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Five romantic places to tie the knot ... again

Oct 12, 2011, 11:56 a.m.

Romance just seems to get better as you get older. Whether you’ve found the second love of your life or are still happily married to your high school sweetheart after 40 years, time makes us more appreciative of each other and the love we share. So when you want to tie the knot or renew your vows, what could be more romantic than choosing the perfect setting—no matter where it is on Earth? Read on to find out more about our top picks for places to tie the knot (again).

  1. Venice, Italy. A must for a culture-loving duo, this ancient city on the Adriatic Sea is still one of the most beautiful blends of art and architecture on Earth. Stay in one of the old palazzos, take a gondola ride along the canals, or declare your love at the Bridge of Sighs.
  2. Hayman Island, Australia. Hayman Island is known as one of the most idyllic and romantic of the Whitsunday Islands, a group of 74 islands off the east coast of Australia. Crystal clear, blue water, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical vegetation all make for a paradisiacal wedding setting. Its accommodations are renowned as some of the most luxurious in the southern hemisphere, but you don’t have to stay in a hotel if you don’t want to. You can also charter a luxury yacht from Hayman Island to tour around the Whitsundays.
  3. Isla de Vieques, Puerto Rico. For a truly magical experience, exchange vows during a midnight swim at Mosquito Bay. Though the name might not be very romantic, just watch what happens when you slip into the deep, blue water of this bioluminescent lagoon. The water lights up with millions and millions of tiny organisms that emit light, and every move you make creates a trail of “stars.”
  4. Bora Bora. Approximately 140 miles northwest of Tahiti lies the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora, a true gem of an island. Tie the knot during a sunset ceremony on the white sandy beach before you retire to your overwater bungalow for a night of romance beneath the stars.
  5. Bridal Cave beneath Thunder Mountain, Missouri, USA. According to the Osage Indians, in ancient times, the son of a Native American chieftain fell in love with the daughter of a rival chief. But she’d have nothing to do with him, so with the help of his warriors, he kidnapped her and her beautiful, young friend and held her in the cave beneath Thunder Mountain. Sadly, the chief’s daughter would die rather than marry her kidnapper and leaped off a rock. But her friend had been in love with one of the other warriors for a long time, and she chose to marry him. In the chief’s daughter’s memory, the ceremony was performed in the very same cave as the women had been held captive. And for the past two centuries, this cathedral-like cave with magnificent stalactites, now known as the Bridal Cave, has been a favorite spot for weddings.

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