Thinking of tying the knot abroad?
Dreaming of a fairy-tale wedding in a beautiful destination abroad? More and more couples are making the decision to marry abroad because it’s something different, cost-effective and you will say your vows in an exotic location for a time that you will both cherish forever. Whether you want to tie the knot on a paradise island or in the bright lights of Vegas, we will help you find the perfect location for your dream destination wedding.
Here you will find essential advice on planning your wedding abroad, plus our favourite locations to tie the knot. We have included any legal issues or restrictions, as well as some inspiration for your big day.
If you are deciding to get married abroad then you could be on to a real winner, not only do you get to begin married life in a beautiful location, but you also get to tailor make your wedding with endless options. We have put together our top tips when it comes to planning your dream wedding and what needs to be considered along the way.
First off, the paper work side of things for destination weddings tends to be a bit more complicated than weddings in the UK. There are two stages to each wedding, the ceremony itself and recording your marriage legally in the UK. The good news is that overseas marriages are legal in the UK, provided it complies with the laws of the country you get married in.
Once you have decided your wedding destination, it is a great idea to find out exactly how long the administrative side of things will take to determine your wedding date. Our wedding specialists are the best people to speak to for this as we have access to all the necessary information and can take the stress out of organising a wedding with less of the cost than a wedding planner.
There are many types of weddings from intimate civil ceremonies for two to a beautiful ceremony and sit down reception for 100+. The size of your wedding party can really impact where and how far you choose to go. While it will be an exciting time for you and your wedding guests, it is important to factor in the cost for your guests for flights and accommodation. Our wedding specialists can organise accommodation and flights for your wedding guests to ensure everyone is kept together and get any discounts or inclusions when booking rooms.
Once you have decided on the size of your wedding, it is important to work out a budget for the big day including air fares, accommodation and any fees attached to documentation. If you are planning your wedding well in advance, you may even decide to visit the hotel or location beforehand to make sure it’s what you’re looking for and meet any wedding coordinators the hotel may supply.
Don’t forget to make sure your passports are up to date as some countries require that you have at least six months validity on your passport. We highly recommend taking out wedding insurance once you begin booking your dream wedding abroad in case of any unknown circumstances arise and you are forced to change the date of your wedding. This will cover you from the moment you take out insurance until the moment you return.
Next, the exciting things! Once you have booked your destination wedding with one of our wedding specialists, you can relax and trust your wedding is in good hands as we take care of the legalities behind it all while you can simply enjoy the countdown to the big day. Start shopping for your wedding dress or tux and organise fittings, decide on your wedding hair and make-up and plan your hen & stag parties.