Historic castles, white sandy beaches, chic cities or stunning countryside - if you’re thinking of getting married overseas, there’s a destination for everyone. We’ve hand-picked 10 of the best for a beautiful wedding abroad.
- Marry in paradise: Fiji
With 332 picture-postcard islands to choose from, even the most demanding bride is certain to find the perfect place in this South Pacific paradise. And on the northernmost of the Mamanuca islands (one of Fiji’s most secluded spots) Tokoriki Island Resort Tokoriki Island Resort, recently nominated as one of the most romanntic hotels in the world, is ideal for a castaway ceremony with plenty of luxury touches.
- Timeless romance: Italy
Boasting the romance and mystery of Venice and Rome, and the stunning Amalfi coast, the list of beautiful wedding destinations in Italy just goes on and on. But whatever your dream ceremony, it’s hard to beat saying "I do" at the Lucia Estate - two 18th century villas with views of the Alps reflected in Lake Como.
- Say "I do" on safari: South Africa
Whether you’d love to get married on safari, or to tie the knot in the heart of wine country, South Africa is hard to beat. And for a truly once-in-a-lifetime destination, the exclusive Ulusaba (Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve) is on the border of the Kruger National Park. Follow your big day by trying to spot the big five from this stunning veranda which overlooks a gorgeous African plain.
- An historic event: Croatia
With tiny islands dotting the almost endless coastline, as well as the chance to get married in a hillside castle or historic city, Croatia is something of an undiscovered gem. One of the country’s finest treasures is the stunning old town of Dubrovnik. Check in to the Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel for a waterfront wedding and gourmet reception.
- South American Splendour: Argentina
Ever considered Argentina for your wedding? The second largest country in South America has mountain ranges, the wonderful Buenos Aires and the thundering splendour of the Iguassu falls. Eco-lodge Estancia Peuma Hue, where you can take tango lessons and indulge in wine tasting, overlooks a turquoise lake in the Andes with the scenery of Patagonia on the doorstep.
- Idyllic weddings: Sri Lanka
Repeatedly voted favourite overseas wedding destination, Sri Lanka has Indian Ocean views and weather, plus plenty of culture and adventure packed into a relatively small island. With only seven luxurious colonial-style suites at Reef Villa & Spa in the island’s south-west, you’re guaranteed an intimate and private ceremony among the tropical gardens and palm-fringed pavilions.
- Chilly and unique: Canada
From beautiful mountain scenery to stylish cities, Canada has something for everyone – but Quebec City’s status as a French-speaking World Heritage site really sets it apart as somewhere special. It’s also home to the fairytale Hotel de Glace, a magical setting created from ice and snow every year, complete with its own ice chapel.
- Set sail: Cyprus
According to legend, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was born on Cyprus – which is just one reason why it’s so perfect for a wedding. It also boasts stunning scenery, little white-washed churches and almost year-round sun. If you want to get closer to the sea, Exclusive Yacht Weddings can arrange for you to marry on board one of their luxurious boats before cruising to a nearby bay.
- Picture perfect: Mauritius
There’s a reason Mauritius is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the Indian Ocean – white sand and turquoise sea mean stunning photos are guaranteed. Set on a horseshoe-shaped coral sand cove on the island’s quiet south coast, you can marry on the waterfront or in the tropical gardens at boutique resort Shanti Maurice before enjoying the award-winning spa.
- Take the plunge: Iceland
The land of fire and ice, Iceland’s unique lava landscape, illuminated by the swirling Northern Lights, makes for a unique and stunning wedding. In the country’s south, Hotel Rangá can arrange ceremonies in a traditional Icelandic country church, or outdoors at the nearby Skóarfoss waterfalls. Then take the plunge (literally) at the Blue Lagoon spa.