Elegant wedding hotels for the best day of your life

Imagine it: gliding down the beautiful staircase of an ancient, grand property, knowing the love of your life awaits you, surrounded by your nearest and dearest. Every detail is taken care of and you’re spoiled all day long. To top it off, you eat dishes you never want to end, make toasts in gardens you never want to leave, and retire to glorious suites to dream of doing it all over again. This is what it’s like getting married in our hotels. Of course, the walls of any centuries-old hotel are nothing without the right ambience. And this is what our historic wedding hotels in Europe excel at…

1. Fernhill House, Ireland

Entwine your own love story with centuries of magical Irish weddings at Fernhill House, starting from the wedding of William Francis Atkin and Alicia Stewart Hungerford on the 18th of March 1826. Your hosts, the O’Neill family, have won a number of awards for their glorious ceremonies – choose to tie the knot in the wedding garden, chandelier-lit marquee or country house.

2. Sierakow Manor, Poland

Who needs buckets of elaborate decor when your wedding is set in Sierakow Manor? This 15th-century wedding hotel sits just south of Krakow and enchants guests with luxurious elegance and green surroundings. You’ll be saying your vows within majestic walls based within a natural park. Expect award-winning cuisine and a well-stocked cellar: all the ingredients for the best day of your life.

3. Hotel Stefanie, Austria

Wedding hotels in Europe don’t do things by half. Especially Vienna’s oldest – Hotel Stefanie. Everything from your dress and photographer to limousine or carriage (or, for something extra special – a historic tram trip with the whole wedding party) can be arranged by the attentive staff. You’ll celebrate your big day in a ballroom, drenched in grand Viennese ambience with culinary delights served throughout.

4. Rathmullan House, Ireland

Say “I do” by the seaside at Rathmullan House, with a three-mile beach just a confetti petal’s throw from your front door. Exclusive use of this stunning Georgian house is available for parties of up to 135, but smaller gatherings will adore the private dining room for up to 60 guests. Your hosts Mary and Mark work closely with photographers, bands and stylists to organise your special day without any headaches.

5. Aigialos Hotel, Greece

Voted our ‘Most Romantic Historic Hotel’ in 2014, Aigialos Hotel Santorini is a harmonious island-based retreat to tie the knot in serenity. The perfect blend of earth, sea and sky, it’s like a real-life postcard. Amenities ooze luxury while the food is a charming gourmet delight – especially your wedding breakfast overlooking that famous Santorini sunrise.

6. Allegory Boutique Hotel, Greece

Feel like you own your very own hip hideaway by exclusively booking Allegory Boutique Hotel for your wedding in the cobblestone town of Rhodes. This boutique property boasts six suites – all chic and calming with earthy colours and gorgeous artwork – ticking all the boxes for a truly unique wedding.

7. Villa Medici Giulini: Italy

Marriages in Milan don’t get any more beautiful than this. Villa Medici Giulini is a special place, preserving ancient musical instruments in the splendour of its 18th-century decor. However, its past goes back further than that – this historic villa came about in the Middle Ages. With three acres of beautiful old trees, your wedding photographs will be wonderful.