If saying 'I do' on a beautiful beach sounds like an idyllic marriage option, you do not have to travel too far within Europe to find the perfect venue and setting. With almost guaranteed sunshine and jaw-dropping photographic backdrops, getting married in another European country can be a dream for many.
But did you know that, if you take out Europesure’s travel insurance for that wedding trip, you can also take out a wedding cover extension, to safeguard important elements of your big day such as the dress, your rings and your gifts?
With so many fabulous European cities and resorts in which to hold a wedding to remember, it’s tough to choose where to highlight, but here are just 5 top travel destinations, for those seeking to marry abroad and secure a happy-ever-after.
Location, location, location – if you're seeking the backdrop of your dreams for your wedding photography, look no further than Santorini in Greece. This wow-factor island has jaw-dropping scenery, which regularly graces the pages of wedding magazines. Think bright white buildings, blue-domed chapels and romantic sunsets! With all of this, it's no surprise Santorini is one of the most popular overseas wedding destinations.
Many of the hotels, with an elevated position on the cliff side, create magnificent settings for wedding ceremonies. For perfect weather, June to September is the best time to book. As July and August are the hottest months, they could be ones in which to opt for a cooler evening ceremony, timed perfectly to coincide with the famous sunset!
Whether you opt to stage your nuptials in a rustic farmhouse, majestic castle or a golden sandy beach, Malta can cater for the grandest or most laid-back ceremony. Two options standing out, however, are those at the Villa Bologna Gardens and the Waterfall Gardens at Limestone Heritage.
Malta is growing in popularity as a wedding destination and with scenery, history, and sunshine aplenty, this island has it all. With an average temperature of 20°C, from October to March, Malta is a year-round wedding destination.
Villa Bologna Gardens is an exclusive venue, deemed one of the most famous locations on Malta for show-stopper weddings. This 18th century country house is set in historic Mediterranean gardens, providing a beautiful backdrop for photography.
For a spectacular outdoor venue, The Waterfall Gardens at Limestone Heritage provides a wonderfully unique location.. Landscaped gardens are framed by a historic limestone wall and 30ft high waterfall, around which guests can dine and celebrate into the evening.
With its dreamy coastal position, abundance of hotels and mouth-watering Italian food, Sorrento ticks all the boxes for a wedding ceremony and honeymoon to remember. Impressive 5-star luxury hotels hang on the cliff edge and cater for large celebrations. Many boast spectacular terraces for dinner, fireworks and views out over the Bay of Naples, but if it's small and intimate you're after, Sorrento can do that too. This is an island just over-flowing with romance, making it the perfect place for your vows.
Once married, you can enjoy time as a couple, wandering the many boutiques, taking evening strolls through its historic centre, enjoying a boat trip to Capri for the day, or discovering one of the many family-owned restaurants in which you can share a Neapolitan pizza. It’s sure to be the best you will ever taste!
With its historic old town providing a dramatic backdrop (and plenty of Game of Thrones vibes too), Dubrovnik is another great setting for an intimate wedding and a place in which newly-weds can really lose themselves during their honeymoon.
For the ceremony, venues include grand villas, palaces, a fortress and sandy beaches with beautiful turquoise sea twinkling behind the wedding dais. With all of this, brides and grooms are really spoilt for choice when choosing a venue in Dubrovnik.
Once the celebrations are over and it's time to enjoy the honeymoon, a week will quickly pass. Walk the city walls, take a boat trip to delightful Cavtat and enjoy a seaside promenade beneath the pine trees, enjoy the craft beer, embrace one of the live music venues or hop on the cable car up to Mount Srđ.
For a city wedding, Paris has to be top of the list; impossibly romantic and with great travel links to many different European countries – an important factor if you have lots of friends and family travelling to attend the wedding.
The city has plenty of venues hosting weddings, including hotels and elegant châteaux on Paris’s periphery, but you can also say 'I do' in front of the Eiffel Tower! Just be sure to return in the evening for photos, when it's lit up with thousands of fairy-tale lights!
Insurance for travelling brides and grooms and their wedding guests
If you are heading off to marry abroad this year, or travelling to an overseas wedding as a guest, make sure you buy your travel insurance well in advance, ideally as soon as you book your trip. Decide whether this will be your one trip to another country this year or whether you will take more than one. If you have a few plans to pack your suitcase, an annual multi-trip policy is probably better for you than a single trip travel insurance policy.
Just work out which countries you are likely to visit and select the right option to cover you, within those zones and then head to www.europesuretravelinsurance.com to buy.
If you are the bride and groom, adding in the wedding extension to your travel cover makes great sense. This provides peace of mind that precious items, including wedding attire, rings, gifts, wedding photographs and video recordings, are covered, in the event of loss, theft or damage during your trip. Find out more here.