As I mentioned before, I'm going to hold off on my comments about eloping to Mexico. For those of us in the US, Mexico is fairly easy to get to and offers great beaches as well as colonial cities and Mayan ruins. However, due to the swine flue, I'll talk about Europe. This will be the first of at least 10 articles featuring European destinations suitable for elopements.
Let's start with England. For East Coasters, it's an easy jaunt across the Atlantic. The benefit of saying your wedding vows here is obviously that there is no language barrier. Many think of England and thy think of London. But if you want to do something a bit different, well, before you can say "How now, Horatio," or "Et tu Brute," you can be saying "I do" in the lovely city of Stratford Upon Avon.
Nestled on the banks of the River Avon,Stratford Upon Avon is in the county of Warwickshire in central England. The town first came into being in meideval times, and is steeped in history, famous for its old and quaint buildings. Even on the wet weather days that Britain is well known for, Stratford Upon Avon cannot fail to look beautiful. It is a popluar destination for couples wanting to marry because of the stunning scenery.
The world famous playwright william Shakespeare was born in Stratford and lived there all his life. You can take advantage of the opportunity to visit all the Shakespeare properties – including Anne Hathaway’s cottage, perhaps the most beautiful of them all. Anne lived here until 1582, when she married the famous poet.
A good place to start your research is at www.stratford4weddings.co.uk. If you read under the heading The Ceremony, they will link you to a list of approved venues for weddings which includes hotels and stately homes, most which have a wedding coordinator on-site. They also have a link to the legal requirements for getting married in England.
One hotel in particular that offers wedding ceremonies is the Ettington Park Hotel. It is described as a neo-Gothic Mansion and it is stunning. It is not going to be your bargain destination but if you have a wedding budget and would rather take the money and run, this hotel will offer you history and luxury. Click on the website https://www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/ettingtonpark for more information. I did find this hotel on priceline.com as well as hotels.com so you might want to try to book through those two sites for a better deal.
For Americans thinking about marrying in teh United Kingdom, it is essential to have a fiance visa to be able to do so. To get the most up to date information on obtaining a British visa pay a visit to https://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/ for the most accurate information.
Now, bag your big wedding plans, book a flight and a room, and go to see our neighbors abroad.