Weddings Abroad Guide
Just imagine a sandy beach, blue skies, a warm breeze, palm trees and the sound of the sea gently lapping on the shore. If this conjures up a vision of romance in your mind then getting married in an exotic location is for you. Maybe you prefer the notion of marrying beside an Italian lake, a wedding with a skiing theme, or in the compound of a safari park. Whatever you want will be available somewhere in the world and we will help you to arrange it.
Don’t forget to take a pack of disposable cameras to capture all those magical memories.
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Where to Start?
Getting help from specialist wedding tour operators, insurance, planning, health advice and popular wedding destinations worldwide.
The legal low-down
Residency requirements, affadavit’s, passports & visa’s, marriage blessings and more.
A typical day
Make sure you’ve thought about the outfits, cake, flowers, photo’s, music and of course transporting everything you’ll need.
Our total guide covers expected weather, and a region by region guide to obtaining a marriage licence, documents & legal requirements as well as types of ceremonies available.
• The Americas
• Caribbean and Hawaii
• Far East and Pacific
• Africa and Indian Ocean
• All destinations
Marrying abroad can bypass the headaches of invitation lists, booking venues, flowers, transport and so on. Either a tour company will take care of plans with a wedding package or you organise your own day on a much smaller scale than a traditional wedding at home.
Wedding packages are available in many hotels with some offering a free ceremony if you stay a certain number of nights, others charge up to £1000 or more. The service is nearly always civil although religious ceremonies and blessings can be arranged in most destinations. Most hotels have an area specially set aside for conducting wedding ceremonies but there are some wonderful alternatives including the beach, exchange vows underwater or on skis in the Alps. Packages tend to include just your basic requirements: the service, marriage licence, certificate and legal fees but these differ from hotel to hotel. If you want extras such as a video, photographs, flowers or cake then expect to pay more. Remember that any extras will generally be of a fairly basic nature compared to what you might expect if marrying at home. Always check in the brochure or with your tour operator for details.
You are bound to disappoint some members of your family and friends who cannot be with you on the day, especially grandparents who may feel unable to undertake such a trip. To appease any objections you could arrange to have a blessing service or reception when you return, but at the very least have a video made of the day so that you can share your special moments with those unable to be with you.
Be aware that many hotels in exotic destination perform more than one ceremony each day and you could also be the main attraction for hotel guests. Ask your tour operator or hotel for details but if you want to be certain of a private ceremony then consider a quieter or more unusual destination.