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A Quick Guide to Planning your Wedding Abroad

For some people the ideal mental image of the happiest day of their life involves a flowing white dress, an English country village and a traditional church filled with family and friends. For others it involves golden sands, palm trees and guests in bikinis. If you find yourself leaning more towards the latter fantasy wedding, then perhaps a wedding abroad is for you.

Newlyweds at sunset

So why choose a wedding abroad over a traditional wedding in the UK? There are a multitude of reasons – including weather, novelty and most surprisingly, cost.

Many a British wedding has been rained out to the utter dismay of the (slightly less) happy couple, so the attraction of hosting a wedding in a tropical paradise – where blazing sunshine and temperate climate are almost guaranteed – is easy to see. Obviously it is important to avoid the rainy seasons, but in general the weather for your big day will be assured compared to the unpredictable UK weather.

The novelty factor of having your wedding abroad cannot be underestimated. Whilst your friends will look back in years to come at the same ‘cookie-cutter’ wedding photos that are indistinguishable from every other wedding – you will be able to look back at photos of you enjoying the happiest day of your life on an exotic beach, the top of Niagara falls or wherever else your imagination can conjure up.

Your unique wedding abroad will also never be forgotten by your guests – but if you are planning a wedding abroad make sure to send your invitations out considerably earlier than you would for a wedding closer to home, to allow your guests to make travel arrangements.

Surprisingly the difference in cost between a wedding abroad and a wedding in the UK can often not be as extreme as you might think and this can be for a number of reasons. The average spend on a wedding in the UK is usually between £20,000 and £30,000. If you are planning to hold your wedding on an island in the Caribbean, where the local currency is generally dollars, when you take into account the exchange rate you can certainly get a lot more bang for your buck. As you will be spending a considerable sum on the arrangement of the wedding, it is also worth looking into international money transfer as a secure way of paying for the venue.

Finally it pays not to forget that the marriage ceremony is a legal procedure as well as celebration of your union, so be sure to research the relevant legal considerations of the country you are planning to be married in, as this can vary from country to country.

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