Abroad has many perks not just the guaranteed sunshine! Exotic cuisine and stunning vistas make for an extra-special day. We asked you for your top ‘I do’ destinations… and here they are. Turn over to see how other brides wed there, as well as an expert guide to tying the knot smoothly. Not chosen a destination yet? We’ve also got five you might not have thought of…
Jody Senior, 29, married daniel Turner, 32, in ConvenTo dell’annunCiaTa medole, italy, on 14 June 2013. She SayS:‘We wanted to get married outside but felt that the weather in Britain was too unpredictable. Because we both love Italy, it was an easy decision to take the day abroad. We spent a week looking at venues in North Italy – the Convento dell’Annunciata was so stunning we ended up comparing every other place to it.
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We decided to have the ceremony in the walled Secret Garden – this had never been done before but it worked beautifully. We had a white and green palette (I love the simplicity of white fowers), printed all the stationery ourselves at home and hung photos of us with friends and family around the venue as part of our decor. Our guests loved the specially created cocktails and the fve-course Italian meal, including pumpkin, champagne and trufe risotto – every plate was scraped clean.
Buse Bayraktar, 26, married Ömer Üçer, 28, at ChÂteaudu martinet, FranCe, on 31 august 2013. she says:‘Ömer proposed to me by a lake near lavender felds in Provence – we had already fallen in love with the area, and immediately decided we wanted to marry there. Our venue, Château du Martinet, is magical – I chose a pink, green, cantaloupe and white palette, which looked fabulous as the sun set afer our grand entrance. I picked my dress because I wanted something sexy (one with some cleavage!) and elegant.
For our menu, we chose lobster tails with honey lavender sauce, asparagus risotto with trufes and herb-crusted lamb chops, followed by a dessert bufet. I designed the menus and had them printed locally, while our favours – macaron pill boxes flled with gold chocolates – had to be shipped from the US. Finally, we gave the guests fans to keep them cool – there was a handy map of the venue on them, too!’
Merale Tourbah, 36, Married izzaT el rabbaT, 42, aT rocabella hoTel, greece, on 21 augusT 2012. she says:‘Te best thing about marrying abroad was that it turned the whole experience into a three-day holiday with all our family and closest friends. We visited the island twice beforehand, renting a motorbike to drive around and scout out locations. In the end we chose our venue for its breathtaking views – we then decided to have an all-white colour palette so as not to detract from the stunning landscape.
Decorations were difcult to source as Santorini is tiny – I ended up transporting the 60 glass globes we used to put fowers in in my suitcase! Carnation petals in the swimming pool and cacti on the tables kept the rest of the decor simple. On the day, all our guests were welcomed with a cocktail reception and I arrived as the sun was setting over the sea.’
Isabelle WInkler, 35, marrIed edmund ColvIlle, 35, at the Cotton house, mustIque, on 9 may 2013. she says:‘My parents have had a home in Mustique ever since I was a child and so it didn’t take much to persuade my husband-to-be for us to marry there. We had a design with the words ‘share the love’ created for our stationery which represented everything about the day. We had our ceremony on a clifop, with a choir who gave a gospel spin to the songs. Te service was flled with children running amok which just added to the fun.
Our palette was white and fuchsia – the light is so good in the Caribbean that you can get away with colour combinations that might not work anywhere else. Our reception was during sunset and pink lights came on just as everyone was fnding their seats. Te islanders helped us to make it the week of our lives.
Megan Cotton, 30, Married Álvaro ruiz Castillo, 29, at Bodegas el Cortijo, CÁdiz, on 17 May 2013. she says:‘We wanted to blend the traditions from both our cultures (Spanish and American) to create a unique wedding. Our friends and family are spread across the globe so Spain was as good a meeting point as any – to thank our guests for coming we created a wooden signpost showing how far some had travelled.
Álvaro is a graphic designer and so created our stationery suite around our favourite places in Cádiz, where we live.
We found a local artisan who made us traditional Spanish tiles – they were the perfect place-names-come-favours. On the day rain meant that we had to hold our ceremony indoors – luckily it let up so we were able to have cocktails on the lawn.’
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