Europe offers some of the most beautiful, appealing and romantic locations for a destination wedding, which will undoubtedly make your wedding special. If you're looking to fill your day with romance, culture and the unmistaken beauty of a European then read on as I have hand selected a few of my favourite breathtaking venues around Europe.
But firstly, let's explore...
Why Europe is a Popular Place to Get Married
The splendour that Europe has to offer is like no other continent, from the turquoise Mediterranean Sea to the vineyards of the Tuscan countryside, the Adriatic Sea vistas in Hvar, or the architectural magnificence of Rome.
Every part of Europe has mouth-watering foods to offer, whether it's the British roast, a Greek meze, or an Italian antipasti feast. Traditional and cultural foods will give your guests an experience of a lifetime as they will taste authentic dishes, like never before. And not only food, but beautifully paired wines (the wines from the Burgundy and Chianti regions are not to be missed!).
Marrying in a destination often means a mini break from home for your guests, and a feeling of being on holiday, with some guests choosing to extend their time so they actually are on holiday! That holiday feeling is so much more relaxed and therefore less pressure on you to ensure everyone is having a good time.
You won't lack cultural diversity in Europe. Each country in this beautiful continent has its own contribution to history, food, art and tradition.
The majority of western European countries have a so-called oceanic climate, characterised by cool summers, chilly winters, and prolonged spells of cloudiness in the autumn, winter, and occasionally on early spring days.
Summers in southern European nations are hot and dry, with extended stretches of clear skies and warm weather. Middle European nations have the largest weather variety and a wide range of temperatures throughout the year, with warm summers and chilly winters.
Dependent on what type of weather and temperature you are looking for can determine the time of year and where you decide to get married in Europe.
South of France Wedding Venues
When planning a destination wedding in France, many couples choose to go to bigger cities like Paris. They want to get swept up in the romance and marry in France as they have seen in fairy tale movies. However, I believe that the South of France is the ideal location for weddings when it comes to France.
South of France by The Sea
The stunning South of France's glistening azure coastline and perfect weather make this seaside location an exquisite choice for a place to get married in Europe.
Domaine de Canaille
Domaine de Canaille is located in the harbour of Cassis on the French Riviera, and is the ideal setting for a classic French Riviera wedding. It is situated on 150 acres of land with complete privacy and blends classic and modern features.
You can exchange vows on the stunning front terrace and then adjourn for a champagne reception by strolling down to the private beach. Your visitors can unwind by the wonderful saltwater pool the following morning or after dinner on the 5,000-square-foot terrace, which will also serve as the location for dinner.
A five-star hotel, a perfect place to get married in Europe, with an interior decorated with silks, rich fabrics, and excellent artwork that welcomes visitors to daydream of Arabian nights. The hotel is situated between the vividly red Esterel cliffs and the deep blue Mediterranean Sea.
Tiara Yaktsa boasts a tranquil ambience thanks to its infinity pool and meticulously maintained gardens. When making a reservation for two nights or more, they will provide you exclusive use of their restaurant L'Or Bleu Gourmet, where they can accommodate up to 50 guests for the reception.
South of France by The Countryside
Village Castelnau des Fieumarcon
Village Castelnau des Fieumarcon, which is surrounded by open countryside, is the ideal location for couples looking to have a special, enchanted, and romantic wedding. You may be sure that your wedding there will be full of magic moments with its fortress and 14 townhouses, its dedicated chapel, and its vast outdoor spaces.
Imagine yourself in the village on your wedding day. The owners will have delivered French breakfast baskets filled with freshly baked bread and pastries to each of you as soon as you wake up, providing the ideal start to your busy day.
There is a traditional 13th-century church in the village that can accommodate up to 180 people for your wedding ceremony. Or, if you would prefer, you can do your ceremony outside in one of the many gorgeous locations available.
Greece has all the necessary components for organising the wedding of your dreams, including breathtakingly blue waters, golden stretches of beach, and world-class cuisine.
It's simple to understand why it's one of the most popular locations for couples looking to exchange vows because of the location's assurance of great weather, kind welcome, and excellent transportation options from the UK. I have a whole blog about the best venues for your Greece wedding.
Greece Weddings by The Sea
The island of Ios is reachable by ferry from Mykonos or Santorini and is off the grid but on point. It is therefore less known and mapped out than many of the other islands. It is undoubtedly the place to go if you are searching for a fantastic Greek getaway.
All of your wedding dreams can come true at Ios Club. As soon as you go onto its terrace, you can't help but be mesmerised by the breathtaking views of the bay and hamlet below. Plan your wedding for the evening to take advantage of the area's breathtaking sunsets.
