If you’ve always imagined your chuppah to be in the heart of nature or overlooking a stunning view, you’re in luck! Although Israel is a small country, what it lacks in size it makes up for with its diverse natural landscapes. Vineyards, seas, beaches and forests provide for plenty of gorgeous wedding locations. Here are some of our favorite scenic venues:
On the Shores of the Kinneret
The Green Beach – In the heart of a famous nature reserve, The Green Beach is situated right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and overlooks stunning views of the Golan and Mount Hermon. What makes this place so unique (besides the view) is that unlike other venues that close early, here you are encouraged to dance till sunrise and then spend a fun day with your guests on the beach.
Bora Bora Beach Bar – Bora Bora is a popular beach-bar near Tiberias. It is possible to transform the location for a beachside wedding with up to 500 guests. Bora Bora doesn’t offer in-house catering services, but there are plenty of caterers in Israel to choose from to accommodate your needs.
Gazebbo (Herzliya)– Located on a small cliff overlooking the sea in Herzliya, Gazebbo (which is also a surf club) is a hideaway spot which hosts intimate weddings for up to 100-400 people. The Gazebo has alternative seating options as well as more organized seating arrangements and specializes in breathtaking sunset weddings.
Cahol (Haifa)– Inside the Dan Hotel in Haifa, Cahol lives up to it’s Hebrew name, “blue” as it overlooks the pristine waters of Hof HaCarmel. A large space, Cahol offers packages that include everything from the venue, food, lighting, decor and beyond.
Cochav HaYam (Caesarea)- Cochav HaYam sits atop the beaches of Caesarea with a large indoor space as well as lawns that fit up to 1,000 guests.
Bait al Hayam (Jaffa)– Just at the meeting point of Old Jaffa & Tel Aviv sits Bait al Hayam. Bait al Hayam (or” House on the Sea”) is a split level venue with the top alfresco floor overlooking the sea and coastline of Tel Aviv. Meticulously decorated inside, the real treat here is the second floor terrace overlooking the Tel Aviv coastline.
Caliph (Jaffa)– Despite it’s ancient ancient looking facade, the inside of Jaffa’s Caliph is modern and metropolitan. Amazing views of Jaffa and the Mediterreanean Sea extend from it’s second floor balcony (where the Chuppa is usually held) and a beautiful garden terrace with middle eastern accents make Caliph an authentic place to hold an Israeli wedding that your guests would never be able to experience anywhere else in the world.
Tishbi Winery- Located between Binyamina and Zichron Yaakov, the Tishbi Winery has been passed through four generations and continues to practice the traditional growing methods of its founders. The center accepts parties and other events for 100 people or more, and hosts a restaurant that sits 50 under a closed porch and an open air area under the shade of roof vines that seats about 100.
Psagot Winery- Psagot’s facitlies are experienced with the events world as many weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other celebrations pass through the vineyard year round. Up to 500 guests can be hosted in the open gardens and during the winter months, 200 guests can be in the enclosed rustic-styled building.
Al Gag HaOlam– Located on the 49th floor of Tel Aviv’s Azrieli tower, Al Gag HaOlam is an indoor venue that provides a wonderful view of Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan letting you feel “on top of the world” as its name suggests.
Uno– Also located in Tel Aviv’s Azrieli towers complex, Uno is an outdoor venue on the tenth floor of the round tower. For those who live and breath urban sights and are looking for that kind of backdrop to their event, this place surely delivers. Surrounded by looming towers, the scenery here is a powerful one.
Eilat and Desert Weddings
Timna Park (Near Eilat)
In the heart of the Arava, about 17 miles north of Eilat, Timna Park is an ancient valley surrounded by steep cliffs and desert scenery. One of the highlights of the park is Solomon’s Pillars which are natural geological formations named after the biblical king and one of Israel’s more famous natural attractions. Events can be held near Solomon’s pillars or at the lake at the heart of the park. There may be some extra logistics taken into account when planning a wedding in the South, but the result will be a spectacular event that your guests will never forget. Keep in mind that summer months are extra hot in the Arava, so it would be wiser to have a fall/spring wedding at this place.
Metzoki Dargot (Dead Sea)
For those willing to trade the conveniences of an organized wedding venue for an alternative laid back affair, Metzoki Dargot is one of the most beautiful and unique locations in Israel. Perched on a cliff with a spectacular view of the Dead Sea, the Metzoki Dargot desert acommodation center can host weddings for up to 300 people. There is an event space overlooking the view, and accommodations ranging from tents to air conditioned rooms for the guests. The venue is kosher and does its own catering. As we said, this is for those who have a strong connection with nature and envision a wedding with alternative seating and authentic desert-inspired dishes.
Royal Villa at The Eilat Orchid Villas- Overlooking the Red Sea and Red Mountains, Eilat’s Orchid Hotel is a favorite getaway for those in need of some R&R and breathtaking views. The hotel recently opened a new event space called the Villa Royal that hosts up to 300 guests. The Villa is perched on the highest point of the Orchid Hotel.