Is there anything dreamier than tying the knot with the love of your life with toes curled up in the sand, listening to the calming sound of the waves hitting the rocks? Beach weddings have a lot of advantages, for example, the ocean provides a breath-taking backdrop and you will not need any fancy decor. Also, who needs heels, when you can go barefoot?
With so many destination options to choose from, couples can get confused as to which place is the most magical out of all. A highly popular option is the exotic and alluring Asia. Extend your wedding ceremonies and spend your honeymoon on the beaches of this continent. Read on and find out the top Asian destinations for a perfect beach wedding.
1. Koh Samui, Thailand
One of the reasons why Koh Samui makes the most ideal wedding destination is because it has relatively easy access to almost every Asian hub. Also, it is a half-way point between Europe and The Land Down Under. Found in the Bay of Island, Koh Samui is a haven full of gorgeous palm trees and romantic spots for couples to declare their undying love to each other.
Not to mention that Koh Samui has some of the most magical venues out there. For example, Melati, located close to Choeng Mon is famous for its lush tropical gardens which provide guests with breathtaking views of Koh Phangan. Also, the sunsets are to die for! To avoid the monsoon season, it is recommended that couples book their wedding around February when Valentine’s Day is in full swing.
2. The Maldives
The Maldives is a small, yet tropical country situated in the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean, in the Southern part of Asia. It is known for its seemingly endless beaches, crystal clear lagoons and impressive coral reefs. When it comes to love and romance, look no further, because the many resorts and venues in the Maldives have you covered.
For instance, the Kuredu Island Resort, located on the northern reef is the ideal place for couples who are looking for a low-key romantic ceremony. The resort also features many ceremonial sets for the big day such as a one-of-a-kind Maldives ring shell and a relaxing spa centre. However, if the lagoons spark your interest, then consider the island called Ari Atoll, known for its picturesque lagoons and heavenly beaches.
Last on the list of the most amazing Asian wedding destinations is one which is found on every passionate travellers bucket list, Cambodia. This destination is perfect for newlyweds who want to get married in a place known for its extensive history and rich culture. Also, couples have the opportunity to check out ancient Khmer temples, villages, and breathtaking mountains. Temples such as Angkor Wat are also some of the reasons why more and more couples choose Cambodia for not only their wedding day destination but also their honeymoon.
Nevertheless, there is nothing quite as special as a beach wedding, and when speaking of the beaches in Cambodia, Koh Rong is worth a mention. Known as the largest beach in the area, it is also the most popular spot for tying the knot. If the crowds bother you, then an alternative option is Lonely Beach, located in the northern tip of Koh Rong.
4. Langkawi, Malaysia
If pristine beaches and tranquil waters are what you’re after, Langkawi is your dream Asian destination. The white sand and the soft sound of the waves crashing on the whore is just the kind of ambience you need on your wedding day.
Langkawi has been the host of many weddings and the people there know exactly how to up the romance factor and give you the best day of your life. Your ceremony can be held in the afternoon so that you can witness the amazing sunset during it, or during your reception. You won’t have to try much to find the perfect décor, as the nature around you will already give you plenty to work with.
One recommendation, though, is to use local flowers for your ceremony, as this will make it all just more romantic. On top of that, getting local flowers is much cheaper and more eco-friendly than importing them. As well as all of this, local flowers give a unique touch to your ceremony and make your guests remember it more fondly and in greater detail afterwards. Who knows, the local flowers of Langkawi may just become the flower of your relationship.
There are some beach resorts in Langkawi that you can take advantage of, too. The Datail Langkawi, Andaman, Tanjung Rhu Resort, and Casa del Mar can’t be missed. The venues will prove to be perfect for your ceremony and accommodation, regardless of which one you choose.
5. Boracay, Philippines
The Philippines definitely does not disappoint. For those who want to experience a unique culture and language while enjoying beautiful beaches, Boracay is just the place to have their wedding. The destination weddings held in Boracay are one of the most romantic events you’ll ever witness and be lucky enough to host.
