European Destination Weddings to Fuel Your Dreams

Colin Cowie Lifestyle

Inspired by the recent royal wedding extravaganza? If you’re daydreaming about horse-drawn carriages clattering down cobblestones, take your nuptials to the next level with a European destination wedding fit for royals. Choose a picturesque foreign backdrop for your nuptials like these lovebirds, who tied the knot in some of the most romantic countries in the world—England, Italy and France. Read on to find unique ideas for fabulous weddings in far-flung locales.


Picture Perfect

tented outdoor green wedding aisle
Photographer: Colin Cowie Lifestyle

A big, beautiful blue sky was the ultimate gift for this happy couple, who wed outdoors in Southampton, England. Colin Cowie Lifestyle conjured an elegant outdoor setting for the event, with a handcrafted Sperry tent and multiple floral arches covered in white, blush and lilac roses.  Guests sipped cocktails on a deck off the garden before making their way to the tent to enjoy bites from a custom dinner menu, created and orchestrated by Chef Michael White of renowned restaurant Marea. An impressive crystal and floral centerpiece anchored the ceiling of the tent, overlooking a combination of long and round dining tables set with white linens and chairs. In a surprise grand finale, celeb singer Dave Matthews delighted guests with a special performance for the bride and groom.

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Lavish Occasion

candlelit floral table setting
Photographer: Blake Ezra Photography

This over-the-top event in jolly London was held in the iconic space of The Lanesborough Hotel. A regal decor theme and design was dreamed up by event planner Banana Split, and included lush floral arrangements which paired well with the ornate chandeliers and candelabras. Floral designer, Tony Marklew took care of the massive floral centerpieces that included varying shades of dusty pink roses and verdant green hydrangea. Guests delighted in the abundance of bubbly and sophisticated sushi bites before dinner and table settings accented with a sterling twist were gorgeously laid on mirror-topped round tables.

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Natural Beauty

Italian outdoor wedding ceremony
Photographer: Colin Cowie Lifestyle

The romance of Italy permeated this joyful celebration, held at the luxurious Tuscan villa, Castiglion del Bosco. This special event lasted the entire weekend, as guests took in the flora and fauna and basked in the lush surroundings. Event planner Colin Cowie Lifestyle elevated the occasion with handcrafted canopies above the dining tables and a custom violet lighting scheme for the evening. Vibrant wildflowers covered the grounds, and made a perfect backdrop for the live orchestra and outdoor ceremony, followed by a beautifully tented reception featuring a dinner of Italy’s finest cuisine.

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Seaside Nuptials

Amalfi Coast wedding
Photographer: Karlisch Photography

A breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast greeted guests lucky enough to experience this extravagant wedding weekend, which took place at the historic Hotel Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy, and its surrounding gardens. Julian Leaver Events took care of all the details, which included cerulean and walnut hued linens atop long tables decorated with white rose centerpieces. Bridesmaids also carried white roses, which beautifully contrasted with their coral gowns. Karlisch Photography captured every moment, including the intimate ceremony held in an open, stone terrace still boasting its original medieval-style masonry.

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Star Studded

John legend chrissy teigen wedding
Photographer: Aaron Delesie

Singer-songwriter John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen chose to wed at the luxurious Villa Pizzo, a statuesque mansion on the coast of Lake Como in Italy. Event planner Lisa Vorce of Lisa Vorce CO created a picture perfect scene, impressive to family and celebrity guests alike!  Large arrangements of coral lilies together with blush and cream roses were on display throughout the estate, framing the joyful bride and groom in many of the gorgeous photos. Photographer Aaron Delesie expertly captured every moment of the ethereal scene, from the picturesque views to the beautiful couple.

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Glam Event

Grand Hotel Imperial Lake Como Wedding
Photographer: Alain Martinez

This splendid affair took place in the classically designed spaces of the Grand Hotel Imperial, in Lake Como, Italy. The palatial interior set the stage for Photographer Alain Martinez, who covered all the angles and captured remarkable photos for memories that will last a lifetime. Long dining tables were laid with saffron linens and bone china, featuring white, cream, and blush floral centerpieces and soft candlelight. A stunning, five-tier white cake featured glittering rhinestone embellishments and white roses. Guests enjoyed a custom dinner menu, followed by fun and dancing late into the evening.

