Do you spend hours daydreaming about the perfect wedding? Or have you recently been invited to a wedding that was so over-the-top (in the best way possible) that now you can't wait to have your own wedding? Whatever has put you in the wedding mood, there's no denying that where you choose to have your wedding is hugely important. You can go traditional and have your wedding at a church. You can opt for the new rustic theme and hold your ceremony at a barn, in a forest, or in a meadow somewhere. You can even have a destination wedding and say your vows on a mountain top in Switzerland. Finally, you also have the option to have the most lavish wedding in history. Unfortunately, this isn't an option for everyone as every couple has their own wedding budget - but a girl can dream, can't she? The list of luxurious wedding venues below are just that: ultra luxurious. From gold and marble to private pools and balconies overlooking some of the most famous sites in the world, if you're looking for opulence, look no further. Check out the top 15 most luxurious wedding venues in the world.
15 Oberoi Udaivilas - Udaipur, India
A true gem of the East, Oberoi Udaivilas is consistently ranked as the top hotel in India and Asia. This 5-star resort offers amazing services, food, a spa, and incredibly lavish suites. The resort consists of 450 hand-stone columns, and domes made of gold and white marble. Oberoi Udaivilas' suites have their own living room, dining room, private pools, 24-hour butler service, in addition to the usual perks like a mini bar, flat-screen TV, and entertainment system. The resort overlooks the picturesque Lake Pichola and the resort offers private boat tours that take you across the lake, pointing out the city sites. In addition, the resort boasts amenities like a gym, spa, outdoor pool, lounge, and two upscale restaurants. In essence, you could very easily stay at this resort and never leave it (and once you see it, you won't want to). The cost is about $8,000 per night, so if you have a budget that large, this could be a great place to hold your wedding.
14 Little Palm Island Resort - Key West, Florida
Always dreamed of having your own private island? Make your dream a reality for a few days by hosting your wedding at Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Key West, Florida. Only accessible by sea plane or ferry, you will feel like you're lost on a desert island (in a good way). One of the most intimate locations on this list, the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa allows you to reserve the entire island for you and your wedding party. Once the island is reserved, you can choose where you would like to have your wedding ceremony - on the island's white sandy beaches, at the end of the Sunset Dock or even at the resort. The resort features colonial-style bungalows, all with private decks, outdoor showers, ocean views, and jacuzzis. Sounds pretty romantic to me. There is a maximum of 60 guests allowed and only one wedding can be booked on any given day, ensuring 100% privacy. Given that you have access to your own private island, Johnny Depp-style, it's no surprise that this level of luxury comes with a pretty big price tag. Wedding packages start at $175,000.
13 Belmond Hotel Caruso - Ravello, Italy
Set on a cliff overlooking Italy's breathtaking Amalfi Coast, this 11th century palace is one of the most romantic locations on this list. The hotel features marble bathrooms, Neapolitan style bedrooms, terraces, private gardens, frescoed ceilings, and a 900-year-old Duomo of Ravello. Other amenities include an upscale restaurant, a piano bar, an outdoor pool with a swim-up bar, a luxurious spa, and a fitness centre. In terms of where you would be hosting your wedding, you have two options at the Belmond Hotel Caruso. The first is a ballroom reception with a four-course dinner and a poolside ceremony. The second is the "ultimate takeover" package which allows guests to occupy all 50 rooms and suites that the hotel offers. It costs $1,850 USD to stay at the hotel for one night, and accordingly wedding packages can go up to $430,000.
12 Tribeca Rooftop - Manhattan, New York
Get married in style in the heart of New York City. Just a little bit hipper than your classic NYC wedding locations, the Tribeca Rooftop allows you to get married on the literal rooftop of a building. Just 12 floors, and yet you can see some amazing views that include the Empire State Building and the Hudson River. If getting married on a rooftop with the beautiful New York City skyline behind you isn't your thing, you also have the option of hosting the ceremony at Tribeca Rooftop's indoor hall. The industrial feel of the building is very much in tune with modern wedding trends, so whether you want to host your wedding indoors or outdoors (or perhaps a mix of both), you're in good hands at the Tribeca Rooftop. In addition to the unbeatable views, Tribeca Rooftop offers some of the best catering in the world. If you choose to have your wedding there, you will work with the venue's culinary team to design a menu suitable to your tastes. The executive chef is Joe Jenkins who is a master at using local and fresh food and coming up with super unique and innovative dishes.
