The summer season may have the monopoly on weddings for many, but winter can offer an array of fantastic destinations to kick off your nuptial bliss. Whether you are looking for an escape in the sun or an enchanting elopement to a winter wonderland, our expert Travel Consultants have suggested their five favourite ways to tie the knot in winter.
1. Maldivian Magic
If sun, sand and sunsets paint for you a picture of unrivalled romance, the surreal splendour of the Maldives is the perfect fit for the blessing of your dreams. Effortlessly serene and sumptuously secluded, these breathtaking islands have conjured up an array of luxurious five-star retreats, where you can celebrate your love on some of the world’s most sought-after sands.
While non-residents of the islands cannot legally marry in the Maldives, it is nevertheless one of the most popular destinations for receiving a blessing of your union – and this doesn’t mean ceremonies are scaled back by any means! Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru boasts a spectacular floating wedding pavilion, where you can exchange your vows above the stunning azure lagoon, while Conrad Maldives Rangali Island can magic up a fantastical underwater ceremony at their Undersea Restaurant, where you can declare your love in the company of tropical fish frolicking above your head!
2. An Island Paradise
When privacy has big stakes in your wedding, the Seychelles will call you in. Here, you can hide away on a private island paradise, such as North Island and Fregate Island. With enticing interiors of lush vegetation hemmed by immaculate sands, there are few places on earth that feel so far removed from the reality of everyday life. The beauty of nature takes centre stage, and offers a tropical haven for saying your nuptials in complete seclusion.
For a truly memorable way to mark your special day, Raffles Praslin will follow your ceremony with a ‘tree of love’ celebration, where you and your partner can plant a tree in the resort's gardens to symbolise your growing relationship. Personalized with your names, you will receive a picture of the tree growing at the birthplace of your union every year on your wedding anniversary.
3. Caribbean Delights
The Caribbean is one of the romantic capitals of the world. With its own set of vibrant personalities, this collection of tropical islands offer an array of options for those looking to tie the knot in the sun, boasting a hefty dose of winter warmth for those looking to heat up their vows. You can be rest assured the weather will be as perfect as your glorious setting, whether you wish to declare your love down on the immaculate sands as the ocean laps the shore, or as the sun sets over lush gardens of brightly painted flower gardens.
There are plenty of options across the Caribbean to make your big day stand out. There are three-hundred-and-sixty-five beaches to choose from in Antigua, though for stand-out views, Shirley Heights boasts breathtaking views across the historic English and Falmouth Harbours. St.Kitts and Nevis is ideal for a more boutique affair, though for the iconic photographs, the Pitons of St. Lucia or a grand plantation house in Barbados may be more your style. Wherever you decide to hold your vows, the Caribbean is a safe pair of hands – and who can say no to a rum punch as the sun sets on your first day as a married couple!
4. A Winter Wonderland
Let the sleigh bells ring out on your special day with a fairytale wedding in a winter wonderland. While sun certainly has an appeal when it comes to wedding ceremonies, it is just as magical to embrace the chill and say ‘I do’ against a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains and blanketed roof-tops.
The ski resort of Megève in France has long been a fashionable choice for skiers, as not only is it set within over three-thousand kilometres of piste, but also exudes an irresistible old town charm. With scenes lifted straight out of a Christmas card, the cobbled streets, outdoor ice rink and medieval church make for an idyllic backdrop to your picture-perfect wedding. The Alpaga hotel is situated in this enchanting hamlet, with breathtaking views over Mont-Blanc and the surrounding Alpine scenery, making for a unique place to celebrate your big day. And, with beautifully furnished rooms, there is no better place to cosy up as your first night of newlyweds!
5. True Amore
A serious contender for the title of the world’s most romantic city, Venice has timeless beauty that is a match made in heaven for a wedding. Simply walking the streets, you are bound to feel that love is all around you, as music echoes down the canals. With restaurants lining the waterside, there is nothing quite like watching the winter sunset cast a shimmering light across the water’s surface, as you savour a Bellini.
For some real Italianate splendour, arrive at your wedding by gondola, having passed under elegant bridges and noble palaces. With opulent architecture and beautiful gardens, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the place to stage an unforgettable wedding, from aperitifs on the terrace to a magnificent evening in spectacularly restored banquet halls.
For more information or to enquire about your dream luxury wedding destination this winter, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 505.