When a couple decides on a destination wedding, those dreamy Pinterest images of an intimate elopement in a secluded place come to mind. Maybe it’s an international mountain range, an exotic island, or a scenic cliffside.

No matter what a couple’s vision is for their special day, if they choose to go international, the chances are that this destination wedding will be an elopement or smaller event than a traditional large wedding ceremony and reception. This is because not as many guests may be able to afford international travel expenses, and paying the guests’ way would likely cost the couple their whole wedding budget and more.

When deciding where to hold your romantic elopement at a dream destination, consider these top five wedding locations across the globe.

1. Santorini, Greece

Santorini is a dream wedding location with its white buildings, blue accents, serene Aegean Sea backdrop, and lush greenery. Although an elopement in Greece may be on the pricier side, the wedding photography and videography will undoubtedly be stunning, and it will be a picture-perfect experience that you’ll never forget. Another wonderful asset of vacationing, enjoying a wedding ceremony, or both in the Greek islands is that island hopping is simple to do and inexpensive once you get there. Start in Santorini for your wedding ceremony, and perhaps have the reception or after-party on another nearby island!

2. Tuscany, Italy

With rolling hills, ample trees, and picturesque colorful cottages, Tuscany is another dreamy European wedding destination. This region is also known for its impressive, vast artistic and cultural history; so there are many exciting excursions for the happy couple and close loved ones to embark on before and after the intimate ceremony. Tuscany is also one of the most famous wine regions in Europe with multiple vineyards and rich, flavorful options.

3. Punta Leona, Costa Rica

If you’re looking for a tropical, exotic wedding destination with beautiful mountain top views, look no further than Costa Rica. Punta Leona is a hidden gem within the country—a tucked away, nature preserve oasis with clear waters, private beaches, and laid-back vibes. Getting married in Punta Leona may also be a less expensive option, averaging about $5,000 for a typical small wedding ceremony.

4. Joshua Tree, California

You don’t have to travel internationally to enjoy a unique destination wedding. The United States has plenty of scenic destinations, and Joshua Tree California is a picturesque location for desert views. This backdrop is beautiful for wedding photos, and Joshua Tree is a National Park, making the wedding and trip a truly unforgettable experience for all involved. Plus, you will save on international traveling costs if you stay within the United States.

5. Scottsdale, Arizona

If you love the idea of a desert location but want to throw some greenery, cacti, and palm trees into the mix, Scottsdale, Arizona is the wedding destination for you. According to Brides.com, there are many resort options with venue packages at this location, so finding a place to enjoy your ceremony will not be an issue. Plus, this is a widely popular location for desert hikes; a fun idea for before or after the wedding.

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