Imagine it: gliding down the beautiful staircase of an ancient, grand property, knowing the love of your life awaits you, surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Every detail is taken care of and you’re spoiled all day long. To top it off, you eat dishes you never want to end, make toasts in gardens you never want to leave, and retire to glorious suites to dream of doing it all over again. This is what it’s like getting married in our hotels. Of course, the walls of any centuries-old hotel are nothing without the right ambience. And this is what our historic wedding hotels in Europe excel at…
1. Fernhill House: Ireland
Entwine your own love story with centuries of magical Irish weddings at Fernhill House, starting from the wedding of William Francis Atkin and Alicia Stewart Hungerford on the 18th of March 1826. Your hosts, the O’Neill family, have won a number of awards for their glorious ceremonies – choose to tie the knot in the wedding garden, chandelier-lit marquee or country house.
2. Sierakow Manor, Poland
Who needs buckets of elaborate decor when your wedding is set in Sierakow Manor? This 15th-century wedding hotel sits just south of Krakow and enchants guests with luxurious elegance and green surroundings. You’ll be saying your vows within majestic walls based within a natural park. Expect award-winning cuisine and a well-stocked cellar: all the ingredients for the best day of your life.
3. Hotel Stefanie: Austria
Wedding hotels in Europe don’t do things by half. Especially Vienna’s oldest – Hotel Stefanie. Everything from your dress and photographer to limousine or carriage (or, for something extra special – a historic tram trip with the whole wedding party) can be arranged by the attentive staff. You’ll celebrate your big day in a ballroom, drenched in grand Viennese ambience with culinary delights served throughout.
4. Schlosshotel Klink: Germany
Step straight into a romance novel by booking a wedding at Schlosshotel Klink. It wows guests well before arrival: situated directly on the shores of Lake Muritz, with a white sand beach and yachting harbour with boat rental, it’s everything dreams are made of. Your hosts and organisers make every detail perfect, with weddings of between 35 to 800 guests available.
5. Rathmullan House, Ireland
Say “I do” by the seaside at Rathmullan House, with a three-mile beach just a confetti petal’s throw from your front door. Exclusive use of this stunning Georgian house is available for parties of up to 135, but smaller gatherings will adore the private dining room for up to 60 guests. Your hosts Mary and Mark work closely with photographers, bands and stylists to organise your special day without any headaches.
6. Aigialos Hotel, Greece
Voted our ‘Most Romantic Historic Hotel’ in 2014, Aigialos Hotel Santorini is a harmonious island-based retreat to tie the knot in serenity. The perfect blend of earth, sea and sky, it’s like a real-life postcard. Amenities ooze luxury while the food is a charming gourmet delight – especially your wedding breakfast overlooking that famous Santorini sunrise.
7. Villa Galini: Greece
For absolute serenity at the Eagle’s eye nest with bird eye view over the Aegean, the Villa Galini promises a wedding of a true princess in the surroundings where royalties, artists and socialites have once enjoyed as their remote retreat.
8. Kasteel Kerckebosch: Netherlands
You’ll feel like king and queen as Kasteel Kerckebosch, a delightful small-scale castle on the outskirts of Zeist. Its intimate nature and forested surroundings makes it an astonishingly romantic choice to marry the love of your life. Whether you’re dreaming of a weekend-long celebration or a cosier wedding day with your nearest and dearest, the Kerckebosch team will move mountains to make sure it’s a dream.
10. Villa Medici Giulini: Italy
Marriages in Milan don’t get any more beautiful than this. Villa Medici Giulini is a special place, preserving ancient musical instruments in the splendour of its 18th-century decor. However, its past goes back further than that – this historic villa came about in the Middle Ages. With three acres of beautiful old trees, your wedding photographs will be wonderful.
9. Grandhotel Giessbach: Switzerland
Palaces are practically designed for weddings. Grandhotel Giessbach is as glorious today as it was 100 years ago, full of dazzling romance and age-old wonder. From the Lake Brienz views and its ornate ballroom (which hosts up to 150 guests) to the global and French fine dining (including vegan and vegetarian dishes), weddings are a fairytale at this breathtaking gem.
11. Rubezahl-Marienbad: Czech Republic
Lovers seeking lavish can do no wrong with a wedding in the ultra luxurious Rubezahl-Marienbad. Anything is possible and you’ll feel like the only people in the world. From the grand ballroom to the picturesque gardens, everything you’d ever dream of a wedding hotel in Europe is here for you. You won’t lift a finger, but when you’re finally ready to retire after a day of beautiful food, drinks and dancing, the heavenly Presidential Suite awaits.
12. Lake Vyrnwy, Wales
Marrying your soulmate at Lake Vyrnwy will make you fall in love with them all over again. It’s flawless: the sweet, serene mountain lake, soothing spa facilities, mouthwatering food and country house comfort. From the deep leather chairs to the log fires and antiques, there’s grandeur without pomp. Perfect for a unique and intimate wedding in an awe-inspiring setting.
13. Domle Mansion: Sweden
Domle Mansion is so romantic, it has a giant heart-shaped flower bed on its pristine green when you arrive. With its classic country atmosphere and private beach, it makes you feel warm and fuzzy before you even begin the wedding toasts. Amazingly, you can even get married in the hotel’s own church, just 50 metres from the manor itself.
14. Hotel Villa Astra: Croatia
Sea view? Check. Secluded beach? Check. Harmonious Venetian-style villa with grand art-filled rooms? Check, check, check. Celebrate in your own unique style with a wedding at Hotel Villa Astra. You and your guests can hire the hotel exclusively for an unforgettable day. The little things matter and this historic haven will make sure everything is organised, from welcome drinks and wedding cake, to hairdressers and fireworks.
15. No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa: Ireland
Tie the knot in handsome Limerick at this luxurious boutique hotel – guests can hire out the award-winning No.1 Pery Square Hotel & Spa exclusively. From its restorative spa to magical bedrooms, you’re bathed in beauty for your entire stay. Located in the heart of tree-lined People’s Place, its location is convenient but its intimacy will make you feel like you’re far, far away from it all.