Destination weddings

5 reasons to have a beach wedding, according to experts

If a laid-back wedding is your goal, a beach wedding venue can be the ideal setting. Even if you're dreaming of a formal affair with a long white dress and tuxedos, a beach wedding can still be flexible enough to allow for some personal touches while remaining elegant. The beach offers many benefits that couples may not have considered. There are numerous locations both in the UK and abroad that specialize in beach weddings. You can choose from large or small resorts, or even get married on a secluded beach.

How to get the best deals on your overseas wedding

Couple under arch at overseas wedding

An overseas wedding can make both practical and economic sense, explains Charles Purdy, CEO of Smart Currency Exchange. But with rapidly moving exchange rates making budgeting all-but impossible, using an FX specialist can take the risk out of large overseas currency payments.

Whether exchanging vows barefoot on the sands of your favourite Spanish costa, enjoying a stylish wedding breakfast laid out under the trees in a French garden, or having your service conducted by ‘Elvis’ in a Las Vegas drive-thru chapel, a wedding abroad can be not just fun and practical, but inexpensive too.

Your destination wedding: Top 10 steps for success

destination wedding - couple in old town

Launched in July 2019 and the first to market in the UK, is a free-to-use online portal dedicated exclusively to couples planning an overseas wedding in Europe. Set to revolutionise the ever-expanding destination wedding market, Luvana is the first of its kind in the UK to showcase suppliers abroad in addition to those able to operate within the key European destinations. Bringing together a carefully curated directory of more than 2,000 respected brands at launch, alongside an array of functional tools and useful checklists, Luvana is destined to become the essential planning resource for couples marrying abroad.  

Say ‘I do’ to a wedding on the North Coast 500

North Coast 500

With its rugged landscapes and jaw-dropping vistas, there’s little wonder why the coast of Scotland is heralded as one of the most magical countries in the world. Celebrated for its charm and forward-thinking nature, Scotland is more than just another place on the map, it’s somewhere that holds a special place in hearts across the country. 

And couples looking for a wedding venue like no other are being encouraged to take their love on the road by an award-winning jeweller.

Wedded Bliss in Koh Samui

Centara Grand Beach Resort

A barefoot ceremony on the soft sands of Chaweng Beach, exchanging vows in a traditional Thai wooden sala, or an intimate gathering on a seafront lawn decorated with gently swaying coconut palms - at two of its picturesque properties in Koh Samui, Centara Hotels and Resorts has launched a new collection of personalised paradise wedding packages. 

Nestled within a cove on the island’s pristine southern shore is the discreet Centara Villas Samui for those who wish for an intimate beach ceremony. Whilst catering to couples looking to host a more extravagant celebration with a full banquet and live entertainment is Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, which also has an opulent Royal Suite.

Choose Tuscany for your wedding destination

Tuscany wedding destination

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa is the perfect romantic wedding and honeymoon destination. The hotel is nestled in the hills of the Serchio Valley in Tuscany, located on a two-mile estate with sweeping views of the countryside. The resort is just one hour from the beautiful cities of Lucca, Pisa, and Florence, and the surrounding areas provide excellent hiking trails among the rugged landscape.

Recently featured on the US romantic hit TV show, The Bachelor, the traditional Tuscan setting offers the perfect place for a couple’s retreat, whether you are newly together and looking for your first holiday or you just want to spend some time with your loved one in one of the most romantic parts of the world.

Top tips for planning a Majorca wedding

Mallorca wedding

Thinking of a destination wedding? A Majorca wedding could be perfect for you! Whether your eloping, considering a small intimate gathering or a traditional wedding on a larger scale Majorca has countless venue options to choose from: whether at the seaside, in the mountains (in the Sierra de Tramuntana UNESCO Heritage site), in a private villa, a fortress, a historic palace, a farmhouse, unusual locations or luxury estates, Majorca has it all for you. Despite the small size of our Mediterranean island, every corner offers different landscapes and different locations for your wedding.

Destination Wedding on Florida’s Treasure Coast

Destination wedding Florida

The ideal destination wedding venue has a romantic, celebratory vibe, Instagram-worthy beauty, stress-free customisation, guest appeal and easy access. Most importantly, it is a reflection of the bride and groom and their shared passions. Along Florida’s Treasure Coast, couples can choose from coastal casual, culturally chic and rural-and-rustic settings, creating an experience that resonates with their love and life.

Host a seaside wedding at one of Vero Beach’s scenic beaches, including Treasure Shores Park and Seagrape Trail Beach. There is no fee or permit required for groups less than 50, and locations are available on a first-come first-serve basis.