Weddings in Croatia

Why Croatia as a perfect destination to get married in Europe


So your thinking about a wedding abroad, has Croatia made your short list?

If not, why? If you haven’t thought about Croatia, but want to have the most amazing wedding abroad, then Croatia is the place for you.

Below we present beautiful Croatia to you and all her wonders that make this coastal country a great wedding destination.

Geographic Location of Croatia


Croatia is geographically located in the heart of Europe with the gorgeous Adriatic cradling her coastline. Placed at the cross-section between Southeast Europe, the Mediterranean, and Central Europe, Croatia has a unique combination of natural landscapes and an enticing climate. Getting to Croatia is as simple as a short flight, especially as there are daily flights to Croatia. From most European cities (and further)  Croatia is just a short trip away.  As you travel across Croatia, either by car or by air, you will be in equal awe of both the coast and countrysides. Her natural beauty, incorporating the sea, lakes, national parks and islands will leave you with endless choices for a great wedding location for your wedding abroad. We are sure you will be glad you chose Croatia for your destination wedding as there are many magical wedding venues catering to all wedding requests.

Croatia’s Natural Beauty


From the top of the highest Croatian peak Dinara and the South Dalmatian islands that are gently bathed by the Adriatic sun to the richness of the Mediterranean forest on the island of Mljet and through the Posavina which is full of wild nature, you will not be able to stop being amazed at its natural beauty. Here, you can explore the UNESCO protected National Parks, dive into one of the most spectacular seas in Europe (as noted by the European Commission, Croatia is thought to have the purest sea in Europe), and relaxing on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Here, you can feel the country’s energy combined with unique fauna and mild climate, wild horses, dolphins, brown bears, and more than 3000 plants located on Kvarner Islands and Velebit Mountain, as you can see Croatia has it all! If you’re looking for the best place to find your inner self or a place to get away from it all, Croatia is a place for you. Blessed with all-year-round sun and beautiful beaches, Croatia’s idyllic islands, and Mediterranean cities offer wealthy natural attractions – from coastal cliffs to rolling vineyards.

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Weather in Croatia


Without a doubt, the weather conditions are a key element in planning your wedding, the perfect wedding requires perfect weather, right? Well, you can be sure that Croatia certainly has that well and truly covered. This small country is well known for its number of sunny days throughout the year and the amount of daylight (hours) during a day.  To get the most out of spring and summer, we recommend planning your Croatian wedding between April and October. These wonderful six months ensure that you are getting the most out of the summer season and beachside wonders. If you are worried about the summer days being too hot for your wedding, consider a May, June, September or October for your wedding. These months are not only great in terms of weather (sunny yet cool) but are also perfect for minimizing the crowds of tourists that usually flock to the beaches during peak season.


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Gorgeous couple after their wedding ceremony in Croatia


The Ease of Planning a Wedding in Croatia


Destination weddings have a particular charm and excitement that allow us to perhaps be more spontaneous than usual. Although an impromptu wedding can be the right move for some, we all know that to plan your dream wedding it generally takes about 12 months in advance, However, if choosing Croatia, you can do all your planning in as little as 6 months, the teams there are so well rehearsed that ability to coordinate quality and speed is second to none. Destination weddings tend to be more intimate, smaller so it is possible to organize a small wedding in a short period of time, especially in Croatia where you have so many possibilities. Croatia has lots of wedding planning agencies specialized especially in destination weddings who can organize the most elegant and beautiful weddings you’ve only seen in brochures. From food, music, venue, photographers, church and similar details, you can be sure that everything will be done and ready for you.

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Good Quality Food and Wine


Croatia is popular for its top-notch agriculture. The wealth of Adriatic sea combined with homegrown fruits and vegetables, you can rest assured that you’ll have your guests enjoy only top organic delights. When it comes to the choice of wine, Croatia is well known for their amazing selection of red, white and rosé which are naturally processed in line with centuries-old methodologies that are unique to this part of Europe. Croatia has a reputation of having some of the best wines in the world thanks to the richness of coastal and inland vineyards and perfect climate.

