Have a fairytale wedding in Croatia, Europe’s best-kept secret destination. Then enjoy a dream honeymoon sailing along the stunning Dalmatian Coast, or discovering the magic of historic Dubrovnik
It’s hard to believe that a country so beautiful could be less than a three-hour flight away, but Croatia is a gem that really is practically on our doorstep.
Croatia has retained its magical, old-world charm, as if it has been untouched by time, and couples seeking truly charming wedding destination will discover that it offers stunning venues and locations for both marriages and dream honeymoons. It is rustically chic and effortless cool.
With an impressive 1778 km coastline, the Adriatic laps against rocky coves and pine-fringed beaches. Its charming fishing ports remain refreshingly free of high-rise hotels – you are more likely to discover intimate family-run beachside restaurants serving the catch of the day. Yachts glide lazily up Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, dropping anchor in tranquil coves to watch spectacular sunsets or visiting Croatia’s 1185 islands – many still uninhabited.
No trip to Croatia is complete without a stop in magical Dubrovnik, an UNESCO world-heritage site. This Medieval walled town is as hip as it historic – perfect for wow-factor destination weddings and an absolute MUST on your honeymoon itinerary.
From the land or sea, one of the world’s most enchanting sights is of the red roofs of Dubrovnik old town, peeping from within the ancient walls of the old port town that once rivaled Venice in wealth and influence. Not surprisingly, Dubrovnik is a globally popular tourist attraction. Each day people from near and far, including cruise ship passengers, visit to spend the day shopping for souvenirs in the old town’s boutiques before stopping for refreshments in the open-air bars and cafes. The best way to visit Dubrovnik is to circumnavigate the ancient walls of the town from which you can view the narrow winding streets, alleys and squares and the blue waters of the Adriatic beyond.
At dusk, when tranquility falls over the bustling streets of old town and the air cools, the nightlife begins, and ‘the fashionable set’ arrive to enjoy lazy cocktails outdoors in the many bars before heading to romantic restaurants where the mellow sounds of live jazz serenade the diners.
Marry in Croatia
They say that Croatia’s appeal is its unique combination of beauty, culture, history, cuisine, accessibility and affordability – factors that make the country the perfect choice for overseas weddings! It offers stunning locations and venues for weddings – from pretty coves and beaches to idyllic towns, gorgeous islands and the walled city of Dubrovnik.
There’s no set residency period in Croatia, but if you are marrying there you will need to visit the registrar a couple of days before your wedding. You can obtain a Certificate of No Impediment in the UK or at the British Embassy in Croatia.
You will need the following documentation:
- Passports and photocopies
- Photocopies of your witnesses passports
- Full birth certificates issued no more than 3 months before the marriage with an apostille stamp
- Certificate of No Impediment with apostille stamp
- If divorced then your first marriage certificate and the final divorce papers must be shown
- If widowed then the death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown.
5 Top things to do
- Walk along the ancient walls of Dubrovnik
A walk around the ramparts is a must – the walls of Dubrovnik incorporate fortresses, towers, and cannons along the way and offer amazing rooftop and sea views.
- Take a photo of Zlatni Rat Beach
Visit Croatia’s most photographed beach, Zlatni Rat (Golden Horn) in Bol on the south coast of Brač and snap away! This beach landform is known as a ‘spit’ and is made up of fine pebbles. It’s perfect for sunbathing and watersports.
- Explore Mijet National Park
Sail across to the island of Mljet’s woodland National Park, and swim in its two turquoise saltwater lakes, one boasting a 12th-century Benedictine monastery. A 9K trail runs around the lakes, making it ideal for walking or mountain biking.
- Visit Diocletian’s Palace in Split
Split is Croatia’s second biggest city set within the Roman walls of Diocletian’s Palace, built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in AD 305. Within the walls, you can see the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant bell-tower.
- See wildlife at Plitvice National Park
Plitvice National Park is set in steep forested hillsides surrounding 16 emerald-blue lakes and a succession of waterfalls, bridges and footpaths. It’s a haven for wild animals and birds, including wolves and bears, owls, eagles, and falcons.