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A Day To Remember

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Janine Kelso picks out 10 of the world’s most memorable locations in which to tie the knot

1. Helicopter

Start married life on a high by getting hitched in a helicopter as it flies over the flashy hotels and casinos lining the Las Vegas Strip, before toasting your future together with a bottle of bubbly. You can share the happy occasion, too, as up to five guests can be taken along for the ride. www.virginholidays.co.uk

2. Mountain

Share your first marital kiss between Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head at the top of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain — the sight of the city spread out below you with the Atlantic Ocean beyond will set your heart aflutter. The romance begins on your ascent of the mountain, the floor of the cable car rotating through 360 degrees during the ascent and descent and affording excellent views. www.virginholidays.co.uk

3. Castle

For an ostentatious wedding that’s worthy of royalty, get hitched at the opulent art deco Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan, India. The palace, located at Jodhpur, is set in 26 acres of grounds and couples can take their pick from a number of sensational show-stoppers, including elephant pageants, folk dancing and vintage car processions. www.tajhotels.com

4. Bridge

Thrill-seekers can tie the knot at the summit of the 134-metre-high Sydney Harbour Bridge, with its fabulous city panoramas. You’ll wear an unflattering grey jumpsuit for the arduous ascent, which takes three hours and involves 1,437 steps via a series of ladders and catwalks. www.bridgeclimb.com

5. Scuba

If you fancy having tropical fish as witnesses, then why not try an underwater ceremony? Certified divers can pledge their love for each other in the tropical waters of Koh Samui, Thailand. You’ll be kitted out in full scuba kit and the bride can wear a wedding dress — as long as she doesn’t mind it getting soggy. www.samuibeachweddings.com

6. Big Wheel

For a wedding with a carnival spirit, exchange vows 65 metres above Vienna in a cabin of the famous Riesenrad (giant wheel), with its eye-popping city views. Couples marry in one of the wheel’s plush art nouveau cabins, which can hold 12 people. www.wien.gv.at

7. Ice Chapel

Expect a frosty reception when you become Mr and Mrs, at Kakslauttanen Igloo Village in Finnish Lapland. Travel to the chilly chapel on a sledge pulled by reindeer. Festooned with ice sculptures, the magical chapel’s temperature is between –2C and –5C, so be sure to cuddle up tight. www.kakslauttanen.fi

8. Underwater Chapel

Couples can celebrate their love under the sea without getting wet by saying “I do” in the world’s only all-glass underwater chapel. Located at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort, the chapel is five metres below the surface of the water, surrounded by a coral reef. After the ceremony, newlyweds can quaff champagne during a sunset cruise aboard a dhoni. www.conradhotels3.hilton.com

9. Ancient Ruins

For a wedding with a mystical feel, couples can be married by a shaman with the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu as the dramatic backdrop. The magical ceremony takes place on the terrace of Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel at the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site, garlanded with Andean flowers and coca leaves for the occasion. www.sanctuarylodgehotel.com

10. Natural Wonders

Forget sun-splashed beaches — couples with a passion for the outdoors will love Iceland’s otherworldly landscape, which provides a seductive ceremonial setting. Locations include Thingvellir National Park and Skogafoss waterfall. www.visiticeland.com

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