Under-the-Radar Wedding Destinations
Published: February 2014
Make planning a destination wedding a stress-free experience—and keep your skin looking effortlessly radiant—with these under-the-radar hotspots for romance.
Tying the knot in one of the world’s most romantic locations is an experience you and your guests will never forget, so scout out a location that is surprising, exciting, and off-the-beaten path. From opulent antebellum mansions to stunning beaches, these glamorous destinations are perfect for an intimate ceremony with friends and family or a big party worthy of a celebrity portmanteau. However, even with the most expert staff, planning a wedding can still be stressful and affect your skin. Keep your complexion clear and bright with these hotspots and beauty tips mined from around the globe.
Skip the fireworks over Santorini and bikini-clad nuptials on Mykonos for breathtaking cliffs, deserted beaches, and charming villages on Folegandros, also located in the Cyclades island chain. Away from the crowds, this 12-square-mile gem provides whitewashed churches, small boutique hotels, and rustic tavernas overlooking the sparkling blue Aegean Sea. Keep your complexion crystal-clear and gorgeous in the warm Mediterranean climate with a beauty regimen anchored by Pitera™-enriched, SK-II Facial Treatment Essence to boost the skin’s natural renewal cycle, use it after cleansing and before moisturizing.
A 45-minute ferry ride from Maui, this former pineapple plantation is where technology billionaires head for a lavish wedding and celebrity couples hide away for a romantic rendezvous away from the paparazzi. With only three hotels, no stoplights, or fast-food restaurants, it’s old Hawaii at its au naturel best with cloud forests, lava cliffs, and dramatic ocean views. While the ferry ride is short, the long flight before it can dry out your complexion, so before hitting the beach, refresh with a Pitera-drenched SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, which is also a Japanese bridal secret for having picture-perfect skin on your wedding day. In Japan, it’s common for brides-to-be to use an SK-II Facial Treatment Mask for 15 minutes a day for three months before getting married.
Charleston, South Carolina
Natural beauty and history mingle in this harbor-front city steeped in Southern charm. A timeless elegance pervades the skyline from peaceful, tree-lined streets to opulent, antebellum mansions. On your wedding day, imagine descending a Georgian open-arm staircase to meet your soon-to-be partner or taking your vows in a secret garden draped in azaleas, tulips, and pansies. You can plan an al fresco cocktail hour under moss-covered oaks and then head indoors to dance the night away in a grand ballroom. Locals are renowned for throwing some of the nation’s most fabulous debutante balls and celebrations are always a high-end affair.
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