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10 Unique Weddings Abroad

Your wedding day’s one of the most special moments of your life... so naturally, you’re looking for a jaw-dropping venue that’s high on the romance factor… and unique to your tastes.

And if you're a couple who like the more 'exclusive' things in life, then you'll also be wanting a wedding venue that offers the full VIP treatment for you and guests.

We're talking complete privacy and world-class wedding planning... in some of the world's most exclusive and unique settings.

Are you looking for an unique wedding venue?

If so, we’ve taken the stress out of planning and searching for your perfect wedding hotspot and found 10 of the most out-of-this-world idyllic villas, private islands, estates, castles and exclusive properties to tie the knot  - all of which offer unrivalled privacy for an unforgettable celebration.

Within our countdown of top exclusive wedding venues for hire, we’ve also shortlisted some of the most gorgeous suites and rooms from each venue (which are simply perfect as your bridal/honeymoon suite during your very special stay at each property). 

Venues like this are what wedding dreams are made of!

1. Lupita Island, Kipili, Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania – Get married on a private island

Wedding venues don’t come much more private than Lupita Island! And blessed with a tropical climate and magnificent early morning sunrise views, this unique wedding venue is truly unlike any other; totalling 110 acres of delicious privacy for you and your guests to explore.

As the only private island lodge on Lake Tanganyika, you’ll arrive in style via the property’s own private air strip on the mainland, before making the short 20 minutes journey (10 minutes by vehicle and 10 minutes by boat) from the airstrip to the lodge – where your exclusive wedding celebrations at Lupita Island will begin.

Lupita island sings romance from its soul and it’s perfect for small intimate weddings. With only 10 open-air villas scattered around the island’s hillside, each villa (with private plunge pool) has not a window or door in sight and offers an open air bathroom with a water fall shower coming straight out of the rocks. Plus you’ll find a large stone bath tub open to the stars, and big enough for two!

Our 3 favourite features of Lupita Private Island:

  • Magnificent view over Lake Tanganyika from you bed
  • Nightly fireside cocktails and snacks for your whole party
  • Highly personalised weddings including exotic food requests, to special champagnes and customised excursions

Full details of Lupita Island and their wedding packages HERE

2. Castello di San Marco, Sicily, Italy – Get married in a Baroque castle on the sea

With a sensational seafront location between the fiery Mt. Etna and the romantic Sicilian city of Taormina, this authentic Baroque castle (dating back to 1689) is one Italy’s most exceptional wedding venues.

Guaranteeing yours will be the ONLY wedding being celebrated here on your big day, weddings at Castello di San Marco cater for all sizes of celebrations, with a choice of stunning indoor and outdoor spaces for 10 to 450 guests. As well as hosting weddings within the castle itself and its gorgeous gardens, couples can also choose an intimate beach ceremony overlooking the Jonian sea.

All the historic rooms here are super romantic, and the Suite de Luxe is especially reserved for couples celebrating their first wedding night at the Castle. You’ll fall asleep surrounded by history and candle-light, then wake to the morning song of birds and the ocean. You’ll also have access to their exclusive and entirely private spa where you’ll be pampered in discreet luxury with your partner.

Our 3 favourite features of Castello di San Marco:

  • Unbelievable volcano views
  • Romantic fine dining inside the cruyllas lounge
  • Authentic Sicilian hospitality

See full details and enquire about weddings at Castello do san Marco HERE

3. Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica – Get married on an exclusive Caribbean estate

If you’re looking for an exclusive and truly enchanting Caribbean wedding venue, then Rose Hall needs your attention. This impressive historic estate built around the 18th century Rose Hall Great House is home to ancient ruins, panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea, private beaches, a tranquil waterfall, a beautiful golf course, and serene landscaping. And offers a total of 6 unique wedding locations for couples to choose from.

What really makes this place super-special is how their team of highly experienced wedding planners can expertly transform your chosen location from a blank canvas to magically match your personal wedding vision. With contacts to all the best wedding suppliers on the island there are no limits to what they can achieve… just let your imagination run wild to create the wedding of your dreams.

To help you create your own dream wedding at Rose Hall they offer a selection of wedding packages tailored to suit your individual event based on your choice of wedding location and the number of guests looking to attend. Accommodation is not provided on-site but there are plenty of local hotels and resorts we can recommend.

