You’re engaged to the love of your life, you’ve told your family and friends about it and you’ve maybe even purchased specialist engagement ring insurance.
But have you thought about where you want to get married? According to a YouGov for Direct Line Home Insurance survey, one in four couples get married abroad. As this trend grows, we’ve scoured the globe to uncover the world’s best wedding destinations.
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According to tourism company Kuoni, Mauritius is the world’s most popular wedding destination for 2018 – and it’s easy to see why. With sparkling lagoons and white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, it certainly provides a picturesque setting for a wedding. It’s also family-friendly, which is handy if you’ve got quite an extensive guest list!
Lake Como, Italy
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Lake Como’s panoramic landscapes, historical villas, famous cuisine and fabulous wine make it one of the world's best wedding destinations. So, if you prefer architecture to sea and sand, Lake Como may be the place for you and your significant other.
County Donegal, Ireland
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Donegal’s stunning natural scenery, heritage sites and wedding locations will make your big day one to remember. Harvey’s Point, which sits opposite the quaint Lough Eske lake, provides an incredible backdrop for couples exchanging vows.
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If your idea of an intimate wedding ceremony is a mystical hillside retreat flanked by mountains and tropical gardens and forests, then Bali should be top of your list. The Alila Ubud Resort in Payangan is very popular with newlyweds and even offers a private pool package – what’s not to love?
The word ‘paradise’ gets thrown about a lot when people talk about Seychelles Islands, and with plenty of reason. Hilltops overlooking ocean coves, beaches with large granite boulders, violet and orange sunsets and a rich array of lush plantations and wildlife are just some of the islands’ sights to behold.
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Sintra may be a relative unknown when it comes to wedding destinations but, it has every bit as much charm, character and elegance as some of the other European wedding hotspots which overshadow it. This tiny mountain village near Lisbon is surrounded by mountains and its landscape is comprised of mist-soaked forests, palaces and castles dating back to the 15th century.
Las Vegas may not have the history of Sintra or the natural beauty of the Seychelles Islands, but it’s the perfect place to let your hair down! Weddings in Vegas are notoriously hassle-free, good fun and easy on the bank account. Don’t let the misconceptions about Vegas being tacky fool you, either – luxurious locations are aplenty when it comes to weddings in Sin City.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The town of Punta Cana, located along the eastern coastline of the Dominican Republic, is a serious wedding hotspot. This is likely due to its breath-taking beaches adorned with beautiful aquamarine waters and its range of wedding resorts, many of which are available at reasonable prices.
Hopefully you’ve earmarked one or two of these places as the potential destination for your wedding. However, if you still fancy tying the knot on home soil, we recommend…
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
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An outstanding piece of baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace is absolutely oozing with history. It was the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill – and could be the ideal birthplace of your marriage. With more than six packages available for up to 2000 guests, you’re not shy of options and can create your dream wedding celebration.
If these hotspots tickle your fancy, and you go abroad for your big day, then we offer insurance on your engagement ring against theft, loss and damage, both in the UK and worldwide. Get an instant online quote with us today and discover how affordable peace of mind can be.