Planet Weddings has added more venues to its range in Santorini, as the Greek island is the operator’s most popular destination for UK couples heading overseas to marry.

The island hosts about 1,000 weddings a year for overseas couples, with 60% coming from the UK.

Mathilde Robert, managing director at Planet Weddings, said: “Santorini is a popular choice because it’s such a beautiful island that provides a great backdrop for photos; virtually guaranteed sunshine; and it is close and affordable enough for guests to attend the wedding.”

New venues in Santorini include the Saint Antonio Vineyard where couples get married outside the Saint Antonio chapel that dates back almost 100 years; Buddha-Bar Beach at La Maltese Estate; and lioperato Hotel.

Prices for weddings in Santorini start at £1,870 which includes fees, a wedding co-ordinator, paperwork and marriage certificate. Each venue has its own additional cost for the wedding set-up.

Planet Weddings – a member of Aito, the Specialist Travel Association – has also introduced new venues in Crete and Rhodes.

They include a champagne cruise on traditional wooden schooner in Crete and St Paul’s Bay Platform in the harbour village of Lindos, Rhodes.

“These islands are the ideal choice for couples inviting small children because the venues are more suitable for accessibility and facilities,” said Robert.

“Our forward bookings for 2019 and 2020 are strong as more people are heading abroad to get married because it offers great value, as well as a unique wedding experience.”

Sister company Planet Holidays recently launched its 2019 Greece lifestyle brochure with options for guests attending wedding celebrations.

Santorini packages start from £557 per person staying at the RK Beach Hotel in Kamari for four nights on a bed-and-breakfast basis with flights from Gatwick in mid-May.

Aito rebrands as the specialist travel association