Until recently, the most popular place to hold a destination wedding was the Caribbean, but now, with the help of Internet, low-cost airlines and the convenience of the Euro, couples are eyeing up the Old World as the idyllic spot to throw an unforgettable wedding.
The countries that are most popular in Europe for weddings abroad are Italy and Spain, as we heard from Gianna Soria, one of the wedding planners at D'elite Spain Wedding, www.spain-wedding.com one of the most-highly recognised and high-profile agencies in Spain:
"Italy was the pioneering country in Europe when it came to opening its doors to couples looking for a wedding that was a bit out of the ordinary, but these days Spain matches it in popularity, thanks to the year-round sunny Mediterranean climate and the competitive prices."
Gianna also points out that Spain, apart from its benign climate and unique beauty, is also one way to ease the huge expense that a wedding can entail:
"A lot of couples think that getting married in Spain or abroad is going to cost them a fortune when the truth is it's just the opposite. Spain has very accessible prices, and holding a wedding here can cost about half as much as in Ireland, the UK o the USA; and for a great deal less outlay, couples can get better quality and more fun."
Within Spain, the most popular city for foreigners' weddings is Barcelona, followed by certain villages on the Costa del Sol, in Seville and Majorca.
Gianna from D'élite Spain Wedding adds:
"With the help of a professional wedding planner and with only 11 months' notice, organizing a wedding in Spain is easy, inexpensive and fun. Roman Catholic Church weddings are now fully legal and the wedding paperwork is really quite simple."
With a smile, Gianna also tells us that these days they don't just get requests from couples who want to get married in Spain, but also from people who want to convince a relation or friend to travel for a destination wedding;
"There are times when it's the relations who want us to convince the couple to get married abroad, because for them it's a way to travel, to share and to have a well-deserved vacation and a few days of pure relaxation."
Definitively, organizing a wedding abroad can turn out to be a unique, unforgettable experience, not just for the couple, but also for the guests, while giving your pocket a breather.
geraldine ( @ ) de-elite dot com