Stately elegance and Old World charm
Special because …
An abundance of fairytale castles
Fine wines and gourmet cuisine
Magnificent art and architecture
The honor of your presence is requested in a medieval castle in Ireland. Atop a cliff overlooking the sea. In a field of lavender in the French countryside. In a chapel in Rome, on a vineyard in Tuscany, in a garden on the Amalfi Coast. On a rolling, green hillside in Scotland. Or in a posh resort in Spain. Europe is positively dripping with regal venues, breathtaking vistas, unforgettable cuisine, romantic music and more. Who says you have to come from a royal bloodline to have a fairytale wedding? Not us!
From England and Ireland to Spain, France, and Italy, you’ll be amazed at the cornucopia of cutting-edge cuisine from which you can choose. Spain is famous for its tapas. France for its enticing cheese, truffles, and wine. Italy will wow you with seafood and pasta galore. You’ll find high tea and medieval banquets in England. And hearty breakfasts in Ireland.
When it comes to beverages, quench your guests’ thirst with legendary regional wines and Champagnes, sturdy pints of Guinness, drams of whiskey, and delicious sips of Sangria, Grappa, and Limoncello. For a special treat, schedule gourmet cooking classes for your wedding party and tours of wineries or famous distilleries for your guests.
For Culture Lovers
Art and architecture lovers will devour Paris’s Louvre and the Palace of Versailles, the Monserrat monastery and Picasso museum in Barcelona, The Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo’s masterpieces in Italy, The Vatican, the Roman Colosseum, The Matisse Museum in Nice, The National Gallery in London, and oh so much more.
There’s plenty of romantic music and literature in Europe as well. You couldn’t be blamed if the poetry of Byron, Shelley, or Keats’ were to find its way into your ceremony. Ballroom steps such as the waltz add elegance to your dance floor. In Spain, the Flamenco adds passion and fun to the affair. There are delightful stories and legends to be told in Ireland. And of course, Scottish bagpipes are sure to make your day special.
Things To See & Do
In Italy, you can take a drive along the scenic Amalfi Coast, tour a vineyard, or see the sites of Rome, Florence, and Pisa. Sign up for a gourmet cooking class in France, bicycle through the countryside, or shop the chic boutiques of Paris, Cannes, and Monte Carlo. Spain offers helicopter rides, horseback riding in the countryside, flamenco dancing, and endless people watching from charming sidewalk cafés.
In England pay a visit to Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. Take the Royal Wedding Tour or escape for a day trip to magical Stonehenge. In Scotland, you can see Loch Lomond, hit a few balls at St Andrews Royal & Ancient Golf Club and tour Edinburgh Castle. Ireland offers fun-filled tours of Dublin, the Guinness Brewery and amusing pub tours. But you haven’t seen the Emerald Isle until you’ve run off to the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, and Blarney Castle.
Ireland, Scotland & England – Stunning castles, rich country estates, and breathtaking scenery ensure a picturesque venue for your special day. Ireland offers history and folklore. Scotland has golfing and bagpipes. With high tea and royalty in the air, England sets the tone for a stylish and elegant occasion.
Italy – From chic Milan, passionate Venice, and the Italian Riviera to Tuscany, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast … you’ll find love around every corner. This is your chance to take moonlit gondola rides, explore the rustic countryside, go haute couture shopping, and toast your love and happiness over delicious food and wine.
France – In a word? Glamour. Especially the French Riviera (Cannes, Nice, St. Tropez, and Monte Carlo). What better place to declare your love than in the sun-drenched land where Champagne and amour were born? Choose from stunning vistas that inspired Cézanne and Matisse, posh coastal resorts, and more.
Spain – From Andalusia and Costa del Sol to Seville, Madrid, and Barcelona, Spain is perfect for sophisticated couples who like to play in the sunshine, drink Sangria, soak up art and culture by day and dance in the discotecas until dawn.
Unexpected – Looking for something off the beaten path? How about a palace or seaside villa in Croatia. In a medieval castle in Sweden. Or perhaps the slopes in the Swiss Alps.
Who Got Married There?
Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys (France), Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes (Italy), Pamela Anderson & Kid Rock (France), Kate Moss & Jamie Hince (England), Pierce Brosnan & Keely Shaye (Ireland), Victoria Adams & David Beckham (Ireland), Stella McCartney & Alasdhair Willis (Scotland), Julio Iglesias & Miranda Rijnsburger (Spain), Vancouver Canucks Hockey Player Mats Sundin & Josephine Johansson (Sweden), Roger Federer & Mirka Vavrinec (Switzerland)