Finding the right venue is a key factor when planning your big day.
And with the average cost of a wedding in the UK spiralling to over £20,000, tying the knot abroad has become an increasingly popular option.
Researchers estimate that 80,000 Brits will marry abroad in the next year with couples hoping to save at least 50% of the cost of a wedding at home.
Warmer, sunnier climes and exotic backdrops are welcome bonuses too.
And newlyweds can tag a honeymoon onto the end of the trip, as well as provide their guests with an opportunity for a post-wedding holiday.
For most couples, having their nearest and dearest present is essential to their special day, making the nearby Mediterranean an ideal wedding destination.
Exciting and exclusive venues can be found just a short hop from the UK.
St Stefano's Island, Kos
A ten minute sail from Kos, this tiny island offers complete seclusion. After the ceremony at a quintessential Greek chapel, the island’s only building, sail on to a private beach for a barbecue reception and then party the night away.
Situated at the end of a tiny peninsular on this lush island is a magnificent whitewashed lighthouse, or fanari. Say "I do" overlooking the sparkling waters and hold the reception in the grounds of a seaside water mill.
Enjoy a magical ceremony and stylish outdoor reception in the courtyard of the ancient Zammitello Castle, located on the outskirts of this remote village.
A famed celeb destination, Capri is an incredibly glamorous spot to tie knot. Get married in the main piazza's town hall, then board a boat to a gorgeous beach bar for a reception overlooking the sea.
Ayii Anargyri, Cyprus
Once a stunning 17th century former monastery, Ayii Anargyrii is now an elegant spa haven where you can be soothed with natural spring waters. Gather your loved ones in the small chapel for an intimate ceremony and head then to the wine vault for a unique reception.
Saving a few pennies on a Med wedding means you can even get local wedding planners involved.
For bespoke planning services and venue information visit www.ionianweddings.co.uk.
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