Whether through choice or circumstance, small bijou weddings are back in vogue. Want to level-up your celebrations even further? Then it’s time to get packaging, as it’s all about intimate ceremonies abroad. With great weather, beautiful scenery, and the opportunity to create special memories, the current hot trend of stylish destination venues will have you shouting ‘I Do’!

Think sand kissed shores of Santorini, the romance of Italy, and the beauty of Mexico. If you want to have your wedding cake and eat it in style, it’s time to round up your friends, grab your Louis Vuitton luggage and start venue hunting!

7 Small destination wedding ideas

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up seven sizzling settings on warmer shores offering the most gorgeous of settings for your small yet stunning wedding day.

Greece has many beautiful islands, but none offer a backdrop more dramatic than Santorini for your wedding day. Oozing timeless beauty and elegance, the Cocoon Suites is a sanctuary for the senses. Hanging on the cliff’s edge, there’s uninterrupted views of azure blue waters and white-washed buildings.

It’s the ultimate location for exchanging vows and spending quality time with loved ones. And on that note, the exclusive property offers nine newly renovated ‘cave suites’ with five-star touches for guests to enjoy. Not to mention a 24 hour concierge service for all those celebratory ouzo’s you’ll be ordering!

Roll your wedding, after party, and honeymoon into one, and take over the property for a memorable stay.

With the Aegean sea and awe-inspiring sunsets to sink into, Canaves Oia Suites is a much-loved choice for saying ‘I do’.

Accommodating up to 30 guests, it’s one of the bigger venues for paired down weddings. Yet, it still manages to retain its exclusive and elite status enjoyed by wedding parties. Offering a premium setting for outdoor ceremonies, the private balcony delivers a magical space for the ceremony, in this quiet part of the island.

With wellness and luxury firmly on the hotel’s agenda, guests can make full use of the facilities; including yoga classes, the on-site spa, and fabulous restaurant. As such, it’s not uncommon for groups to book in for a week to make the most of it.

Could there be anywhere more grand, more luxurious, and more divine to elope than Villa Vittoria on the edge of Lake Como? This popular Italian getaway is chic and cheerful, with space for up to sixty guests, perfect for those erring on the larger scale of bijou weddings.

Perfectly positioned on the world-famous lake, the historical villa offers a tranquil setting, including a beautiful poolside pergola, or grand main hall for exchanging vows.

At Vittoria, romance is always in the air, with a stunning backdrop made for such a special occasion.

For all the five-star feels, Sunborn Yacht offers a truly unique venue for your wedding. As you board the voyager, you’ll be immersed in a magical day like no other with unrivalled views out to sea.

With no expense spared, the luxurious superyacht impresses from the get-go. Its vast facilities, include; an outdoor pool, infinity spa, cocktail bar, ballroom and casino, keeping guests entertained for the day and longer.

Even though it can accommodate larger groups, it’s just as versatile for smaller soirees on the gorgeous Wheel House Terrace. Step aboard as lovers, and hop off as a married couple – what could be more exciting!?

The warm climate of Gibraltar makes it a popular choice for jet-set weddings in the great outdoors. Make full use of the weather and landscape at the Botanic Gardens – a touch of affordable luxury in a heavenly spot.

Reconnect with the beauty of nature and marvel at the exotic plants, some dating back 200 years. It’s an idyllic location for capturing breathtaking wedding photos to last a lifetime.

With tranquillity at every turn, there’s a peaceful fountain area and Koi fish pond, as well as open air theatre for guests to leisurely explore. The Dell area where vows are exchanged can accommodate up to fifteen guests, with further space on the bridge for sweeping views.

Rustic chic with a touch of Italian flair – that’s what this five-bedroom farmhouse promises, making it an excellent choice for happy couples.

Expect warm family-friendly hospitality and your very own wedding day co-ordinator to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Nestled in the Umbrian countryside, this 12th Century property is ideal for couples seeking refuge and an authentic Italian experience. Surrounded by luscious greenery and majestic scenery, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped inside one of Perugino’s original works!

Whether it’s a close family celebration, or get-away for two, you’ll appreciate the serenity and sanctuary within the famous Italian countryside. Relax before or after your big day with on-site facilities including an outdoor pool, acres of walking space, and the local Medieval town of Gubbio to explore. It’s the perfect introduction to married life.

Magical Mexico is a destination that has it all; year-round sunshine, world-class cuisine, and some of the best beaches in the world. No wonder it’s a hotspot for wedding parties, offering all the trappings for a sophisticated stay.

The Nest is one of Tulum’s best kept secrets, combining sun, sea and style. The luxurious retreat offers a private oasis, designed for special occasions such as weddings.

Best suited to small scale celebrations, there’s capacity for up to 50 guests, with 12 rooms and a villa on site.

When it’s time to say your vows, it’s enviable beachside location is a sought-after spot on the water’s edge, with pristine white sand and the aqua marine Caribbean sea.

If sustainable travel is high on your agenda, take comfort knowing this is a resort committed to its green credentials too.

Say yes in the Yucatan, and do it in style at the Nest in Tulum.