8 breathtaking venues for your destination wedding in Europe

If you’re looking to infuse culture, sophistication and flair into your nuptials, you’re probably scouting all the potential European wedding venues across the Atlantic. The good news is that there are an infinite number of choices. The bad news is that it can take a lifetime, or even longer, to narrow down your choices.

To help streamline the process, we’ve done the research for you, selecting some of Europe’s most majestic and spectacular locations. From hotels nestled on winding cliffs overlooking quaint villages to simple castles that will give your guests the history lesson of a lifetime (not to mention serve as the most stunning backdrop for your photos), we’ve selected locations really beautiful for your European Wedding.

Read on for our top eight picks for jaw-dropping weddings in Europe.

Photo by Ben Yew Photography

This 18th century chateau (French chateau for chateau) in the Loire Valley has survived wars and revolutions, been home to nobles, writers and philosophers (we’re talking about Voltaire himself) and can serve as a backdrop really spectacular background for your wedding. With 15 suites, a grand salon, formal and informal dining rooms, orangeries and, of course, beautiful gardens, this is the perfect location for an intimate and unforgettable European wedding. Although it’s been around since the 1700s, the hotel has been restored by award-winning designer Timothy Corrigan (and has better-tended gardens than David Beckham).

Courtesy of Hotel Ca’Sagredo

Imagine how absolutely stunning your wedding photos would be if they were taken in this city with no roads, just canals. Connected by more than 100 small islands in the Adriatic Sea, Venice is undoubtedly one of the most romantic and picturesque places on the planet. For a wedding fit for a Venetian princess, consider the elegant Hotel Ca’Sagredo, which sits majestically on the banks of Venice’s Grand Canal. The hotel also serves as a museum, with its sumptuous decor, stuccoes, frescoes and paintings galore. The main hall offers a rare chance to relive the opulence of a centuries-old Venetian palace, marked by important masterpieces on the ceiling and walls. There is also a rooftop terrace suitable for small ceremonies, cocktails and brunches.

Courtesy of Regent Porto Montenegro

If you and your future spouse are looking to get married somewhere exotic but under-explored in Europe, one place to consider is the Balkan country of Montenegro. The coastal city in the southwest of the country attracts lovers from all over the world for its serene beauty. The Regent Porto Montenegro is one of the most popular locations for weddings as it is located along a chic promenade of floating super yachts on the Adriatic Sea. The venue is surrounded by lush greenery and sculptural water fountains, which provide endless options for portraits and nighttime festivities.

Courtesy of Dolder Grand

Imagine getting married in a castle that overlooks the bustling city of Zurich, but is still surrounded by the vast Swiss countryside. Sounds amazing, right? That’s what you’ll get when you choose The Dolder Grand as your venue. Melt away the stress of wedding planning at Dolder Grand’s spa with a couple’s celebration package, where the bride and groom can sit side-by-side and enjoy steam baths, massages and relaxation. Talk about a way to get rid of nervousness before marriage. The Dolder Grand’s 400 square meter ballroom has a modern twist with its imposed domed ceiling that can be lit in different colors. The hardwood floors make for a killer dance floor and the adjoining terrace is perfect for guests who want a breath of fresh air mid-reception.

Courtesy of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc

The French Riviera is absolutely breathtaking, but Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, jutting out into the crystal-clear waters of the Ligurian Sea, is next level. Perhaps that’s why it’s served as the venue of choice for a handful of celebrity weddings. Secluded grounds include exquisite gardens, private shoreline, restaurants, terraces, and large event spaces, all overlooking the French Riviera. The Salon Iles de Lérins can accommodate a banquet for 200 guests or be divided into three distinct spaces, transforming the atmosphere throughout an event.

Courtesy of Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer

If that was good enough for Princess Grace… well, you get the idea. In the independent city-state along the Mediterranean where the actress was a princess for decades, there’s hardly any space that isn’t perfect for an over-the-top luxury wedding. But perhaps the most prestigious of all is Villa “La Vigie” in Monte Carlo thanks to its history, architecture and unique location. (It was even Karl Lagerfeld’s home for more than a decade in the 1990s!) Today, guests can wed between panoramic views of the Mediterranean, the Principality of Monaco, and the bay of Roquebrune- Cap-Martin, surrounded by a magnificent wooded park. to park. The Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, Monaco’s iconic spa, also offers various services so that the couple is prepared and taken care of on their wedding day.

Courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels

The scene at this historic fishing port along the southern coast of Sicily is ideal for a destination wedding that will truly wow guests. Make Verdura Resort’s enchanting open-air amphitheater, surrounded by Sicily’s natural beauty, olive groves and citrus groves, your place to say ‘I do’. The resort offers 203 rooms with views of the championship golf course and a 4,000 square meter spa with four outdoor thalassotherapy pools overlooking the famous Italian landscape. Plus, there are plenty of activities and experiences available on-site, including cooking classes, mixology classes, wine tasting, horseback riding on the beach, golf, hiking, and more.

Courtesy of the Conservatory

Whether you are looking for an enchanting and fairytale wedding venue or a modern, urban and chic venue, the Conservatorium can serve as your backdrop. Located right in the heart of Amsterdam’s famous Museum Quarter, next to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Stedelijk Museum, is this opulent hotel that once served as a bank and music conservatory. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular destination for weddings, with stunning contemporary interiors and stunning city views. To top it off, they will provide you with a wedding coordinator who will take care of everything from the flowers and the wedding cake to the decorations and the DJ.

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