Congratulations, you’re getting married! Having a wedding to plan is super exciting, although when you’ve got things to consider like the venue, what family to invite and all the little touches such as the cake, flowers and transport, popping the question can seem like the easy bit. Have you thought about getting married aboard? If you can picture yourself saying ‘I do’ in some of the world’s most beautiful destinations, you’re already part of the way there.
We offer many wedding packages at hotels to suit everyone’s budget and you can add finishing touches to make your big day even more special. To make it that little bit easier, I’ve picked out some of the most romantic destinations along with a few of my favourite hotels and wedding packages. The hardest thing you’ve got to do is choose where to start the rest of your life.
A warm climate, plenty of sunshine, delicious food and friendly people that are always up for a celebration; what could be better than a wedding in the Caribbean? You’ll soon be picturing yourself walking down the aisle on soft, pearly white sand with the faint sound of the calypso gently playing in the background. Weddings in the Caribbean are also great value for money, with many resorts offering All Inclusive packages and special upgrades for the wedding couple, so you can have your dream wedding no matter what your budget.
Best for weddings on a budget: Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, Antigua
Best for weddings with children: Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Saint Lucia
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most romantic locations, I can’t imagine a more beautiful place to tie the knot than Italy. Stroll hand in hand through cities, coastlines, countryside and castles while falling in love with this enchanting destination. There are some truly stunning wedding venues in Italy and you can add your own style to them by arriving on a horse and carriage or in a vintage Fiat 500 for an authentic Italian experience.
Best for historic weddings: Museo Corraeale di Terranova wedding venue
Best for picturesque weddings: Sorrento Cloisters of San Francesco
Mouth-watering cuisines, secluded beaches and world-class attentive service; Mauritius is a tropical paradise made for intimate weddings. It’s one of the most luxurious resorts to get married in, and offers some of the best quality hotels in the world. Most hotel wedding packages include venues within lush gardens or idyllic beaches, guaranteeing gorgeous photos. Tie the knot just before sunset and your first kiss will be set against a stunning backdrop of red and orange skies.
Best for romantic weddings: Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius
Best for beach weddings: Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort
Known as the island of love, a wedding in Cyprus is for the true romantics. As well as secluded coves and golden sands, there are plenty of UNESCO word heritage sites that will look truly stunning in the background of your photos. You’ll find a range of ceremony settings to choose from; whether you’d like a religious church wedding, a relaxed hotel-based one or, for something extraordinary, opt to get married in the stunning Paphos Medieval Castle.
Best for wedding photos: Paphos medieval castle
Best for adult-only weddings: SENTIDO Thalassa Coral Bay
Best for family weddings: Olympic Lagoon Resort Paphos
If you’ve always planned on having your own American dream, why not combine it with tying the knot? You can tailor the day to your own style. Keep it short and sweet at one of Las Vegas’ famous chapels and have Elvis give you away at the end of the aisle, or choose one of Orlando’s beautiful garden settings as the backdrop to your ceremony. Anything goes in New York, so you could even have your wedding on ‘the top of the rock’ and say ‘I do’ in front of the cityscape views from the Rockefeller observatory.
Best for no fuss weddings: Sweet & Simple The Little White Wedding Chapel wedding package
Best for unique weddings: Top of The Rock wedding package
Have your own big, fat Greek wedding surrounded by golden beaches, an abundance of olive groves and lush, mountainous hillsides. Admire breathtaking sunsets from the top of tall cliffs, wander cobbled streets and enjoy delicious Greek dishes from rustic restaurants. Romance definitely lingers in the air here. For an authentic Greek wedding, get married in one of the many charming white-washed chapels or on a beachfront against the glistening waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Best for weddings on a budget: Marelen Hotel & Apartments, Zante
Best for weddings with children: Kipriotis Village, Kos
Best for romantic weddings: Caldera’s Dolphin Suites, Santorini
Best for adult-only weddings: Aquagrand, Rhodes
Where’s the most romantic place you’ve ever been? Or have you thought of getting married aboard? Let me know in the comments below.