Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves might have rekindled your dream of getting married on the other side of the world.
Their movie Destination Wedding, shot in the picturesque city of Paso Robles shows just how magical it could be to say your I do’s in a far-off land with breathtaking views!
Although located in California, Paso Robles mimics the ambiance of the most popular wedding venues in Europe, especially in Italy! Its vineyard, winery, and panoramic mountain views are reminiscent of the lovely cities of Siena, Milan, and Florence.
No wonder there has been a constant rise in international visitors to Italy almost every year, reaching up to 60 million in 2017.
A percentage of those visitors are couples from all around the world who made their destination wedding in Italy come true.
Today, we’re going to give you a glimpse of why Europe tops the list of regions where couples dream of having a destination wedding. Let’s start with the obvious.
1. Breathtaking views
Here in Carbis with a stunning golden beach. The surreal forests and lakes in Germany, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the lavender fields in Provence, the Grand Canal in Venice, and the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland are only some of the world-class views you’ll see in Europe.
These locations are far from ordinary and you can’t find them elsewhere in the world. Europe is dotted with intimate and luxurious wedding venues that are worth the hours of travel from your country to this continent.
2. Rich in cultural and artistic history
Some couples love to add meaning to their weddings by holding a ceremony in a historic spot. They wouldn’t settle with just any popular venue. They’d patiently look for one that reflects thousands of years of history.
For this reason, they often find Europe as the best continent to hold their destination wedding. The medieval cities and architectural structure in France and Italy will be the first to enter your mind when you think of history and culture.
The ruins of old churches and castles in Ireland are also reflective of the region’s history. A mere view of these ruins from afar will take you back in time when intricate details were carved with bare hands, not with modern tools.
These locations are number one in the hearts of couples who are looking for historic and culture-rich venues for their wedding.
Believe it or not, these historic spots that we mentioned are available for wedding ceremonies! Some European cities even allow civil weddings to take place right inside these locations.
Couples can hire a local wedding planner to help them arrange a civil, symbolic, or a religious ceremony in these places so they won’t have to travel all the way to Europe before the day of their wedding. These destination wedding planners will coordinate with the venue owners and the authorities for a smooth-sailing ceremony and reception.
3. Amazing food!
Are you surprised? We don’t think so!
Everyone knows that Europe is dotted with restaurants that were established by the best chefs in the world. In fact, hundreds of them have been receiving the sought-after Michelin stars – a testament to their expertise in the food industry!
When we talk about food, there is no better time to indulge in world-class cuisines than on your wedding day. Foodies would love to have a wedding banquet or an intimate dinner for two in one of these European restaurants right after the ceremony.
Sink your teeth in authentic Italian pizza and pasta dishes, German sausages and currywurst, traditional Swiss fondue, and the tasty but humble Irish stew!
Lest we forget, you can taste the best bread and desserts in France like the croque monsieur, quiche, and the mouthwatering soufflé. If you want to truly experience Europe, dine in as many restaurants as you can!
A piece of advice
The wedding industry has been adapting to the rising number of couples going for destination weddings. If you’re dreaming of getting married in Europe, don’t be discouraged by the overwhelming preparations needed.
Ask help from planners who are experts in removing all the stress associated with planning weddings abroad. It’s their job to make destination weddings come true down to the last detail without any hassle on the part of the couple.