For some couples, the idea of organising a traditional church wedding in their local town surrounded by countless family members and friends is the stuff of actual nightmares.
There’s the guest list. The dietary requirements. The seating arrangements of everyone who ever dated and friends who no longer speak. You have to consider if children are invited and who you want to give speeches and so many other things.
With that in mind, the idea of elopement makes perfect sense.
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Whittle the guest list down to a minimum and treat the entire event like one big honeymoon, or simply embark on a solo journey just the two of you.
Either way, we think any wedding at one of these five destinations is sure to be perfect.
Guancaste, Costa Rica
Got your heart set on an outdoor wedding? Why not consider Costa Rica? This often-overlooked Central American country epitomises natural beauty.
The unspoilt tropical destination provides couples with a huge range of landscapes, all of which look like they’re straight out of a wedding catalogue.
Seriously. Think sun-bathed white-sand beaches; expansive mountaintops; forest bungalows; idyllic waterfalls; even the edge of an active volcano.
That's a lot to take in, we know.
Turks and Caicos, Caribbean Islands
This collection of 40 islands - only eight of which are inhabited - boast turquoise waters and natural reefs aplenty. Far more secluded than the majority of the Caribbean Islands, the stunning backdrop makes Turks and Caicos perfect for a beach ceremony.
Sunsets over Grace Bay are particularly goosebump-inducing, and the crystal clear ocean plays home to some of the best underwater sightseeing around: scuba diving and snorkelling is a must.