Site Co-Founder, Steph Bishop states: “Beaches are a classic wedding abroad choice of location, for good reason! We always love helping couples find the right beach, as they can be so varied. Often a couple don't know exactly what they want until we suggest it." .
Here are their Top 5 beaches worldwide…
1. Lake Zell beach, Zell am See, Austria
This beach is located in the middle of mountains in the Austrian Alps, boasting stunning views. A couple can organise their vows on the beach, overlooking a lake of crystal clear, cold, water. Local Planner Kajsa Reisenbauer describes the setting as “magical, and beautifully situated – perfect for an alpine celebration”.
Why MarryAbroad loves it? For a unique reception, a special ship - MS Schmittenhöhe, can be hired by couples after their ceremony.
2. Lake Louise, Canadian rocky mountains
Lake Louise, the picture-postcard Canadian lake, is an all-season, beach wedding destination. In summer the lake projects a turquoise hue, due to pure water running in from surrounding glaciers. In winter, when the water is frozen over, horses can pull newlyweds on sleighs across the lake.
Local planner Lauren Laming recommends the best place to take photos: “The couple should stand on the shores of the lake with the Victoria Glacier facing them, for the most magnificent views, especially when the lake is calm, offering beautiful reflections in the water”.
Why MarryAbroad loves it? As Lake Louise is a year-round setting, couples can have a backdrop of water or ice on the lake for their photos, with the same picturesque views.
3. Grootbos beach, Western Cape of South Africa
Grootbos, a private reserve in South Africa, boasts a beach situated between the two major oceans, at the tip of South Africa. The beach sits within the Western Cape near Hermanus, and the areas is quite different to the typical safari lodges and bush environs of South Africa. Local Planner Fiona Gordon finds the beach is located perfectly for several wedding and honeymoon options: “With the vineyards on the Garden Route, or further east the coast north of Durban that overlooks the Indian Ocean all close by, couples are truly spoilt for choice.”
Why MarryAbroad loves it? Couples can choose a beach wedding on the Cape Town or Atlantic Ocean side of the beach. Hermanus is also known as the best land-based, whale watching site in the world, so you might even spot a humpback as you get hitched.
4. Le Morne Peninsula, Mauritius
With Le Morne mountain as a stunning backdrop, the beach bordering Le Morne Peninsula on the south west of the island is simply magnificent. Miles of turquoise sea and soft white sand make it a true paradise wedding location. Bordering the beach, the Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa resort enjoys this romantic backdrop. Wedding operator Beachcomber Tours says that: “Getting married here is the closest you’ll come to Paradise.”
Why MarryAbroad loves it? The beach sits on a private tropical coastline - where couples can be assured privacy, with very few onlookers.
5. Sønderborg beach, Denmark
Sønderborg beach, in the Soenderborg Municipality of South Jutland in Denmark, offers a unique wedding spot, with views over to a grand old castle, to the right of the shore. Local Planner Anne Kathrine Rasmussen states: “The most popular type of wedding we organise at Sønderborg, is when a couple get married by the water and afterwards has a Danish-style reception at the seaside hotel next door”.
Why MarryAbroad loves it? Known as the Las Vegas of Europe due to its simple wedding legalities, Denmark is favoured by couples wanting to wed abroad, without too much paperwork.