Wedding fever has taken over the world as Kate and Will prepare to say ‘I Do’ in the majestic setting of Westminster Palace this Friday. The endless magazine and newspaper articles over the past few months have been heaven sent for those engaged, providing a multitude of wedding ideas, the only problem is no-one wants to be out-shined on their wedding day so Dehouche have come up with 5 wedding destinations that will blow the Royal Wedding right out of the water and ensure the only wedding people are talking about is yours.

Villas de Trancoso, Trancoso

If you have ever dreamed about getting married on a beach, Villas Trancoso is probably the closest your dream will get to reality. Located in the hip but still secluded town of Trancoso on Brazil’s Discovery coast, Villas Trancoso provides the ultimate in barefoot luxury with its manicured gardens, white marble pool, cabanas and of course the unrivalled beaches. Boasting year-round sunshine Trancoso is a truly magical place to get married, open collared linen shirts and havaianas are definitely the dress code of choice and the local northern Brazilian culture will inject some spice into your wedding breakfast with the exquisite Bahian cuisine including fresh locally caught seafood, tropical fruits and African style cooking techniques. Finish the day with live samba and traditional dancing on the beach by moonlight.

Alvear Palace, Buenos Aires

04Were Will and Kate to get married in Buenos Aires it would almost certainly be at the Alvear Palace, which has every bit of grandeur that the name suggests. Taking pride of place in Recoleta, the most elegant area in Buenos Aires, the Alvear Palace will bring more than a touch of class to your big day. Each room comes with the service of your own personal butler ensuring that you don’t have to lift a finger.  The magnificent banquet halls are unique in architectural style and decor and are large enough to ensure that all your friends and family can help you celebrate and with a dance floor that has played host to some of most well-heeled portenos you’ll want to brush up on your tango skills before the first dance.

Sofitel Santa Clara, Cartagena

Photos of Caribbean beach weddings grace nearly every page of bridal magazines but Dehouche present you the opportunity to have a Caribbean wedding without stepping on another bride’s feet. Instead of the shores of Antigua or Barbados, head to the untouched beaches of Cartagena, Colombia. The Sofitel Santa Clara stands in the walls of a three hundred year old monastery, the inspiration to at least one of local Garcia Marquez’s famous magical realism novels. Grand high vaulted entertaining rooms with whirring ceiling fans (the 16th century chapel is one option to host a memorable dinner), tropical vegetation with water features in the shady cloisters and wooden juliet balconies overlooking the cobbled streets below all serve as scenic reminders of the grandeur of times gone by. With the help of your own personal wedding planner, Juan Pablo, the elegant wedding of your dreams can come true. This is true old world glamour in a UNESCO world heritage city, and for an off-the-beaten-track honeymoon the wild beaches of Tayrona national park or the mangrove lined lagoons and coral reefs of the Rosario islands beckon, or perhaps play Pirates of the Caribbean with a luxury private sailing cruise to the 18th century pirate hideout and undiscovered Caribbean gem of Providencia island and on to Panama’s paradisiacal Bocas del Toro.  

Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu

If a Church wedding has never inspired you, and the thought of getting married on a beach all seems a bit too sandy, this could be the perfect option for you. The awe inspiring citadel of Machu Picchu  in Peru is one of the world’s most famous views, and the Sanctuary Lodge Hotel is now giving you the opportunity to get married on their terrace overlooking the site. Certainly not for the traditionalists, your ceremony will be overseen by a local Shaman, invoking the ancient Inca gods of the surrounding mountains to sanction your union (Dehouche disclaimer: Inca gods may not be recognized in a UK court of law), your first dance to Peruvian panpipes (Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘El Condor Pasa’ anyone?), and your aunt dodging an angry llama in the background of your wedding pics, certainly memorable if perhaps not to everyone’s taste.

Las Balsas, Patagonia

There aren’t many locations more romantic than a secluded log cabin in the mountains, and at the top of this list would have to be Las Balsas in Argentine Patagonia. The luxury inn is surrounded by jutting peaks, endless evergreen forests, and idyllic lakes making it a true fairytale setting. Beautiful at any time of year, the hotel is nestled on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, visit in the Southern Hemisphere winter and you can have a wonderful white wedding with the first snowfall or in summer when you stroll barefoot on the lake shore. The hotel only has 12 rooms ensuring your wedding will be private and without interruption.

Let Dehouche help you plan the day of your dreams at one of these incredible locations to help ensure that your wedding is the one everyone will be talking about. Contact Dehouche at info@dehouche.com

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