Reasons to plan an overseas wedding
Planning a wedding abroad may seem like a logistical nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, countless couples throughout history have headed overseas to say their vows in sunnier climes. Evidently, there is a great deal of work to do if you are considering marrying abroad, but with careful planning, you can make sure the experience is all you’ve ever wished for and more. There are many great reasons for marrying abroad, including the scenery, the cuisine and the general excitement and spirit of adventure that comes with doing so.
Peace of mind
Perhaps some of your guests are expressing concern about the practicalities of heading overseas for your wedding? If so, there are many things that you can do to put their minds at rest, such as making sure your wedding venue is located near to the airport and choosing a destination that they can fly to directly. Your guests are far more likely to get on board with your idea if they only have to fly for a few hours and if the flights are affordable. If you have money to spare, you could offer to pay all or part of their flying expenses. You may need to be very selective when choosing guests to keep costs down if you are helping them with expenses.
Make sure your wedding is legal
You will need to make sure that your wedding is legally binding. You may only be able to marry in certain territories if you have been a resident there for some time. Furthermore, you will need to take documents relating to your identity and marital status with you. If it is not possible to marry in the destination of your choosing, you could have your legal ceremony back at home and receive a blessing abroad. Whatever you do, make sure you have done your homework to verify that you are legally permitted to get married in your chosen location.
Do you need a wedding planner?
If you do want to get married abroad but the planning is giving you a headache, you could enlist the services of a professional wedding planner to help you. This service rarely comes cheap, but can be the difference between your big day running smoothly and playing out in a catastrophic manner. It is extremely sensible to visit any venue you are thinking of marrying in beforehand to ensure it is suitable. This can mean taking a holiday a year or so in advance of the day itself to do your research and check out the venues on offer. Photographs can be deceptive, so it really is advisable to see the venue with your own eyes.
Keep your guests informed
Once you have booked your venue, you need send out your “save the dates” immediately so any guests who have accepted your invitation can start planning their journey and others can let you know they won’t be attending. You will need to provide your guests with far much more information than you would be were you marrying in your home country, so be prepared to discuss the situation with them at length. As there’s a big chance you won’t be able to speak to caterers and suchlike in person, make sure you choose suppliers with genuine, high-quality feedback online. You should also aim to travel at least a week in advance of your overseas wedding so you can address any last-minute problems and prepare sufficiently.