inside the chapel for an intimate group or a larger gathering can witness the main event when you wed on its grand staircase. Either way, your backdrop is nothing short of magical.
If you’re looking for a domestic destination wedding location, consider sunny San Diego where the regal Elizabeth Capella sits, with its own private entrance, at the famed Fairmont Grand Del Mar. The pews are removable in this posh ceremony spot, so not only can this chapel be home to your vows but your wedding reception too! Or head to the lawn or grand ballroom for a change of scenery and you’ll never have to leave the property to party the night away.
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Last but not least, pack your bags for Banyan Tree Lang Co, a swanky spot on the southern coast of Vietnam, where you’ll find a wedding chapel to house 30 of your nearest and dearest. With views of the mountains on one side and the East Sea on the other, the open-air concept brings the beautiful surroundings in while you say “I do.” For a far-away destination wedding with plenty of exploring to be had (including in the nearby national parks, ancient tombs of Hue and abandoned Hindu temples of My Son), this ceremony site will surely impress – just don’t forget about all the sites to see surrounding you too!
Hosting a destination wedding away from home doesn’t mean you have to give up the tradition you want in your ceremony and these epic resorts and their unique chapels are proof positive you can have the best of both worlds, no matter where in the world you choose to wed!