A short vacation getaway might be the perfect way to get to know Boracay before you decide to have your wedding here. You’ll get to experience the amazing nature, find the best venues and see the most mesmerizing sunrises, all the while having a moment to yourself while planning your wedding. Then, when you return home, you’ll have formed an amazing connection with this place and you’ll be eager to come back with your wedding guests and have the most amazing day of your life.
Be sure to hire a professional photographer if you plan on having your wedding here, as you won’t want to forget the scenery or how happy you were on your special day. The picture-perfect wedding will definitely be something both you and your guests will talk about for ages to come.
If you don’t think you can handle throwing a wedding yourself, you can always find a good wedding planner in Boracay. They’ll be able to let you in on the local traditions and customs, they’ll give you tips on the best venues, and they’ll provide you with the best recipes. This will all make your wedding more authentic and unique. If you strive to provide your guests with the most original wedding they’ll ever go to, Boracay is definitely your destination. Opting for a completely local ceremony may also be budget-friendly, as it will be much easier to find all the things you want for a lower price.
6. Bali, Indonesia
One of the most popular options out there for a dreamy wedding, and not only in terms of Asian weddings, is Bali, Indonesia. Also called the Island of the Gods, Bali is truly an ideal paradise getaway perfect for couples who are looking to exchange their vows somewhere exotic and mesmerizing. Not only is Bali famous for its beaches and views which remind one of the fairytales, but the island is also known for its volcanic mountains, coral reefs, and authentic rice paddies.
The beautiful white sandy beaches of the island make it an ideal option for wedding venues. Guests can also try out various water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing among many others. Nevertheless, planning a wedding can be quite tough, so it is always a good idea to reach out to professionals such as who will make sure all matters concerning the big day are well taken care of.
Whether it is Uluwatu beach, Balangan or Bingin, Bali will certainly be the answer to your prayers. Bingin, in particular, is great for a more intimate ceremony, because few tourists know of its existence. Located on the more rural side of the island, it is not rare to come across adorable farm animals when driving down the road. Whichever beach location you choose, you are making the right decision.
Regardless of what part of Bali you go for, remember to choose the right accommodation. The size of your wedding party doesn’t matter, as there’s even a 6 bedroom villa in Bali available. Each guest will have their own place to stay and you’ll be able to enjoy your day without worrying about who’s sleeping where. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy the rural and romantic ambience, peace and quiet, and luxury with your guests.
7. Phuket, Thailand
Thailand, and Phuket, in particular, is often referred to as the land of smiles. You can be sure that this nickname is true, as you and your guests won’t be able to stop smiling in this wonderful beach paradise. The clear turquoise sea will warm your toes and the stretches of golden sand are bound to impress even those who usually aren’t fans of beaches.
We’ve already covered that there’s nothing more romantic than a beach wedding, so let Phuket prove this statement to be true. As well as the amazing atmosphere and picture-perfect views, you and your guests will also have the chance to discover Phuket with your taste buds. Savoury and delectable local food can’t be passed up on, as it is one of the most delicious things you and your guests will ever try in your lives. This is the perfect opportunity to have a local menu on your wedding, thus allowing everyone to get even closer to the destination and the country you’ve visited. This will surely provide a unique feel and give your guests something to talk about when they come home.
The Tom Yum Soup and the Coconut Ice Cream definitely need to be the two things you have on the wedding menu. A local buffet during your wedding reception is also a great way of going about the food you cater at your wedding. Let’s not forget this is a more budget-friendly option, too.
We’ve talked about a lot about why Bali is perfect for your wedding, so we should probably mention that Phuket is basically the Bali of Thailand. If you want to visit another place in the world but still have the luxury you do in Bali, Phuket is your place.
In summary, the beautiful and culturally rich Asia is the ideal option for couples who are longing for a truly memorable wedding day on the beach. Whether you choose the sun-kissed Bali or historical Cambodia, you will be proclaiming your undying love to the man or woman of your dreams. We wish you all the best in life!