Croatia for the perfect wedding

Blessed with beautiful Mediterranean weather, fine foods and picturesque landscapes of unspoilt natural beauty, Croatia is the perfect location to hold a dream wedding.

And no matter if your wedding preference is an intimate ceremony on a pristine island or a grand event with hundreds of guests at a historic church, Croatia has plenty to offer both in the summer months and throughout the rest of the year.

Croatia’s history, nature and gastronomy make it heaven for anyone with a love of the sea, good food, culture and sport. So whatever you’re into, we’re confident you’ll fall head over heels in love with this magical country.

It’s also the ideal wedding location abroad because it is accessible from every corner of Europe by direct flight or in only a few hours by car, especially with the recent additions to its highway system, meaning none of your family or friends will have to miss out on your special day.

Below are several examples of the most popular places to tie the knot in beautiful Croatia…now all you have to do is set a date!

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s No1 destination for brides and grooms and it’s easy to see why. Almost all of the charming venues in the region enjoy picturesque views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea, providing dream locations for ceremonies, al fresco wedding breakfasts and parties alike.

The area recently played host to what locals described as ‘the wedding of the century’ between Fabiola Beracasa – daughter of publishing tycoon Veronica Hearst – and investment banker Jason Beckman.

Socialites and celebrities including rapper Snoop Dogg attended the lavish ceremony at the breath-taking 16th century Sponza Palace.

The romantic Sponza Palace is based in the Old town, along with Rectors Palace.


Couples can tie the knot there or at one of the many renaissance, Baroque or small village churches in the area.


Rovinj, Istria

A vibrant Mediterranean paradise awaits couples in Rovinj; a unique and architecturally preserved former island of cobbled streets rich in cultural and historical heritage.

The Old Town is found on the peninsula, upon which sits the towering Church of St Euphemia. The building – constructed in 1736 - makes for the perfect wedding venue, while its neighbouring bell-tower affords guests views of the Alps on the clearest days.

The idyllic backdrop of the surrounding thirteen offshore islands of the Rovinj archi­pelago guarantee jaw-dropping wedding photos too.

With Rovinj being based on the coast, couples can look forward to a seafood feast at their wedding breakfast.

The town boasts many highly-rated restaurants among its colourful buildings along the harbour, all served with the traditional warmth and hospitality visitors have come to know and love in the Mediterranean.

Motovun, Istria

If you’re searching for the perfect Croatian location you could do worse than to follow in the footsteps of Google co-founder Larry Page. He recently praised the tiny hilltop town while attending the wedding of his wife’s brother.

Overlooking the rolling hills of the surrounding vineyards, forests and the nearby river Mirna, Motovun has a population of just over 500 and the leisurely pace of life revolves around the stunning central square of the Romanesque Municipal Palace where many ceremonies are held.

As well as wedding parties, the area of Mtovun is a magnet for foodies due to the area’s rich truffle forests where the world’s biggest ever white truffle was discovered in 1999.

 

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Lovers of the great outdoors head to waterfalls of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Plitvice – the largest, oldest and best-known of Croatia’s national and natural parks.

The area showcases the true beauty of the natural environment inland and consists of 16 crystal clear turquoise lakes, hundreds of flowing cascades of water and acres of dense forest. Croatia is home to some fascinating flora and fauna due to its specific geographical position, located on the cusp of a number of bio geographical regions.

The National Park can organise ceremonies at locations across the area, including below the Great Fall and at on the banks of the largest lake. Four hotels provide accommodation and a number of restaurants are on hand to lay on food and drinks for the wedding party.

 

Zagreb

Locals lovingly refer to the Croatian capital as ‘the city of a million hearts’ so it’s the perfect place to get your pulse racing even faster on the most magical day of your life.

St Mark’s Church is one of the most popular and recognizable wedding venues in Zagreb thanks to its brightly decorated roof which carries the coats of arms of Zagreb and that of the Triune Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia-Dalmatia.

The parish church is found in St Mark’s Square in the heart of historic Zagreb and on any given Saturday, many happy couples say ‘I do’ and pose for photos emerging from the 13th century building’s Romanesque window flanked by Cravat-regiment guards.

Zagreb is another of Croatia’s most popular wedding venue locations, offering couples the combination of Austro-Hungarian flair and contemporary elegance in perfect harmony. Sat at the foot of the Medvednica Mountain, the city is full of romantic locations to hold your ceremony, from the lush vegetation of Maksimir Park to to numerous restaurants and hotels that can host a perfect wedding.

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