10 of the Best & Most Sensational European Pre Wedding Locations

It is every couple’s dream to have a romantic wedding. When circumstances dictate that the wedding has to be where you live, make the event even more romantic by jetting off to a location overseas to have engagement photographs taken, a video made, or even have the groom propose officially against a delightful backdrop.

Pre-wedding trips are increasingly popular among couples who want to recall the joyfulness of their wedding and add an extra something to remember. Furthermore, European destinations rank highly among couples seeking romantic locations for pre wedding trips.

What European destinations do we recommend?

Europe is very accessible to all couples. If you are based in Europe, many of the destinations can be reached within a couple of hours. However, if you are based in Asia, while the initial journey maybe a little longer, it’s not too much of a problem to hop between destinations when you arrive. As a result, this is our list of the best pre wedding destinations in Europe.

bride and groom pose in front of eiffel tower for pre wedding in europe

Paris, France

Paris is the city of Love’ and naturally a popular choice among those wishing to take a pre wedding break where photo opportunities are many. Of course, the iconic Eiffel Tower is a must-visit location. As is the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the courtyard of the Louvre Museum. Beautiful photographs can be taken on the steps of Sacre Coeur and along the banks of the River Seine.

Couples who want photographs in gardens must consider the Jardin des Tuileries – the Tuileries Garden. The 55 acres of formal gardens offer very many photo opportunities. For another spectacular location, leave Paris for nearby Versailles and have the palace there as a backdrop.

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Rome, Italy

The Eternal City’ offers many lovely locations, many of which date from antiquity. Buildings like the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Arch of Constantine, and the Forum all date from the time of the Roman Empire. More recent wonders include the Spanish Steps dating from the 18th century and the Trevi Fountain which is the largest Baroque fountain in Rome.

Without leaving Rome you can visit a different country. The Vatican City is independent of Italy with the Pope as Head of State. Call in at St Peter’s Square for photographs in front of St Peter’s Basilica.

For something a little different, hire a moped and recreate some iconic images from films of the 1950s. There is true romance in riding together on a moped through Rome’s bustling streets.

Barcelona, Spain

Enter Barcelona into any search engine online and the first result will probably be about Barcelona Football Club. The club is world-famous and attracts attention from soccer fans everywhere. The city of Barcelona is much more than just a football club.

Barcelona is the capital of the region of Catalonia, has hosted an Olympic Games, and is renowned for its architecture. If you are familiar with the books of Dan Brown you will have heard of La Sagrada Familia, the amazing cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi, begun in 1882 and still unfinished. The building makes a superb backdrop to photographs.

Another Gaudi architectural masterpiece is La Pedrera. A fantastical building that seems to flow around the corner of Carrer de Provenca. For the bustling heart of Barcelona head to the Las Ramblas district where most of the shopping streets will be found. As a result, there are also plenty of opportunities for photos holding shopping bags!

groom holds bouquet with bride in florence

Florence, Italy

Florence is an architectural gem of a city that is the capital of Tuscany in northern Italy. The city as we see it today was largely built during the Renaissance. Great photo opportunities arise around the Cathedral (also called the Duomo) and the Palazzo Vecchio. A replica of Michelangelo’s David stands outside the palace. Don’t miss the Ponte Vecchio, Florence’s famed bridge across the River Arno.

Great photo opportunities also exist at the Piazza Della Signoria and Palazzo Pitti in the Boboli Gardens. Climb to the Bardini Gardens for spectacular views across the city. These views make lovely backdrops to romantic photographs.

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Venice, Italy

A romantic break in a Serenissima’ the Most Serene City of Venice cannot be understated. The waterways that criss-cross the city help create a romantic atmosphere. In addition, gondoliers are ready to transport you through the delightful architecture of the city. Stop off at St Mark’s Square and enjoy the chance to take home stunning holiday memories. Around the square are the Doge’s Palace and St Mark’s Cathedral. Take a gondola ride on the Grand Canal and don’t miss the Rialto Bridge.

There are so many marvelous photo opportunities in Venice you will be spoilt for choice. In addition, this romantic city with so much to offer.

Dublin, Ireland

If you have Irish roots, then a trip to the fair city of Dublin on the banks of the River Liffey would be a great choice for a pre wedding trip. In addition, there is much Georgian architecture to admire and be photographed alongside. Dublin Castle, the General Post Office Building, and the Custom House offer the best photo highlights.

The River Liffey is crossed by several bridges including the modern Samuel Beckett Bridge and the older O’Connell Bridge. The Ha’penny Bridge is an iron footbridge over the river and is an iconic feature of the city. Another link to Dublin’s cultural history is the Molly Malone statue.

The 21st century is represented by the Monument of Light which rises 398 feet above O’Connell Street. Nicknamed ‘the Spire of Dublin’ it will appear in the background of many photographs.

Dublin is a romantic city with an invigorating, friendly culture. Furthermore, the cultural history is rich and diverse and you will fall in love with the city just as you are in love with each other.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn has become a popular destination for both hen and stag parties. In addition, the city is a rich mix of old and new with plenty to excite those visiting for a pre wedding trip.

The Old Town is filled with quaint buildings, narrow streets, and interesting little shops. As a result, photo opportunities present themselves at every turn. Tallinn grew from modest beginnings to become a center for trade in the Middle Ages. As a Hanseatic city, it grew rich and this wealth is reflected in the buildings of the Old Town.

Show your love for each other by posing for photographs in Kadriorg Park. Furthermore, Tsar Peter the Great created this park as a token of love and its beauty is captivating.

London, UK

Swinging London may have disappeared once the 1960s were over, but the city is still a wonderful place to visit. There are too many iconic sights to list them all but don’t miss Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, and Trafalgar Square. As a result, all of them are super places to be photographed in love.

London has numerous parks, many of them designated royal Parks’. Why not celebrate the royal romances of the past by posing for your photographs in one of them?

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Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco is a tiny independent principality on the French Riviera. As a result, it is home to dozens of wealthy businessmen, sportsmen, and celebrities. Take your pre wedding trip here and you will be able to display real luxury in your photographs and videos. The blue Mediterranean will be the stunning backdrop to your romantic poses.

Look out for the world-famous Casino in Monte Carlo. You might even want to pretend you broke the bank there! The fountain in front of the Casino is an excellent stage for photographs. Moreover, you can hire a luxury yacht for a day and imagine it’s yours!

couple walk in front of historic lisbon building

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and this long history is evident in the wonderful architecture that abounds there. For great photo opportunities seek out the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery, and the Castle of Sao Jorge.

To experience the real soul of Lisbon and to capture some of that charm on film, head to the Alfama district. Cobbled alleyways and hidden courtyards jostle for space among the lanes and slopes of the area. In addition, little shops appear as if by magic and you never know when a glimpse of the River Tejo will act as the perfect backdrop to a photograph.

Lisbon has charm and is packed with interest. Enjoy a pre wedding visit and you will not be disappointed.

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