The wedding industry has been made infinitely more exciting by the move towards destination weddings. Couples now have the opportunity to choose anywhere in the world for their special day, whether it’s a meaningful destination or simply a dream holiday spot. However, many are still put off by the prospect of planning an event that’s far from home. Some think it would be more expensive, and others worry they don’t know enough about the area to be able to hire all the right services and suppliers.
Yet, choosing a hotel venue abroad means that planning a destination wedding could be even easier (and cheaper!) than planning one local to home. Hotels may be luxury, but they usually have all-inclusive packages for destination weddings, meaning that your accommodation, food, ceremony, decoration and entertainment is all included in one simple booking fee.
So let us tell you three more reasons to choose a hotel venue for your destination wedding, complete with some recommendations for gorgeous hotels in Europe.
1. For the luxury
Hotels are designed for leisure and pleasure. Their architecture, facilities and services all have the intention of making guests feel as welcome and relaxed as possible, which is why they make incredible wedding venues. In a destination wedding hotel, your ceremony and reception are likely to have backdrops of incredible views or elegant swimming pools, and both the staff and chefs will be experts in providing the best possible experiences for you and your guests.
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Palazzo Boncompagni is synonymous with luxury. Inside its walls is the prestigious and unique Sala del Papa, where Pope Gregory XIII held meetings. The large living room, with its exceptional acoustics, adorned with a beautiful and rare stone fireplace and wonderful frescoes by Pellegrino Tebaldi is the perfect place to entertain your guests and make your event unique and evocative.
Castello Chiaramonte is another location that is rich with architecture. Built on the top of a headland, the castle dominates the landscape that looks out onto the Mediterranean sea. This ancient Arab castle was rebuilt in 1314 by order of Federico Chiaramonte. Many marriages and noble agreements were celebrated in this castle, and so can yours if you want to enjoy the luxury that comes with this royal venue.
2. For the full package
Find a hotel with a comprehensive destination wedding package, and your whole wedding will be planned for you under one set price. It’s a simple and easy way to have that dream location without all the difficulties of DIY wedding planning.
On the island of Madeira in Portugal, you will find this absolute gem of a hotel wedding venue. Quinta Splendida is a hotel, wellness centre, golf resort and botanical garden with privileged views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s no wonder the venue has one three awards as one of the best wedding spots in Portugal. You can design a package for up to 170 guests, with luxury accommodation and even free airport transfers.
Equally, if you’ve decided that Portugal is the perfect place for you to say your ‘I do’s, then we recommend the spectacular Quinta de São Gens. Close to Leiria, this location includes wide landscapes of forestry and vineyard. Take a walk about the lake and you’ll fall in love with its magnificence and mysticism.
3. For the accommodation
The best thing about a hotel venue? All of your guests could be staying in one place. This means you can share the whole travel experience with your family and friends, rather than just the wedding day itself. No taxis or transport would be necessary to and from the reception, so your guests can relax and fully enjoy the party knowing that their bedroom is just a few steps away.
Our favourite venue for incredible hotel rooms has to be W Hotel Barcelona. This iconic hotel tower on Barcelona’s beach has a panoramic pool terrace and beautiful bedrooms that overlook the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea. What could be more special for you and your guests? It’s also the perfect place to kickstart your romantic honeymoon!
Another hotel venue that might take your pick is The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of Tenerife, this location is guaranteed to leave you speechless. And with 7 pools to choose from, 12 delicious restaurants and a luxury spa, you won’t need an excuse to leave the venue.
Of course, there are hotels in every gorgeous pocket of the world, so choosing just one could be overwhelming. However, if you compare the prices of the packages and accommodation of a few hotels, you will make a more informed judgement. It’s also important to make sure the hotel suits your own personal style!