Saying I Do Overseas

Saying “I Do” abroad has never been so popular with around a quarter of all couples choosing to get married overseas.

Marrying in an exotic location is definitely appealing, but there are a few more practicalities that need to be considered if you want to get married in a far-flung destination…

Is it Legal?

When you’re planning a wedding overseas, it’s important that you check the marriage laws in the country of your choice to ensure that the ceremony is legal and that it will be valid back home. Some countries, like France, require you to have been a resident of that country for a period of time before you marry, for example.

If your marriage won’t be legal in the place you want to get married, you can still have the ceremony and have a quickie wedding back home, but you need to find out where you stand to ensure that you do actually get married.

Custom or Pre-Packaged?

You’ll also need to consider whether you want a unique wedding that you organize in its entirety yourself, booking your own venues, hiring your own beach marquee at and supplying your own band, or if you want to pay for a wedding package with your travel company. Pre-packaged weddings are obviously a lot easier to organize, but you only have a small ‘menu’ of options to choose from to make it your own. On the other hand, organizing everything yourself will give you ultimate control, but it will be a lot harder to organize it when you’re thousands of miles away. Ultimately, the choice of convenience or customisation if yours.

The Weather

If you don’t want to end up saying your vows in the middle of a monsoon or with half your guests missing because their flights were cancelled due to storms, you need to take a close look at the weather conditions of your wedding destination, and choose a date that is least likely to throw up any unusual; weather issues. The weather here may be unpredictable, but in most assess, the worst that will happen is a little rain will get in the way – in other countries, hurricanes, earthquakes, monsoons and extreme heats could completely ruin your wedding. Don’t let it happen!

Leave Time Between Flights and Ceremony

Another thing that could cause your wedding to go ahead without any guests is not leaving a big enough buffer between flights and your wedding day. Ideally, you should try to fly out at least 48 hours before the ceremony. If that isn’t possible or practical for your whole party (and it probably won’t be) at least ensure that the most important parties fly out early. That way, if there are any problems with flights, you won’t have to cancel completely.
Wedding Insurance

When you’re getting married overseas, there are more things that can go wrong, which is why it is a really good idea to purchase a wedding travel insurance policy from It will cover things like the loss or theft of your rings, gifts and other expensive items,so you don’t have to worry.

There might be more to consider when you decide to say “I do” abroad, but when y0ure on that pristine beach surrounded by loved ones,it will all be worth it.


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