Have you got plans to tie the knot? If he or she has said ‘yes’ to the big question, then now’s the time to start thinking about your wedding. If that is you, you’re certainly not alone – according to the most recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, there were almost 250,000 marriages in England and Wales in 2017.
However, with the average UK wedding said to cost between £18,000 and £32,000, you might decide that you want to celebrate your big day together on foreign shores. Destination weddings can be a cheaper alternative, and the (hopefully) better weather only adds to the feel-good buzz of the occasion.
So, if it sounds like an attractive proposition to you and your loved one, why not read this handy guide to planning a destination wedding…
Be prepared to disappoint people:
Unfortunately, choosing to get married abroad means you might have to reduce your guest list. It may be that your dream venue can only cater for limited numbers, or it could be that the added cost of flights and accommodation will mean some of your friends and family can’t afford it. The important thing to remember is that it’s your wedding, so you have to plan it as you want to.
Choose your location and visit in advance:
From beautiful Caribbean beaches to rustic European wineries, there are all manner of venues and destinations for you to choose from. They’ll all look stunning in photos online, but the best and only way to get a real feel for the place is to go and visit beforehand. Apart from anything else, it offers the perfect excuse for another holiday!
Think about a wedding planner:
It might be worth hiring a planner who’s native to the country or who is attached to the venue. That way, they’re more likely to be familiar with the surroundings and can help you overcome any language barriers you might face.
Check local marriage laws:
Different countries will have different rules about how a wedding should be held in order for it to be recognised in the eyes of the law, so it’s vital that you do your research into these requirements before you make your decision. The venue or your planner, should you choose to hire one, should be able to offer guidance on this subject.
Planning a wedding is stressful enough, especially when you consider the sums involved. An insurance policy can offer priceless peace of mind so that you know even if something goes awry, you are protected and won’t suffer a major financial hit.
Once everything is booked and the big day is approaching, you’ll need to be organised in your packing. Make a list of the essentials – wedding rings, passports, tickets, dresses, suits etc – and tick them off as they go into the suitcase. Then, you’re all set to enjoy your dream destination wedding!