HOPING to get hitched with sand, sea and sun?
From the spectacular scenery in Malta to the sun-drenched beaches of the Algarve, decide on your dream wedding destination with our top ten spots to tie the knot.
The ‘island of love’, with golden sands and guaranteed sunshine, is a popular destination for getting married overseas that won’t cost you the earth.
You can choose to host your ceremony in an Anglican church, town hall or hotel garden overlooking miles of spectacular coastline.
2. Ibiza, Balearic Islands
The ‘white isle’ is the perfect place for a bohemian wedding by the beach.
With a warm, Mediterranean climate, Ibiza plays host to many beach-side blessings at sunset – followed by an unforgettable wedding reception on the party isle.
Plan your Ibiza wedding with 2020 wedding packages from Perfect Weddings Abroad with packages starting from £2,199
You can also opt for a fully inclusive packages with prices starting at £6,799.
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Malta is becoming an increasingly popular wedding destination – offering spectacular scenery and plenty of sunshine.
The Mediterranean island is steeped in history and has a great range of wedding venues – from restored farm houses to stately homes – as well as plush hotel gardens and laid-back beach locations.
Plus, you can get legally married in Malta without being a resident of the country.
4. Olu Deniz, Turkey
The white sandy beach and turquoise sea of the Blue Lagoon in Olu Deniz make it one of Turkey’s most spectacular locations and a great backdrop for your big day.
A wedding in Turkey promises stunning coastal views, tropical weather and delicious food – without a hefty price tag.
5. Algarve, Portugal
If you’re looking to get married on a sandy beach under blue skies, the sunny Algarve won’t disappoint – and it’s just a three-hour flight from the UK.
A great location for a spring wedding, the Algarve is usually warm as early as April and you’ll find a better deal and less crowds before the summer months.
You can also legally have a civil ceremony or catholic wedding in Portugal without being a resident.
Find 2020 Portugal wedding packages with Perfect Weddings Abroad – wedding packages start from £999, while fully inclusive packages start from £6,499
You can also browse the top wedding hotels in the Algarve with Expedia from £32pp per night for a wedding in summer 2020.
6. Rhodes, Greece
Another spot for guaranteed sunshine, Rhodes also boasts a dramatic coastline and a rich history – the island is a UNESCO World heritage site.
You can choose from a wide range of wedding venues, from traditional tavernas to high end hotels.
St Paul’s Bay is a popular Rhodes wedding destination at the foot of the Acropolis, which makes a spectacular ceremony backdrop.
7. Tenerife, Canary Islands
For a laid-back, great value option, Tenerife boasts year-round warm weather and is just a short three-hour flight from the UK.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife offers up a wide range of places to get married – from volcanic landscapes to lush forests and beautiful beaches.
8. Dubrovnik, Croatia
Can’t decide whether to have a city or beach wedding? Dubrovnik offers the best of both worlds with a picturesque old town as well as plenty of beach locations.
Choose from luxury hotels, churches, villas or beach clubs – all with spectacular sea views – for your wedding ceremony or reception.
Plus, you can expect plenty of blue skies – and just a short flight time from the UK.
Our tips for finding top travel offers
There are plenty of choices to make with breaks away – even after you’ve decided on a destination. Here’s how you can ensure you’re getting a good deal
BOOK LAST MINUTE If you’re able to look last minute you’ll often find good deals, as companies look to encourage bookings and fulfill availability.
SPECIAL OFFERS Great offers depend on travel companies’ willingness to cut prices, but some companies maintain a special offers section – like Jet2Holidays. Deal sites like Travelzoo are also worth checking.
BE FLEXIBLE Flexibility of travel dates and connections can save you money. As can travelling outside of peak periods, or – if not travelling with children – outside school holidays.
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9. Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Another Balearic Island, the ‘Jewel of the Med’, is an ever-popular choice for a beach-based, laid-back wedding with plenty of sunshine.
As well as stunning beaches, you can choose from a range of venues – from traditional churches to high-end hotels.
Just over two hours flight from the UK and with lots of great value deals, it’s also an affordable option if you want to take a big group to celebrate your special day.
10. Sorrento, Italy
If you’re happy to splash out, Sorrento in Italy is an increasingly popular wedding destination.
Sitting high above the bay of Naples, the town offers a scenic location with spectacular views.
Expect warm weather, great food and plenty of historic, romantic wedding venues – from cliff side resorts to luxury hotels.
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