Your step by step guide to getting married abroad.
Get ready for the fun to begin...it's time to get the ball rolling and start planning your wedding abroad!
Initially the prospect of planning a wedding abroad may appear slightly daunting and there may be times along the way when you wonder what you're getting yourselves into! I can't promise it will all be smooth sailing but I know from personal experience it's not nearly as difficult to get married abroad as you may first believe.
With a little bit of research and careful planning you will be able to create a wedding that is unique, a wedding that is distinctive, a wedding that surpasses all your expectations and is talked about and remembered by your guests for years to come.
When getting married abroad, your wedding often becomes more than just one day. Many couples make the most of having all their guests in the one location and carry their wedding celebrations over a number of days.
As a result extra work is often required to plan these additional celebrations but this does give you the added bonus of your wedding not being over in the blink of an eye. You may also find the additional celebrations are just as memorable as your wedding day itself.
So let's begin....
Still deciding if getting married abroad is for you? Complete a short exercise to help you make up your mind.
Once you have decided on the country and location of your wedding abroad make sure you get the date right. There are a number of things you should take into consideration before setting your wedding date.
There are 3 main ways you can organise a wedding abroad. Work out which one will best suit you.
A very useful checklist that summarises all the steps and everything you need to consider when planning your wedding abroad. I highly recommend printing it out!
There are a number of factors you should take into consideration when choosing your wedding destination.
For inspiration and help in selecting your wedding destination abroad take a peek at the destination guide. It also highlights the best time of year to get married in different destinations.
Practical guidelines to help you choose the right wedding abroad suppliers to create your dream day.
Find destination wedding suppliers from all around the globe. All the suppliers featured on Weddings Abroad Guide come with personal recommendations from couples who have used them to plan their wedding abroad.
Most Wedding Planners work in specific countries and regions and offer a tailor made service to suit the individual needs of each couple. Determine if a Wedding Planner would meet your requirements.
For me, choosing a fantastic photographer is a must! Read some useful information about how to find a photographer and what questions to ask them during the selection process.
Hints and tips for selecting your ceremony and reception venues. This guide is both useful if you are planning your own wedding abroad or using the services of a Tour Operator or Wedding Planner.
Many couples love the ease of wedding packages abroad. Find out if using a Tour Operator to plan your destination wedding would be the best option you.
The average cost of a wedding abroad is outlined here together with guideline prices for some of the more popular wedding destinations.
No matter where you plan to get married, you can still have your dream wedding and plan it on a budget. Read some practical suggestions on how to save money when planning your wedding abroad.
Whether you are having an intimate or very grand affair you will need to give your guests extra special attention. All the details are outlined here.
You should provide your guests with as much information as possible about your wedding and wedding destination. This useful checklist outlines what information your guests will need.
Your Wedding Abroad Invitations should set the tone for your wedding. See some great designs, wording advice etc.
Setting up a personal wedding website is a great way to provide your guests with all the information they will need about your wedding abroad. See my favourite designs here.
To safeguard yourself, I would highly recommend taking out wedding abroad insurance. Find out what insurance will cover you for and who my recommended company is.
Always a favourite part of the planning process! Outlined here are some hints and tips to help you select your wedding dress for your wedding abroad.
Understand the legal requirements to ensure that your marriage will be legally recognised both in the country where you planned to be married and back in your home country.
This comprehensive page outlines all the documentation you will need to obtain in order to get married abroad.
Do you need a helping hand to decide if getting married abroad is right for you?
I highly recommend you try out Choose It! - a nifty little piece of decision making software that can bring clarity to all the important decisions you need to make when planning a wedding abroad.
Give it a try; I really think you will be amazed at how useful it is. I just wish I had found it when planning my wedding abroad!