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Quick, where do you think of when you think Europe destination weddings? Probably France and Italy are at the top of your list. But we’re not telling you anything that the rest of the world doesn’t already know. Here are seven other European destination wedding locations, all fitting within a different theme.
London, England. It doesn’t get much more urban than London, England. Here, you can have your own royal wedding, such as at the Royal Exchange, a 16th-century building steeped in history. For something outdoors, there’s Chelsea Physic Garden, one of the oldest botanical gardens in all of Great Britain. If you don’t care about classing up the joint, you can even wed in one of the London Eye’s capsules (yes, really).For other urban destinations, we also recommend Paris, Rome, Madrid or Berlin.
Bavaria, Germany. Choosing a mountain destination wedding in Europe is about as easy as choosing the right wedding cake. What’s great about the region of Bavaria, however, is that it has themes of urban and mountains wrapped all into one, since it’s home to both large cities, such as Munich, and small villages tucked at the base of mountains, such as Ramsau. Bavaria is also known for the number of castles dotting the landscape, most notable of which is Neuschwanstein Castle, which is considered to be the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom.For other mountain destinations, try Zermatt, Bled, Reine or Chamonix.
Dubrovnik, Croatia. Dubrovnik is the best of both worlds, offering a number of beautiful, modest beaches, but all within the confines of one of Europe’s most picturesque cities. For a more private beach wedding experience, there’s the luxurious waterfront Grand Villa Argentina. For less city and more beach, there are nearby islands, such as Hvar, which is easily accessible from Dubrovnik. You can even do a yacht wedding, since the waters and islands of Croatia are so great for sailing.For more beach destinations, see Nice, Lisbon, Barcelona or Athens.
Edinburgh, Scotland. For history plus the backdrop of a beautiful destination, look no further than Edinburgh, Scotland. Many of Edinburgh’s best wedding venues are steeped in history, such as the Edinburgh Castle, where you can get married in a 12th-century chapel, or in any number of rooms that are well over a century old. Elsewhere, there’s the Royal Botanic Garden, which dates back to 1670, and is one of the most picturesque outdoor places in all of Edinburgh.Other Historic destinations include Vienna, Berlin, Athens or Prague.
Porto, Portugal. Generally speaking, Portugal is one of the most budget-friendly destinations in Western Europe. For those who want the wine experience of a Europe destination like Italy or France, but without the price tag, then Porto makes a great alternative, especially since Portugal has its own signature wine, Port. Porto really is the best of all worlds, as it has the rare luxury of wedding options in and around the city that can include beach, urban and winery weddings.For more budget-friendly European cities, we also recommend Corfu, Budapest, Munich and Siena
Santorini, Greece. Santorini really speaks for itself with how picturesque it is. Naturally, one of the most scenic destinations would also be our luxury wedding destination, as Santorini sits perched above the Aegean Sea, making for a beautiful wedding backdrop. Great wedding venues with even greater views range from La Maltese, a small luxury hotel, to Pyrgos Restaurant, a sprawling hilltop Mediterranean restaurant, to Santo Winery. For a next-level wedding, consider a yacht wedding on the pristine waters off Santorini.For luxury, you could also visit Paris, Monaco or Lucerne.
Tenerife, Canary Islands. To most Europeans, the Canary Islands are a popular holiday destination, yet outside of Europe, many people have never heard of many of the Canary Islands, let alone visited. Tenerife is the largest and most popular island, though more off-the-beaten-path islands include Fuerteventura and nearby Lanzarote. Tenerife and the Canary Islands offer a unique island wedding destination beyond just Greece, and often requiring less travel time and less budget. Bonus points that it has a growing wine scene, so you get that wine country experience but on an island.More off-the-beaten-path destinations include Bruges, Seiser Alm, Corsica or Bergen.