What changes have you seen in the destination wedding market?
We have found our clients are looking to book further in advance, where they may have been planning to get married next year they are now looking to 2019 and beyond. We are actually receiving more enquiries for our weddings than ever before!
What are the top destinations for getting married abroad?
For our couples from the UK our most popular destinations close to home continue to be Italy, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Malta and more recently winter wedding destinations are sparking interest such as Iceland & Finland.. For our clients from further afield Australia, Tobago, Thailand and our selection of weddings in the Cayman Islands are proving to be the current favourites.
What are the advantages of having a destination wedding?
In the current economic climate, the increasing popularity of destination weddings, shows that couples and their families are now taking a closer look at wedding costs, and are discovering that a destination wedding ticks all the right boxes, with the wedding, location, travel and honeymoon costing a lot less than the wedding alone at home would cost. Recent surveys in December 2016 showed the average cost of a wedding in the UK to be £27,000 and those in central London costing a hefty £38,000 – hence why weddings abroad are on the increase.
Many couples also prefer inviting only those closest to them to share their special day, whereas a wedding at home makes them feel obliged to invite everyone and anyone!
How does planning a wedding abroad differ from planning one at home?
A wedding away from home can be such a different experience. Firstly by using a dedicated destination wedding specialist they are experts in all things related to your wedding in your chosen location, so the stress of researching has already been taken away!
You are also able to choose from a vast selection of ceremony locations at which to marry from the top of a mountain to underwater diving, from marrying aboard a boat on a lake to the grounds of a fairytale castle.
We find our brides (and grooms!) are a lot more chilled than those rushing around at home. One bride I saw recently was sitting on her hotel terrace in Grand Cayman; enjoying a cocktail in her bikini with her girlfriend’s, relaxing after a swim in the ocean….her wedding was less than an hour later! Now that really is chillingl!
What are your top tips for brides thinking about marrying abroad?
Planning: Use the services of a professional wedding planner, such as www.weddingsabroad.com or browse our vast directory of preferred wedding partners. By choosing a specialist destination wedding planner you can ensure they are dedicated to the coordination and planning of Weddings only! Use them and their knowledge – a registry office in England is not the same as a Registry Office in Italy that may be 600 years old!
Legalities: Get together all of the required documentation as soon as you have decided where and when to get married. In some countries this can take up to four months. Also check if you need to register your wedding upon your return home https://www.gov.uk/marriage-abroad
Destination: This should be a place that everyone would love to spend a week or two, and a place that offers enough attractions and fun for both the wedding couple and guests.
Insurance: As soon as you start planning your wedding abroad and pay deposits, you should think about buying wedding insurance. Most policies include document indemnity cover for travel and accommodation costs associated with obtaining replacement birth certificates, passports and visas.
When: Think about the time of year you want to get married as this may affect your choice of destination. Research local climates and seasons depending on the time of year, such as make sure you avoid cyclones or rainy season.
Venue: Ensure if you are having an outdoor wedding, should the weather change is there an alternative venue you can use?
Accommodation: Decide if you want to stay in the same hotel as your guests, remember this is your honeymoon too.
Local traditions: Talk to your wedding planner or research suggestions that can help personalise your wedding and incorporate local traditions or customs, which can make destination weddings more memorable.
Save the date cards: With a destination wedding, save-the-date cards are crucial. Send them off as early as possible, preferably at least eight months in advance.
Arrival: Plan to arrive at your wedding destination a few days prior to the actual wedding to avoid any last minute hitches. Often there are necessary paperwork appointments to attend and meetings with the wedding planner on site.
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