Friday Five – Top European Wedding Locations For 2014

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Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular – hurrah! According to a report published in 2013 by LV= travel insurance, one in six married British couples tied the knot abroad in the past five years, which is an increase of almost 20% compared to a decade ago – that is a lot of wanderlust weddings!

 

With this in mind and the whole wonderful world out there to choose from as your destination wedding location here’s a look at the most popular wedding locations, along with some newly emerging trends, to inspire you and to help you get started with deciding on the destination of your dreams.

 

 

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First stop is Europe. With destinations being much closer to home and with a plentiful supply of cheap flights, European countries are really popular for UK couples who are looking to get married abroad, as well as becoming a firm favourite with couples from the US and Australia.

 

Temperate climates in spring and autumn and (almost!) guaranteed summer sunshine makes these European destinations highly popular with couples who are in search of somewhere special in the sunshine to celebrate their wedding day.

 

 

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One of the best things about hosting a wedding abroad is that you get to spend an extended amount of quality time with your nearest and dearest. Each one of these European wedding locations has an array of places of interest to visit, lovely local restaurants and bars to enjoy and locations that are ripe for delivering some R&R with your wedding party, to ensure you really make every moment count.

 

Here’s a guide to the top five European wedding locations for 2014….
 

Italy

 

Well known for some of the finest food and wine in Europe, Italy is also famous for its elegance –  the perfect setting for a chic and tasteful destination wedding.

 

Couples from all over the world flock to Italy to tie the knot in the romantic homeland of Romeo and Juliet. The diverse landscape of Italy offers a plentiful supply of wedding venues that are guaranteed to meet any bride and groom’s dreams; from luxurious lakeside hotels and villas to elegant country houses hidden within the peaceful rolling countryside, from romantic Italian castles and stylish boutique hotels to sophisticated hotels etched into cliff-edges, complete with breathtaking sea views.

 

Take a look at this typically Italian soiree for more ideas and inspiration.

 

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France

 

France offers an easily accessible destination wedding location for UK couples that are looking to get married abroad. Being within driving distance is a real luxury and with year-round cheap flights also available, France becomes a really cost effective option for you and your guests.

 

Couples from further afield choose France for their destination day for many reasons – what’s not to love about fashionable France?

 

Brides and grooms tend to look for venues that conjure up that feeling of quintessential France, delivering authentic French character and charm along with stunning scenery. Wedding venues range from grand romantic chateaus to shabby chic, light stone country houses decorated with classic blue shutters, to dreamy boutique hotels in sophisticated cities and luxurious coastal five star abodes – there’s certainly something for everyone.

 

Take a look at the Destination Wedding Guide to Getting Married in France for ideas, inspiration and contacts.

 

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Spain

 

Ibiza has been storming up the popularity charts for destination weddings in recent years and is now one of the most popular (if not the most popular) place for destination weddings in Spain.

 

The untouched beauty of Ibiza with its turquoise waters, secluded coves, secret idyllic beaches, spectacular mountain vistas and rugged pine forests can be found perfectly intertwined with cosmopolitan beach bars, the world’s best clubs, crowd-pleasing sunsets, legendary Balearic beats and an eclectic vintage vibe.

 

Not just for clubbing holidays, Ibiza has made its mark on the wedding industry and is now renowned for five star luxury weddings that come with unbeatable Spanish hospitality in the peaceful, beautifully scenic parts of the island.

 

The chilled-out vibe of Ibiza is a major draw for couples wanting a relaxed affair – one that they can really make their own and add their individual stamp to.

 

Take a look at the Destination Wedding Guide to Getting Married in Ibiza for ideas, inspiration and contacts.

 

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Greece

 

Greece has long been a desired destination for fly away brides, due to its postcard perfect landscapes, incomparable sea views and sizzling summer sunshine…..oh and generous Greek hospitality and flavorsome food too of course!

 

This classic destination wedding location saw a further surge in bridal bookings with the release of the hit musical movie ‘Mamma Mia’ in 2008 – the spectacular scenery conjures up more romance than even Aphrodite could handle! Immerse yourself in a little more Mamma Mia inspiration here.

 

Couples are now searching out new and unspoilt havens to tie the knot in Greece, such as Spetses which is a little more off the beaten track.

 

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Croatia

 

Croatia has been topping the travel charts for years and it is now coming into its own within the wedding world. With tiny islands dotting the turquoise waters of the Dalmatian Coast, this is one breathtaking destination wedding location. If you have your heart set on rural romance, the many hillside castles or traditional stone villas would create an idyllic inland setting and if you’re looking for city chic head to the Old Town in Dubrovnik.

 

Check out this bright sunshiny wedding day in Croatia for inspiration and ideas.

 

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Are any of these delightful destinations making your heart skip a beat? Could a European location create the wedding of your dreams?

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