Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular, after all, who wouldn’t want to combine their special day with a huge holiday with their favourite people? But as fun and exciting as the idea seems (and it is), there are a few factors you need to consider before jumping straight in to booking your wedding abroad.
1. The Travel
A wedding abroad means you need to make sure you and all your guests can get there. For most places, this will require a plane, which means a huge chunk of you budget is gone from the offset. It’s a good idea to do a bit of research into flights to your chosen wedding destination, as flight costs vary depending on the date and time. You might be lucky and have guests who are happy to pay for themselves, but as they are travelling to celebrate your wedding day, it is usually expected that the couple fork out for the cost.
2. Delivering The Goods
There will be a lot of items you’ll need to take to your wedding destination, many of which will need some preplanning. The last thing you want on your wedding trip is to find out your luggage has gone missing with your wedding dress or suit inside it! Speak to your travel company you have booked your flight with to see if you can take your dress or suit on the plane as hand luggage. This way you will have eyes on it the whole time, so it’s unlikely to go missing or get damaged.
3. Where To Stay
A wedding abroad means a quick day trip is probably out the question. You’ll need to find accommodation for you and all your guests. Again, this is another expense you will have to factor into the budget. A great way to tackle this is to find a resort or hotel that can cater for the wedding day and the accommodation. They will likely have wedding packages with an inclusive cost, and you won’t have to worry about travelling between your accommodation and venue either.
4. The Marriage Licence
Different countries have different marriage laws, so this is something you need to research before planning your wedding abroad. Some countries offer legally binding ceremonies, but others won’t. If your chosen destination is the latter, you’ll want to consider heading to your local registry office before your wedding trip, so you and your other half are actually married by law. If your chosen destination does offer legal ceremonies, there will probably be some forms and pre-planning involved, so make sure you’ve covered all bases.
5. The Paperwork
As you can probably imagine, getting married abroad comes with a lot more paperwork than the average wedding. Much like the marriage licence, every country has different rules and regulations, so you should do some thorough research on what needs doing and when it needs doing by. The last thing you want is to miss a deadline of a form and not be able to get married legally!
6. Language Barriers
Unless you are bilingual, the language barrier will definitely be a problem. It’s likely you’ll choose wedding suppliers in the same location as your venue, and it’s likely they will only speak their native language. There probably isn’t enough time for you to learn the language fluently, so finding a wedding planner local to your wedding destination is a great idea! Not only will they be able to help with communication with suppliers, but they will be a big help with the planning process when you can’t be there to do it yourself. It’s a win win!