Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular these days with the ease of travel and low fares to Europe. I have attended weddings in array weird and unusual locations, from cool and picturesque events held with the fjords of Norway providing the backdrop to white sand beaches in Greece. To make it easy for our readers to decide on which location would be best for them, I have decided to put together a list of my top ten wedding locations in Europe. There will be many who will argue that I have left off some of the best but my these are the places that have had the most impact on and provided the best settings for the special of days. We asked Ian Stewart, a photographer we’ve known for quite some time to tell us what he thinks are the top 5 destinations for weddings.
Without question, the most memorable wedding I have attended was on the white stoned Island Of Santorini. The old town, Fira, is nestled upon the rim of a caldera looking over a huge expanse of water and another smaller crater slap bang in the middle of it. The vistas are out of this world, and the venues are beautiful. Some wedding planning companies offer very competitive rates on the island.
2. Pollensa, Mallorca
When you think of Mallorca, you would be forgiven for thinking it is an island covered in trashy resorts. Fortunately, that is kept in the grubby little enclave that is Magaluf. To the north of the island, you have the town of Pollensa, a perfect spot for a relaxing and reserved wedding. Plentiful options here whether you want your wedding in a villa of a mansion in the hills. A great choice!
3. The Alps
The choice for those who want to combine their wedding with some skiing but also suitable for those who want to spend their day in the cool, crisp climes offered by The Alps. In the summertime, the hills blossom with colourful flowers but for the adventurous, it’s the winter they’ll need to go when the snow-capped peaks are on display and piste is GOOD!
4. The Pyrenees
Stretching from the Atlantic down to The Mediterranean The Pyrenees are something to behold. As well as a beautiful mass of lush hills this mountain range also doubles up as granite border between Spain and France. Clearly, any natural site that covers that diverse range of environments is going to offer something for everyone. A mecca for walkers, it too is a great choice for those who want to combine their wedding day with some activities.
On the rise, following it’s break up from Yugoslavia in the 90’s this nation has done pretty well out of travellers wishing to take in music festivals that regularly pop up on along its coastline. However, as a destination for weddings, it’s often proved in the past to have a bit of an enigmatic appeal. It recent year that’s changed with Dubrovnik, Split and Plitvice Lakes all proving a hit with couples wishing to get hitched with all the natural beauty and history that Croatia can provide as a backdrop.