At one time, when people spoke about having a destination wedding and heading off somewhere away from home to get married, it was usually the Caribbean or tropical islands such as the Seychelles or Mauritius. But today, many people instead consider Europe for their destination wedding and with plenty of good reasons.
Why choose Europe?
One of the first reasons people choose Europe for their wedding destination is purely practical – there are no long haul flights involved. If there are kids involved or even older family members, those long trips can be a nightmare whereas most destinations in Europe are just a few hours away by plane. The similarity in legal systems also makes the job easier, ensuring that the marriage is legal in both the country it is held in and in the UK.
However, the biggest reason to choose Europe is the variety it offers. From the beautiful coastal areas of Croatia to the rolling scenery of France, the mountains of Italy or Switzerland or the sun-kissed beaches of Spain, there is something for everyone. And there are also plenty of luxurious villas and apartments in which to stay after the ceremony.
The Amalfi Coast of Italy is a top venue for a wedding with its amazing coastal views – the Amalfi Drive is said to be the most scenic coastline in Italy and winds through the cliff tops. The food is top class and guests can visit the ruins of Pompeii while there or even spend some time in Naples.
The Loire Valley in France is renowned for its wine production so a wedding held here won’t need to worry about ending up with substandard drinks on the table! You can arrive in Paris and then travel to the valley with its historic villages and charming rustic villas in which to stay. Then there are wine tasting opportunities with a tour around a vineyard.
Novalja is a newcomer to the wedding destination list but is making its presence felt. This town on the island of Pag in Croatia is close to a top summer party zone, Zrce Beach. It offers a great combination of island charm, beautiful scenery and great nightlife. It is also known for its luxury villas such as the Ying Yang (courtesy of www.cro-exclusive.co.uk), which can accommodate up to seven people so allows the wedding party to all stay together, or you could choose something a little more private, if yoou’re looking to spend your honeymoon in Croatia.
If you prefer the city option, then Rome is without doubt one of the best. The ancient city is often said to be a living museum and offers the best photo opportunities possible. The food isn’t too bad either while the venues on offer range from villas to rustic castles and even historic piazzas in the city.
There are so many places in Ireland that make a perfect wedding venue that there is something for everyone’s tastes. With its fairy tale style cottages, castles and remote villages as well as beautiful scenery and friendly people, it is the shortest distance to travel and offers plenty to do as well as the wedding ceremony.