Why Europe is the Hottest Destination Wedding Location for Americans in 2023

When COVID put a halt to travel in recent years, many American couples had to re-evaluate their dream of a destination wedding and turn to venues and locations closer to home. Fortunately, for those who love to explore new places, the world has (mostly) opened up again. Destination weddings are a hot trend for 2023, especially in Europe. In fact, US couples are flocking across the ocean to say “I do” in venues from French châteaux to romantic Irish manor houses. With its stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and welcoming atmosphere, it’s no wonder the continent is a prime destination wedding location for Americans. And, of course, Ireland is one of the most desirable spots for many of them to tie the knot.

But what makes Europe (and Ireland in particular) such a hot destination wedding location for Americans? Here are just three of the top reasons.

Spectacular scenery. From the towering heights of the Alps to the picturesque beaches of the Mediterranean, Europe offers a variety of breathtaking backdrops for your special day. Whether you want to get married in a fairy-tale castle in the Irish countryside, atop a craggy mountain peak, or on a beach in Portugal or the Greek Isles, Europe provides the perfect scenery for your perfect day.

Ireland is a beautiful destination wedding location for Americans looking to tie the knot overseas. Our natural landscape is a sight to behold! Green rolling countryside, majestic coastal cliffs with views of the Atlantic Ocean… there’s no shortage of striking natural beauty that will provide the perfect backdrop for your special day.

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Rich culture. No matter which part of Europe you choose, you’ll find a rich and diverse history to explore. What could be more special than hosting your big day in a castle that has seen feasts and celebrations for centuries, or incorporating local traditions and food that will delight your guests?

The culture and cuisine of Ireland are second to none. From traditional Irish music to the best in modern Irish cuisine, the Emerald Isle provides an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. In fact, many American couples opt to wed in Ireland due to the country’s strong connection to their own heritage, which makes a destination wedding in Ireland even more meaningful.

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Romantic honeymoons. Another factor that makes Europe an amazing choice is that it’s a great place to honeymoon. Whether you’re looking for winter skiing or sun-soaked summer days on the Mediterranean, you’ll find it on the continent. Not to mention all the most iconic and romantic cities in the world, such as Paris, Venice, Vienna, and Barcelona. Your European honeymoon will be just a short trip from whichever wedding location you choose, allowing you to easily explore the continent together. (And your guests will be able to do the same!)

Ireland is not only easy for Americans to access, but it’s also an easy gateway to explore the rest of Europe. Ireland has five international airports, making it simple to access countries like Italy, Spain, Greece, and Croatia. An Irish honeymoon is also a great option, with lots of romantic sites across the island to explore!

With all of these advantages and more, it’s no wonder that Europe is the destination of choice for 2023! Whether you choose to wed in Ireland or any other part of Europe, it will be a day and a trip you’ll never forget.

Slán go Fóill,


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