Weekend weddings are here to stay, as lots of couples plan a celebration to last for more than just one day. We’re here for it, and we have some great tips to share with you – courtesy of top UK destination wedding planner Elegante by Michelle J.

Wedding welcome bags are a lovely treat for guests, especially for weekend weddings. If your guests have travelled a long way and are staying overnight, it’s an especially thoughtful touch to provide a little welcome bag.

Imagine an Italian village, preserved from centuries past and reimagined as a luxury hotel with events spaces and guest accommodation. This is where today’s gorgeous pair Charlie and Bobby said their I dos, surrounded by loved ones for a full weekend celebration of love!

Their weekend wedding in Italy was planned and brought to life by lovely Elegante by Michelle J. Michelle specialises in Italian weddings for UK couples, and is one of the UK’s top destination wedding planners. Together with the happy couple, she designed a wedding with a Chianti theme, delicious florals styled around a soft peach colour palette, and oodles of green foliage.

Destination weddings are exciting, beautiful, warm – imagine that?! and for adventurous souls. But did you know you can still have your favourite suppliers? We share 5 surprising facts about weddings overseas, inspired by English Wedding member and luxury destination wedding planner Elegante by Michelle J.

Destination weddings work with any wedding budget

Couples often expect a destination wedding to be cheaper than a UK wedding. You can choose to save – or spend! – wherever you get married though! A micro wedding in the south of France might cost less than a grand celebration in an English country hotel. If you’re spending more on your day, a luxury wedding in Greece might work out the same as a traditional English wedding.

I’m a huge advocate for destination weddings at home, right here in the UK. They’re more sustainable, and still have that spine-tingly excitement of a holiday + wedding. We might not have white sands and melty-hot sunshine, but we have beautiful countryside, amazing landscapes and dreamy locations you can head for!

Inspired by luxury destination wedding planner Michelle at Elegante by Michelle J, here’s a few favourite locations – and tips on having an amazing destination wedding in the UK!

5 great reasons to choose a UK destination wedding

  • Saving the planet
  • Bringing all your guests

We have the perfect scenes of beautiful tranquility for you this morning, with Claudia and James’s Greek island wedding. The styling is perfection; the setting is out of this world. Huge thanks to Elegante by Michelle J for sharing such a stunning day with us!  

Michelle Jacobs of Elegante by Michelle J was our wedding planner – she was a dream to work with and took a lot of the stress off us in the planning process and on the day.

Cartalia provided perfect stationery in the pocket style we wanted.