Students suggest sites for ideal European weddings

Gougane Barra, County Cork, Ireland.

Laura Bucklin

Summer is a great time to go on vacation; why not go to tie the knot? Destination weddings are all the rage. Below are just a couple fabulous spots in Europe that students suggested for future weddings.


Emily Adair of the University of Iowa studied abroad in the busy city of Copenhagen, Denmark, and suggests getting married in King’s Garden under the gazebo.

“It’s absolutely gorgeous in the summer. There are flowers everywhere,” said Adair.

In front of the Rosenborg Castle, King’s Garden offers a gorgeous wedding backdrop fit for royalty. It’s a great, quiet getaway from the city life.


“If I could choose somewhere to get married in Spain, it would absolutely, 100 percent be Sevilla, Spain,” said Page Crowe, senior in management.

Crowe loved the 2,000-year-old historic city (known to non-hispanophones as Seville), and the combination of Gothic and Moorish influence in its architecture.

“It has such character and history,” said Crowe, “It really is beautiful.”

Crowe also suggested May as the best time of year for a wedding in Spain, because all the plants and flowers bloom then.


Katie Sczublewski, senior in journalism and mass communication, suggests southern France as a “romantic and intimate” getaway. She believes it is perfect for weddings.

“There is something magical about the landscape down there,” said Sczublewski, “And the lifestyle is so laid-back and luxurious.”


This beautiful country creates a perfect wedding backdrop, and may even bring some “luck of the Irish” to a new couple.

Liz Peacock, senior in communication studies, studied in Cork, Ireland last summer.

“I didn’t expect much more than a lot of green farmland and dreary weather,” said Peacock, “I was surprised by how beautiful the country really was.”

Peacock suggested Gougane Barra in Cork County, Ireland for its rolling green hills, small chapel and little restaurants. “All were within 200 feet of each other,” she added.

With 50 countries, Europe is a historic, beautiful continent. It holds endless possibilities for couples seeking to create a one-of-a-kind wedding.