Athens is one of those cities that are so incredibly beautiful that it takes a little while to believe that it’s real and not just some fantastical set dreamed up by a very talented film crew. As the capital of Greece, it’s also been around for a long time, so there are bits of fascinating history awaiting the avid explorer in every nook and cranny. It’s no wonder so many couples are choosing to host destination weddings in this city that offers a heady mix of ancient history and contemporary cool.
Ah Slovenia, what a spellbinding country. Straddling the divide between Eastern Europe and the Meditteranean, this lesser-known marvel is storybook scenic – think rolling green forests, glittering lakes, epic mountain vistas, loads of castle-like structures and even a little sliver of golden coastline. Ljubljana is also known as one of Europe’s greenest and most liveable capitals. In fact, it was named the European Commission’s Green Capital of Europe in 2016. Here, the verdant banks of the Ljubljanica River has been turned into pedestrian zones, which means you can set out to explore on foot. Pure magic!
It’s no wonder that lots of Irish couples are choosing to get hitched in and around Cork in Ireland. The settlement may be known as the Emerald Isle’s ‘second city’, but it sure doesn’t play second fiddle where looks and ambience are concerned. It’s liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan to the core, with plenty of pretty streets and a revitalised waterfront that teems with artisanal coffee bars and innovative eateries. Naturally, there are also plenty of rustic pubs and life Gaelic music sessions that teem with Irish craic. In short – it’s the best of both!