For many couples, Europe brings to mind its capitals such as Paris, Rome, and London. But you’ll find the pricing and people friendlier in smaller towns like Colmar, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Galway, Ireland; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; and Siena, Italy.
Castles, manor homes, regal hotels, and rustic alpine lodges are just some of the romantic places to celebrate. Do you love beaches? Consider a Greek island, the French Riviera, or one of Croatia’s hideaway isles. Each country has its own allure and culinary treats. Embrace them by incorporating regional food, wines, and music into your celebration.
Italy: Four Seasons Firenze, an historic property dating back to the Renaissance, hosts vow renewals in a centuries-old walled garden, an outdoor terrace, and in the elegant Palazzo della Gherardesca where original frescoes adorn the walls.
Ireland: 800-year old Ashford Castle, fully updated a few years ago, sits on a 350-acre estate. Ceremonies can be held in castle gardens, in an opulent event room, or in a local church.
France: A stunning ballroom, an interior courtyard or a classical salon are among the venues at the elegant Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris. Or reserve a suite with views of the Eiffel Tower to exchange vows.
Germany: Die Sonne Frankenberg is a Relais & Chateaux hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant, reasonable rates and a spa in a tiny medieval village. Renewals can be held in a cozy interior hall or on a balcony overlooking the picturesque town square.
Greece, Italy & More: Villas of Distinction rents fully-serviced villas with one to 42 bedrooms. Many have private pools and hot tubs as well as butlers, maids, and a private chef to create an unforgettable experience.