Why: If the words "fairy tale" define your idea of a dream wedding, get thee (and thine) to Great Britain. Amid the isles, heaths, and mist, not only does your chariot await, but so do your castles, gardens, and Royal Guard too.
When to go: May through October. The best weather is usually from May to September, with short showers common throughout the year (don't forget to pack an umbrella or a slicker).
Guest activities: In England, visit the incredible collection at the British Museum and get a history lesson at the Houses of Parliament (and see Big Ben). Hop on the Tube (subway) to Covent Garden and Soho for shopping and dining out, then take a stroll along the Thames before stopping at a pub for a pint. In Scotland: Take a tour through Edinburgh Castle, the seat of Scottish power before its union with Great Britain; play a round of golf at one of Scotland's many unbelievable courses; try to spot the Loch Ness Monster!
Best spots for weddings:
Hartwell House, England (Hartwell-House.com)Set on 90 gorgeous acres, this castle-like property is a lush, regal choice for a wedding celebration. Reserve the Old Rectory (including four bedrooms, sleeping up to eight guests) with a private pool, tennis court, and staff, or take over the entire hotel.
Dalhousie Castle, Scotland (DalhousieCastle.co.uk)Dalhousie Castle is a thirteenth-century fortress set in vast, wooded parkland on the banks of the River Esk. And while each of the guest rooms is distinctive, the one to grab (after the bridal suite, where the property's original well is still located) is the Sir William Wallace room, which boasts doors leading out onto the castle battlements. To the delight of Harry Potter fans worldwide, a distinguishing characteristic of a Dalhousie wedding is the owl that delivers your wedding rings to the altar, if you so choose.