7 European Wedding Destinations

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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.

URBAN

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.

MOUNTAIN

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.

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BEACH

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.

HISTORIC

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.

BUDGET

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

LUXURY

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.

OFFBEAT

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.

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