Iconic European Destination Wedding Locations

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{Photos: London: S6 Photography; Heidelberg, Germany: Thomas Moor Photography}

Are you interested in planning a European destination wedding, but not exactly sure where? Well, let these beautiful photographs inspire you! There are several iconic locations in Europe that you can choose for your destination wedding. Most people automatically think of Paris, France when they think of a European wedding, and why wouldn’t they?! It’s the city of romance and glamour! Don’t just utilize the Eiffel Tower for your wedding photographs, but other French landmarks as well! You can have your wedding at Versailles, or maybe take photos on the spectacular Alexander Bridge (you can see the silhouette of the Eiffel Tower from the bridge!).

If you want to have your wedding in London, definitely capture Big Ben in your background! London is known for it’s rather cloudy weather, even in the summer; so be prepared! Smaller towns in the United Kingdom, like Cambridge, also have cute little tea shops along the street that would be adorable for photographs; and Cambridge University has castle-like schools that would be stunning as a photo backdrop. Also near the UK (but not part of it) is Ireland. Ireland, like Scotland, has beautiful, green hills. The republic also has gorgeous castles (like Castle Leslie in Glaslough, pictured below!) You can also head over to Dublin, where you can see the Dublin castle, or visit the many parks that Dublin has to offer.

One of my personal favorite locations for a destination wedding would have to be Italy. I love the rustic feel, and not to mention the delicious food (pasta, pizza, and gelato– yum!)! There are so many beautiful locations in Italy to have your wedding or utilize for photographs: Lake Garda, Lake Como, the Amalfi Coast, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or the Colosseum! You can head towards Eastern Europe and have your wedding in Germany, or maybe go south of France towards Spain.

Choose the location that best suits you and your fiance’s love story. Make use of these beautiful cities as the backdrop for your wedding memories and photographs!

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{Photos: Wedding at Eiffel Tower: One and Only Paris Photography via SMP; Madame and Monsieur signs: Lesecret Audrey via Wedding Chicks; Big Ben: Simply Bloom Photography; Positano, Italy: Forever Photography Studio; Vespa in Italy: Jules Italian Wedding Photography; Glaslough, Ireland: KT Merry Photography}


Exotic Wedding Appetizers

So, maybe all your life you dreamed of having a beautiful, luxurious destination wedding, saying “I do” on the beaches of Mexico, or the Mediterranean, or in a zen garden in Asia, but now that you’ve gotten the ring, your dream seems a bit out of reach. Well, here is just the thing to do at your nuptials to make up for the not-so-destination location! Why not incorporate the local foods that you would have enjoyed in the country of choice as appetizers for you and your guests during cocktail hour? This way you’ll feel like you have brought a bit of that destination home. There are tons of great and different exotic apps out there to choose from even if you were just craving something cool to eat! If you wanted to be in Mexico, serve stuffed jalapenos, guacamole, and quesadillas. Asia? Try some pot stickers, sushi, and spring rolls. United Kingdom? Scotch Eggs are a swanky British version of deviled eggs, and have colcannon, a potato, cabbage, ham and butter dish. Or maybe you have a Cuban themed reception, you could never go wrong with tostones, these absolutely delicious fried green plantains. Whatever part of the world you wanted to be in to exchange vows, you can bring them home to you, served on a silver platter!


{Photos: Stuffed jalapenos + Pot stickers, Martha Stewart; Baba Ghanouj, Simple Recipes; Tostones, Scrumpdillyicious; Scotch Eggs, iVillage; Colcannon, Food Network }


Inspired by the Langham Hotel Wallpaper Pattern

langham london weddingsGrand buildings, historic architecture, even your hotel of choice can be great inspiration for your wedding day decor.  I especially love to pull in historical or cultural influences when the event is a destination wedding.  It’s just one more way your guests can get a true sense of location and appreciate your wedding details that much more.  Today I’m inspired by a pattern – a wallpaper pattern, in one of my favorite color combos – pink and gold.  But this wallpaper has a history to it far beyond its pretty palette.  The famed Langham Hotel in London opened its doors in 1865, and when it did, this lovely pattern was the original wallpaper in the hotel.  Nowadays couples can have quite the royal wedding at the Langham London, but regardless of which Langham you choose to wed in, why not infuse its history into your design inspiration?  You might be surprised at the options you’ll find!  From vintage coasters for wedding favors to china patterns during dinner, if your groom doesn’t mind a bit of pink, the options are endless!

weddings at the langham hotel{Photos: Pink & Gold Coasters: Etsy, Macaroons & Dessert Bar: Martha Stewart Weddings, Glitter Bottles: We Heart It, Tabletop: Pinterest, Favor: Joie La La}

Consider weaving the pattern into your destination wedding invitation and give your guests a real sneak peek at what’s in store for them.  And of course, any sugary confection can be designed with your motif in mind!  From welcome bags to thank you notes, dig a little deeper into your location and perhaps its history to find unexpected inspiration for your wedding day details!

pink and gold wedding flowers{Photos: Invitation & Cake: Martha Stewart Weddings, Place Setting: NY Post, Doorway: Tumblr, Flowers in Gold Box: Pinterest, Floral Tabletop: Karen Tran Floral Designs}