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Lemons and Love

Positano boat ride wedding
Photographer: Christina McNeil

An epic three-day event not soon to be forgotten, this happy couple opted for a delightful immersion into the scene and culture of Positano, Italy.  From traditional boat rides and local entertainment leading up to the big day, to a choreographed pas de deux performed by ballet dancers at the reception, event planners from Wedding Amalfi pulled out all the stops to create a perfect celebration.  Held at Villa Treville on the Amalfi Coast, these wedding pros created three individual events over the course of three days, pulling in details like the vibrant lemons native to the area and dining al fresco at tables set with crisp white linens, overlooking the coastal cliffs of Positano.

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Floral Fête

Florence Italy Wedding
Photographer: Daniele Vertelli

The lush surroundings and classic architecture of Italy played perfectly to this opulent affair, held at Castello di Vincigliata in the city of Florence. Cindy Salgado Wedding Design & Events found a quiet and serene outdoor location for the ceremony, which was followed by a beautiful seated dinner. Local wildflowers, eucalyptus branches, and antique yellow roses were used by florist Dario Benvenuti in rich centerpiece designs. Long tables were set with shining golden plates and gilded glassware atop pale blue linens and an intricate lace runner. Photographer Daniele Vertelli took photos with a combination of crisp and soft focus lens work, to create gorgeous memories of the day.

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Rustic Charm

Tuscany countryside wedding
Photographer: Kate Holstein Photographs

Surrounded by green vineyards and pastoral views, this couple chose to host their dream wedding in the breathtaking countryside of Tuscany, Italy. Held at La Bandita Countryhouse, event designers Laurel & Rose meticulously planned this fabulous event, utilizing the natural splendor of the area to create a shabby chic vibe. Simplicity was key, with all-white floral arrangements by La Puscina and bare wooden tables covered in a clean white runner. Dinner was held in a sheer tent, which allowed guests to take in the beauty of Tuscany while celebrating the newlyweds.

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Vintage Flair

vintage chateau wedding
Photographer: Greg Finck

The small town of Louveciennes, France, just north of Paris, was chosen for an intimate event in the historic and architecturally-important Pavillon de la Comtesse du Barry. Loli Events chose a vintage theme to match the impeccably maintained royal chateau. Large pink and blush peonies encircled the ceremonial archway, popping against the lush green surroundings. Florist Madame Artisan Fleuriste also added charm to dinner tables with simple centerpieces set in burnished bronze and silver vases. Guests enjoyed a classic French menu and pastries, thanks to caterer Charlotte Puckette, and danced late into the evening to tunes from a live DJ from Shining Production.

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Elevated Elegance

French Riviera canopy wedding
Photographer: Robert Evans Studios

Set in the incomparable beauty of Côte d’Azur, France, this dream wedding came true at the luxe Hotel Grand Cap Ferrat. Travel event planner Michelle Rago Destinations executed a sophisticated theme for this weekend on the French Riviera, with help from design and decor pro, Preston Bailey. Photographer Robert Evans Studios captured all of the details, including the rounded blush and cream rose topiaries and wild purple thistle peeking out of picnic baskets. The ceremony took place under a majestic canopy composed of blush roses, preceded by floating white orchids suspended above the processional. A large live band played throughout the evening, and the pièce de résistance was a lovely depiction of the festivities which was hand painted during the event and gifted to the bride and groom.

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Fairytale Event

Vaux le Vicomte wedding reception
Photographer: Greg Finck

This romantic couple tied the knot in the city of love, at the exclusive Vaux-le-Vicomte in Paris. The grand château overlooks impressive gardens designed by the same architect responsible for the gardens of Versailles. Event planner Fête in France designed a theme around the regal backdrop, which included lots of large pink peonies complimented by gold table setting embellishments. All of the dinner tables were softly lit by tapered white candles. Guests enjoyed custom cocktails on the terrace before making their way to the dining hall, which boasted an intricate black and white marble floor.

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