Are searching for a truly unique and stunning wedding destination, then look no further than having your wedding in Croatia.
If you are planning on getting married abroad and would like my hot tip for the best kept wedding destination secret, then it has to be Croatia.
Croatia may not be a country that immediately springs to mind when looking for the perfect wedding destination abroad but once you learn more about this truly beautiful European country I am sure it will make your destination short list.
Lonely Planet, the travel book publisher named Croatia the “world’s hottest travel destination”. They state that the country’s appeal is its unique combination of culture, history, cuisine, accessibility and affordability. In my mind these are all the essentials which make a great wedding abroad.
Croatia has been heralded as the “Next Riviera” and with its stunning beaches and islands, it makes an affordable alternative to the pricier Mediterranean. With fairytale Medieval cities, warm friendly locals, magnificent food and in the words of Lonely Planet a country that “has not yet been over-touristed, but has developed an excellent tourism infrastructure that suits both adventurous travellers and those who need a degree of comfort in their planning”, guests who are invited to a wedding in Croatia will be thanking their lucky stars!
Tips & Advice for Getting Married in Croatia
The following information has been designed to provide guidance on all aspects of planning a wedding in Croatia.
Explore legal requirements, costs, and places to get married in Croatia and find inspiration for your perfect Croatian wedding.
The following links will take you to the Destination Wedding Directory where you will find a full listing of Wedding Suppliers who will help you plan your dream wedding in Croatia.
Special thanks to Hayden Phoenix for the above images.
Top Tips from couples who were married in Croatia
We holidayed in Dubrovnik last June and instantly fell in love with the City. The unique history of the Old City, the brilliant sunshine, translucent waters and dramatic mountains, make the Dubrovnik Riviera a unique and memorable experience, making it the ideal choice for our wedding and a place which we wanted to share with our closest friends and family!
Wendy & Karl, Ireland
The two of us met and fell in love on one of the beautiful islands in Croatia and we also got engaged under one of Croatia’s perfect sunsets. We both loved the idea of a warm, central location in Europe, with kind people, fantastic food, culture and a budget that met our needs. If you want romance and great atmosphere, Croatia is the perfect place.
Viky & Ivo, Croatia / Australia
My fiance and I chose to have our wedding in Croatia because we wanted to marry somewhere beautiful, with a warm climate and where we’d get good value for money. Croatia fit the bill perfectly – one look at the pictures of Dubrovnik and the surrounding area was enough to convince us that we would not find anywhere else so picturesque, steeped in history and ideal for our plans, that would also fit within our budget.
Kay & Simon, United Kingdom
Real Experiences – Why did you choose Croatia?
We had always imagined that our wedding would be overseas and for a long time thought we’d marry in Italy however that was before we visited Croatia! Croatia, and especially Dubrovnik, is like nowhere else – with its preserved medieval walls, crystal clear water and fantastic views, it offers so much more than your traditional wedding destination. Dubrovnik is a wonderfully enchanting city, it captivated both of us the moment we entered its ancient walls and I am confident that our special day will be something that our guests will remember for the rest of their lives.
Rosslyn & David, Ireland
Why we choose to have our wedding in Croatia. Because…Croatia is a beautiful country, with amazing scenery and coastlines. A wedding in Dubrovnik seems like pure romance, and that’s what we hope to experience.
Kathryn & Martin, United Kingdom / Ireland
My Fiance and I chose to have our wedding in Dubrovnik because it is the Pearl of the Adriatic and unique in every possible way. (The fact that my Mother is originally from Croatia made our decision even more ideal). The walled city is acclaimed world wide for its tremendous character and romantic charm. It is very accessible for guests to travel to and a charming place for them to visit. The whole experience is very romantic and a great way to build excitement amongst guests and wedding couple alike. It is a reasonably priced option for those wanting a magical wedding backdrop!
Catherine & Jacques, Australia / South Africa