VIVA’s Top Five Glam Winter Wedding Destinations

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With UK weather taking a turn for the worse this week, and the British public battening down the hatches, VIVA spoke to specialist website MarryAbroad, to look at the most glamorous worldwide winter wedding destinations.

1.     THAILAND

“The UK winter is high season in Thailand, with their dry season starting in November. However, despite it being high season, getting married in Thailand at this time can still be a good value option for couples, as overall costs are not necessarily as high as in other countries”, states Steph Bishop, Site Founder of MarryAbroad.

TOP TIP: A tropical wedding on a beach is a classic Thailand wedding choice, but there are plenty of other ceremony types too. A Buddhist ceremony is one option, or couples could choose a five star resort on a pretty island, or even a wedding at sea, on a beautifully decorated yacht.

Creative Events Asia arranges weddings throughout Thailand. Check out the destination for yourself next spring, with return flights starting from around £425 from London currently next April 14, searching on travel site momondo.

Thailand

2.     ISTANBUL, TURKEY

“It’s closer to home, but still an exotic and unusual city in which to marry during the colder months. With the weather chillier mid-winter, October and March are warmer, with a much more bearable temperature than in summer. The palace venues dotted around Istanbul all offer amazing ballrooms and reception suites, and the intricate décor of Turkish architecture really does lend itself to the romance of a wedding”, states Bishop.

TOP TIP: For couples looking for a romantic winter palace wedding with a hint of the exotic, try a snowy winter wedding at Adile Sultan Palace.

Egg Ltd has special winter wedding offers for Istanbul. Check out the destination for yourself next spring, with return flights starting from £116 from London currently next April 14, searching on travel site momondo.

Couple over sea

3.     FRANCE

“A chateau wedding in winter can save you money, and be even more romantic than in summer, with its roaring fires, cosy four poster beds, candlelight and usual healthy flow of wine. France in winter is similar to the UK in temperature, but a chilly day with a chateau’s turrets appearing out of the mist, is a truly romantic sight,” states Bishop.

TOP TIP: The less well known Languedoc Roussillon region in the south west of France is dotted with many gorgeous chateaux, most of which offering weddings year-round. Best of all, the weather tends to be sunny here year-round (with over 300 days of sun), and it’s not that far from home, if couples want to have friends and family there for the special day.

MarryAbroad has various chateaux in Languedoc Roussillon which host winter weddings. Check out the destination for yourself next spring, with return flights to Montpellier starting from around £119 currently from London next April 14, searching on travel site momondo.

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4.     BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

“The splendour of Budapest in winter makes this city a fabulous wedding choice for this season, especially when snow gently covers the landscape. The city centre has a plethora of hotels and venues available for weddings, some with splendid ballrooms for a truly romantic first dance,” states Bishop.

TOP TIP: Discounts are often available in Budapest over the winter season, and, if couples marry in December they can have wedding photos taken at the famous Christmas markets.

Budapest Weddings can arrange weddings in Budapest. Check out the destination for yourself next spring, with return flights starting from around £59 from London currently for next April 14, searching on travel site momondo.

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5.     INDIA

“UK winter is a prime time to visit to India, where the weather becomes bearable between October and April. During these months the temperature stays in the high 20’s/30’s with guaranteed sunshine for the most part. The accommodation is slightly cheaper during this time too; however wedding costs tend to remain the same year-round.

“There are many beautiful venues in India – namely in Rajasthan, Goa and Kerala, as the weather in all three places is perfect. In Rajasthan the temperatures are high in the daytime, cooling down a little in the evening in the desert. There are beautiful boutique palaces also located in Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Udaipur, while Goa has many majestic hotels and villas on offer,” states Bishop.

TOP TIP: The South is generally more suitable for destination weddings, as the beaches are quieter and less touristy than the North. Kerala has a number of different options, from beach and lakeside weddings, to houseboat weddings – depending on your preference.

Bespoke Weddings Abroad arranges weddings throughout India. Check out the destination for yourself next spring, with return flights starting from around £499 from London currently next April 14, searching on travel site momondo.

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N.B. Prices are true as of publish date.

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