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6 of the Top European Wedding Destinations for 2019

photo: Ben Yew
Your wedding should be an unforgettable experience, but finding that perfect venue can seem like a daunting task. That's why a European destination wedding is becoming an increasingly popular choice for couples who want to create an event that's a blend of sophistication and culture with a generous helping of magical atmosphere - plus those breathtaking backdrops for the best wedding photos.

If you're in the US and want to plan your dream wedding on the other side of the Atlantic, these are the top European wedding destinations in 2019.

This article was contributed by Matthew Oliver, founder of Matthew Oliver Weddings – UK-based destination wedding planners.
Photo: Ben Yew
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Best for Heritage: Florence, Italy

Follow in the footsteps of Kim and Kanye and tie the knot in Florence. Italy is synonymous with romance and Tuscany really does have it all: from magical hilltop villages to exquisite red-roofed cities like Florence, it's home to some of the most iconic masterpieces in the world.

Imagine your photos in the Piazza Della Signoria beside the iconic statue of David, in front of iconic masterpieces at the Uffizi Gallery, or on the historic and picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge. If you love the idea of a wedding immersed in history and heritage and steeped in romance with delicious wedding food and wine to boot, then Florence is difficult to match.
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Best for Ambiance: The Dordogne, France

The Dordogne - or the Perigord as the locals call it - is blessed with stunning chateaux and phenomenal scenery. The four distinct areas that make up the region offer lush forests, dramatic underground grottos, medieval towns and villages, and, of course, a host of elegant wedding venues.

A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this tranquil corner of southwest France has a beautiful climate and is famed for its gastronomy - in short, it's the perfect place for a French wedding. From elegant country houses to boutique chateaux and storied vineyards, if your idea of the perfect wedding day is sipping a vintage Bordeaux under a magical bright blue sky then Dordogne could be the destination for you.

With its relaxed and sophisticated vibe, your chic Dordogne wedding delivers the je ne sais quoi that you'll never forget.
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Best for Instagram: Reykjavik, Iceland

Ideally situated halfway between the US and the European mainland, Iceland is the dream destination for the couple that lives on Instagram. From imposing volcanoes and stunning glacier landscapes to exotic black sandy beaches and the celestial dance of the Northern Lights, your wedding photos will look spectacular.

You can tie the knot anywhere from an ice chapel carved into the Langjökull glacier to the astonishing Hallgrímskirkja church overlooking the capital city of Reykjavik for an Instagrammable wedding with a difference!
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Best for Bohemians: Mallorca, Spain

At the heart of the beautiful Balearic islands, Mallorca has a relaxed and laid back vibe with a diverse range of intimate and casual venues.

From a romantic castle with a spa to a stunning bohemian mansion to a boutique hotel tucked inside a fortress, Mallorca offers plenty of private havens in which to celebrate with your closest friends.

The year-round sunshine makes the balmy Balearics the ideal place to get hitched out of season when you can kick back, relax and enjoy the island paradise to the full.
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Best for Romance: Santorini, Greece

Rivaling Iceland for Instagrammable backdrops, Santorini is picture perfect. This is quintessential Greece with white-walled houses tumbling towards the sparkling Aegean Sea and breathtaking views wherever you look.

Choose to get hitched with a relaxed beach wedding, or why not tie the knot at the renowned Santo winery? Adventurous couples will want to say their vows in the caldera of the volcano that dominates the island and provides the backdrop for exceptional images of the moment you say 'I do'.

Greek hospitality is well known and there's no shortage of philotimo, the powerful Greek concept of love and honor, at this exquisite wedding destination.
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Best for Hip Venues: London, United Kingdom

Who wouldn't want to get married in the heart of one of the most exciting cities on earth? If you loved Harry and Meghan's wedding then what better place to get hitched than in Harry's hometown, London.

Say your 'I do's' in the romantic Balcony Room at the iconic Globe Theatre with its panoramic views over the Thames and the unforgettable London skyline. Or plan a real princess wedding at the Queen's House in Greenwich.

With incredible venues to choose from, including beautiful Kew Gardens and the grand Natural History Museum, a London wedding is every bit as hip as you always thought it would be.
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