The Best Villa Venues for Destination Weddings in the Mediterranean

Updated 10/01/15

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There's nothing like saying "I do" with the sea in the backdrop of your dream villa wedding. It won't be hard to get friends and family on board either, as you head to one of these jaw-dropping destination wedding spots scattered throughout the Mediterranean.

If you want a view that is picturesque enough to be featured in Game of Thrones, Villa Sheherezade in Dubrovnik is just the spot to tie the knot. The Moorish-looking villa is tucked into the cliffs with the city walls and Lokrum island in the distance, with gardens and stone terraces cascading down to the private beach and sea.

Malta's 18th century palace was once used as the hunting lodge for the Grand Master of the Knights of St. John before transforming into the Versailles-style villa it is today — complete with gilded ballrooms and a grand staircase that's ideal for wedding photos. Plus, the baroness and her daughter who still maintain the palace will help guide you through the whole process, opening up their home and Baroque gardens to help plan your dream day.

Make a grand entrance arriving via private yacht to the dock of the 19th century Ottoman-style Sait Halim Pasa Yalisi mansion in Istanbul. Not only can you say "I do" with the Bosphorus gleaming in the background, you can fête under the stars in the harem garden and then sleep like royalty in the honeymoon suite.

Built by the daughter of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild as a winter residence in 1912, the villa is set on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat — one of the most prestigious peninsulas on the Cote d'Azur. The grand patio is designed in the spirit of the Italian Renaissance, flanked by pink Verona marble columns and arches — ideal for cocktail parties — while the gardens make for a picture-perfect wedding reception overlooking the sea with the magnificent villa façade in the backdrop.

Karl Lagerfeld called this villa home for over 10 years, so you know your reception is guaranteed to be super stylish. Set above the Mediterranean and surrounded by a barrier of trees adding an element of privacy, the six-bedroom villa has enough space to host the couple and their party while also offering sweeping views of Monte Carlo from the seafront terrace that quickly transforms into a stunning spot for a cocktail reception.

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