Weddings are special, for many of us, probably the most monumental days of our lives; and choosing the perfect venue is a major step when planning for the big day. One of the cool modern ways to make weddings even more memorable is to plan an urban destination wedding. However, finding the perfect urban wedding destination can be tricky-- it needs to be many things: scenic, compatible with your wedding style, exquisite, and budget-friendly.
We have curated a list of some of the prettiest urban wedding destinations around the world to help you realize the setting of a cosmopolitan paradise.
The city of angels. Los Angeles is a frontrunner location for urban destination weddings. It is one of the most iconic cities in the US. Located on the West Coast, LA is home to Hollywood studios, theatres, and beautiful sunset beaches that embrace the breathtaking Pacific.
LA features a number of warehouse venues, some really rad industrial spots such as the repurposed St.Vibiana’s cathedral, old Victorian houses, urban greenhouses, and beachfront spots. The Lombardi House located at the heart of Hollywood is one of the most popular and posh wedding venues in LA.
Phuket, the biggest city-island in Thailand, is an extremely popular wedding destination. It offers the perfect setting for a romantic ceremony with its surreal white sand beaches and emerald green water. Additionally, Phuket is steep in rich Thai culture and is home to many ornate, ancient ceremonial houses as well as modern convention centers. There are few wedding destinations that rival what Phuket has to offer.
If you’re looking to plan a luxury destination wedding, Phuket is home to many 5-star resorts that will serve as ideal wedding venues. One such popular resort is The Nai Harn, which offers exotic destination wedding packages.
If you want to get married in a peaceful and serene city-like location, look no further: Boracay is an ideal destination for your marriage ceremony! This picture-perfect gram-worthy tropical island in the Philippines is secluded and quiet but offers all the facilities of an urban location.
Boracay has become an increasingly popular wedding destination of late, with many resorts offering their own all-inclusive wedding packages.
Da Nang, Vietnam
Da Nang is an amazing urban destination in Vietnam. As the tourist capital of South Central Vietnam, Da Nang offers a glamorous coastal retreat.
It features white sandy beaches that enhance the outfits of the bride and groom, clear blue skies for a wondrous backdrop, and five-star service with exquisite cuisine.
My Khe Beach is filled with high-end resorts that offer in-house wedding consultants and specialists. Couples may coordinate via emails and video calls and just show up for the wedding without fuss.
New York City
Take a bite of the Big Apple and immerse yourself in non-stop parties and vibrant celebrations - all while tieing the knot. New York offers a plethora of urban wedding options.
Hotel 50 Bowery is one of the most popular wedding venues located in Manhattan’s Chinatown, offering two outdoor venues and a roof-top bar located on the 21st floor. The Atlantic Garden, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor terrace in the hotel, overlooks the Manhattan Bridge and is an ideal setting for a city wedding with a splash of greenery and tranquillity
Unique, intimate, and historic-- London provides a truly mesmeric wedding setting. Its manicured gardens and quaint structures will make your wedding especially memorable. From edgy art spaces to Victorian convention centers, posh resorts to roof-top parks, London provides the perfect fusion of modern and vintage vibes for a stunning wedding event.
One popular urban wedding venue in London is The Worx—a venue and studio hire complex. Its infinitely white backdrops will do wonders for your wedding portraits and group shots.
New Delhi, India
Weddings are nothing short of lavish affairs in India, and the nation’s capital is one of the most picturesque, urban wedding destinations. If you are one for vibrant colors and royal décor with urban aesthetics and a tinge of sophistication—then the big fat Indian wedding might just be the thing for you.
New Delhi has a number of exquisite wedding venues from open farm areas in the posh Gurugram area to banquets in Delhi’s South Extension.
Singapore is a hub of cosmopolitan indulgence. The world’s most expensive city boasts of exquisite skylines and sleek infrastructure. It is little wonder that the island served as the perfect set location for the romantic comedy Crazy Rich Asians.
The Riverhouse is one of the most popular wedding spots on the tropical island. Its venue is an urban dream—located in one of the more posh regions of the mainland. The Riverhouse is a multi-concept wedding destination that features an alfresco bar, a modern Chinese restaurant, and even a world-class night club.
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest skyscraper and world-famous for its lux shopping malls and futuristic architecture. The lavish emirate is the city of tomorrow, and hence, the perfect place to plan an urban wedding. Its vibrant nightlife and artificial islands are potentially first-ballot picks for an urban wedding reception.
Emirates Palace is a dream-like venue for any visiting bride. The lux hotel comes with a majestic ballroom that features a sophisticated interior decor ideal for a fairy-tale urban wedding. Additionally, the hotel features terrace gardens and vistas for outdoor receptions.
The US capital offers some spectacular wedding venues with remarkable city views. Washington’s modern topography is an unmissable option for any urban bride.
The Embassy Row Hotel is a celebrated wedding attraction in DC. The centrally located landmark features a stunning ballroom. For an outdoor variation, couples may consider the hotel’s breath-taking rooftop and one of the most famous outdoor pools in the country.
While some couples prefer private wedding venues tucked amidst nature and its serenity, others thrive from the energy of big cities. Urban destination weddings are gaining popularity due to their accurate portrayal of modern-day lives and the opportunities they bring. The spectacular skylines of cities continue to inspire millions of people while providing perfect backdrops for Instagram-worthy shots.
We certainly hope our list leads you to the fantasy urban location for your dream wedding!