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.
Tying the knot in 2020, and keen to keep things small and intimate? If the idea of a big, lavish wedding with a 7-tiered cake, 350+ guests, a live band and an ice sculpture in the foyer is the stuff that your nightmares are made of, you are not alone – there are plenty of couples who are opting to go a less ostentatious route these days. It’s easier on the pocket, less of a hassle to plan, and you can enjoy yourself without any undue stress; what’s not to love? It’s no wonder backyard garden weddings are back on trend this year!
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!
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!
Dublin in Ireland is one of those amazing historic cities that also happens to have a vibrant, modern vibe. The city itself has been around since the 9th century, but these days you’ll find medieval castles and cathedrals rubbing shoulders with handsome Georgian architecture from the 1700s and plenty of eye-catching spots that have developed as the tastes of the citizens became more eclectic and refined in modern times.
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’.