Beyond the patio, the lounge and dining area also feature a modern design that promises unobstructed views. It's a terrific option for your meal because it offers a first-class menu with Mediterranean flavours and delicious cocktails.
Venetsanos Winery makes the ideal host for a celebration as memorable as your wedding because wine and weddings go hand in hand. Couples are drawn to it since it is the island's oldest vineyard. Also included are the magnificent views of Caldera Bay, the volcano, and the nearby little islands.
Its prime location, carved into the hillside, offers pristine views in addition to an unrivalled selection of top-notch cuisine and popular cocktails. This family-run location puts you front and centre and affordably takes care of all of your wedding day wishes.
Greece Weddings by The Countryside
The largest of the Greek islands, Crete combines elegance and attractiveness with modernity and traditionalism. Due to this, it is a well-liked destination for lovers, families, and groups of friends everywhere.
Agreco Farm is the ideal choice for foodies and those wishing to up the ante on their wedding celebrations because it is situated on a traditional working farm and is home to one of the top organic restaurants in the entire globe.
It combines the best of Greek hospitality with a rustic charm that oozes exceptional service.
Kinsterna Hotel, or better yet Kinsterna Mansion, with its vast estate, can be a perfect venue and getaway for your wedding party. For any bride searching for a trendy, idyllic, country-inspired wedding venue, this hotel set among tranquil vineyards, olive groves, and citrus trees is a dream come true with its history, cuisine, and own winery.
Croatia is the perfect place to get married in Europe for an unforgettable day since it offers a beautiful mix of traditional Mediterranean seaside resorts, historical structures, castles and fortresses, hidden gardens, and caverns.
Croatia Weddings by The Countryside
Villa Sancta Maria
Welcome to the location where a good morning starts with a slight breeze and breathtaking scenery, where you can't help but unwind. Villa Sancta Maria is around 20 miles from the seashore. A new yet very old restored villa with 6 bedrooms and 5 baths.
It is located above the mediaeval town of Motovun in the centre of the Istrian truffle and wine region. The ideal location for intimate weddings. Many visitors use it for both the wedding and the honeymoon that follows.
Croatia Weddings by The Sea
Brown Beach House
One of the most popular places to get married in Europe in Trogir is this well-liked boutique hotel, Brown Beach House. It offers an unpretentious and classy vibe as well as a fashionable and modern interior and exterior.
It also has a pool that overlooks the Adriatic Sea and a walled garden that makes a lovely backdrop for wedding photography.
One of the most popular locations for destination weddings in Italy is the Amalfi Coast, but other top choices include Puglia, Capri, Sorrento, and the Riviera.
You can choose to hold your wedding ceremony and reception on a private terrace, pergola, or garden with views of the sea and the stunning coastline. I have a blog all about amazing Italy destination wedding venues here.
Villa La Rondinaia
Villa La Rondinaia is a sophisticated retreat, a priceless residence nestled in a cliff at 1.300 feet above the sea on the promontory of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast.
A private villa located high on the cliffs and surrounded by gardens with cypress, palm, lemon, olive, and chestnut trees was created in this park at the beginning of the 20th century to please Lady Lucille, the daughter of Ernest William Becket, Lord Grimthorpe.
The villa is hidden until the very end of the expansive path leading to the front entrance by a tree-lined avenue and other lush foliage.
A luxurious and memorable seaside resort, Torre Coccaro, from the sixteenth century with luxurious lodgings set in the unspoiled Apulian landscape, three restaurants on the estate, one by the pool, and one by their exclusive Beach Club.
Organic products are sourced from their orchard, unfiltered olive oil is used that is hand-picked and cold-pressed the same day, ripe figs are grown on the estate, lamb and cheeses are produced nearby, and porcini mushrooms and wild asparagus are foraged. The rich Apulian region's authentic flavours are preserved with every effort.
A short distance from the Masseria, their private beach club is a haven for beachgoers and families with young children who may enjoy the sandy beach and a mini-club. It is simple to combine a destination wedding with an exclusive holiday. The Coccaro Beach Club is one of Puglia's most prestigious.
Are You Ready to Start Planning Your Europe Destination Wedding?
There are too many gorgeous locations and venues to have your destination wedding in Europe but I have picked out a handful of breathtaking venues you do not want to miss when searching for the perfect place for you.
These are some of the most romantic places to get married in Europe where you are guaranteed to create a lifetime of memories.
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Photos that are not my own are sourced via Pinterest.