Here’s a selection of our favourite hot spots for anyone planning a wedding abroad. If you fancy marrying in any of these destinations, or if you want to know more then check out Thomson or Firstchoice for more details.
For real weddings abroad, Italy is Europe’s most romantic destination, from the breathtaking bay of Naples to the serene Sorrento. Italy just oozes romance. And whether you love the tumbledown Roman ruins, gelato-coloured homes or chi chi boutiques, it’s the ideal place to say ‘I do’. There is a huge choice of stunning venues to get hitched in, including San Francisco Cloisters in Sorrento. When it comes to atmospheric surroundings, you can’t beat this beautiful location. There’s a pretty, flower-filled courtyard, the architecture dates between the Gothic and Renaissance periods and, because it’s in the centre of town, it’s easy to get to. Plus, there are public gardens right next door for your first ‘Mr and Mrs’ photos.
Nowhere in the Med spells romance quite like Cyprus. Not only is it the birthplace of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, but Mark Anthony presented the island to Cleopatra as a token of his affection. So you’re in good company if you tie the knot here.
The island offers up some spectacular big-day backdrops. For starters, its got more than 800 kilometres of coastline to its name, with rocky inlets and secluded bays giving way to swathes of sand that stretch for miles. Inland, meanwhile, its all pine-covered hills, winding streams and citrus groves.
Stylish hotels, perfect sandy beaches and friendly people, you’ll find your dream wedding location in Mexico. Probably the most famous and visited area in Mexico is lively Cancun. It has got everything you could want from a wedding destination, with candlelit dinners and slow dances on the one hand, and amazing white-sand stretches and buzzing nightclubs on the other. It’s clichéd, but it’s definitely a something-for-everyone kind of place.
For the unique romance of crackling log fires and sleigh rides, Lapland is a winter wonderland for newlyweds.
Lapland in the winter is a natural choice for an oh-so-white wedding venue abroad. But, in the frozen north, getting married isn’t just about shared promises and pledges in a fairytale landscape and ‘that’ dress. Here, weddings are about falling in love with snow-covered trees that twinkle in the starlight. It’s about saying ‘I do’ in a chapel carved from ice and it’s about honeymoons spent snuggled up by a crackling log fire.
With jaw-dropping hotel wedding locations sitting beside traditional chapels and gardens, this really is the island to offer too much choice! You will have a hard job narrowing down your big day venue here! However we think Kalithea Springs and St. Paul’s Bay takes some beating.
Save a seat for Apollo, the Greek god of healing, when you tie the knot at Kalithea Spa. The cliff-side where you’ll say your vows is infused with spring waters which have been known for their healing properties since ancient times. Your ceremony will take place in the Spa Dome, with open port holes and traditional arches in the whitewashed walls.
After you’ve made your promises, you can head outside to have photographs taken with the sea in the background. Kalithea is one of the picture-perfect locations in Rhodes, so chances are you won’t want to stray far from the town for your reception.