Getting married abroad is becoming increasingly popular among Irish couples in search of guaranteed good weather and better value for their money. It is also a great way to spend more quality time with your nearest and dearest before and after the big days itself.
If you have your wedding on the horizon and are looking for some inspiration then check out our top 10 European wedding destinations below.
Malta is a small but charming island with beautiful architecture and scenery. It is only a 4 hour flight from Dublin and has an established wedding industry with many talented wedding planners and beautiful venues to choose from. Its size makes it quite easy to travel around, reducing logistic related stress. Flight time from Dublin is 3hr 40min.
#2: DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Dubrovnik is one of Europe's most popular wedding destinations. This medieval city is located on the southern tip of the Dalmatian Coast. Boasting an old world charm with its terracotta rooftops and cobbled alleyways, it serves as the perfect backdrop for unforgettable wedding photos. Flight time from Dublin is 3hr 20min.
#3: THE ALGARVE
The Algarve in Portugal's southernmost region, boasting over 3000 hours of sunshine each year. April to June and September to October are ideal months to get married in the region with temperatures at a comfortable level and lower numbers of holiday makers.
From beach weddings to private villa ceremonies there is a wide selection of venue styles to suit everyone's tastes. Flight time from Dublin is 3hrs.
Mallorca is a sun kissed island which offers a diverse range of wedding venues. From seafront hotels with beachfront terraces to charming old village churches and boutique hilltop villas with panoramic views, there certainly is a unique and unforgettable wedding venue to suit every bride's style. Flight time from Dublin is 2hr 40min.
Lanzarote boasts almost year round sunshine with little rain, making it the perfect destination for a winter wedding. With over 90 golden beaches on the island you are sure to find a quiet spot for that ideal beach wedding. Flight time from Dublin is 4hr 15min.
#6: SICILY, ITALY
Sicily is the perfect wedding destination for the foodies among us with the islands wine and cuisine among the best in the world.
From medieval style towns to golden beaches and vineyards, the island's backdrops are sure to provide the perfect setting for some unforgettable wedding photos. Flight time from Dublin is 3hr 25min.
#7: PROVENCE, FRANCE
If you are planning a summer wedding between mid-June to mid-August then the stunning backdrop of the famous Provence lavender fields make for an experience that you and your guests will never forget.
Provence is located in southeastern France on the Italian border meaning it benefits from Mediterranean style weather throughout the year. Expect delicious Mediterranean cuisine, amazing wine from local vineyards and beautiful country Chateaus for your wedding venue. Flight time from Dublin is 2hr 35min.
#8: CRETE, GREECE
Whether you want to get married on a sun soaked beach, in a luxurious resort or in a quaint little village chapel then Create, the largest of the Greek islands, has it all. The island benefits from over 300 days of sunshine each year with summer temperatures reaching 30 degrees.
Crete is known for its delicious cuisine and beautiful wine, which is produced in local vineyards ,so guests can expect an unforgettable gastronomic experience. Flight time from Dublin is 4hr 20min.
#9: TUSCANY, ITALY
Tuscany is a region in central Italy which borders the Mediterranean sea to its east. This means you can celebrate your big day on a golden sandy beach on the coast, in a picturesque town in the rolling hills of Chianti or surrounded by stunning Roman architecture in cities like Florence or Piza.
Italian cuisine needs no introduction and Tuscany boasts fantastic wines from some of the world's most prolific vineyards, both of which can be catered for on all budgets. Flight time from Dublin is 2hr 35min.
#10: PAPHOS, CYPRUS
Paphos is a city on the southwest coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and is the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The island boasts a long coastline, beautiful beaches and up to 340 days of sunshine per year. Cypriot cuisine is a Mediterranean style cuisine and is heavily influenced by Arab, Greek and Turkish cuisines.
Cyprus is also a growing and flourishing wine country that offers delicious indigenous wine varieties, together with internationally renowned varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Riesling. Flight time from Dublin is 5rs