Top 5 destination wedding locations

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Ireland, whilst very beautiful in its own little way, is no place for an exotic destination wedding. Here’s our favourite places to wed abroad…

For brides who dream of saying ‘I do’ at sunset with a warm breeze catching a floaty chiffon wedding dress, tying the knot on a mountaintop or feeding lions at the wedding reception, you’re not exactly spoilt for choice at home.

The only promise of a truly exotic wedding is jetting off into the clouds and marrying abroad in the Caribbean climate, the sands of Africa or on a snowy ski pad. With that in mind, we’re taking a look at the top five destination wedding locations, as revealed by, for couples that fancy something other than the traditional Irish ‘do:

Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, South Africa

For couples with a wild streak, this resort has an enviable reputation for leopard sightings and game viewing opportunities. Bride, groom and guests can get up close to an abundance of Africa’s wildlife including, large predators and mammals iconic of African safaris – lion, hyena, elephant, rhino, buffalo, giraffe and zebra.

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Schweitzer Mountain near Sandpoint Idaho

This resort in Idaho hosts weddings on top of a mountain, during the summer months.  All guests in the wedding party ride a ski lift up to the mountaintop pad, where panoramic views provide a beautiful backdrop, for the all-important wedding album.  Find out more:

Porini Lion Camp, Kenya

Located in the exclusive 20,000 acre Olare Orok Conservancy, this expansive conservancy is home to an abundance of animals, including the big cats and hippos.  With 10 classic bush tents, the camp provides a real safari experience for the wedding party, reminiscent of the ’old safari hunting camps’. In keeping with the destination, weddings include Traditional Masai singing ceremonies and elders blessings.

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Sheraton Algarve’s Beach Restaurant, Algarve, Portugal

At the Sheraton Algarve, couples can have their ceremony and wedding breakfast on the beach, at the hotel’s own restaurant, just a few meters away from the waves. At night, guests can enjoy music with their feet in the sand, of their own exclusive beach – unique to the Algarve.

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Kempinksi Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic

Kempinski Hotel has the largest private garden in the centre of Prague, which is perfect for summer wedding ceremonies, either in front of a baroque fresco or a baroque fountain. With an average room size of over 50 square metres, the Kempinski Prague provides the largest accommodation of its kind in Prague, and is just five minutes by walk from the Old Town Square.

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