Best Short Haul Wedding Destinations (Under 4 hours from the UK)
Whether you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding in Spain, tying the knot in an Italian castle, or saying ‘I do’ on the beach in Greece, you can find it all in Europe. In fact, you don’t even need to venture too far.
Within four hours of the UK, there’s a whole host of destinations that offer romance, adventure and the wedding day of your dreams.
Short Haul Wedding Destinations
Ready to find out more? Here’s seven seductive destinations perfect for your big day.
3.5 hour flight time from London, UK
From the islands of Corfu and Crete, to the mainland of Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece is as varied and vast as the many islands it has to offer, with something for every taste and budget. Looking for tranquility and sophistication? Then head to the sunshine island of Zante.
For something more celebratory with a big after party scene, it has to be Mykonos, and for sheer romance, the soothing vistas of the Peloponnese are unbeatable. The Mediterranean climate is another big tick when it comes to wedding planning, with long hot summers to revel in.
This makes it the perfect choice for hosting an outdoor celebration – be it on a private stretch of beach, or iconic Greek church hanging off a cliff edge. Then there’s azure crystal waters, cluster of islands to hop around, and a fascinating rich history that makes Greece an all-round winner for guests of all ages.
2-2.5 hour flight time from London, UK depending where you fly to in Italy
Undoubtedly the most idyllic and romantic destination for a European wedding, Italy is synonymous with chic celebrations, first-class food, and spectacular scenery. From the rolling hills of Tuscany, to the glamour of The Amalfi Coast, and the romance of Rome, the options are endless for your special day.
For foodies, it has an unmissable food scene, with a focus on fresh locally sourced produce and a world-renowned wine collection you don’t want to miss. Well connected to the rest of Europe, it’s a convenient location for guests, travelling by land, air or sea.
Of course, don’t just take our word for it, celebrities such as George and Amal Clooney, and Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have all exchanged vows here, succumbing to its charms.
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, with all the trappings of five-star luxury, Italy has to be top of your list.
3 hour flight time from London, UK
Just three hours from the UK, Malta feels both exotic and familiar all at once. A popular choice for couples chasing the sun, you can expect good weather from Spring through to the end of autumn. From chapels to churches and hotels to villas, take your pick from a long list of inviting venues.
Its breathtaking scenery and beautiful beaches make this a wonderful spot for relaxation too – ideal for easing yourself into married life. However, it’s also in a well-located jump off spot, for discovering many other places, such as Tunisia, Italy and Greece – particularly handy for an adventurous honeymoon.
2-2.5 hour flight time from London, UK depending where you fly to in mainland Spain
Europe’s fourth largest country, is also one of the most popular destinations for Brits. Just two to three hours by plane, and with its famed hospitality, it’s easy to see why we have a long-lasting love affair with Spain.
With a sprawling and diverse landscape, you can have a secluded ceremony at the foothill of the Pyrenees, or a cultural gathering in the bustling capital of Madrid. Or, perhaps keep it on-trend and stylish with a Balearic party till the early hours.
Whatever you choose, you can expect a well-considered menu and whole-hearted feast for your guests, along with excellent service and lots of entertainment options. As for your honeymoon, there’s plenty of exploration on offer.
2.5 hour flight time from London, UK
Shaking off its party image, Ibiza has truly come of age. Returners, as they’re called, who once came here to party in their 20s, are back for a very different kind of party this time around: a wedding party! And with good reason.
Ibiza’s recent uprising of immaculate hotels and fine dining restaurants today attracts a well-heeled crowd. Thanks to this, there’s an impressive supply of chic venues for your celebrations, from white-washed buildings straight out of a glossy magazine, to boutique villas surrounded by dipping pools and mangroves.
Of course, let’s not forget one special ingredient that this Balearic Island has above all others, and that’s it touch of magic. It’s unique energy and spiritual side can be traced back to ancient civilizations.
Today, this bohemian vibe makes for the perfect setting for a wedding day. Exchange vows to the gentle clashing of waves, and enjoy mesmerising sunsets at Café del Mar. There’s something in the Ibizan air that makes this a prime destination for couples.
2.5 hour flight time from London, UK
A favourite with families, Portugal is a top choice for gathering loved ones, with its large spacious venues and pristine properties. The fact that it’s just over two hours away from the UK is an added bonus. You won’t have to travel too far for a sophisticated venue either, with some of the most impressive private villas and luxury hotels within easy reach.
To the north, Porto is cute and quaint, bringing affordable luxe to the wedding table. While in the south, the lure of the Algarve is perfect for balmy evenings in the sunshine perched by a pool.
For the golfers amongst us, Portugal has no shortage of world-class venues with links courses – the perfect pastime for guests. For nature lovers, the cliff-edge vistas, crashing waves and spectacular scenery create a dramatic setting for exploring at your leisure. A safe yet stylish choice, you can’t go wrong with Portugal.
4.5 hour flight time from London, UK
Doing with Cyprus does best, come for the sunshine, the cuisine and the warm Greek welcome! The furthest of our European destinations, the four-hour journey is oh so worth it for the complete package it offers.
With good weather from April through to October, you can capitalise on glorious days by the pool with a family-friendly vibe. This gem of an island offers great value for money, allowing you to have the luxury wedding you always dreamed of. Whether you choose to elope on the beach, in a peaceful mountain range, or in a private resort, you can find what you’re looking for with ease.
That’s not all, Cyprus is the perfect place to start your married journey, with historical sights, sandy beaches and endless five-star hotels for total honeymoon indulgence. Couple this with great food and wine, and it ticks all the boxes for a memorable wedding.