Your Guide to Getting Married Abroad


Destination weddings are getting increasingly popular, and it’s easy to see why. For one, they provide a neutral location for the festivities. This reduces the chance of family drama that can come from the two families both having strong ideas of what the wedding should look like and whose hometown should be chosen as the setting. It’s also a great way to incorporate your honeymoon or ‘mini-moon’ into your wedding celebration, and provides an alternative way to tie the knot for many people.

 

Before you pack your bags, it’s important that you do your homework on the legal requirements for getting married in your chosen country, as rules vary. Some countries, such as France, require you to be a resident to get married there, though non-residents may be able to form a civil partnership or get a blessing for their union. Make sure you also know how early you have to submit any extra paperwork, such as a marriage application, and double-check with the country’s embassy or consulate to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.

 

For more tips on planning your dream destination wedding, check out the guide below by Sainsbury’s Bank. The indicated costs are unless otherwise stated for the bare essential legal requirements only, if you want that great venue after party or traditional wedding breakfast you will need to budget for these separately, Its important when looking at the portrayed difference in costs between a UK and Destination Wedding to understand that these are not a like for like comparison, and the destination examples are for the basic ceremony elements only. The real cost of a destination wedding can far exceed the costs of the same UK based wedding.

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