Fancy getting married amongst a sea of pink cherry blossom or in a castle that inspired a Disney film? From secluded natural hideaways to pretty European towns, here are some of the most picturesque places on earth to tie the knot. And once you’ve chosen one of these beautiful wedding destinations, why not check out some advice from marry-abroad experts.
With its white buildings and vivid blue roofs, Santorini is everything you dreamed a Greek island would be. Aim high when it comes to your wedding reception – the island gets some of the most spectacular sunsets in Europe, best seen from a hilltop view. READ MORE: 20 wedding venues with a difference
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Set on a beautiful lake in South East France in the Rhône-Alpes, Annecy is a hidden gem that’s not too far from home. Medieval châteaux and villas where you can host your wedding line the lake – which happens to be one of Europe’s cleanest if you fancy a midnight dip.
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, Zambia
It’s over a mile wide and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, so Victoria Falls gives a whole new meaning to grand scale wedding. You can say your vows at Palm Island in the middle of the Zambezi River, or at a riverside site 3km above the falls. Perfect if you’re planning a safari honeymoon.
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Used by Disney as the inspiration for the castle in Cinderella, this dreamy scene is high in the Bavarian Alps about 90 minutes’ drive from Munich. While no weddings are allowed inside, you can marry in the grassy area below and have it as a fairytale backdrop for your wedding pictures.
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Bora Bora, Polynesia
Luxury bungalows over teal water are standard in this South Pacific island, and there are a host of amazing wedding packages to choose from. The Four Seasons Bora Bora offers everything from a private beach celebration to a reception on a catamaran. It’s a long haul flight so ideal for an intimate ceremony followed by the honeymoon of a lifetime.
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Arches National Park, Utah
With the greatest density of natural arches in the world, this Utah National Park is a surreal landscape to tie the knot in. Stick around to catch the amazing sunset, then turn your honeymoon into a great American road trip.
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Dunnottar Castle, Scotland
In an enchanting cliff top setting, this historical ruin is the inspiration behind the castle in Disney’s Brave. Wedding ceremonies for up to 80 guests can be conducted anywhere within the grounds, with wild, rugged landscape on one side and views across the North Sea on the other.
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ICEHOTEL, which is rebuilt every winter, is a unique and magical setting to say ‘I do’. After a ceremony in the Ice Church you’ll dine on custom-made blocks of ice with your names and wedding date engraved on them. Spend the night in the Northern Lights Room, where light art dances on the ceiling.
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When snow falls over Hallstatt’s pastel coloured houses, the alpine town is transformed into a romantic winter wonderland. To make the most of the natural surroundings, you can get married on the lake itself, or on the mountains for a Sound of Music-style wedding.
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Mount Yoshino, Japan
This sea of pink is created by over 30,000 cherry blossom trees across Japan’s famous Mount Yoshino. While you can’t get married up the mountain, stay in nearby Nara to have this as your big-day backdrop. Go early to late April to catch flowering season.
The city of romance lives up to the hype with its splendour, charm and fine food. So live out your Parisian film fantasies and choose this classic setting as a backdrop to your big day. Just a short journey away on the Eurostar, you can whisk your guests there and back in a weekend.
The medieval town of Ravello is an ethereal setting with stop-and-stare views around every corner. Handily, two wedding-worthy five star hotels are nestled next to each other – Palazzo Avino and Belmond Hotel Caruso, which both give you the feeling of being in the heavens.
Vivid blue lakes and rugged mountains make this Western state of Canada look like a movie scene. The snowy peaks are perfect if you want an adventure honeymoon straight after, such as snowboarding or skiing.
Make like George and Amal Clooney and hold your wedding in one of the most spectacular cities in the world. You could go big with an ancient Venetian palace or choose an authentic Italian restaurant for an intimate celebration. A gondola ride with your photographer will leave you with sensational shots from all over the city.