Travel Picks: Top 10 places to get married around the world

Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:31am EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - With the wedding of the century just a week away, engaged couples everywhere are looking to Britain's royal couple for wedding inspiration.

Tradition dictates William and Kate marry in London, but luckily commoners in love are bound by no such restrictions. Genevieve Shaw Brown, senior editor for online travel advisers Travelocity.com (www.travelocity.com), suggests these top destinations to tie the knot. Reuters does not endorse this list:

1. Amalfi Coast, Italy

Imagine a wedding in a centuries-old church followed by an intimate dinner party in a tucked-away family-owned Italian restaurant, glasses clinking while wine and laughter flows. There is perhaps no place in the world more romantic than Italy and perhaps no region there more picturesque than the Amalfi coast. Perched high above the coastline, Ravello is an ancient town with spectacular vistas well-suited for sophisticates. For a more casual seaside affair, choose the tiny and stunningly beautiful town of Positano.

2. Las Vegas, Nevada

Despite what Hollywood would have us believe, most Las Vegas weddings are planned, well-thought out events as opposed to quickie ceremonies between people who've met mere hours before. Though more than 100,000 people choose Sin City for their weddings every year, Las Vegas is still the perfect destination for cutting-edge couples who rebuff tradition. Choose anything from an intimate ceremony on Bellagio's Terraza Di Sogna with the waters of the world-famous fountains dancing in the background to The Graceland Chapel -- site of many celebrity weddings and equipped with the capability to broadcast your wedding online for friends who can't make the trip.

3. Maui, Hawaii

There are more than a few reasons Maui is one of the world's top honeymoon destinations, among them top-notch resorts, world-renowned surf, activities aplenty and sandy beaches ranging from white to black to red. These same traits are what make Maui such an idyllic wedding locale. Romantic moments are around nearly every bend in Maui, whether watching the sunrise atop Haleakala or simply strolling barefoot on the beach. An added bonus of tying the knot in Maui? You and your honey can just stay put for the honeymoon.

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<p>The pack of riders cycle in Amalfi during the 164-km 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia from Avellino to Vesuvio, May 29, 2009. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini</p>