For the second year running, Italy has topped the list – favoured for its accessibility and reputation of romance.
The trend of smaller intimate European weddings was also strong in 2012, with long haul destinations such as Bali and Australia falling so much in popularity they didn’t make this year’s top ten.
New destinations that enjoyed popularity in 2012 included the Czech Republic, Malta and South Africa.
7. South Africa
“We definitely found that couples have been more adventurous over the past year, in choosing locations for their weddings. There is still strong interest amongst UK couples for marrying by the sea – with beach ceremonies coming first in popularity. However the majority of this interest is for European beach resorts. Long-haul destinations such as the Caribbean have been less attractive, perhaps due to the economic climate,” says Charlotte Hand, Co-Founder of http://MarryAbroad.co.uk .