8 Dream Wedding Destinations Around The World

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The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a location for your dream destination wedding. Here is a roundup of our favourite places to capture the dream wedding you’ve always wanted!

Paris

The original city of love and one of Europe’s cultural capitals, Paris is the ideal backdrop for your ceremony and your photos of the happy day are almost guaranteed to look stunning. If you’re able to find accommodation with a view of the iconic Eiffel Tower you’ll be in a prime location for everything the city has to offer.

Ireland

With stunning natural beauty all over The Emerald Isle there are countless ideal locations available for you to hold your wedding. You can even go as far as to rent an entire castle to host your celebrations, but if that’s beyond your budget there are many fabulous hotels with beautiful views of the green landscape that are sure to fit the bill.

Greek Islands

Greece has a wonderfully rich history which is evident all over its many islands, with amazing ancient architecture to discover coupled with amazing beaches and views in every direction. Santorini is particularly popular as a dream wedding destination.

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is the most popular of these tropical islands and a perfect destination for a beach wedding. Keeping your guests busy for the rest of their stay will be easy since the island is known for its water sports and the quality of its hotels.

Jamaica

If you don’t mind the long distance, Jamaica is a slightly different option if you want to enjoy your dream wedding on a golden beach under the palm trees. All inclusive resorts are recommended here because they are to an extremely high standard and you can have the entire wedding proceedings dealt with in one place.

Bali

Weddings in Indonesia are extremely popular thanks to the beautiful scenery on offer, plus excellent traditional food and a vibrant atmosphere. The most highly recommended destination for your celebration is Jimbaran Bay which encapsulates the best of what Bali has to offer.

Fiji

One of the world’s most picturesque and popular holiday islands, Fiji is ideal not only for weddings but also honeymoons. The only downside to the beautiful location is that through a good portion of the year it’s going to be throwing it down with rain, so it’s only suitable if your date doesn’t fall in this season.

Goa

Goa is an up-and-coming destination for Western tourists looking for original wedding venue ideas, but it’s quickly becoming more and more popular thanks to its stunning architecture and fabulous natural beauty. It’s one of India’s most fashionable and high-end destinations making it perfect for a dream wedding.

The Best Wedding Venues In Italy

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Italy as a whole country is extremely popular for weddings abroad. If you’re considering holding your ceremony at an Italian venue to enjoy the culture, food and history on offer then you might want to consider a few of the following key places.

Rome

An obvious one to begin with, the iconic capital city is densely packed with rich culture as well as vibrant nightlife that will make any hen or stag party one to remember. The Castello della Castelluccia is a medieval castle with fabulous gardens situated only a couple of miles from the centre of Rome, making it an ideal choice for magical weddings. Alternatively you could opt for the Villa Grazioli hotel, a stunning 16th century building in the centre of a lush green park that’s perfect for hosting weddings.

Tuscany

For a change from the busy city of Rome and its surroundings, Tuscany is more focused on the natural landscape including rolling hills and vineyards for miles. For a traditional but modern wedding, somewhere like the Villa Magi close to Siena and Arezzo is maintained to a very high standard. Villa Podernovo nearby is more suited to charming countryside weddings with a more historical and rustic design that’s nonetheless immaculate.

Venice

One of the most romantic locations in the world, let alone just Italy, Venice is known as an ideal place to hold a wedding. It’s decorative bridges, relaxing gondola rides and boutique shopping scene make it a wonderful place to spend the time before and after the big day with all your guests. There are also many venues to hold the ceremony itself at, such as the five star Ca’Sagredo Hotel overlooking the Grand Canal, or the Molino Stucky Hilton on Giudecca Island with multiple function rooms and top of the range wedding hosting facilities.

Greek Islands That Could Be Perfect For Your Dream Wedding

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Greece is primarily made up of a host of different islands, many of which are perfect for weddings, but the exact benefits on offer do vary between the islands. Depending on your requirements you might want to pick one of the following locations to throw a party for your dream wedding.