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The WOW Effect


Now that you know what Croatia has to offer it makes perfect sense that you choose Croatia for your destination wedding. From historical buildings, sights, chapels and churches to castles, national parks and forests that seem to be surrounding you even along the seaside, this country has it all!!! In the last few years, this small country has become one of the most popular and wanted holiday destinations in the world. Feedback from worldwide tourists is that they are thrilled with Croatia and are planning their next year’s holiday in this same little country located in the heart of Europe.  Dubrovnik is the most popular tourist city in Croatia, it rose to fame thanks to the shooting of one of the world’s biggest television hit series; “Game of Thrones”. Although Dubrovnik is amazing, don’t underestimate other smaller, not so known cities right across Croatia.  When it comes to Croatia, there is more than enough locations you can choose from for your dream wedding.


 The pearl of the Adriatic sea

Getting married in Dubrovnik


Safe Country and Friendly People


When it comes to crime rates, Croatia is very safe. Here, you can walk the streets relaxed freely without fear of high crime rates.  It’s a huge bonus to know that the place you’re visiting and staying is safe. Croatia is a very friendly country with open, kind and helpful people and that’s another great reason why Croatia is a perfect country for destination weddings. Croatian’s take great pride in knowing that they are considered to be easy going people with a positive and friendly attitude.

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Numerous venues for destination wedding in Croatia


One of the first and foremost things you’ll do once you got engaged is finding the perfect wedding venue. What you need to do is to think about what kind of wedding do you want to have, what will be the theme? Do you want a simple, traditional wedding, something outdoors, by the sea, in the woods, something rustic? Once you know those characteristics you can start thinking about wedding venues and start making your list. Croatia offers a large variety of majestic wedding venues and locations for celebrating the most important day in your life. Since Croatia has a stunning coast, here, you can find a considerable amount of beach venues. Croatia’s rich ancient history ensures that there is a great collection of some of the most beautiful castles and villas (nested by the sea) for your consideration. The modern day era has brought a collection of summer houses standing proudly on hills and more intimate locations, like local vineyards as perfect destinations for your wedding abroad. The most popular three Croatian regions to have your wedding are: Dubrovnik, Istria, and Dalmatia.

Beautiful outdoor wedding setup in Dubrovnik

Outdoor weddings in Croatia


Istria and Kvarner Croatia Weddings


Being one of the most developed tourist regions in Croatia, Istria is the closest and easiest region to reach from Western Europe. Most of the people who have visited this part of Croatia, compare it to Provence and Tuscany. The ancient Roman presence has in every way left a mark on this part of Croatia, having an influence in its culture, people, architecture, churches, paintings, and sculptures. Small cities and picturesque vineyards are scattered all across this island, especially on the inside of this popular Adriatic peninsula. Some of the most popular cities within Istria include; Rovinj and Pula. Pula is known for its world famous amphitheater.  Kvarner, with its rich 150-year old history, is a popular tourist spot where you can see some of the most beautiful leafy parks, sunny islands and long promenades near the sea. Once you go a little bit further to the Gorski Kotar region the landscape suddenly changes to mountainous and national park beauty. Popularly called “Croatian lungs”, Gorski Kotar is home to many animals such as bears, wolves and eagles and the air is so clean that this place became one of the most popular ones amongst bikers and hikers. Planning a wedding here is so easy as this place offers a variety of spectacular wedding venues and amazing villas with swimming pools surrounded by hills and greenery. Luxurious wedding hotels with majestic views to the Adriatic sea and chic and rustic villages nurturing the tradition and agrotourism of Istria.

Our favorite Istria and Kvarner wedding venues in Croatia:

Villa Polesini – Poreč Wedding Venues


When it comes to having a perfect wedding venue that is intimate, romantic and chic all at the same time, Villa Polesini is THE place. Placed on the waterfront of the Porec and built by the noble family Polesini in the 19th century, this Villa is a true architectural treasure that is astonished by the luscious gardens and the sea that surrounds the villa.


