County Waterford, Ireland
Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Ireland’s only Island Castle is set on an enchanted 310-acre Private Island. This luxury 16th century castle, part of Ireland’s Ancient East is a place of history, romance, and tranquility. Experience a wonderful sense of anticipation as you make the short crossing by private car ferry over the King’s Channel to the island resort and travel the beech-lined drive to the 16th century Castle.
As you enter the massive studded oak doors on your wedding day as husband and wife, you will be surrounded by the castle’s 500 year old history to celebrate the most romantic and memorable occasion of your lives with those you hold dear.
You are spoilt for choice with some excellent locations to choose from for your ceremony. The great lawn with it’s beautiful steps leading to the arced gateway provides the perfect venue for your lawn nuptials. The castle’s front lawn with beautiful views surrounded by the River Suir and the backdrop of 16th Century Castle’s with it’s massive studded oak doors leads a perfect setting for your champagne reception.
Nature lends itself for a picture perfect wedding on the island’s grass paths leading to the river, the gardens, wetland, and the tranquil moss covered mature forest. The Island is full of wildlife, so much to see while exploring the beautiful grounds. You may catch a glimpse of our resident Deer, Fox, Red Squirrel, Hedgehogs, Badgers, and Irish Hares. Wild birds to name a few that can be seen are Kestrels, Pheasants, Peacocks, Sparrow hawks, Hen Harriers, Buzzards, long eared Owl, Cuckoo, Kingfishers, Swans, Cootes, and Moorhens.
The award winning Munster Room as critically acclaimed in the 2015 Michelin Guide, will satisfy every food lover’s palate and create a truly memorable fine dining experience for all.
From intimate gatherings to formal receptions, the dedicated wedding coordinators will work to ensure that your day will run smoothly and their attention to detail, commitment and professionalism will make this a day to remember.
Santorini, GreeceWhen you picture the Greek Isles, Santorini probably comes to mind. With its white and blue domed buildings dramatically clinging to the cliffs, blue Aegean views, and sunsets you could watch for years, Santorini welcomes weddings by its very makeup. You can get married at one its cliff-clinging chapels, hotels, and restaurants. The appeal here is that you will most likely be married in front of enviable Aegean views. Guests won’t complain either. Santorini fills with things to see and do from archaeological sites like Akrotiri and Ancient Thira, to beaches of red, white, and black sands. Guests can easily reach Santorini from direct flights from Athens. You can also arrive in a more dramatic fashion, by boat!
Tuscany, ItalyWith its rolling hills littered with olive groves, vineyards, and medieval villages, Tuscany remains an easy choice for a destination wedding in Europe. Not only do you have your choice of Renaissance art and architecture for your backdrop you certainly won’t have to worry about your guests finding things to occupy their time. Tuscany is easily one of the world’s best destinations for wine lovers. You can either host your wedding at a vineyard or send your guests off to explore the many wine regions within Tuscany like Chianti and Montalcino. Most of the vineyards are less than two hours from Sienna or Florence. Some popular spots to get married in the area begin in Florence. Florence boasts much more than your average city hall. Couples can get married in the medieval Palazzo Vecchio. Most of the town’s city hall marriages take place in the palace’s Sala Rossa. In addition, Tuscany is littered with villas that prove ideal for weddings, many of which are either hotels or museums.
Loire Valley, France
Just two hours south of Paris, the Loire Valley was practically made for destination weddings in Europe. The entire valley has earned UNESCO status for its storybook towns, rolling hills, and pleasure castles. The area is crawling with hundreds of chateaus you can tour or even stay in for a night. The landscape of castles, vineyards, and forests lends an ideal destination wedding setting.
Also, as the Loire Valley is still close to Paris, your guests won’t have a hard time reaching your wedding. The Loire Valley has many chateaus where you can tie the knot including Chateau D’Artigny. The 18th century mansion sits right in the heart of the Loire Valley and boasts a wine cellar with more than 20,000 bottles. The castle also offers wedding services so you can live out a Cinderella fairy-tale and marry in a French chateau.
Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Spain’s third largest region has romance built right into its makeup. Perhaps known mostly for laying the stage for Cervantes’ Don Quixote and his quests for chivalry, Castilla-La Mancha romances couples seeking a convenient wedding location in Europe. Close to Madrid, the region lies to the city’s southeast. Seeing few tourists, the region fills with old-fashioned windmills, crumbling castles, and loads of vineyards. In fact, La Mancha grows more vines than any other region on the planet. Toss in romantic cities like Toledo and Cuenca, and you’re bound to find the appeal to hosting your destination wedding in Castilla-La Mancha. Parador de Cuenca offers a truly memorable wedding location in the region. The 14th century convent sets up in a dramatic location on a high rocky cliff, lending the perfect backdrop for couples seeking a wedding in Spain.
Prague, Czech Republic
With its story dating back a millennium, Prague certainly has history on its side. Luckily for travelers and couples scouting out destination wedding locations, Prague shows its age well. Acting as one of the best-preserved cities in Europe, Prague lays the foundations for a fairy-tale experience. With its cobbled lanes, quiet courtyards, old timey bars, art galleries, and countless medieval church spires, Prague is a stunner no matter which way you spin it. You will have to pinch yourself at the very idea of some of Prague’s wedding locations. From legendary baroque gardens like Vrtba Garden and Ledeburska Garden, to castles, to the Old Town Hall and its famous astronomical clock, Prague invites couples to tie the knot within its very historic makeup.
Getting married in Europe frequently needs no arm-twisting to come around to the idea. However, picking just the right location for your wedding, one that will please guests and the couple, can be a challenge with so many stunning backdrops to choose from. Luckily these locations on the continent, provide built-in wedding success, for a truly happily ever after.
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