From historical churches to secluded beaches and opulent skyscrapers, Asia is a melting pot of cultures, scenic views and world-class comforts that make it a nuptial paradise. Here are five destinations that will make any wedding picture-perfect.
San Agustin Church, Philippines
A charming relic nestled within the Walled City of Intramuros, the San Agustin Church is the oldest stone church in the Philippines and is recognised by UNESCO as a historical landmark. It’s like a microcosm of Spain in Manila – cobblestone streets sprinkled with horse-drawn carriages surround the massive structure adorned with rosettes and sunken panels, three-dimensional carvings, trompe l’oeil frescoes and 14th century chandeliers – perfect for traditional weddings where you and your guests get to be transported back in time.
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Impress your guests with the best five-star luxuries that the city has to offer. Say your “I Dos” at the Marina Bay Sands. You can take your pick from its various types of ballrooms or, for the ultimate cityscape treat, hold your reception 200 meters above the ground at the Sands SkyPark and feel as if you were on top of the world. Savour Singapore’s stunning skyline at the Garden Bay Bridge with the iconic towers as your backdrop, then have your first kiss captured at the idyllic Garden Walk.
For destination weddings by the sea, Bali is often a top choice for its warm climate, luxurious beachfront resorts and clifftop cottages. Plush resorts like the Legian Bali in the town of Seminyak will even let you pick between a romantic sunset garden wedding with picturesque views of the Indian Ocean, or a more intimate celebration at a quaint beach house.
Carcosa Seri Negara in Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
With its elegant British colonial architecture and scenic location above the hills, the Lake Gardens will give your wedding a touch of European flair. The heritage mansion offers two venues for weddings – the Ledang Room, which can house up to 80 people, and the Jerai Suite that can sit ten people for a private dining party or 20 people for a small cocktail reception. The verdant lawns also make the perfect venue for High Tea and English Garden-themed weddings.
Thailand is another popular destination for beach weddings. Balmy tropical breeze, manicured gardens, coconut groves and stunning sunsets – you’ll have a wedding that you and your guests will remember for a lifetime. Krabi, a southern province located at the shore of the Andaman Sea, is a wedding wonderland thanks to its emerald waters, limestone cliffs, powdery sands and scrumptious seafood dishes. At the Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay Resort, you can enjoy natural beauty infused with luxury when you exchange vows at either their Reserve – a beautiful refuge tucked away in Krabi, completely exclusive for your private ceremony or, an Andaman Sea Wedding to be celebrated at the resort’s garden by the infinity pool. Thai-inspired architecture, a sunset backdrop and a sparkling sea will create the most romantic setting you’ve ever dreamed of.