It’s fair to say most people go abroad for their honeymoon. But have you ever considered it for your wedding? Getting married in another country is becoming increasingly popular – and with good reason too. It can make the wedding more unique, enjoyable and memorable for everyone involved. But you need to get the destination right. Read on for our pick of the best wedding destinations abroad.
The Caribbean is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world. It’s no wonder, with stretching white beaches, endless blue seas and all the palm trees a bride and groom could wish for. The likes of Barbados, Antigua and Jamaica are the perfect setting for an idyllic beach wedding, with the delightful temperatures to match. Famous as the home of rum and jerk chicken, the islands also offer some great options for the wedding breakfast and toasts.
Italy is in its own league when it comes to weddings abroad. The European gem is full of scenic destinations like the Amalfi coast, Venice and of course the beautiful Italian lakes. Italian cuisine speaks for itself, with some of the best wine in the world too. And in the Spring and Summer months, you can usually count on some great weather.
As with most things, the States have their own unique offering for tying the knot. Weddings in Vegas, New York and Orlando swap quaint and subtle for bold and eye-catching. Sure, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. But if you want to go big on your ‘big day’, you should definitely venture across the pond.
Not everybody wants sun, sea and sand on their wedding day. For those looking for a wedding abroad that’s a bit different, you can’t beat Iceland. The Nordic island has stunning views at every corner, with natural spas, fjords and – if you’re lucky – a glimpse of the unbelievable northern lights. It’s perfect for truly unique wedding photos, but make sure you don’t forget your coat.
Home to the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite, Cyprus has it all. Beautiful scenery, gorgeous weather – the so-called ‘island of love’ even has plenty of great nightlife for stag and hen parties should you choose to take the pre-wedding festivities abroad too. Unlike some of the other wedding destinations, Cyprus also offers great value for money. Whether it’s a world heritage site or a simple hotel wedding, Cyprus weddings provide boundless beauty without the massive budget.
Where to go?
As well as being great for weddings, Cyprus is amongst the best destinations to visit this year. Located on the western coast, the city of Paphos has been chosen as European Capital of Culture for 2017. It’s just one of many great places though. Check out which other destinations made the list on our infographic Travelling in 2017: Top 10 Destinations in the World.