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The Best Destinations for a Summer Wedding

Tropical paradises, playful traditions and all the good weather you could hope for, we’ve got the best destinations to make sure your wedding is the highlight of everyone's summer.*

Pigeon Forge in Tennessee, USA

Pigeon Forge is a wonderful place to bring your nearest and dearest together

Pigeon Forge is a wonderful place to bring your nearest and dearest together

The Smoky Mountains are a fantastic wedding venue for couples hoping to celebrate with their nearest and dearest. Pigeon Forge is populated by traditional wooden cabins, equipped with comfortable furniture and floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the breathtaking mountain scenery. The Blue Mountain Mist is a true home-away-from-home, with big gardens for children to explore and epic breakfasts.

Gretna Green in Scotland, UK

A sculpture in the courtyard of the Old Blacksmith Shop in Gretna Green

A sculpture in the courtyard of the Old Blacksmith Shop in Gretna Green

Gretna Green has a long and romantic history as it became famous for runaway weddings in 1754. This was the year when the minimum age for marriage was raised significantly and young couples began eloping to the Scottish village, just across the border. The practice became known as an ‘Anvil Wedding’ because the weddings took place in the Old Blacksmiths Shop. If you’re eager to get to the church (or want to dodge the inevitable Scottish rain) you can stay across the road at the highly rated Anvil View Guest House.

San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico

The pink Church of San Francisco in San Miguel de Allende

The pink Church of San Francisco in San Miguel de Allende

The colorful architecture and festive street music in San Miguel de Allende make a charming setting for any wedding. You might not be able to get officially hitched at the Church of San Francisco, but its pink baroque façade is the perfect spot to have your wedding photos taken. For your wedding night, the options range from the grand Hotel Histórico Central to the cool and contemporary Chaya B&B Boutique overlooking the Alameda Central Park.

Fira in Cyclades, Greece

Aria Lito Mansion in Fira, Greece

Aria Lito Mansion in Fira, Greece

Santorini is known for beautiful beaches and turquoise-domed hillside architecture – so it’s unsurprising that the capital city of Fira is a popular summer wedding destination among well-travelled couples. Located in the city centre, Aria Lito Mansion is surrounded by lush gardens and can organize on-site services. The mansion’s dining room has a stone-arched ceiling and long banquet tables, perfect for a candlelit wedding feast.

Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada

An aerial view of Niagara Falls from the Skylon Tower

An aerial view of Niagara Falls from the Skylon Tower

Adrenalin-seeking couples have always had a soft spot for Niagara Falls, and even those of us who don’t want to get married right next to the Horseshoe Falls can appreciate their natural beauty. Numerous venues and wedding registries have set-ups within sight of the falls, along with plenty of luxury hotels to host your wedding breakfast. Book a few nights in the lavish Giacomo, or opt for something familiar with the Acacia Bed and Breakfast.

** These destinations were the most highly-rated by Booking.com customers for the ‘wedding’ endorsement, during the summer months.