Pad and I chose to get married in London (our home city) – but our next choice would definitely have been a wedding abroad.
Along with the prospect of tying the knot against a backdrop of stunning scenery and glorious sunshine, more and more couples are choosing to marry abroad for the significant savings it can also afford.It’s also great for wedding parties who want to invite a smaller amount of people.
A couple of years ago, two of our close friends got married abroad (in the Dominican Republic) and it was stunning and an absolutely magical day. It was made even better that we all got to hang out before and after too.
But a wedding abroad doesn’t mean to say it will be easier than planning a wedding at home. In fact, you will probably need to do even more planning and preparation to make sure your special day goes ahead without a hitch. Here are a few tips…
Get married and honeymoon in the same place
In addition to saving money, this makes perfect sense if your destination either means a lot to you or is somewhere you have always wanted to go. However, you’ve always got to consider the logistics as well, such as how your guests will get there. A few choice picks include:
- Portugal – With its yearlong balmy climate and beautiful beach resorts, Portugal is an archetypal wedding location. Get married in or around Lisbon and you’ll benefit from numerous accommodation and transport options too.
- Sri Lanka – While many are drawn to Sri Lanka for its natural landscapes, this island’s captivating culture and hospitable people will leave a more long-lasting impression.
- Dominican Republic – Amazing beaches, beautiful weather and super friendly locals. You can get direct flights and good deals on hotels too.
- South Africa – For something a bit different, get hitched on safari in South Africa. Not the best option if you want to be the centre of attention though, as guests could be trying to spot the big five instead.
Use a wedding planner
The unfamiliarity of getting married abroad means that a wedding planner is often essential. They will know the area or destination inside out and be able to speak the local language; too, helping you book things like the location and registrar with the greatest of ease.
Search for wedding packages
Walking down the altar abroad means your guest list will have to be smaller than a wedding back home. To make things easier for your nearest and dearest that can make it, find a package that puts them on the same flight and in the same hotel as you.
Be certain it’s legal
Double-check that it’s legal to get married in the country of your choice. For instance, France requires 40 days residency before you can legally marry there. Also, ensure it is valid for local and international law too.
Organising a wedding abroad is bound to feel like an uphill struggle at the best of times. However, it will be well worthwhile when you and your loved one become man and wife in the destination of your dreams.