Hoping to get married at Christmas time and looking for some wedding destination inspiration? Take a look at our hand-picked Top 5 Winter/Christmas destinations.
There are ultimate castaway islands, and then there are the Seychelles. The talcum powder white beaches and lush, jungled hills of this Indian Ocean paradise drip with romance. Whilst ‘residents only’ can get hitched, next door to the Maldives, couples need only check into their Seychelles hotel two days prior to tying the knot (and take their birth certificates).
Most hotels offer a variety of wedding packages; some of the most romantic retreats include the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles on the main island of Mahé, Enchanted Island Resort on nearby Round Island, Constance Lémuria Resort on Praslin, and the more far-flung private islands Frégate, North, Denis and Desroches. Just bring your own biodegradable confetti – the Seychelles take sustainability seriously. Do be careful however as although it is warm in December it can rain quite a bit around Christmas time.
Ruthin Castle – Wales
Set within acres of woods and parkland a little over 20 miles from Chester, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Ruthin Castle is a truly romantic hotel steeped in history. The castle dates back to the legend of King Arthur with notable owners including King Edward I, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Every Princess deserves a fairytale castle wedding, and enchanting Ruthin Castle offers a truly outstanding setting at one of the most secluded and romantic venues in North Wales.
Couples can select from several ceremony and reception options including exclusive use of the entire castle for those seeking the ultimate in privacy. Medieval themed weddings are also a specialty and would be particularly spectacular at Christmas time. The Medieval Banqueting Hall at Ruthin Castle is ideal for a Civil Marriage or Wedding reception with a difference. Couples have the choice of one of the famous medieval feasts as a wedding breakfast.
Andermatt – Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps is the perfect wedding destination at Christmas. Covered in snow and reaching a high of 3° in December, Andermatt is the ideal winter wonderland wedding. On top of the incredible scenery, there are lots of different activities that you and your wedding party can enjoy in the run up to your big day or honeymoon, such as visiting the award-winning Alpine spa for a relaxing trip, or go on a beautiful sleigh ride in the snow before finishing it all off with a meal at the Michelin Star Japanese restaurant.
Snow is to be expected when marrying in Andermatt in November and December giving you the most beautiful setting for your wedding pictures.
Grand Hotel & Spa – York
York over Christmas is simply beautiful, full of medieval charm and Family Fun. You might even want to visit St Nicholas Fair to get some unique Christmas wedding favours for your guests! The average temperature is around 3°C so this can be a bit chilly if you’re looking for an outdoor wedding. The Grand Hotel & Spa is situated in York’s most iconic Edwardian building which provides the perfect setting for weddings and whose impressive backdrop of York Minster for those all-important photographs. Steeped in history, the Grade II-listed building was originally constructed in 1906 as a ‘Palace of Business’ for what was then the North Eastern Railway headquarters. Today it is Yorkshire’s only AA-rated five-star luxury hotel and has established a global reputation for its first-class services, impressive bedrooms, and unique historic atmosphere.
On A Cruise
Why not try something a little bit different and get married at sea? Cruise companies such as P&O Cruises offer a wide range of different packages to make your big day even more special. Talking about it’s cruises, P&O say:
“Beginning at just £1,200, P&O’s “Weddings at Sea” package includes the ceremony venue, ceremony conducted by the ship’s captain, floral arrangements, music, a commemorative certificate, Champagne, an onboard wedding coordinator, invitations and thank-you notes. In wedding parties of 16 or more, the bridal couple will receive up to £200 in onboard credit. Each couple within the party will also receive up to £100 onboard credit and up to three complimentary cabins may be provided – one for every 20 booked.”
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