Madrid is a city that steals your heart the moment you arrive. This golden metropolis throbs with pure, clean energy that draws you in and invites you to let your hair down and live in the splendid joy of the present moment. A broad sweep of architecture provides a backdrop to the Spanish way of life, from medieval mansions to royal palaces and the slate spires of the Madrid baroque era. This is a place to lose yourself and find a purpose. It’s a city that is beguiling and inspiring in equal measures.
Tulbagh is a small, friendly town located in a secret nook of the Cape Winelands of South Africa. Tucked away in the verdant folds of the awe-inspiring Tulbagh Valley, it is almost completely surrounded by mountains – the Obiqua mountains to the west, the towering Winterhoek on the northern end and the Witzenberg on the eastern side. Best of all? This pretty country getaway is located a mere 90 minutes’ from the bustling city of Cape Town, so the trek to get out there is not too far at all!
Planning a wedding in a month? Hah! Seems like a crazy little pipe dream, right? Yet, there are plenty of couples around the globe who have done so. While most couples take on average between 13-18 months to plan their nuptials in 2019, there is no need to draw out the process if you don’t want to. Some people want to get the official stuff out of the way so they can focus on their careers or hit the road to a fabulous honeymoon destination, while others simply don’t see the point of sweating the small stuff and want to have a fun time with family and friends without the stress of nitpicking over every detail. Whatever the case may be, it’s 100% possible to plan and execute a wedding in a month.
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.
The Bot River region in the Overberg of South Africa’s Western Cape is a hidden gem quite unlike any other. Tucked away along the lush green valleys that span the route from Grabouw toward the bustling little town of Caledon, this spellbinding area is one of the lesser-known wedding destinations throughout the country. However, those in the know have had an eye on it for a while, and have pegged it as a region to watch. As such, if you want to stay ahead of the curve, hosting your nuptial celebrations at a venue in Bot River is the best way to do so.
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!
Prince Albert in the Western Cape of South Africa is one of those little small towns that seem to be imbued with a certain kind of hinterland magic. Flanked by lush vineyards and silvery olive groves, this tiny hamlet is home to talented artisans that range from cheesemakers and chefs to painters, writers, and thespians. One visit will keep you coming back for more, as the diminutive town at the foot of the majestic Swartberg Pass continues to draw you in with its singular mystique.
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!
Situated on the picturesque Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Port Elizabeth is known for its beautiful beaches and welcoming ambiance. Here along the Sunshine Coast, visitors from far and wide come to enjoy water sports, stroll along the waterfront, visit wildlife sanctuaries and drink in the lively atmosphere that has earned the city its moniker ‘The Friendly City’.
Nice in France is one of those destinations that simply oozes style and elegance. First of all, it’s right on the water – the very same thing that drew Europe’s aristocrats to this oceanside destination in the 1700s can be enjoyed by visitors today, namely views to die for. Then, of course, there’s the singular overlap between the French and Italian cultures; Nice only officially became part of France late in the 1800s and has always retained a hint of Italian flair.