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Weddings at Villa Meneghetti


Villa Meneghetti – Getting marriend in famous Istria Wedding Venue


If you’re looking for a grand place with a capacity to host many guests this authentic Istrian house should be your go-to place. With over 120,000 m2 and surrounded by Mediterranean vineyards, olive-groves but want to be close to the sea, this villa is for you. The villa is located 2 kilometers away from the sea and is known as one of the most popular Istrian gastronomy sites, this magnificent Villa offers a lot more than just a single themed wedding.

Red Island – Istria Wedding Venues


Only a fifteen-minute boat ride from the small Mediterranean city Rovinj there is the island of St. Andrew, or more commonly known as the Red Island. Here you’ll find our favorite wedding venue – Hutterott that dates back to the 19th century that outbuilds one of the most popular Istrian hotels. This venue has everything from breathtaking sea view and romantic outdoor venue to lush vegetation for a variety of breathtaking wedding photos.

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Villa Ariston – Opatija Wedding Venue


Surrounded by one of the most beautiful parks in Croatia, The Villa Ariston Hotel is one of the most outstanding, impressive and charming hotels in Opatija. A place where the atmosphere of ancient times perfectly mix with some of the most modern services and comforts it is ideal for an unforgettable and unique wedding.

Grand Hotel Royal – Opatija Wedding Venue


Along the coastal promenade, via a small square and a French garden with plant sculptures, you will come to a well-equipped grand hall. The hall with large glass rocks visually immerses the sea and exudes the elegance of the ballroom. This location, crowned with 4 stars, depending on the arrangement, can accommodate up to 1000 guests. It can also provide accommodation in rooms and apartments overlooking Kvarner, catering to all your abroad wedding needs.

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Hotel Royal weddings in Croatia


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The Crystal Hall – Opatija Wedding Venue


This is the most elegant and oldest ballrooms in Istria. This venue is used for some of the most prestigious events in the country and is popular for its lavishly decorated walls, impressive crystal chandeliers, large windows providing a spectacular view and grand decor.

Weddings in Dubrovnik


In recent years, Dubrovnik has become one of the most popular wedding destinations in Croatia. Couples all over the world come here to tie the knot. And it’s understandable why; this is one of the most beautiful and romantic locations on Earth, with beautiful backdrops and scenery creating perfect opportunities for wedding photos. Placed along the great stretch of the Mediterranean, having a destination wedding here is like saying “I do” to nature.


Here are some of our favorite Dubrovnik wedding venues:


Incredible fortresses in Croatia

Fort Lovrijenac wedding in Dubrovnik by Dubrovnik wedding photographer


Fort Lovrijenac – Dubrovnik Wedding Venue


Fort Lovrijenac or St. Lawrence as commonly named by locals, is one of the majestic fortresses we have ever seen. Standing on a 37 meters high rocky mountain it offers intimacy, privacy and a romantic setting for your wedding. Fort Lovrijenac is an excellent choice as it can be rented and privatized for 24 hours, allowing you to complete privacy to get ready and say your “I do’s” without the intrusion of tourists.

Revelin Fortress – Dubrovnik Wedding Venue


One of the biggest fortresses in this part of Croatia. With its magnificent city walls, together with our previously described wedding venue – Fort Lovrijenac makes Dubrovnik harbor’s mighty guard and one of the most unique venues for all sorts of ceremonies, especially weddings.

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The Revelin fortress wedding Dubrovnik


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Weddings at  Villa Rose on Island Kolocep (Localy named Kalamota)

Villa Rose on the Kolocep Island near Dubrovnik 


If you’re dreaming of a romantic and peaceful island wedding, Villa Rose on Kolocep Island is the perfect venue. Built in 1930 and located on a seaside rock, it offers a magnificent view, delicious food, and excellent service. The absence of road traffic on the island creates a sense of peace and tranquility for the newlyweds and their guests. Kolocep Island offers a serene sanctuary for adventurous couples looking for sun, sea, and a picturesque landscape to celebrate their wedding day. The idyllic setting places the newlyweds and guests in the spotlight, making them feel like they are the most critical aspect of the universe. A wedding on a quiet Mediterranean island surrounded by tranquil crystal-clear waters and lush greenery is truly a dream come true. If you’re looking for a truly magical wedding venue, Villa Rose on Kolocep Island is the perfect choice.

