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An outdoor wedding is romantic, scenic, and often exotic. From the Caribbean to the South Pacific, beaches, forests, and other outdoor venues offer a special alternative to the traditional church wedding. Among the top places to have an overseas, outdoor wedding are:
Tahiti. The islands of Tahiti have captivated visitors since Paul Gauguin escaped France to paint the islands' beautiful landscapes. Today, Tahiti boasts many secluded beaches and luxury resorts, such as the Bora Bora Resort with its over-water cottages. Tahiti is also known for its friendly hospitality.
Jamaica. Known for its all-inclusive resorts, picturesque beaches, "no problem, man" hospitality, and lush tropical foliage, Jamaica is a favorite of couples looking for a "one-price-covers-everything" wedding and honeymoon. Resorts vary from basic accommodations to the most luxurious, such as the Tryall Resort or Sans Souci.
Turks and Caicos. Located just southeast of South Florida, Turks and Caicos are easy to reach from the United States and remain relatively undeveloped. The six-mile beach on Providenciales is one of the most lovely in the Caribbean and that island's Grace Bay Resort offers romantic suite accommodations and a charming seaside, open-air restaurant.
Scotland. The Scottish highlands offer another sort of romantic spot for an outdoor wedding. The dramatic hills, lakes, and forests make a spectacular wedding setting. Add a bagpipe player and have the groom wear a kilt and you've got a scene worthy of "Brigadoon."
Bali. Dubbed "Paradise on Earth," the Indonesian island of Bali is a favorite of Hollywood and music stars. The tropical island combines the colorful island history and cultural arts with long stretches of white sand and a carefree attitude.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|