New study by British service price comparison money.co.uk has identified the most popular destinations for weddings in 2022.
Zimbabwe — country in South East Africa. The number of targeted searches in Zimbabwe increased by 56 percent compared to last year. It turned out that the country offers a huge number of the most incredible options for the ceremony: with elephants in wedding photos, and with the wedding night in a safari lodge, and with stunning views of the shores of Lake Kariba.
Italy and South Africa are jointly second in the top 10 list, both seeing growth of 40 percent year on year. Both destinations offer happy couples a wealth of options and beautiful wedding venues, from idyllic villas nestled in the hills of Tuscany to beautiful South African vineyards in Stellenbosch.
Portugal and Kenya are next on the list, coming in fourth and fifth, followed by countries known for their beautiful beaches. Thailand rounded out the top five most popular wedding destinations with a 23 percent increase in searches. That is, people who dream of a wedding in Phi Phi or Phuket have increased by almost a quarter over the year.
Jamaica is in seventh place, followed by Morocco, Brazil and Mexico.
There are several options for weddings in Zimbabwe. For example, in the style of a safari, in Chengeta Safari Lodge, located near Harare. This is an amazing place to say “yes” surrounded by the pristine beauty of Zimbabwe while zebras graze nearby in a 13,000-hectare nature reserve. Or try the houseboats on Lake Kariba, visible in every photo.
Awesome villa overlooking the hills of Tuscany or the breathtaking architecture of Rome — the romance of Italy is felt in everything. For those who dream of a luxurious wedding, Palazzo Gori Pannilini — the perfect place for a wedding — five-star hotel near Florence, full of Italian charm and history.
- South Africa
South Africa offers a huge selection of places where couples can tie the knot. Bay Hotel in Cape Town — one of the most popular wedding venues. The luxurious establishment has a rotunda for those who want a stylish and quirky day, or for a more relaxed setting, you can choose your exclusive private beach club overlooking Camps Bay.
Portugal has become a popular wedding destination due to its warm climate and blue Mediterranean waters. For smaller ceremonies, the Algarve has several world-class golf courses. And for those who want more space and scope, welcome to Grêmio Palace in the heart of Lisbon. The garden, hidden behind the doors of a beautiful pink palace in the historic district, conveys all the charm and romance of the city.
Kenya's tranquil setting, surrounded by the sounds of the bush, is so romantic that even Prince Williams chose it as the place to propose to the current Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. If you need a safari-style wedding, Kichwa Tembo Campground — the same place. Private territory without prying eyes and ears, a wealth of wildlife and panoramic views of the Masai Mara create a sophisticated and modern safari atmosphere.
It is hard to imagine a more beautiful place than the magnificent Thai beaches. On Koh Samui, couples can book The Tongsai Bay, a 5-star hotel with a large pool overlooking the ocean. You can sit on the beach under a flower canopy, including a traditional Thai blessing. And what about the limestone caves surrounding the Rayawadee in Krabi? The windows overlook the turquoise waters of Phranang Beach, which means that wedding photos will turn out very beautiful.
To find yourself on an island surrounded by an irresistible Caribbean spirit, — these are not only stunning beaches with sunsets, but also green mountains and sparkling waterfalls. Ceremony at the waterfalls of Ocho Rios — a stunning combination of rainforest and falling water as a background. To continue the celebration, you can move to the luxurious resort of Sandals Ochi.
Spend the day at the foot of the Atlas Mountains at the Marrakech retreat, Capaldi, with a rooftop terrace offering magnificent views of the surrounding olive groves — the perfect place. It is modern and stylish, and it still has traditional Moroccan elements: rich textiles and antiques, an atmosphere of understated luxury.
The exclusive resort hotel Ponta dos Ganchos on a private peninsula — this is the place for you. Sparkling emerald sea, Brazilian beachfront bungalows, a gazebo at the end of a wooden bridge, and the most romantic wedding breakfast ever. But for more privacy, choose the Botanique Hotel & Spa in São Paulo, surrounded by unique natural surroundings.
Many stars have tied the knot in Mexico, so it's a good place to start. Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson got married in Los Cabos, surrounded by panoramic natural beauty, desert landscapes and turquoise ocean waters.