The Museum of Modern Art – Dubrovnik Wedding Venue


Dubrovnik’s popular art gallery offers something most other venues don’t. Not exclusively only for wedding ceremonies, but for all sorts of events, this venue provides complete privacy, historical buildings, and stunning views. Its rooftop terrace has a remarkable view of Dubrovnik and its courtyards are perfectly positioned for weddings. Designed in a new-Renaissance-gothic style by popular Croatian architects Harold Bilinic and Lavoslav Horvat, this is a true gem of Dubrovnik.

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Weddings at the Museum of Modern Art in Dubrovnik


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The Sponza Palace – Dubrovnik Wedding Venue


This venue is a great alternative to traditional church weddings. It has a historical depth, grandeur, regal undertones; basically everything you would expect one palace would have. Emitting a cheerful Renaissance energy and mystical Gothic feel, this venue is rich with culture and elegance.

Weddings on Dalmatia cost and Islands


Dalmatia is a large Croatian region tied closely to the Adriatic sea. It involves almost half of the popular Croatian shoreline and includes numerous Islets and Islands. Located opposite of Italy, the name Dalmatia comes from the word “Dalmatae” from the Illyrian tribe that leads this county in ancient Roman times.


Here are our favorite Dalmatia wedding venues:

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Fort George Croatia – Vis Wedding Venue


A popular fortress built  1813 by the British Royal Navy, today, Fort George is one of the most romantic spots and venues for various events, especially weddings. What amazes us is its roof terrace that is perfect in the sunset and luscious garden.

Read more about Fort George and other unique Vis wedding venues here. 

Lola Restaurant – Vis Wedding Venue


If you’re looking for an intimate place, a historic, secret garden for your wedding celebration with a touch of tasty Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish twist, then Lola restaurant should be your choice.

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Lola Restaurant – Vis Wedding Venues


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Martinis Marchi weddings


Martinis Marchi – Island of Šolta Wedding Venue


In 1703, when pirate attacks became more frequent, the Marchi brothers acquired permission to build a church, village and a tower above Maslinica Bay. Two years later, a majestic castle arose with a prominent tower and defense walls as the last defense point of this part. Nowadays this castle greets its guests and provides soft reminiscence of past ancient times.

Mestrovic Gallery – Split Wedding Venue


If you’re a true architecture lover then you’ll love this place. Popular Gallery Mestrovic is a magical place where, in the past, famous Croatian architect and sculptor lived with his family. Located on the southern side of the popular Marjan Forest, this place is perfect as a wedding venue. The artist’s work, greenery and the view on the Adriatic sea will make that “wow” effect. We recommend having your wedding, on the terrace where you’ll see a breathtaking view, especially photos taken under the arch or in front of the gallery where the grass is perfectly green.


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Mestrovic Gallery – Split Wedding Venues


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Villa Dalmacija – Split Wedding Venue


Another venue placed on the southern slopes of the Marjan Forest, Villa Dalmacija has become one of the most popular venues in Split, and very popular among international couples who plan their abroad wedding in Croatia. With its rich history and big gardens, this place will provide intimacy and privacy.

Brown Beach House – Trogir Wedding Venue


This popular boutique hotel is one of the most popular wedding venues in Trogir. With a walled garden that is a perfect backdrop scenery for wedding photos and a pool that overlooks the Adriatic sea, it provides an unpretentious and sophisticated feel as well as stylish and modern interior and exterior perfect for wedding photo shoots.

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Brown beach house weddings


Gorgeous weddings in Zadar

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Arsenal – Zadar Wedding Venue


This is an old, recently renovated private house located in the old part of the city. If you’re looking for something more industrial, then this house is perfect for your destination wedding in Zadar.


