Are you planning a wedding in a romantic destination?  Do you need just the right gown to fit the place?  Let us share our top five destinations to tie the knot and the perfect wedding dresses to wear for that special day.  We have some fabulous locations in mind, whether you love somewhere exotic like Havana, Cuba or somewhere closer to home like the rolling Welsh hillside.  Best of all, we have the perfect dress for each city and each individual style of wedding!

Venice, Italy There are so many romantic European cities, but Venice definitely gets our top pick as one of the best!  Couples have so many beautiful venue options when choosing this great city.  If you love the idea of a waterfront reception, check out the Venetian Galleon, a replica ship in 1800 style with exquisite decor to sail you and your guests around Venetian canals and lagoons throughout the evening.  You could also have a civil ceremony in the historic Palazzo Cavalli in San Marco, followed by cocktails and delicious Italian cuisine!

get married abroad in the city of venice

So what will you wear on your wedding day in this amazing city?  We have some absolutely beautiful gowns to tie in with your surroundings.  Feel as beautiful as Botticelli’s classic Aphrodite in our long ivory gown with illusion neckline and champagne glass beading.  This wedding dress is called Celeste and it has been designed with timeless, clean lines, shimmering details and it’s one of the easiest gowns to pack for your journey!  You can choose to wear our long single tier veil with this gown and it will add even more sparkle, edged with certified Swarovski crystals.

fitted, beaded ivory wedding dresses in manchester bridal shopWould you prefer a style with some lovely lace details? We have Olivia by Sweetheart Gowns that could be perfect.  This dress has a slightly more modern feel with it’s satin fabric and fishtail shape.  It also has sequined lace appliques leading to an awe-inspiring illusion back.  You will feel as good as you look in this silky style!  We recommend pairing this dress with a chic updo and our fine satin edge veil.  This gown is also effortless to travel with.  We would advise you pack your gown with tissue paper into one of our waterproof dress bags, just to ensure safe travelling with your wedding dress.  Once you arrive at your destination, always hang your gown so creases can gradually be released from the fabric.

Paphos, Cyprus  Do you want stunning, scenic views of the Mediterranean coastline, with tropical temperatures and endless sunshine?  Cyprus is a fabulous place for destination weddings and honeymoons alike.  There are some excellent package deals out there for brides and grooms looking to book a ceremony in the sun.  St. George’s Chapel in Paphos has become hugely in demand since being featured on GMTV.  The Chapel can seat 25 people comfortably, ensuring an intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family.  There are beautiful gardens outside and charming frescoes covering the ceiling and walls inside, a perfect setting for your wedding day.

paphos, cyprus wedding ceremony abroad at st. george chapel

Image courtesy of

Your dress should be a reflection of your personal style, whether you go for a chapel or hotel venue.  Our Donatella gown is made of soft flowing tulle with a sweetheart neckline and a-line shape.  This gown is perfect for weddings abroad with it’s lightweight feel and breezy fabric.  We recommend adding a diamante belt to this gown for just a little sparkle.  You could also wear our cathedral length veil, which would extend gracefully along the long train of this gown for a romantic finish!  Would you prefer a little strap or sleeve on this dress?  We can create custom designed straps for you, simply ask in store for details.

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA  Do you prefer modern glitz, glamour and gambling to traditional wedding ceremonies?  Would you like an exciting destination that’s sure to leave you and your guests with plenty of activities, day and night?  Las Vegas is becoming one of the most popular places for brides and grooms to tie the knot!  We can see why, with the city’s eclectic mix of venues, there is something for everyone here.  You could still have a romantic and traditional ceremony at one of Vegas’ top hotels, like the Bellagio with it’s iconic fountains and regal rooms.  Or get the VIP treatment at The Little White Chapel, a favourite of celebrities like Britney Spears.  Even have Elvis himself marry you and your partner; you’ll be sure to go home with some wild stories!

las vegas strip seen from above, destination for weddings

Image courtesy of TripAdvisor

Now Brides, remember while you can enjoy all the most luxurious comforts that Vegas has to offer, including air conditioning, Vegas is essentially a desert.  If you’re getting married outside, it will be hot hot hot.  We recommend a dress that can keep you cool and comfortable!  Try our very light styles by Casablanca, a California based design label that knows how to help brides beat the heat.  The Whimsy gown is made of a fine, buttercream lining and ivory lace.  This dress is breathable and even has a sheer back, so you’ll catch the breeze!

