Several conversations in the last week have led us to write about the noticeable advantages to our American clients who are planning weddings in the UK or Europe next year. With the British pound and the Euro weakening against the strong US dollar, clients paying in dollars are able to get more bang for their buck thanks to the currency exchange rate.
The past few years have shown a noticeably increasing interest from American clients wishing to get married in the UK in a quintessential English stately home, castle or hotel. There are venues to suit individual tastes, and some offer bedrooms for the wedding party as well. From Blenheim Palace to Cliveden House, Hampton Court to private grand houses that only Albion Parties has access to.
Across Europe, France and Italy are the top countries for Albion Parties for destination weddings. Every year we head to the South of France, where from Cap Ferrat to St Tropez we organise weddings and parties during the summer season. The cult of Brigitte Bardot and Grace Kelly has given the Cote D’Azur a classic chic feel that’s impossible to resist. We find that our clients choose to have their wedding near glitzy St Tropez, or in the gentle charm of the Provence hills a mere few kilometres away from the coast. Private villas, owned or rented, are a good way of having privacy and the ability to party late into the night without a curfew!
Weddings in Italy used to be all about Tuscany, but with Puglia growing in popularity with the likes of Borgo Egnazia, and celebrities like Misha Nonoo getting married at Villa Aurelia in Rome, there are many more contenders. In addition, Lake Como and Venice continue to attract those seeking a beautiful backdrop for their wedding photographs, and both locations have exceptional light that is impossible to replicate elsewhere.
A note on a relatively new venue to keep an eye on… Aman Sveti Stefan in Montenegro. This was the first Aman hotel outside of Asia, which personifies the exceptional service and attention to detail the brand is renowned for. With many different options for where to hold each aspect of your wedding weekend, there are gardens, a small town square, swimming pool terraces and a restaurant to make each day feel memorable in its own way. This is a sensational destination to consider for a summer wedding. The hotel gets booked up so it’s worth booking well ahead of time. Direct flights from London to Dubrovnik make it an easy hop.
For all of our American clients, take the leap and you will be rewarded. Not only is there a wealth of spectacular places to get married in the UK and Europe, but you’re budget will be going so much further due to the exchange rate on the dollar, and give you much more than you ever hoped for!
Photography Credits: HRP, Sophia Spring, Amaury Brac, Stefano Casati