Written By: Stacey Hafner
Whether one prefers lush green hillsides, rugged coastlines, or charming urban centers the United Kingdom has the perfect spot for a destination wedding. The romance of Britain has long been a centerpiece in music, literature and art. And with the current popularity of shows like Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones and fascination with the happy couple William and Kate, there has been a widespread romantic resurgence within pop culture of the region. Is it any wonder so many couples dream of having their big day on this particular locale?
Of course, United Kingdom is as varied as it is celebrated and anyone planning a destination wedding will first need to narrow down their many and varied options. Below are just a few options engaged couples may enjoy.
Recite vows under the shadow of a castle in England.
One of the most iconic images of England may well be that of the awe-inspiring medieval castle. While many of these structures have fallen to ruin or disappeared entirely there are still dozens peppered throughout the countryside. And the best part? Many of them are available for weddings. One such option is Augill Castle located in Cumbria with views of the North Pennines mountains. Wedding packages at Augill include accommodation, afternoon tea, and a champagne reception among other luxurious amenities.
Looking for something out of the way but still a bit more urban? Try Glasgow.
As the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has a unique charm. With places like the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, art lovers will have plenty to occupy their time. For folks looking for something a bit quirkier, A Play a Pie and a Pint Dinner Theater will be sure to impress. And the engaged couple can trust Sloans Bar and Restaurant with all the details. Planning weddings for over 200 years, they have three floors ready to host a small intimate gathering or a large party of up to 300 guests.
Celebrate the Great Outdoors in Wales.
Snowdonia National Park encompasses over 800 square miles of stunning mountain views, refreshing lakes, and relaxed hiking trails along the coastline. It is also said to be home to the legendary King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Couples can choose from one of the many towns within the National Park, Betws-y-Coed, Dolgellau, or Bala.
Recite vows on a beautiful beach, while still in the United Kingdom.
Northern Ireland is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in Europe. One of the most notable beaches in the area is Portrush Whiterocks Beach near Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle. Caves and dramatic landscapes abound offering an unforgettable and one-of-a-kind backdrop to the festivities. Guests will have plenty of activities to choose from, whether it’s hiking along the sea, playing a round of golf, visiting a medieval castle, or sampling some Irish Whiskey at Old Bushmills Distillery.
Before choosing a destination wedding in the United Kingdom be sure to investigate logistics well in advance. Just as each location has its own unique charm so too do they have different guidelines for wedding licenses and visas, depending on which country the couple is from. Some may require waiting periods of two weeks or more. For example, England requires non-citizens to register in person before ‘posting the banns’ a process that can take up to 22 days. Most rules can be found fairly easily by investigating the particular tourism website.