Marrying at home can have its complications when it comes to drawing the line of who to invite and who not to invite and there will always be someone left upset at being left out. At least marrying abroad, you are not expected to invite every cousin and their plus 1’s. Marrying abroad is perfect for getting away from it all and enjoying your special day with just your closest family and friends.
Once you have chosen your desired location, ensure that you are legally allowed to marry there by contacting that country’s embassy. A lot of countries may only allow blessings so you will need to officially marry in the UK at the registry office and then have a formal blessing and reception abroad. If your worried about leaving loved ones behind, you can ask for a live stream to be set up so those that couldn’t make the trip can watch you declaring your vows on the internet instead.
Remember to theme your wedding around the country you are visiting because using local food and flowers will be much easier to source and much cheaper than arranging your own. So if you were getting married in Jamaica, enjoy sizzling jerk chicken, rice and peas for your wedding breakfast or if you are getting married in Mexico, have a mariachi band to kick start your party celebrations.
Taking your wedding dress abroad is quite a dilemma. You don’t want something so precious stuffed into a suitcase and thrown around with the hold luggage. But don’t worry, you can buy special boxes to store them in and take them on the plane with you, giving you piece of mind that your wedding dress is safe and sound. When picking your dress remember where you are going to be wearing it, so don’t go buying a heavy princess or empire-line dress that will leave you feeling hot and bothered on your wedding day. Make sure you have a dress that is light and airy and is made from chiffon, crepe or organza.
Make sure your guests aren’t bringing wedding gifts as they will likely cost a fortune to bring back as excess luggage. Make it clear to them to send it to your home address once you get back.
Make sure you leave for your wedding in the sun with a fake tan and pack a bottle or two to disguise the evidence! When marrying abroad you risk being sunburnt in your wedding photos, especially in those country’s that impose a minimum residency period before getting married. So make sure you apply lots and lots of sun cream because it’s ‘blushing bride’ the look you are going for, not ‘lobster bride’! Also, pack plenty of bug spray to avoid pockmarked skin in your wedding day photographs.
Check out the governments advice on marrying abroad – https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad
Even BBC’s Watchdog has some handy tips – http://www.bbc.co.uk/watchdog/consumer_advice/pdf/weddings_abroad.pdf