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Destination Weddings: where should I get married?

Planning a destination wedding is a dream come true for many couples, and with so many options available to us nowadays, choosing the perfect place can be difficult. Will you pick a destination with family roots, a country with significant meaning to you both, or somewhere you simply love? We’ve been looking at the latest statistics for overseas weddings to help you choose the best location for your dream day.48% of couples wed in July, August and September, making summer still the top choice for wedding dates, suggesting that couple’s consider weather as a huge reason for choosing a wedding abroad. The UK weather remains as unpredictable as ever – just look at the March snow! Sunshine is never guaranteed, so couples are increasingly choosing to elope to warmer climates in order to enjoy a wedding day without the fear of unpredictable weather.  

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A Taste of Italy: Day 4 – Portofino

The pretty village of Portofino is a classic Italian fishing port with brightly painted waterside boutiques and restaurants contrasting with the with impressive sprawling houses painted in shades of ochre, clinging to steep mountains. It was a spot we simply had to visit for the final day of our Belmond FAM trip, and certainly was one we won’t forget.

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A Taste of Italy

Italy is by far the most popular destination for overseas weddings. We joined a group of wedding planners and influencers from Italy, USA and the UK, exploring stunning venues in Venice, Florence and Portofino and getting a taste of Italy along the way. Over the next four days, follow our FAM trip online and discover why so many couples fall in love with the idea of an Italian wedding.

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Spotlight: The Westin Valencia

The Westin Valencia is an elegant 5 star award-winning hotel in the centre of the city, boasting 135 beautifully presented rooms and suites, some complete with their own private terrace jacuzzi. It really is a place worth staying as an experience in itself.After relaxing during the day in the Caroli Health club with a multitude of treatments on offer, guests can enjoy a dining experience in one of the three on-site restaurants.

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How to Choose your Destination Wedding

When it comes to selecting the perfect destination for your wedding, having the world at your fingertips can become a little overwhelming. Having an abundance of countries with remarkable venues, from luxurious hotels to secluded retreats, can really send your mind into a whirl, so let us help guide you to your ideal destination.

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The Best of Bali

Bali is considered to be one of the most peaceful and welcoming islands in Indonesia, proving an attractive destination for surfers, hikers and those seeking an escape from the madness of modern life. Read on to see our selection of the best of Bali.Bali benefits from fairly undisrupted weather, even during its rainy season, rarely suffering from monsoons, making it an ideal choice for your destination wedding or honeymoon. Temperatures average around the high twenties, so make sure you drink plenty of water whilst taking on the slower pace adopted by the locals.

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Visiting Venice

A legendary city known for its historical palaces, stunning churches and a maze of canals, Venice certainly dazzles the minds of the Venetians and all its visitors – a perfect destination for a luxury wedding, honeymoon, engagement or anniversary.As a World Heritage Site, the city boasts a wealth of culture, museums and restaurants – indeed, there are more works of art per square kilometre in Venice than anywhere else in the world. The island of Venice sits in the middle of a large lagoon, and the site remains largely unchanged since it was first established some 600 years ago.

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Things to do in Japan

If you’ve decided to marry or honeymoon in the cultural wonder of Japan, make sure you take time to visit some of the incredible sights that the country has to offer. From towering castles to immaculate gardens, there is so much to experience during your stay. Here are our recommendations on the top things to do in Japan…

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Getting married in South Africa

Known for its stunning landscapes and pleasant climate, it is no surprise that South Africa makes for an excellent destination wedding. More accessible than much of the continent, the country nonetheless possesses a rich and unique culture, echoing from its modern metropolises to its wondrous wilderness.Distant family and long-forgotten friends are often the most unexpected features on a guest list, but how about a ceremony attended by zebra? Far from being an absurd proposition, a safari wedding – rapidly emerging as one of the most popular destination trends – could offer exactly that.  

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Getting married in the UK

As the home of Shakespeare, afternoon tea and an iconic royal family, the UK is a wealth of history and sophistication. Following the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 – a manifestation of international fairytale dreams – it is unsurprising that the nation is only increasing in popularity as a destination for elegant and exclusive celebrations.London, the thriving heart of the nation, will forever attract those looking for opulence and glamour. Hasty decisions, however, risk overlooking the vast array of alternative options. From romantic Highland castles to decadent country palaces, the UK exhibits some of the most beautiful and exclusive venues, and choosing between them is no easy endeavour.

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