Our 3 favourite features about weddings at Rose Hall:

  • Choice of 6 wedding locations within the property including beach and sea view garden ceremonies
  • Highly personalised weddings and expert wedding services
  • Its rich and vibrant Jamaican heritage

View full details of Rose hall weddings and wedding packages HERE

4. Karma Kandara, Bali – Get married on Billionaire’s Row

Ultra-romantic and beautiful, Karma Kandara sits on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, known globally as ‘Billionaire’s Row’. This serene oceanfront resort bursts with romance, and your wedding will be kissed by its intoxicating natural beauty. Notorious for its show-stopping weddings and infinite ocean views we can’t recommend this place highly enough.

The choice of wedding settings here is amazing with magical ceremonies taking place both overlooking the sea from the clifftop or on the soft sands below. But our favourite has to be the exclusive Wedding On Water (WOW) package; seeing brides glide down a floating glass aisle above a stunning infinity pool leading into the ocean. It really is a WOW!

Wedding packages here also include a 1 night stay in 1bedroom pool villa for the happy couple. Ideal for honeymooners, you’ll have complete privacy including a spacious open plan living room and dining area, opening out onto a large terrace with infinity pool, a pair of sun loungers and additional outside dining area. With views of the private tropical garden this is the perfect wedding night hideaway.

Our 3 favourite features of Karma Kandara:

  • It’s super-super romantic from beginning to end
  • Choice of sensational wedding package
  • Romantic beach dinner

See full details and wedding packages at Karma Kandara HERE

5. Villa Camilla, Lake Como, Italy – Get married in an exclusive hire 19th Century Villa

Discover the seductive energy of the Italian lakes at Villa Camilla. Staying in this elegant 19th-century villa on the shores of Lake Como, this exclusive wedding venue has a stunning location of paramount nature and rare beauty.  With magnificent lake views and picturesque villages on your doorstep, it is the perfect romantic wedding destination with plenty for your guests to see and do.

A team of professional staff welcome your personalised requests to help make your big-day-dreams a reality. Priding themselves on elegance and style, you can tie the knot in the immaculate gardens for civil wedding ceremonies and then continue celebrations on the terrace and inside the villa.

The reception to follow will be equally as enchanting with plenty of party options for you and your guests. And thanks to their exquisite rooms, you can sleep here in style and comfort too once the celebrations are over. Specifically, the villa has 10 beautiful bedrooms with lake views and private bathrooms. 

Our 3 favourite features of Villa Camilla:

  • It’s incredibly elegant and guarantees total privacy for your event
  • The gorgeous private heated pool
  • Expert wedding specialists who handle everything

Book your exclusive wedding at Villa Camilla HERE

6. Ashford Lodge, County Mayo, Ireland – Get married on a lakeside castle estate

The Lodge at Ashford Lodge is a beautiful wedding venue set within the magnificent 350-acre grounds of Ashford Castle. Overlooking the magical Lough Corrib the property is available for exclusive hire giving you and your guests have the full run of the house including sole use of its 64 rooms and suites, Wilde's Restaurant, Quay Bar, Harbour Bar and the gardens. Perfect for couples wanting a super-private event!

All wedding packages come complete with discounted rooms for wedding guests, champagne on arrival for the newly-weds, personalised menu cards, an organised seating plan and a red-carpet reception.

The Lake View Suites are the perfect accommodation for your wedding night. Individually designed with bespoke furniture and elegant chandeliers, you’ll soak in the enormous bathtubs, relax king-sized beds and be seduced by sweeping lake views. Complete with your own private bar and outdoor terrace, it’s the perfect place for celebrating romance.

And for newlyweds and guests lucky enough to be staying at The Lodge a little longer, you can indulge in the beauty rooms and spa, go lake cruising (including the highly recommended Prosecco boat tour on the lake at sunset), and partake in the many outdoor activities.

Our 3 favourite features of The Lodge at Ashford Castle:

  • For each and every guest, the emphasis here is on privacy, style and comfort
  • There are umpteen romantic activities on-site to enjoy
  • The wedding venues are like no other and tailored to your tastes

Book your luxury wedding at The Lodge here.

7. Borgo Argiano, Siena, Italy – Get married on an exclusive Tuscan wine estate

Escape to Tuscany for the holy grail of romantic wedding destinations. Just 15 minutes from the historic city of Siena and overlooking infinite views of Chianti Classico hills, Borgo Argiano is a peaceful haven perfect for exclusive weddings.

Just a short walk away within the local hamlet, a newly converted chapel is available to host intimate wedding ceremonies. Whilst back on the estate, your celebrations can continue with an unforgettable wedding banquet in the courtyard, treating your guests to some of the most delicious Tuscan cuisine.

