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February 25, 2014

Tie the knot in one of these far-flung spots

Destination weddings usually translate to nuptials taking place under the bright lights of Vegas or on Mexico’s sandy beaches. But when getting married far from home, why not take the road less traveled? We checked out the best wedding spots that Iceland, Montenegro, and Uruguay have to offer with a little help from The Venue Report, an online resource guide for venues of all kinds of celebrations including weddings, showers, birthday parties, and getaways.

“Destination weddings are about authenticity, embracing the locale, and having lots of onsite adventurous activities at the fingertips of your guests,” says Cortnie Purdy, founder of The Venue Report. We took her advice and found the best spots for the globe-trotting betrothed.

Hotel Ranga

ICELAND: HOTEL RANGA

Say “I do” in a traditional Icelandic country church or, if the outdoors suits your style, in front of the nearby Skógarfoss waterfalls. With 51 rooms ranging from luxurious to cozy, as well as continental suites, the hotel is equipped for parties of all sizes. And if you’re lucky, the aurora borealis will make an appearance for a magically colorful wedding night to remember.

Aman Sveti Stefan

MONTENEGRO: AMAN SVETI STEFAN 

Attached to the coast of Montenegro by a tiny isthmus, Sveti Stefan offers breathtaking views of the Adriatic Sea, more than 800 olive trees, and cedar and pine forests on three sides. The village dates back to the 15th Century, and the resort boasts a chapel for ceremonies as well as a cottage courtyard, beach café, dining room, and multiple terraces for a plethora of reception options. Your guests also can enjoy a number of water sports, bird watching, cycling, and wine tasting, leaving no shortage of adventure.

Playa Vik

URUGUAY: PLAYA VIK

The peninsula of José Ignacio, which faces west and offers stunning views across the southern Atlantic Ocean, is home to Playa Vik, a luxurious bohemian resort renowned for its contemporary architecture, rugged landscape, and pristine beaches. Kite-boarding and horseback riding await your wedding party by day with breathtaking sunsets and exquisite fine dining ready to enjoy in the evenings.