Crvena Luka Resort – Wedding Venue Croatia


Sandy beaches, old pine trees, rich forests and relaxed and peaceful surroundings are what makes this place unique and exquisite. You can rest assured that, once you see it, you’ll fall in love with this exclusive location and the nature that surrounds it.

Weddings at Crvena Luka Resort

Crvena Luka Resort – Wedding Venue Croatia

Croatian Wedding Traditions


Croatia, depending on the region, has many wedding traditions and customs. If you’re planning to have a destination wedding in Croatia you should consider adding some local, traditional customs that will make your wedding stand from the standard your guests are used to. This is a great way not only to introduce some cultural elements but to spring an element of interesting and entertaining surprise for your guests ensuring that they’ll remember your wedding for years to come.


Here’s a list of popular Croatian wedding traditions you can consider:

Wedding traditions in Croatia

Rosemary – Croatian wedding traditions


Rosemary Branch


As part of Croatian wedding tradition, rosemary is considered a welcome flower for family and friends. Each guest that arrives receives a single rosemary branch pinned to the left side (where their heart is) as a corsage. Also, rosemary branch is often decorated with a red, white and blue ribbon that represents Croatian flag and before pinning the rosemary to guests corsages, the tradition is that each guest (or per family) leave a “donation” in a basket with rosemaries, but not a necessity.



The flag bearer, in Croatian “barjaktar”, is the person in charge of leading the wedding party, walking in front of everyone carrying and waving the Croatian or another flag on their way to town hall and/or church. He’s also the one that enters the wedding venue before the bride and groom and is considered one to be holding one of the most important duties during the Croatian wedding. HYou will very often, you’ll see a man sitting on a car window (hanging out of the car’s window), waving with the flag and leads the procession from one location to another, this is the Barjaktar.


Barjaktar - Croatian wedding tradition

Wedding traditions in Croatia


False Bride


One of the most popular and amusing wedding traditions in Croatia is the presence of a ‘fake’ bride. It’s done when the groom arrives (with his family and friends) to collect his bride at her birth home, and requests her male family members to hand them over to her. As this parting is generally considered to be the most emotional part of the day, local traditions try to make light of what is considered to be an emotionally difficult moment. The bride’s family play a game of ‘hard to get’ and not permitting the bride to leave the home with such ease, therefore introducing the fake bride. Basically and in short, try to give someone else over in place of the real bride. The fake bride is generally a male member of the bride’s guests or an elderly grandmother. In any case, the fake bride must be dressed like a bride (white dress, veil, and flowers) to try and pass the test. The groom and his wedding party, of course, refuse to take her and offer many gifts (in the form of money  – generally fake money) to try and entice the bride’s relative to release and hand them over the bride. This is generally a rather funny occurrence at the wedding, and for your unexpected guests can be a highlight of the day.

Wedding Planners in Croatia


Planning a wedding, whether it’s going to be intimate with 50 guests or large 300-guest wedding requires a lot more than just choosing a nice wedding venue, a DJ and flowers. Trust us, you need a wedding planner, no matter how big or small your wedding is going to be. These are the professionals that juggle the role of, well, basically everyone, from budget managers, designers, therapist, coordinator, legal counsel, everyone while planning your special day. They will take care of everything from your Pinterest board or ‘to do’ lists making all your wishes come true while staying within your budget. They will help on each and every detail of your wedding, from aesthetic details and vendor contracts to emergency situations which is a huge bonus as you want your wedding to be without stress. They know everything about weddings and you’ll be surprised how many things you haven’t even thought about, until they bring them up, but never fear, they will have solutions for all things weddings.  They also have connections with vendors so you’ll get the best deals and experts that will work on your wedding. In more simple words, they are key to making your dream wedding come to light. There are a lot of wedding planning companies in Croatia and we’ve worked a great deal of them, so we can confidently say that we have experienced nothing by pure professionalism and that they have love for their job. For these wedding planners, weddings are a passion and way of life, they bring authenticity, love, patience and joy to each of their planned weddings and their guests are always left with nothing but the nicest of words and recommendations.

