Getting married abroad has never been so appealing. Now that both travel and weddings are possible again, couples planning their long-awaited day are ready to go all out.
In a new study by Money.co.uk which uses data from image-sharing platform Pinterest - a go-to for many people planning their big day - the top trending destinations have been unveiled. Here’s a definitive guide.
The mountainous, coastal country of Wales in the UK’s west just makes it into the top 20 wedding destinations. While good weather isn’t guaranteed, the dramatic landscape and selection of stunning venues mean you’re sure to create incredible memories.
It’s no surprise to see the colourful, sun-soaked Bahamas make the list. This archipelago is ideal for a beach-based wedding.
18. United States
In the States, California takes the top spot, with Colorado and Florida monopolising silver and bronze - followed by Hawaii and Virginia. To save on another long-haul flight, why not plan an all-American honeymoon?
Cultured Portugal is a hub for foodies and lovers of architecture. This small but mighty country is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful coastline, and cities like Lisbon and Porto make for a great weekend.
Neighbouring Spain is also a popular wedding destination. This diverse country has everything from rugged countryside to glamorous city skylines, pretty playas and the Pyrenees for mountain lovers.
With a wealth of beaches and beautiful temples, Thailand is the perfect wedding location for adventurous couples, also known for watersports and exploring the islands by boat. Oh, and don’t forget the amazing food.
We’ve all seen incredible wedding shots from the Scottish Highlands and Lochs. The northernmost part of the UK was practically made for capturing unforgettable occasions. Scotland’s rich history and unique culture make it a special corner of the world for romantic getaways.
If you’re the 24-hour party person type, Ibiza’s notorious nightlife and guaranteed good weather makes it the perfect wedding destination.
England’s range of characterful counties means lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding locations. From the rolling Yorkshire Dales to the quiet Cotswolds, there’s something for everyone.
Pack your layers and prepare for a white wedding in Canada. Snowy mountainscapes and the country’s sheer vastness will leave couples and their guests in awe. Plus the potato-ful national dish, poutine, is the perfect carb-fest for any bad heads the next day.
White-sand beaches lined with palm trees, stunning coral reefs and crystal clear lagoons. What more could you want?
9. New Zealand
New Zealand makes the list for its picturesque landscape and chilled vibes. One for rugby fans or Lord of the Rings geeks.
Nearby Australia has ranked, too. A country of natural wonders, bustling cities and endless summers, it’s no wonder this is a popular choice.
Ireland is the ideal spot for lovers of the outdoors who like to finish off a day of adventures with a hand-poured pint in a cosy country pub. It’s also known for the luck of the land, so we’re optimistic that couples who tie the knot here will have a long and happy marriage.
If you’re into yoga, a tranquil tropical climate and nature, Bali is the wedding destination for you. Imagine waking up on your wedding day and seeing in the sunrise from ‘Warrior I’. Bliss.
Tequila, tacos and tortillas. Your wedding guests are in for a foodie treat if you choose Mexico for your marriage. This colourful country is a cultural delight, and in the summer you can expect some high temperatures.
Surely one of the most romantic countries in the world, channel some Italian passion with a wedding in Europe’s food and history capital. Rome, Florence, Sicily, Verona, Venice - we can’t even begin to list the locations literally made for love.
If Italy is home to the architecture of love, France is home to the language of love. Paris is, of course, widely recognised as the most romantic city in the world. Plus, the wine is some of Europe’s finest, so wedding guests are in for a real treat.
Greece’s whitewashed coast,stunning sunsets and balmy heat make it a heady escape for those in love. Think the hilltop church in ‘Mamma Mia’. That could be you.
Morocco is top of the list when it comes to most sought-after wedding destinations - and it’s no wonder. The country’s vibrant culture comes through in the bright, layered towns and villages, tasty food scene and heat.