The Best ‘Cheap’ Places to Get Married in Europe

Planning on getting hitched at a super lovely location, but don’t want to take out a mortgage in order to do it? Here are the top budget wedding destinations for 2021.

These days, an increasing number of couples are choosing to get married abroad. This decision is usually prompted by several reasons, the most popular among which usually involve the desire to get hitched in an ‘exotic’ location, falling in love with someone from another country (or the country itself), or the chance for the newlyweds and their loved ones to enjoy a post-wedding holiday. Fantastic idea, yet is it affordable?

It is. And cheap doesn’t have to mean it’s, you know, cheap. With the right wedding destination matched with the right wedding suppliers, including a wedding planner, you don’t have to make a dent in your savings at the beginning of your married life. Let’s see what 2021 has to offer in terms of affordable dream wedding destinations.

Dubrovnik, Croatia  

Dubrovnik old city view

Right at the end of Croatia’s stunning Dalmatian coastline stands one of the oldest and well-preserved trading ports in Europe. Dubrovnik is a historic gem of the Adriatic. Its Old Town affords beautiful ancient architecture that Game of Thrones fans will agree makes for superb wedding photos (for white weddings, not red, to be clear).

With its relaxed Mediterranean vibe, outstanding views, and superb food, Dubrovnik is a cheaper wedding destination alternative to some more prominent Italian counterparts. Hint: gondolas and masks.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest

Another historically very lush place is the Hungarian capital. Listed among Europe’s most elegant and charming cities, Budapest also happens to be a popular wallet-friendly wedding destination. Divided into two gorgeous sections by the Danube river, the city is dotted with UNESCO World Heritage sites, numerous hot springs, and offers some tasty local cuisine in its stylish restaurants. All this at a very affordable price. And the choice of venues is exceptionally broad.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini

Snow-white walls, blue dome-shaped roofs, windy streets and breath-taking sea views. Yes, Santorini is a dream wedding destination that has been a popular choice for couples for years, and due to its affordability, it will probably remain one for a long time to come.

Santorini’s natural beauty, which comes in the form of mesmerising cliffs and a thousand shades of blueness, has earned it the title of a fairy-tale budget wedding location that is complimented by top-grade wine and scrumptious banquets. A proper Greek wedding with a modern twist.  

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Lake Bled island with the Bled castle in the background

From the Mediterranean we travel north to the Alpine jewel of Lake Bled. Located in unbelievably scenic surroundings and drenched in mystery and legends, this place is home to the best affordable wedding venues in a very small area.

Its iconic Lake Bled island with a romantic church, a powerful medieval Lake Bled castle atop a spectacular cliff and attractive villas along its shoreline, the town of Bled prides itself with a long history of hosting the most incredible civil and church ceremonies. Thanks to their prime settings, weddings at Lake Bled also come with the perfect opportunity to explore the rest of Slovenia at, you guessed it, a budget-friendly rate.  

Bologna, Italy

Bologna city

Emilia- Romagna region of Italy is renowned for its historic, gastronomical and cultural excellence. Its capital, Bologna, is a perfect fusion of its best qualities. Getting married here will not set you back a fortune, but it will make you feel priceless, as you stroll across the city’s piazzas and arch-topped sidewalks, lined with artisan shops, boutiques and pretty cafés.

A wedding in Bologna presents you with the fancy perks of a classic romantic Italian atmosphere, but without the head-spinning prices which usually accompany such a venture.

Porto, Portugal

Porto

Portugal is an up-and-coming tourist destination, which happens to be ultimately romantic. Its trendy yet very old city of Porto can only be described as an unforgettably cool place to get married on the cheap. If you want to soak up the sun on the beaches and get a dose of culture among the famous tile-covered buildings, you should definitely consider Porto as the location of you big day.

Sipping the world’s best wines, marvelling at the famous façades, bridges and palaces, getting your wedding photos taken in the Old Town or in the nearby rustic villages in the Douro Valley, Porto guarantees a wedding of the ages for all ages.  

Other top wedding locations on a budget are: the fun and classy city of Prague, the melting pot of East and West called Istanbul, the centre of antiquity that is Athens, the party place of Ibiza, and the picturesque paradise of Sorrento.

Whichever of these cheap places to get married you choose, know that cheapness will be the last thing you can expect. As the world becomes a tightknit community, amazing wedding venues turn into fairy-tale destinations you can afford.           

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Karin Čemažar
I’m a passionate wedding planner with a Wedding Planning Academy certification. As a born and raised Bled local I'm absolutely in love with my romantic home town. Professionally, I’ve been sharing the wonder of Lake Bled with visitors from all over the world for over 10 years while I've been working in tourism and wedding planning.

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Published: September 15, 2020

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