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Destinations for a European winter wedding or honeymoon

Cass Chapman, a London-born journalist, can now be found in deep Dorset, living happily by the sea. After studying in the US, writing a book in Barcelona, and freelancing on all things Spain from Madrid, she is back in the UK, writing fo...

European winter romance

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Looking for something exciting and romantic this winter? Maybe you're getting married or you've just wed and need to find the perfect honeymoon spot. Read on for some fabulous winter European wedding and honeymoon locations!

Paris

Paris is the heart and soul of romance in Europe. A cliche to some, those who have been there can readily see what a fantastical, fairy-lit, winter wonderland it is during winter months. The Champs Elysée is alive with Christmas shoppers, the Eiffel tower twinkles in all her glory, and the romantic mood of France's capital city will sweep you away in seconds. It's impossible not to feel a little loving in such a glorious spot as this.

The George V hotel is infamous for its opulent design and international reputation so it's a wonderful honeymoon spot but also offers wedding packages for those wanting to get married in Paris. Artistic director Jeff Leathem is on hand for those who want help with all the finer details. If you are custom-designing your own wedding, George V work alongside you. The Gardenia package offers everything from champagne on arrival to Two-Michelin star food in the hotel's private salon, a spectacular spot for a winter wedding in its own right.

Rome

From the Trevi fountain to the Sistine Chapel, the Parthenonto the seven hills surrounding this sparkling Italian city, Rome never fails to amaze. The Italians, by their very nature, are romance lovers and Rome is undoubtedly the capital of such passion. Those who haven't visited during the cooler winter months and who want a European alternative for either a wedding or honeymoon would do well to choose this gorgeous Roman setting.

And while in Rome, one can make no better choice than the Cavalieri hotel. The favourite pit stop for stars such as George Clooney and Julia Roberts when in town, the hotel's restaurant La Pergola boasts the only three Michelin stars in all of Rome. The hotel's One Million dollar wedding package has proven very popular but for those wanting a luxurious, uber romantic honeymoon spot, the Cavalieri comes without reservation. The panoramic views across Rome alone make a stay worthwhile.

Berlin

The Ritz Carlton hotel's are synonymous with excellence and Berlin's is no exception. A city that comes alive at Christmas with street fairs, festivals and late night shopping, it is a perfect destination for winter weddings and honeymoons. The suites at the Ritz Carlton are a perfect base from which to enjoy a honeymoon in the city, but if a German wedding takes your fancy, the hotel's wedding advisor is on hand to take the stress out of planning your big day. Various wedding packages are available to cater to most tastes and budgets, and the hotel's spa is a wonderful haven of pampering in which to prepare for your big day.

Barcelona

The Gothic district is all alight at Christmas time in the surreal and very unique Spanish city. The stunning Gaudi architecture is impossibly beautiful in the snowy winter light and Paseo de Gracia is all abuzz with Christmas shoppers from morning till night. A fabulous place from which to watch the yuletide activity is the Majestic hotel, a hotel as spectacular as its name suggests. Somewhat of an institution in the city, the hotel has a stunning Bridal suite for honeymooners [you'll be hard pushed to leave your hotel room if you book into it] and also offers wedding packages in any of its fantastic banquet rooms with catering by the fabulous Jordi Conesa, the hotel's head chef.

Lisbon

A gorgeous little city right on the water, Lisbon is a taste of the real Portugal, a far cry from the time-share housing and golf courses of the Algarve down south. Cobbled streets, tiny tea houses serving delicious Portuguese pastries and fabulous cuisine make this a perfect city for a long weekend. Why not throw in a wedding while you're there?

The Corinthia Hotel boasts the largest spa in Spain or Portugal, Under the name of spa "King" Dr. Paolo Malo, the Malo spa makes a visit wortwhile in its own right, though the Cornithia will guarantee you an unforgettable day should you choose it as your wedding location. Those looking for a super-sized bash would do well here as they can arrange events for up to 1400 people.

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