Most people already know whether they want to get married at home or abroad. But if you’re on the fence, find the idea of eloping appealing or you’re simply overwhelmed by planning your wedding, this is a piece for you.

We look at the reasons why you may consider a destination wedding.

The location when it comes to marrying abroad

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There may be a location that is special to you and your partner. Somewhere full of your happiest memories where you want to say your ‘I do’s’. There is also the romantic appeal of marrying somewhere abroad, with scenic backdrops to form the basis for your wedding photos too.

Of course, a larger motivator for wanting to marry abroad is for some guaranteed sunshine. If this is a crucial factor for you in having a destination wedding, be sure to be weary of rainy seasons so you don’t get caught out. Even tropical and seemingly glorious destinations get rain.

The intimacy of getting marrying abroad

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Often, marrying abroad allows you to have a more intimate wedding. When you marry abroad this will automatically exclude people that are unable to travel because of health and costs. However, those that want to be there and celebrate with you, will do all they can to be there and there’s something quite comforting in that.

You can always have a party on your return to celebrate with those that couldn’t be there and that mean something to you. It gives you that control that you may otherwise not have with a home wedding.

The cost of getting married abroad

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If you’ve always wanted to go to the Caribbean, plan your wedding there! Its cheaper than a wedding in the UK and you can take that trip you’ve always dreamed of.

Hitched recently revealed that the average cost of a UK wedding in 2018 was £32, 273. Aside, perhaps a house deposit, that is likely the most you’ll ever pay for anything in one go. Just think of what you could do with £32,000! With the average wedding abroad costing just £7,500, it’s a far more appealing prospect. This cost includes the travel, ceremony, food, entertainment and of course, it’s not just for one night but 7 as a minimum!

With such a significant difference in price you could upgrade your rooms, flights and experiences and real spoil yourselves with the things that matter most to you.

The service you get when planning a wedding abroad

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When picking your destination, look for venues or resorts that specifically talk about hosting a wedding. This will give you some confidence that they have some experience in planning destination weddings. Additionally, you’ll likely be allocated a wedding coordinator, often at no extra cost, and it means that they are equipped with the resources on site, knowledge of legalities and are best placed to make recommendations when it comes to sourcing suppliers. Helping to alleviate a lot of the stresses when planning a wedding.

As you need to rely on wedding coordinators in a separate country, they’ll often go above and beyond to ensure that your day goes without a hitch. They’ll source beauticians, hairdressers, flowers, photographers and more for you. Whatever you want or need, they’ll often do all they can to source the aspects that are important to you.

If you book your flights, accommodations and transfers through a travel agent, this will give you two points of contact.

Looking for more wedding inspiration? Take a look at some of our wedding planning features below. From budgeting to honeymoon planning, we’ve lots of inspiration on site! Any further questions about marrying abroad? Send them over and we’ll look into it for you. You can leave us a comment below or email us:

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