Rhodes

If your ideal wedding would be in a chapel or perhaps a natural spa, Rhodes is the best choice for you. It’s the sunniest island in Greece over the entire year and is easily accessible from throughout the UK.

Crete

A very historical island, Crete is filled with lovely countryside scenery and rustic buildings. It’s ideal for most types of weddings especially if you want your backdrop to be the wonderful scenery on offer.

Lefkas

This island is famous for its beaches and everything to do with the sea. If you want to have your wedding on a boat or in a scenic seaside chapel, Lefkas is going to be perfect for you. For something more private you might look to one of the villages tucked away in the mountains.

Corfu

One of the greenest islands in the region, Corfu is known as the “Emerald Isle” of Greece with the natural beauty supplemented by the historical Venetian towns and unique wedding venues dotted around the island.

Zante

This island is great value for money as the most scenic areas are less known than the regions more famous for vibrant nightlife. If you want your wedding on a soft sandy beach than Zante should be your top choice. It’s also the famous home of loggerhead turtles.

Cyprus

The south of Cyprus is primarily Greek and offers probably the biggest selection of different wedding venue types. Everything is on offer here from five star hotels by the sea to secluded villages in the mountains. Paperwork is made simple thanks to straightforward legal guidelines for weddings and a high proportion of British people already settled on the island.

Benefits Of Having Your Wedding Abroad

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In the UK, weddings have become infamous over the past few decades for breaking the bank in many cases. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in the UK has now surpassed £20,000. On the other hand, a wedding abroad averages only £8,000 in total, which is a massive saving in anyone’s book! If you want to save money on your wedding without compromising on how enjoyable your dream big day is, here are the benefits of hosting your wedding abroad.

Less guests to pay for

Your venue costs, as well as all the catering, can be covered by a much smaller budget by hosting your wedding abroad since less people are inevitably going to be able to travel. As long as your most important guests are able to make it this is a great way of cutting down from the start.

Reasonable venue prices

In the UK, since demand is so high, venues tend to hike up their prices constantly, especially in the summer. Abroad it can be much easier to find venues that are quieter, especially in places where the weather is good all year round, and the costs of living might be lower so prices are generally cheaper.

Day-to-day costs

Your wedding abroad is probably going to take longer than a couple of days. Another advantage of lower prices generally in other countries is that your food and drink throughout your stay is going to be cheaper for everyone.

Combine the wedding and honeymoon

If you’re holding your ceremony in a beautiful remote location, there’s no need to travel further to go on your honeymoon! Enjoy everything the location has to offer longer than the rest of your guests and travel back whenever you’re ready, and this is more than likely going to save you a lot.

How To Book A Dream Wedding On A Tight Budget

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There are many ways you can save money on your dream wedding and still have everything you always wanted from your big day. Just because costs in the UK tend to be high, that doesn’t mean you have no options to cut costs without taking away from your experience.

Choose the right location

Unpredictable weather and high costs are making the UK a less attractive place to host your wedding. It’s so easy to travel elsewhere there’s really no reason not to save money by doing this. Even just travelling to most European countries will most likely cut your costs, since the cost of living is lower and there are more venues available all year round. Indonesia, South Africa and the Caribbean are also popular destinations that don’t cost as much as you might think.

Go at the right time

If you’re going somewhere known for its warm and sunny climate, you still have to do some research and ensure your dream wedding date doesn’t fall in a rainy season or a time where temperatures are extremely high. If your wedding is happening outside of peak season this will reduce the cost of accommodation and flights too.

Ensure everything is covered

Depending on how specific you’re being about the details of your wedding celebrations, you might find it better value to go a package deal to ensure you have everything covered, or alternatively you could hire a professional wedding planner. The benefits of this might include making it easier to deal with language barriers and getting advice on which deals are really the best value. Either way you need to make sure your costs are planned in advance so you don’t get unexpected bills for food, drink, entertainment or services you didn’t plan beforehand.