11 Musha Cay - Bahamas
A 150-acre private island in the southern Bahamas could be your dream wedding venue. The island is owned by famous illusionist David Copperfield and in line with its owner, is pure magic. Described as one of the most secluded spots on earth, Musha Cay is perfect if you're looking for an ultra-private ceremony. Only 24 guests are allowed on the island at one time meaning only your closest family and friends will actually be able to attend you wedding. However, it's a small price to pay considering the island's beauty. Described as "a completely unspoiled tropical environment with a myriad of flowers, swaying palms and foliage," Musha Cay sounds like a breathtaking destination. With purchase of a wedding package, you are able to use the island's speed boat, paddle boards, tennis courts, spa, and beachside day beds whenever you like. There is a minimum of a five night stay and wedding packages cost approximately $260,000. Think of it this way though, you won't have to spend extra money on a honeymoon since you are already in paradise.
10 The Biltmore Estate - Asheville, North Carolina
Dating back to 1889, the Biltmore Estate is a Chateau-esque private mansion that will allow you to live like a 19th century billionaire. Built by George Vanderbilt, the estate consists of 250 rooms and 8,000 acres of gorgeous gardens and landscaping. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States and is still decorated in architecture that dates back to the Gilded Age. If you are looking for a unique, historical, and luxurious place to get married, this United States historical landmark might be just the ticket. There are a few options as to where to host your wedding ceremony. There are several event venues within the estate itself including the Lioncrest Grand Ballroom, the Italian Garden, and the Front Lawn. Wedding packages start at $50,500 and include an individually selected menu, open bar, champagne toast, and a complimentary stay at the Inn for the bride and groom.
9 The Loeb Central Boathouse - Manhattan, New York
The setting of some of the most famous romantic comedies, The Loeb Central Boathouse is a New York institution. Located in the heart of Central Park, the boathouse has offered the perfect venue for major events like weddings for over 150 years. Though some of the boathouse is made up of an upscale restaurant, and of course, the dock where tourists can actually rent boasts, the venue also boasts a private event space called the Lake Room. The Lake Room overlooks the lake and is surrounded by gardens. For $60,000, you can get married at The Loeb Central Boathouse. However, that $60,000 will only buy you five hours at the venue. That 5 hours includes cocktail hour, a four course gourmet meal, wine service, and an open bar. The Loeb Central Boathouse is most commonly used as a venue for the wedding reception however for an extra fee it can also be the venue for your actual wedding ceremony.
8 Pelican Hill - Newport Beach, California
Set on over 500 coastal acres, the Resort at Pelican Hill is as lavish as it gets on the west coast. Located along Newport Beach, this luxury golf and spa resort offers panoramic views of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Bungalow suites feature private terraces, fireplaces, wood-beam ceilings, butler service, and of course, scenic views of the California coast. Hold your reception at the 5-star restaurant hailing from Northern Italy or spend the day before your wedding getting pampered in the Pelican Hill spa complete with 22 treatment rooms. Whatever you do, you're sure to be living the life of luxury at Pelican Hill. Only one wedding is held per day at the Mar Vista venue, the resort's most popular, however other wedding venues are available. Additional services offered include a special wedding butler, spa packages for brides in the private Spa suites, and a complimentary bungalow for the happy couple (all of these come at an extra cost of course). Ultimately, holding your wedding at Pelican Hill could cost you up to $100,000.
7 620 Loft - Rockefeller Centre, NY
620 Loft and Garden is one of the most iconic buildings in New York City, and therefore, the world. Featuring extraordinary views of Fifth Avenue and St. Patrick's Cathedral, this rooftop garden venue includes "a manicured historic garden complete with a reflective pool and fountain." The customizable spaces available both indoors and outdoors can hold a maximum of 120 people - so you better start narrowing down that guest list. There are no set wedding packages offered at 620 Loft which means that each wedding held there is incredibly unique and to your own taste. With two venue options, the Rainbow Room or the Weather Room, you are guaranteed to have a magical and special wedding no matter the weather. Both indoor rooms feature floor to ceiling windows so no matter what, you will get that breathtaking backdrop of New York City. A huge fan of Christmas? If you get married at 620 Loft around the holidays, your wedding venue will look down on the famous Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree and skating rink.
6 Odescalchi Castle - Rome, Italy
Get married like a Game of Thrones character at this 15th century castle just outside of Rome. Romantically located on the shoes of Lake Bacciano, this castle contains several venues fit for a wedding such as The Hall of the Caesars, an ancient tower, and the Secret Garden. This venue is as dreamy as it gets. Think romantic lighting, floral decor, candles, and lots of vines and flowers. Once used as a military fortification, today the castle stands as a wedding venue for rich and famous people around the world. In fact, another little fun fact: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes got married at Odescalchi Castle! Ok, so now they are divorced but I really don't think it had anything to do with this romantic Italian setting. (at least I hope not). The castle can hold up to 1,000 guests so feel free to invite as many people as your heart desires (even that weird uncle you were hoping not to see again). Price depends upon the number of guests but you and your fiancee can expect to pay a minimum of $50,000.
