Lifestyle: Planning a Wedding Abroad

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The summer has come to an end – sigh, which means that wedding season is over. As I am a bridal make-up artist, I am noticing a lot of the weddings seem to shift to oversee’s locations as we head into the colder months. You may still be invited to the odd wedding during the autumn and winter, but I do find that in general most couples choose to wait until the warmer months to tie the knot. If you have recently got engaged and can’t wait to get married but don’t want to hold your wedding during the colder months, consider having it abroad. Although winter may be on the way in the UK, there are plenty of places around the world that stay warm all year around.  

Does the idea of saying ‘I do’ abroad appeal to you? Yes, then make sure to keep reading below, for everything that you need to know.

Where do you want to get married?
If you don’t have a certain destination in mind for where you want to hold your celebrations, (Bali is always a personal favourite place of mine!), you need to think about it long and hard. Weddings abroad can be amazing, but it is all down to choosing the perfect destination for both you and your partner. Think about the places that you and your partner have always wanted to visit. A city attached to love connotations like Venice? Or a place with stunning views and guaranteed beautiful weather like Santorini? When it comes to choosing a location for your wedding, it’s a good idea to ensure that the place you have picked has everything that you could want, so create that tick list!

Do research on it and read up on as many reviews as possible. Visit other people’s wedding blogs and Pinterest boards for inspiration on location. If you can, get in touch other couples who have got married there and ask their opinions of it.

You will need a wedding planner
In the UK, hiring a wedding planner is seen as a luxury. However, if you are going to host your nuptials abroad, having a planner on hand to help you is a must. This is especially important if you are getting married in a country that you don’t know well or don’t speak the language for. Things can be missed due to being in different countries, and the stress of something going wrong on the day is what you really want to avoid. While a reputable wedding planner doesn’t come cheap, they really are worth the cost if investing in an abroad wedding. You need someone to deal with all the little details, so that you can concentrate on the things to organise in the UK first (like dress shopping and guest lists!)

Be careful of extra expenses
When it comes to choosing a wedding package – the best option for a wedding held abroad is to make sure to check that the price includes everything and is an ‘all inclusive’ cost. Many wedding companies abroad aren’t too clear about what each package includes, and you don’t want to be shocked by hidden extras when your day approaches.

Think about your guests
Obviously, it’s your big day, but without all your closest friends and family it won’t be special at all. That’s why before you book your wedding in a certain place, it’s a good idea to check with your most important guests that they can afford to attend, and if they would struggle with the length of flight or costs. You may be able to get a deal at a hotel near to where you wedding is being held, for you and your guests if you all decide to stay there as a group booking. Getting a deal on hotel rooms may make it more affordable for some of your guests to attend, so make sure to look into this.

When it comes to planning a wedding abroad, there is a lot more to think about than what beach you will get married on. However, if you are organised and do lots of research, you can ensure that your wedding is a success, wherever you choose to hold it. I hope this post gives you a little kick start to the planning process…

 

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