Are you ready to run off and tie the knot? How about doing it in a place that’s filled with adventure, diverse cultures, and gorgeous landscapes? A destination wedding in Europe might be perfect for you if you want to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure with your love.
Planning a destination wedding is fun, but there’s a lot to know. Whether you’re looking to have a destination wedding, elope, or renew your vows – this guide is going to give you all the details for the perfect wedding in Europe. I’m going to break it down for you to share how to plan your dream wedding and stunning places to hold your ceremony.
A destination wedding in Europe is a dream for many couples around the world! The good news is that with some planning, it’s totally doable.
Guidelines for obtaining a marriage license vary by country. You can find country-specific requirements at usembassy.gov or the site for your country’s embassy. Things you’ll need to know are:
Some countries, such as Spain, require one or both partners to be legal residents. However, you can avoid this problem by officially getting married in your home state, then heading off to Europe for your ceremony. This may be the way to go if you don’t want to deal with the legalities of getting married in a new-to-you country. I actually prefer this option!
To enjoy the benefits of both peak-season and off-season, plan your destination wedding in Europe during the shoulder season. The shoulder season is from April to June and September to October. During shoulder season, the weather is nice and there are fewer crowds.
It also depends on what part of Europe you’re going to. Paris is quieter in July and August. If you’re a hiker interested in the Alps, early fall is a great time to go to enjoy excellent weather and avoid icy trails.
If you really want to avoid crowds, plan your wedding for Winter or early Spring. Just keep in mind that it can get cold depending on which country you go to.
When it comes to crafting the perfect destination wedding, there’s a lot to consider and do. You may want to plan music, photography, food, and more for your big day. Hiring a wedding planner will help with these tasks so that you can truly enjoy the experience of starting a new chapter with your love.
If you’re interested in working with someone who’s experienced in globe trotting + elopements, I’m your girl. Wild Aisle Photography can not only capture the perfect photos for your big day, but I also help with basic wedding planning details so that you can have the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
With about 50 countries in Europe and hundreds of incredible venues, it can be difficult to narrow it down to just one place! But, this is a good problem to have. With that said, I’ve done the research so that I can share the best wedding venues in Europe.
Whether you’re looking to say your vows in a popular spot in the city of love, Paris, or on a secluded beach, there’s a special venue with your name on it. If a quaint garden wedding or a ceremony in the mountains is more your style, I’ve got some special spots to tell you about!
Given that Europe’s countries are some of the most breathtaking, there is no shortage of popular venues. Whether you’re looking to get hitched in the mountains or in an elegant indoor space – there’s a good chance one of these Europe wedding destinations is perfect for you!
This 19th-century lakeside villa is located by Lake Como in Italy. Villa Erbo is an exhibition center with a lavish wedding venue. This location is perfect for couples who want luxury and breathtaking mountain and lake views.
This Paris venue is simple yet elaborate. Pavillon Dauphine offers several wedding spaces indoors and outdoors including a charming garden and an elegant room with modern decor.
Located in Athens, Eleon – loft offers a picturesque backdrop of the Acropolis Greek settlement. The event space is versatile so that you have room to create your perfect ceremony and reception.
This iconic beach is located on the northwest coast of Spain and is also known as As Catedrais. It features unique rock arches and caves – talk about incredible photo props! It’s the perfect destination for couples eloping in Europe or wanting to have an intimate ceremony.
Situated by the ocean about 30 miles from Lisbon is Fortaleza Do Guincho. The peaceful vibe and scenic views make for a memorable atmosphere to say ‘I do.’
This British fortress gives top-notch island views for a wedding in Vis, Croatia. Fort George offers a seaside medieval garden filled with pine trees. What a perfect setting to tie the knot!
If you’re dreaming of an intimate moment away from the crowds, let’s get away to some of Europe’s idealistic venues of the beaten path. There’s a spot in the mountains, a seaside venue, and more.
If you’re looking for a quiet, romantic wedding, this is the spot for you! Villa di Striano is a dreamy, historical villa nestled in the Tuscany mountains and surrounded by gardens. There are various sites for saying your vows and overnight accommodations for the newlyweds.
Located in the Botanic Gardens in Belfast, The Ulster Museum is a unique venue. There are a couple of rooms to hold a wedding whether you’re looking for elegant and intimate or versatile, stylish space.
For a secluded fairytale destination wedding, the Benagil Caves are only accessed by boat and well worth the trip. This unique seaside cave is incredible! You can rent a car, then take a tour boat or your own kayak to reach the caves to say your vows and take showstopping photos.
Just slightly west of Paris, you can find the historic Pavillon de Musique Barry. This 18th-century event venue boasts noteworthy architecture, a beautiful garden, and picturesque views of Paris.
If you’re looking to get married in a unique rental space that can accommodate you and your guests, an Airbnb or another rental venue is a great option. These neat spots offer a place to hold your wedding ceremony and can accommodate overnight guests, too.
This special ancient villa located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy is absolutely gorgeous. The Marchases Estate offers a countryside backdrop and features a garden ideal for your destination wedding in Europe. While the villa has 10 bedrooms and can sleep up to 16 guests, the ceremony space can accommodate up to 60 people.
If you’re looking for an island wedding and rental, the Cycladic House is the perfect spot. This chic, laid-back venue offers 3 villas to accommodate 25 guests. The Cycladic house is just steps away from Xifara beach if you’re looking for a simple seaside wedding.
This luxury Spanish villa is located in the beautiful countryside in South Spain. Hacienda las Mesas features a historic courtyard, beautiful patio, peaceful pool areas, and Spanish-designed bedrooms. Say your vows in a charming setting and rent up to 11 bedrooms for yourself and your guests.
This property is a hidden gem in the middle of Gorski Kotar, a mountainous region in western Croatia. Maple Valley is situated in a lush green forest and surrounded by several lakes. There are three rustic houses on the property for up to 15 guests.
The elegant property is located between Uzes and Cévennes and ideal for a destination wedding in Europe with accommodation. The charming Château de la Condomine features remarkable architecture and a beautiful space for a quaint poolside or garden wedding. There are 10 bedrooms to accommodate up to 16 guests.
Europe is a special place to tie the knot. With so many beautiful countries and top-notch venues, the possibilities are endless. If you need a helping hand, I’d love to assist! Contact me and let’s chat about how we can make all of your wedding day dreams come true.
To learn more about eloping in Italy, check out this complete guide.
August 8, 2021