I’m getting married next September and originally fancied a “destination Wedding” so I did a lot of research to pick out some of the better destinations, ultimately we decided to stay home and get married locally, I just didn’t feel an attachment to any of the places and it became a bit difficult with the number of people we “needed” to invite. But I didn’t want all my hard work to go to waste.
So here are my top places, where I might have gone if I’d had a destination wedding.
The stunning beaches of Santorini are a firm favourite for weddings. Looking at the beautiful volcanic rocks and pristine white houses tumbling down to the turquoise sea it’s not hard to understand why.
The friendliness of the local people and the frequency of weddings here means there are plenty of companies to help you plan and book your dream day. From the bespoke Divine Weddings Santorini to the rather more well known TUI there will always be someone to lend you a helping hand with your special day.
The Andronis Concept Wellness Beach for the Jet2 Luxe collection will certainly add a touch of greek elegance to any wedding and honeymoon trip priced at £3249pp for a week from Manchester in September 2020. There are plenty of gorgeous alternatives for those with a smaller budget a week at Afroditi Venus Beach Resort for same date with Jet2 is a more reasonable £685 pp.( prices correct on 06/05/20).
Amazing Amalfi Coast
Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast offers a perfect backdrop to any classy destination wedding. This picture postcard location in the country of amore is perfect for your love story.
TUI’s authentic Hotel Belvedere is a small family run hotel costing £875pp for 7 nights half board in May 2021 From Manchester. Jet2’s Grand hotel Excelsior at £926pp for Bed and breakfast for May 2021 with flights from Manchester is also well worth a look, this stunning, elevated hotel has picturesque views over the Amalfi coast, perfect for watching the sunset on with your new spouse. ( prices correct on 06/05/20).
Want a real life fairytale wedding? Complete with a castle to marry your prince or princess in? Slovenia’s town of Bled with its island church, surrounded by mountains is available for hire and just one of the spectacular places to marry in this stunning country.
Perfectweddingsabroad.co.uk can offer assistance with planning any number of unique weddings, including at the castle, pictured above. With local company Wedding in Slovenia also offering bespoke packages to help you plan your very own fairytale.
Hotel Riveria ,spa hotel,, half board for 7 nights in September 2020 flying from Gatwick will cost £769 with Balkan Holidays or Hotel Kompas, in the beautiful town of Bled , for 7 nights half board in May 2021 from Gatwick is £717. Perfect for inviting all the characters you need to complete the beginning of your story. ( prices correct on 06/05/20)
If its unique, with wonderful photo opportunities that you looking for, with its beautiful coloured path heading to a perfect white church or perhaps marrying in front of a stunning a waterfall, Iceland has something for everyone.
Icelandweddingplanner.com has so many stunning wedding locations to choose from in the unbeatable Iceland you need to look at the site to believe it. They can also take care of all of the planning details including finding you a photographer to capture all your unforgettable snaps. Local company Pink Iceland offers similar for LGBTQ+ weddings.
TUI offers packages to the land of fire and ice throughout the year with the four star Reykjavik Lights hotel, bed and breakfast with an excursion to the golden circle and the Northern lights ( or midnight sun in summer) included for £599pp including lights from London Gatwick. Similarly a 7 night stay bed and breakfast at the Skuggi Hotel with Jet2 for £674pp. Both perfect locations to stay before and after that spectacular wedding. ( prices correct on 06/05/20)
If marrying on a stunning white sandy beach is more your style then Cyprus offers an impressive but affordable location. Beaches to rival the Caribbean Islands. but a more budget friendly location.
Perfectweddingsabroad.co.uk offer a variety of wedding packages as well as the opportunity to book a more bespoke package. Local companies Paphosweddingsmadeeasy.com cater specifically for the Paphos area with Here With Me Wedding Planners covering Limassol.
All the major UK holiday providers offer holidays to Cyprus with favourite TUI Holidays providing a wide ranger of offerings, many of which are all inclusive helping the budget further, the TUI Sensatori resort, Atlantica Aphrodite Hills offering glamour and luxury for £918pp for an all inclusive 7 day break in May 2021 from Luton. Away from the all inclusive offerings Olympic Holidays 5 star Annabelle hotel, Paphos, comes in at £891pp for a seven day bed and breakfast holiday in May 2021 from Luton. (prices correct on 06/05/20)
I hope this is some help to those searching for a dream wedding destination – please note that TUI and Jet2 aside I don’t have first hand experience with any of the companies listed above and their inclusion shouldn’t be taken as any endorsement of their services.