3 Dreamy European Lake Destinations for your Wedding

Lakes: more tranquil than the ocean, beautiful in any season, and in abundance across Europe.

For a destination wedding, you can opt to be closer to nature with an unrivalled backdrop. Take your vows in the open air at a quaint lakeside venue, overlooking vast waters. Your ‘I do’s really will be a sight to behold!

Photo: Oleg Parylyak via Shutterstock
Photo: Oleg Parylyak via Shutterstock

We have compiled a list of the best lakes in Europe for your al’fresco ceremony and picturesque celebration.

1. Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como is quite possibly one of the most romantic places in the world to host a wedding. Just a small drive out of Milan you will find yourself surrounded by stunning achitecture and the unparalleled, natural beauty of the lake and surrounding mountains. The views will render you speechless. Lakeside, there are renowned hotels and a quaint church, so you can host your ceremony and reception all in the same place. Your guests will be lost for words as they enjoy sumptous and fresh Italian food while looking out onto the serenic waters of Como.

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Planning your destination wedding anywhere far from home can be difficult, so when it comes to organising the day of your dreams at Lake Como, it’s advisable that you use a wedding planner that knows the area.

That’s where Lea from Eventoile Handmade Weddings & Events comes in handy. She offers a friendly and creative full wedding planning service. She will advise you from start to finish, and can take care of flowers, caterers, venue, and anything else if needs be! This will no doubt ease your wedding planning stress, so you can simply enjoy both your perfect wedding day and the beautiful, tranquil destination.

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With a landscape so beautiful, you won’t need to consider extraxagant decorations so much. But when it comes to the lovely little details, Lea has a keen eye for design. According to Lea, finishing touches, such as table decorations and chair dressings, should always be handmade. That’s why 90% of the decor she uses for her happy couples is always handmade by her or her talented team. The outcome is a wedding set-up that could rival the very beauty of the lake itself, but instead, it complements it. Eventoile Handmade Events & Weddings are all you need for your destination wedding at Lake Como.

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 2. Lake Bled, Slovenia

A calm, glistening lake in the Julian Alps, with medieval buildings and clear blue waters… Lake Bled is the definition of a fairytale.

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Lake Bled, Photo: Nadezhda Kharitonova via Shutterstock

When people think of Slovenia, Lake Bled always comes to mind. That breath-taking lake that you only ever see in the most amazing photos: it’s the landscape of dreams. It’s one of the most beautiful places to visit on Earth.

Guess what? With the help of Dream Wedding Slovenia, you can now get married here.

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Melita at Dream Wedding Slovenia, even offers weddings on Bled Island. What could be more spectacular than transporting your guests over to the island in the middle of this vast beauty, for an exclusive wedding in the quaint, historic church?

Locals believe that Bled Island carries magical attributes: this charming fortress stands tall in the centre of a fresh water lake that is believed to have healing qualities. Making magical memories, therefore, will be a given.

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3. Lake Annecy, France

The third largest lake in France, Lake Annecy, situated in the Haute-Savoie region, makes the perfect setting for an unforgettable, lakeside destination wedding. This beautiful stretch of tranquil waters, originally formed by glaciers melting over 18,000 years ago, is surrounded by a plethora of charming hotels and restaurants.

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Photo: Menthon Palace, Lake Annecy, France

Pictured above is the beautiful Menthon Palace. This venue has been standing with grandeur, charm and prestige over the sublime lake for over 100 years. Its unique setting at the water’s edge is nothing less than perfect for your destination wedding.

In the stunning reception rooms of Menthon Palace, you can celebrate with 200 to 400 guests. Here, romance and exclusivity go hand in hand: their private port allows you to make a spectacular boat entrance, their private garden is perfect for an intimate lakeside ceremony, and their wedding package includes a luxury suite for the bridal couple…

Imagine this idyllic landscape, then add some fireworks and the faces of your loved ones, and there you have it, the most magical picture of what your special day could look like.

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Photo: Menthon Palace, Lake Annecy

So now, all that’s left to do is to pick one of these amazing lake destinations for your wedding. Are you looking for a charming Italian fairytale, a magical island in the middle of some clear blue waters, or a grand French palace at the serene water’s edge?

Lake Bled Castle and Bride, Photo: Natalia Deriabina via Shutterstock

So there you have it! If you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding on a lake then these 3 suggestions are perfect for you and will make stunning wedding photographs.

For more about European Destination Weddings:

France’s most beautiful wedding locations

Destination Wedding in Sicily, Italy

15 Reasons to have a Destination Wedding

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