If you are looking for more sparkle to rival the magical lights of The Vegas Strip, the gown for you is Grace!  This dress is made of luxurious shimmering organza in a rich champagne colour, covered in hand beading and embroidery.  If you’re planning an opulent ceremony at The Venetian, this gown could not be more perfect!  Just imagine standing under glittering chandeliers on the red carpet and getting snapped by the paparazzi while you wow your guests in this stunning fishtail design.  Our Grace dress is only available to order for a limited time, so don’t delay if this is the one you’ve been dreaming of.

Havana, Cuba Do you want to relax and enjoy exotic beaches lined with palm trees after the chaos of your wedding day has finished?  Why not get married and honeymoon in Paradise? Cuba is a beautiful place, rapidly growing in popularity for weddings and it could be perfect for a couple that love to sunbathe under sunny sky’s while sipping margaritas!  We know one luck bride already who has chosen this location for her big day.  We cannot wait to see all her beautiful photos.  Choose a luxurious resort for your entire day, such as the Royalton Cayo Santa Maria.  They have a ‘Paradise Wedding Package’ which includes your bridal hair and makeup, two bouquets: one for you and one for your bridesmaid, live music for your ceremony and 10% off at their spa.  With a team of specially trained staff devoted to weddings, they will have the important details handled for you.  If it’s an outdoor ceremony you’re after, Cuba is full of stunning locations, beachfront ceremony access and beautifully decorated resorts.  You will be spoilt for choice when shopping for just the right venue in this gorgeous destination.

You would look flawless in our Tulip wedding gown, saying your vows beachfront.  With it’s soft, thin lace, plus a delicate tulle skirt, this dress will feel cool and comfortable.  It doesn’t have a train, so you won’t have to worry about bringing the beach back with you as you walk!  The classic button back and attached satin belt make this dress easy to accessorise and to pack for your plane ride.  We would pair this gown with our fingertip length veil and some classic fresh flowers in your hair.

mermaid fitted mesh wedding dress called poppyIf you’re looking for more of a fishtail or mermaid silhouette, our Poppy gown would tick all the right boxes.  You can glide down the aisle in a very fitted lace and tulle gown, complete with shimmering satin lining and iridescent sequins.  This wedding dress also has diamante studded appliques to add just a little more glitz.  It can be made with matching tulle straps, or even a small cap sleeve.  We can envision a very glam bride dancing the night away in this dress under star-lit sky’s at her beach front reception.  Could this be the perfect dress for your wedding?  We happily invite you to come see it in person and have a shopping day with us.  You never know just how special your perfect dress can feel, until you try it on!

Wales, United Kingdom  Wales and England are full of beautiful wedding venues, so you don’t have to travel too far to have your dream wedding.  The location pictured below is Bodelwyddan Castle.  The lush surroundings and rich, historical atmosphere definitely makes for some beautiful photos!  The castle was built in 1460 and includes stunning outdoor gardens, plus beautiful rooms and sculpture galleries inside, fit for ceremonies.  Couples are welcome to be married by registrar here and enjoy their wedding day in truly opulent surroundings.  The castle also has panoramic views of the Welsh countryside, perfect for brides that value that scenic element to their wedding reception.

For your castle wedding, we recommend having a long train for your walk down the aisle.  Our Jubilee gown has a cathedral length train, which is sure to wow every guest as they watch you say your vows!  We love a chic fit and flare gown because it’s suitable for any venue you choose.  This dress also features beaded lace embellished with tiny pearls and glass beads.  The Queen Anne neckline would definitely suit a regal castle venue.  We especially adore the open love-heart back, adding a charming finishing tough to this dress.

If you prefer an a-line ballgown, we have a fabulous selection waiting for you in store.  Below we have featured three of our favourites for your romantic wedding in the countryside.  First, Magnolia is made of shimmering organza and corded lace.  The subtle blush undertone shines through this dress for a hint of warm colour.  The back has a classic corset with lace up detail.  This dress is also fitted slightly to the hip, to show off your hourglass shape.  Next we have Sienna, with it’s flowing tulle skirt and romantic lace bodice, this gown surely has the princess feel.  The back is equally stunning with buttons and lace for a traditional touch.  Lastly you will see Isabel, another from our Sweetheart Gowns Collection.  This wedding dress is in classic ivory with beaded lace and a sheer back.  All three of these styles would look effortlessly chic, but how will you choose?  Come see them in person and pick your favourite!  Shop with us at 7th Avenue Bridal, 357 Bury Road, Bolton BL2 6BB.  Book In online with our easy to use calendar.