The World’s 11 Most Beautiful Wedding Venues

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Social Media Editor5 November 2020
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If you’ve been engaged, you likely know that the real wedding planning only begins once you start looking for a venue. With destination weddings all the rage these days, there truly are unlimited options to choose from – but for some truly amazing inspiration, here are the 11 most beautiful wedding venues to be found around the world.

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

Gstaad Palace
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Say your vows surrounded by the natural glory of the Swiss Alps at the iconic Gstaad Palace hotel in Gstaad. Open since 1913, the palatial building houses stunning gardens, a top-class spa, restaurant, cigar lounge and nightclub – all of which can be a part of your festivities. Whether you choose winter or summer for your Swiss wedding, you won’t be disappointed.

Les Sources de Caudalie, France

Les Sources de Caudalie
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Nestled among the vineyards of the renowned Château Smith Haut Lafittee winery lies Les Sources de Caudalie, the perfect place to wed in Bordeaux, France. From its lush spa, to the beautiful nature and first-class gastronomy, Les Sources embodies absolute luxury and elegance and will elevate your event to its very height. Relax after the big day with a grape-based spa treatment by one of the property’s certified vinothérapists.

The Plaza, New York, USA

The Plaza Hotel
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For the ultimate city wedding, say “I do” in the hallowed halls of this iconic Manhattan institution. The Plaza is renowned worldwide for its elegance, luxury and impeccable service. A wedding in the Grand Ballroom can host up to 500 people in truly grandiose style. This is the New York City wedding venue that dreams are made of.

Maison Dupuy Hotel, New Orleans, USA

Maison Dupuy Hotel
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A charming boutique hotel in the French Quarter, Maison Dupuy will make your New Orleans (NOLA) nuptials a jazzy fairy tale. Start with the NOLA tradition of a wedding parade through the neighbourhood and then dance the night away to the tunes of some of the best musical talent around. All your guests can stay in the hotel, so there’ll be no need to worry about getting them home after the party.

Villa Cetinale, Italy

Villa
Contemporary images of Villa Cetinale, Siena Italy.
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If you choose to say in Italy, the Villa Cetinale in Tuscany is a truly fantastic option. The 17th-century Baroque villa can host your big day in lavish Italian style. The rolling hills and stupendous sunsets will make the perfect backdrop for the occasion and, of course, the local wine will keep flowing all night long.

Locanda Cipriani, Italy

Restaurant with Rooms, Italian, $$$
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Locanda Cipriani | India Irving / © Culture Trip

The only Cipriani property that remains within the original family, Locanda Cipriani is the place to get married should you choose to wed in Venice. Located on the Venetian island of Torcello, your guests will enjoy a 30-minute boat ride to the venue, followed by a truly unique celebration in the magical garden that awaits them. The food here is among the best in Italy, and you will drink the best Bellinis of your life. There is a church right behind the property should you wish to have the ceremony there. If not, the restaurant has the space too.

Adamson House, California, USA

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Historic Adamson House, Malibu, California.
Historic Adamson House, Malibu, California. | © divanov / Shutterstock

For your dream California wedding, look no further than Adamson House, a stunning historic home on Malibu’s iconic Pacific Coast Highway. The garden overlooks the Pacific Ocean and can host both your ceremony and reception. Private tours of the house itself are also available for your guests throughout the evening.

Victoria and Albert Museum, England

Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum
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For the chicest possible London wedding, choose the luxurious and exclusive setting of the Victoria and Albert Museum in Knightsbridge. Choose from a multitude of indoor or outdoor options for both the ceremony and reception and you are your guests will spend the whole night feeling like you’re in a fairy tale, as well as surrounded by one of the top art and design collections in the world.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset, England

Art Gallery
Piet Oudolf designed garden at Hauser & Wirth art gallery Bruton Somerset
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The countryside location of the prestigious global gallery, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers an elegant option for a country chic wedding that is also cultural and ideal for art lovers. The on-site restaurant, Roth Bar & Grill, offers seasonal and locally sourced specialities that are sure to tickle your guests’ taste buds. Plus, the gallery itself can upon request remain open to peruse throughout your event, so you and your guests can enjoy contemporary art between cocktails.

Parador La Huella, Uruguay

Restaurant, Contemporary, Seafood, $$$
For the ultimate in easy glamour seaside weddings, head to the Punta del Este’s neighbouring town of José Ignacio in Uruguay. A ceremony by the lighthouse will steal everyone’s hearts and dinner and dancing on the sand at Parador La Huella until sunrise will be everything you could possibly imagine. With great food and an unbeatable setting, this is the perfect place to wed in South America!

Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, South Africa

Wine Seller, Contemporary, South African, $$$

Amid the breathtaking beauty of South Africa’s Stellenbosch lies the Kleine Zalze Wine Estate, an upscale winery and lodge that hosts incredible weddings. Offering delicious food, incredible wine, golf, hiking and general relaxation for you and your guests, say I do as the sun sets over the vineyards and enjoy the local vino until it rises again.

These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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