5 New York Public Library - Manhattan, New York
If you haven't seen the pattern by now, it's safe to say that New York City boasts some of the most luxurious and expensive wedding venues out there. Live like Carrie Bradshaw for the day and get married in this historic literary building, the New York Public Library. With its marble interiors and impressively high ceiling, the New York Public Library is a rare gem for a wedding. It is nearly impossible to book a spot here but if you are willing to fork over the money and book in advance, your dreams could become a reality. Celebrations typically occur in Astor Hall or Celeste Bartos Forum. You can rent out both (one for drinks and another for dinner and dancing) or you can just stick to one of the two. The venue holds a maximum of 450 guests and a professional wedding planner is required to make a booking. Oh, and one last thing, the starting price to rent this venue is $50,000. It costs a lot to get married surrounded by books!
4 Chateaux Vaux-le-Vicomte - Maincy, France
Have you ever visited the Palace of Versailles? This 17th century French palace in Maincy, France is kind of like that, meaning you can get married somewhere where Marie Antoinette may have once lived. This historical French chateau is located on 1,200 acres of beautiful landscaped park which is available for a maximum of five hours at a time. The chateau has perfectly manicured gardens for you to walk down the aisle through, or if you're looking to host an indoor wedding fit for Louis the 14th himself, perhaps you would prefer to hold the ceremony in one of the Chateaux's ballrooms complete with intricate architecture, furniture, and 200 candles. The ballroom overlooks the formal gardens and there must be a minimum of 50 people in attendance in order to book. This venue fit for an aristocratic queen and king will set you back about $60,000.
3 Laucala Island Resort - Fiji
Hold your wedding at this private island resort made up of 25 villas that span 4.5 km of the Pacific island of Fiji. Laucala's 25 villas built as a luxury versions of traditional Fijian dwellings, offer unparalleled exclusivity along the northern coast of the island. From volcanos to tropical rainforests to white sandy beaches and coral reefs, you and your wedding party will marvel at Fiji's natural beauty. As a guest at Laucala Island Resort, you have complimentary access to the resort's private fleet of 14 boats. You can opt to go out on a sunset cruise, or you can do some other adrenaline-inducing watersports like kitesurfing, kayaking, windsurfing, or jetskiing. However, the best way to explore this unbeatable island is by going scuba diving. When you are done taking advantage of all the resort's amazing activities, guests can be treated to lush spa treatments at the resort's traditional Fijian spa. For a wedding of 80 guests, it will cost you approximately $150,000.
2 One & Only Reethi Rah Resort - The Maldives
This tranquil resort is yet another of the world's most luxurious island wedding venues in the world. Located on the Laccadive Sea, the One & only Reethi Rah Resort is made up of thatched-roof villas equipped with flat screen TVs, outdoor showers, terraces, direct beach access, hammocks, private pools, canopied day beds, and jacuzzis. The resort itself has three bars, three outdoor pools, five restaurants, a spa, a sauna, 6km of beach, and on-site water activities for kids and couples. If you are looking into holding your wedding here, rest assured, you have the option of renting out the entire resort for a hefty fee. Alternatively you can just rent out a few of the resort's 128 villas. Due to how private and secluded the resort is, even if you only rent out a few villas, I guarantee you can get away with not seeing another person on the island. The resort offers a wedding package that includes a personalized menu, private dining, music, and a couple's spa day all for the price of $7,000 a night.
1 MolenVliet Wine Estate - Stellenbosch, South Africa
The MolenVliet Wine Estates sits in the middle of wine country (shocking, I know). With views overlooking the mountains and Dwars River in the Banhoek Valley, this estate is rated as one of the most beautiful and luxurious wedding venues in the world. Wedding ceremonies can be held in their incredible landscaped gardens or in the middle of their romantic vineyards. The venue comfortably seats up to 250 guests and is an idyllic setting that is secluded without forcing your guests to take a plane or a boat to get there. If you're looking for romance, natural beauty, privacy, and intimacy, the MolenVliet Wine Estates in South Africa is an unbeatable option. And hey, you are surrounded by delicious South African wine meaning you and your guests are guaranteed to have a good time. Wedding packages start at $10,000 for 14 guests and three nights.