The luxurious Borgo Argiano estate boasts 11 spacious apartments for your guests plus a separate Grand Suite for the bridal couple. Staying here you’ll cherish its charming location and amenities for life, at ease knowing your dedicated staff are handling all wedding services and preparations to perfection. Meanwhile, you can enjoy tours of the award-winning winery, laze by the pool, and gear yourself up for a wedding day you’ll never forget.

Our 3 favourite features of Borgo Argiano:

  • It’s surrounded by greenery from every angle
  • Wine tours and tasting are available every afternoon (except Sunday)
  • The accommodation is beautiful

Book your wedding and stay at Borgo Argiano HERE

8. 100% Villas – Get married in a private villa in the Caribbean

It’s little surprise that the Caribbean is top of many couples’ wish-list for a romantic destination wedding. And if you’re looking to celebrate your special day with an intimate and very private gathering of your closest family and friends, then a luxury private villa makes for an idyllic wedding venue.

Offering jaw-dropping Caribbean sunset views, perfect beaches, swaying palms, breath-taking nature and wildlife, and superlative accommodation, 100% Villas can find you the perfect villa to host your wedding on the islands of St Barth and Saint Martin.  For intimate wedding celebrations, they recommend hiring one of their larger villas sleeping up to 14 guests, and their expert concierge team will assist with everything you need to host your unforgettable event.

Villa Mango is one of their most popular villas for weddings; a contemporary styled, luxury villa with 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, located in the heart of the Orient Bay gated community. Within walking distance of the beach, Villa Mango offers a gorgeous sunrise view over the ocean, and the islands of Pinel, Tintamarre and St Barths.

Our 3 favourite features of 100% villas:

  • Portfolio of luxurious properties with gorgeous pools
  • World-class concierge team to cater for your every need and organise any celebration
  • Complete privacy for you and your guests

Click here for full details and request wedding services

9. PHI Resort Coldimolino, Perugia, Italy – Get married in a charming 18th century residence

PHI Resort Coldimolino is a charming 18th century residence 7km outside the medieval centre of Gubbio. Hugged by countryside, enchanting villages and glorious gardens this exclusive wedding venue is perfect for couples seeking a either a religious ceremony in the property's church of San Michele, or those choosing a romantic civil ceremony hosted in the village square or the Italian gardens.

Traditionally decorated on the interior, and with a stunning exterior and setting, it’s like PHI resort was made for weddings. A team of specialists will handle the whole organisation of your wedding through to the last-minute touches and preparations for your big day. Nothing is too much trouble from creating personalised menus inspired by traditional Umbrian food and wine, to crafting the unique day of your dreams.

And there's plenty to keep you and your guests entertained during your stay here too. Make use of the sunbeds for relaxing around the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, with amazing views of Gubbio at the foot of Mount Ingino. Or take a horseback ride exploring the local area as well as other outdoor activities include cycling, walking, football and tennis.

Our 3 favourite features of PHI Resort Coldimolino:

  • Fantastic onsite accommodation for your guests including a 9 bedroom hotel plus 15 apartments (perfect for groups and families)
  • Wedding specialists will create the perfect wedding vision
  • The perfect place for guests to chill out before and after your wedding celebrations

Book your wedding at PHI Resort Coldimolino here.

10. The Barbican Centre, London, UK – Get married in one of London's most iconic buildings 

Wow your friends and family by getting married in one of London’s most iconic buildings in the heart of the City, the Barbican. And with ceremonies held in the Barbican Conservatory - a botanical oasis famous for its cascading plants, a high glass roof and tranquil fish pools - you'll be guaranteed a spectacularly unique 'rainforest' backdrop to your wedding.

Licensed to host weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, it is a magical space in which to say I do.

The Barbican is considered to be one of the most important examples of Brutalist architecture in London. By hosting your special occasion here you will also be directly supporting the Barbican Centre’s arts and learning programme. 

The Barbican offers a selection of exclusive wedding packages to include both your ceremony and reception. For couples also looking to spend their wedding night in central London we recommend booking a Suite at nearby Tower Suites for spectacular views of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. And don't forget to tell the team you're staying for your wedding night to ensure you get lots of romantic extras during your stay.

Our 3 favourite features of The Barbican Centre:

  • Iconic architectural masterpiece 
  • Unique city wedding venue
  • World-class catering and wedding planning

View full details and choose your wedding package HERE

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