Wedding planners in Croatia

Wedding decor – Croatia weddings


Beautiful Villa Polesini wedding Poreč

Wedding planning in Croatia


Legal Requirements for a Wedding in Croatia


The legal requirements (documents) for getting married in Croatia are pretty simple and easy to obtain. The couple needs to consult the Croatian Embassy in their country or Consulate for all the general information for getting married in Croatia. Essential informations:

  • No minimum residency period needed
  • A civil ceremony is the only legal type of wedding in Croatia
  • Civil ceremonies can be held at any location with the previous approval from the Registry Office
  • Religious ceremonies are allowed before or after a civil ceremony
  • Religious ceremonies can be held in your own country or Croatia
  • If the couple doesn’t speak Croatian (or at least one person; bride OR groom), a court-appointed translator must attend the ceremony and be present during the ceremony.


Civil Ceremony in Croatia


If you choose to have a civil ceremony in Croatia, it can be held in the town hall or outdoors the town hall, however, please note that having the ceremony outside of the town hall, requires pre-approval (for logistical reasons) from the Registry Office.  This civil ceremony takes roughly 25 minutes and is held in Croatian language. If you, or your partner don’t speak Croatian, you’ll need to have a court-appointed translator present in order to translate the entire ceremony into the native tongue. The cost of the civil ceremony is paid by the bride and groom, with the rates of the civil ceremony being slightly more costly of held outside of the town hall.  You are able to ‘personalize’ your civil ceremony and are able to have your own readings/vows and music.

Civil ceremony in Croatia

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a Persian couple getting married in Croatia

Persian weddings in Croatia


Religious Ceremony


If you wish to have a religious wedding ceremony in Croatia, there are several religious ceremonies available including:

  • Catholic ceremony – can only be held in a church
  • Orthodox ceremony
  • Evangelistic ceremony – can be held in a church OR outdoor (location of your choice)
  • Muslim ceremony
  • Persian ceremony 

Other Religions

In order to get a list of essential documentation that is required for other religious wedding ceremonies, we advise you contact local Croatian religious institution.

Catholic Ceremony


Most of the population in Croatia is Catholic so you’ll find a lot of Catholic churches all over Croatia as well as little chapels where you can have an intimate wedding ceremony. Croatians are very much proud when it comes to the local (town) churches and chapels so, for the same reason, all of them are well kept and maintained. Today, due to the popularity of Croatia as a destination wedding country it’s possible to have a Priest who speaks English and the wedding mass lasts for approximately 50 minutes.

Required documentation:

  1. Discharge certificate
  2. Marriage certificate (if a couple is already married via civil ceremony)
  3. Certificate from the local Registry Office (if a couple is not yet legally married) which confirms that the couple can enter into a religious marriage
  4. Permission to get married outside your local Parish
  5. Copy of Baptismal certificate (can’t be older than six (6) months)
Beautiful church in Osijek

Catholic weddings in Croatia


Destination Weddings Croatia


During the wedding planning process, each couple, at some time, has perhaps thought about a destination wedding or at the very least, have thought about eloping. However, this task can be pretty tiresome and daunting, requiring you to organize all those necessary things in a country you don’t know. So, how can couples pull off a destination wedding without stressing too much about it and having everything perfectly organized? Very easy! Come to Croatia! Most weddings last for approximately five to six hours (without preparations) where the only thing you do is walk from table to table to greet your guests. A destination wedding lasts at least three days minimum, which means that you’ll be able to spend more quality time with your loved ones and have relaxed destination wedding even though it requires hotel stays, all sorts of arrangements and travel. But, this is the perfect excuse to cut down the number of invitees and select the people that you know will bring you the most heartfelt memories, after all not everyone will be able to attend a wedding abroad and not everyone can be included in your budget.  Croatia provides plenty of magnificent locations and venues why tourist couples decide to come back to the country and say their “I do’s”. Dubrovnik, Dalmatia and magical Istria offer some of the most gorgeous destinations in the world. Croatia is a hidden gem filled with fairytale venues and locations. So why not say “I do” to Croatia.

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Nigerian wedding in Split


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