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LIVE PASSPORT: INCREDIBLE WEDDING LOCATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
LIVE PASSPORT: INCREDIBLE WEDDING LOCATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Friday 19th February 2016

FRENCH POLYNESIA: SOFITEL BORA BORA PRIVATE ISLAND

If you think getting married on a secluded beach sounds ideal, which is quite the norm for weddings in French Polynesia, then how about getting married on a completely private island? This tiny islet is a slice of idyllic and intimate paradise, completely encircled by the Bora Bora lagoon. Getting there involves taking a 20 minute boat ride from the main island of Bora Bora, then on arrival, the whole islet including each of its 21 luxury overwater bungalows are exclusively yours for you and your guests, or just you and your significant other... if you want complete privacy and solitude. 

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FINLAND, SAARISELKA: Kakslauttanen Igloo Village

If you are the outdoorsy type who enjoys hiking, skiing and just generally being in nature then it is easy to see the appeal of Finland as a wedding destination. With an abundance of lakes, forests and islands, there are some truly beautiful and unique wedding venues on offer. Finland is especially well equipped to give you a magical winter wonderland wedding, with the promise of ice and snow allowing you to take having a white wedding to a whole new level.

Imagine arriving at your wedding ceremony on a snowmobile or on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, saying your vows in an ice chapel and spending your wedding night in a glass roof igloo, taking in the incredible surroundings. If you are lucky, you may see the natural wonder of the Aurora Borealis. Lying with your new spouse, being warm and cosy while the world outside is frozen solid and watching the phenomenon of the Northern Lights light up the night sky must be one of the most romantic experiences possible!

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ITALY, ROME: CASTELLO ODESCALCHI

Italy and romance go together hand in hand, so it is not surprising that there are many, many options when looking at Italy as a wedding destination. The beauty of the Amalfi coastline is appealing, as are stunning cities such as Florence, Venice and Rome, not to mention the serenity of the northern Lakes, or the rolling hills, medieval castles and fine wines of the Tuscan countryside. If you have your heart set on a wedding in Italy then you may have to be prepared to do a lot of research to find the perfect venue, but your hard work will be worth it when you have the wedding of your dreams in this magnificent country!

The beauty and grandeur of this castle make it easy to see why it has been the wedding venue of choice for many high profile people, including Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.  This venue will surely impress your guests, of which you need at least 50 to hire the castle, with its beautiful grounds on the shores of Lake Bracciano and the magnificent tall towers surrounding the medieval courtyard make you feel as if you are in the setting of a fairy tale. Have your ceremony in the small chapel inside the castle, serve aperitifs in the secret garden and have dinner and music in the courtyard at sunset, surrounded by fireworks and candles. Getting married at Castello Odescalchi will ensure a truly magical day... 

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SOUTH AFRICA, KRUGER: LEOPARD HILLS

South Africa is a country on most keen travellers bucket lists. There are not many other places in the world that a person can see wild elephants and lions on a safari, experience the hustle and bustle of the city, visit white sand beaches and tour the beautiful vineyards of the wine regions all in one country. Wherever you are in South Africa, it is almost always warm year round, which makes it a great destination for a wedding.

If you are adventurous and like the idea of being ‘in the wild’ then a safari wedding may be for you and you can’t get much better than South Africa’s Kruger National Park. It is one of the best places in the world to spot the big 5; lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos. The Leopard Hills are the perfect place for combining adventure with luxury and romance. Have your ceremony overlooking the breathtaking views of the African Bush, then stay in the luxury glass front suits which each have a secluded pool deck, from where you can watch the incredible animals in their natural habitat. 

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FRANCE, ANTIBES: Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

Getting married in the country that invented Champagne seems almost logical. It is hard to think of France without thinking of Paris, and although Paris in undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and chic cities it the world, you don’t necessarily have to get married there to have a day filled with romance. Divine food, incredible landscapes and the finest wines are essentially guaranteed at a French wedding. Your day will most certainly be tres magnifique. 

Located on the French Riviera, this hotel is pure luxury. With its 50 metre alleyway that is transformed with ease into an aisle, Michelin star food and secluded grounds with a sea view, it is a wedding aficionados dream. The whole venue can be hired exclusively for you and your guests and can be designed exactly how you want it. However, getting married here is no mean feat. This elite hotel only holds a small number of weddings here each year, and only at certain times in order to remain exclusive, so if you want to get married here you need to get in fast!

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INDIA, UDAIPUR: THE OBEROI UDAIVILAS

India is a country about as far out of most Westerners comfort zone as it is possible to go. The weather, the landscape, the culture and the way of life could all not be more different from the UK equivalents, which is where the appeal lies for most people who want to visit this beautiful country. A broadened perspective and a glowing tan are only some of the things that India can offer you as your wedding destination.

Located in Udaipur, a city of majestic palaces and beautiful lakes, and set within 30 acres of immaculate gardens and grand courtyards, The Oberoi Udaivilas is designed as a traditional India Palace and staying here will make you feel like royalty. A luxurious spa and private swimming pool overlook the lake, so you can enjoy your special day in tranquillity, soaking up the regal heritage. The romance is palpable as an enchanted boat takes you and your loved one across the lake from the ceremony to the resort. The Oberoi Udaivilas is ranked the top hotel in India and Asia and the service is reportedly world-class, which you would expect for the price you’re paying! This one is rather on the bank-breaking side of the affordability scale, but it proves you don’t have to be royalty to have a Royal Wedding! 

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AMERICA, NEW YORK: NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

Is there any city in the world with more famous landmarks than New York? Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York skyline provide the most incredible backdrops for your wedding pictures, and given that New York is the land of opportunity, it is possible to have almost any kind of wedding in the Big Apple, least of all because of the clearly defined seasons. Winter weddings are usually complete with snowflakes and twinkling Christmas lights, while autumn, or fall as the New Yorkers call it, brings crisp air and leafy grounds, and things heat up in spring and summer.  As New York is arguably the most exciting city in the world, it is hardly surprising that this chic and exhilarating metropolis is just chock-full of places to host a wedding ceremony.

Getting married in a library doesn’t sound all that exciting, but this is New York City we are talking about. This famous landmark is where Carrie almost married Big in the Sex and the City film, and is one of the most exclusive, and most expensive, wedding venues in New York, if not the world. Getting married here may cost a pretty penny, but there is probably no venue more elegant and classy than the New York Public Library. 

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