Between choosing the perfect dress, solidifying the guest list, figuring out travel, finding a decent caterer, picking flower arrangements, and a long list of other to-dos, the idea of planning a destination wedding is daunting. But don’t be discouraged. It’s all about checking off tasks. And the first task is picking the perfect venue.
If you are struggling to find a venue that catches your eye, may we suggest Europe?
Whether you’re looking to get hitched on the snowy summit of a mountain, on the sprawling estate of a 15th century castle, or along the white-sand shores of the Mediterranean, the continent has you covered.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are some of the best European wedding venues in 2022.
Peligoni Club in Zakynthos, Greece
Santorini has long taken the top spot for wedding destinations in Greece, but Zakynthos, a popular summer resort island in the Ionian Sea, offers rivaling beaches and views. The Peligoni Club sits on the island’s white-washed cliffs and is available for private bookings a few times each year. The club offers stunning villas to house guests and a traditional Greek restaurant for the rehearsal dinner. The actual ceremony can be hosted in the beach club, overlooking the ocean.
Bürgenstock Resort in Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The Bürgenstock Resort comes with a little Hollywood history. In 1954, Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer were married in the resort’s quaint, white wedding chapel, nestled in the Alps. The resort is perched 1,600 feet above Lake Lucerne, offering panoramic views. And if you’re worried about accommodations for guests or keeping them entertained, don’t be. The Bürgenstock has four hotels, a spa, and eight restaurants.
Dundas Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland
Built in the 15th century, this Edinburgh castle treats wedding parties like royalty. In 1995, the castle received a serious restoration, combining historic furnishings with modern amenities. The castle offers 17 bedrooms, a Great Hall, and a boathouse on the estate’s lake, which you can rent for the night. Plus, your stay comes with a dedicated wedding planner and operations manager, so you can relax and soak in the experience.
La Bastide De Gordes, France
A five star Provencal gem, this hotel is nestled in the hills overlooking the historic French town of Gordes. A former stately home, La Bastide De Gordes features 12th century architecture, cherry wood furniture, and antique floor tiles. The hotel’s La Maison de Constance is an intimate guest house that sleeps 10, perfect for your wedding party. The hotel also comes with its own chef and on-site spa.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo in Lake Como, Italy
Tie the knot in an art nouveau masterpiece on the western shores of Lake Como, looking out towards the village of Bellagio and the Grigne mountains. If you want to take your wedding to the next level, book the Grand Hotel Tremezzo’s Villa Sola Cabiati. The villa dates back to the 1500s and includes a private butler, its own swimming pool, and a bed that belonged to Napoleon. The villa is right on the shores of Lake Como and minutes from the Grand Hotel Tremezzo. With six suites, housing 12 people, it’s a great spot for a wedding party.