The perfect destinations for your wedding
As much as we love the UK, a wedding abroad seems to have more advantages than disadvantages. Firstly, good weather is pretty much guaranteed. Secondly, who wouldn’t want the best day of their life surrounded by exotic, tropical beauty? Thirdly, upping sticks to another country is often significantly cheaper than at home.
And of course, a wedding abroad means that an ever-growing guest list can be controlled more easily. Couples find that holding their wedding in another country is often a lot more elegant and fuss-free than their at-home equivalent.
With our minds on far flung beaches and romantic sunsets, the long-haul holiday experts at Travelbag.co.uk give us their favourite wedding destinations around the world.
For a wedding which screams old school cool, Cuba is the place for the ultimate party. The island not only offers a rich heritage of music, dance, celebration, but a whole lot more. Cuba has a huge array of white sandy beaches, beautifully preserved architecture and busy, atmospheric cities. You can organise your wedding in town or at a number of sumptuous resorts dotted around the coastline.
Cubans are notoriously warm and welcoming and will make sure your day runs without a hitch. Tropical flowers, grandiose architecture and extraordinary scenery are the trademarks of Cuban weddings. Plus, this island knows how to have a party well into the early hours of the next morning!
For your honeymoon, we recommend driving a classic Buick around Havana, Cienfuegos and Camaguey and take in the exhilarating, inspiring atmosphere of the time-warped island. And remember, you’re only 90 miles from Key West in Florida, and as restrictions with travelling between the U.S. are lifting, there are plenty of flights to and from the mainland.
The warmth, indulgence and luxury of the Middle East is a brilliant option for anyone wanting to organise a fairytale wedding with total ease. Unbelievably, Dubai is a relatively short seven hour flight from the UK, with a choice of airports offering direct flights.
Dubai is all about opulence, so if you’re after sumptuous hotels, sunkissed beaches and exquisite hospitality, then the so-called ‘City of Gold’ should definitely be considered as a possible wedding destination.
The only difficult aspect of this holiday should be choosing which hotel you should pick for your nuptials. There is a massive range of wedding packages to be held on beaches, in hotels and on yachts. Prepare to be treated like royalty amongst jaw dropping scenery.
The Land of Smiles just had to feature on our list of dream wedding destinations. Besides the wonderful weather (although be aware of monsoon season!) and some of the friendliest people in the world, your wedding will be picture perfect. Hibiscus and orchids are in abundance, there is a huge choice of island settings and the cuisine is world famous.
Plus you don’t have to travel far to experience a different setting – Thailand is a country with massively varying landscapes – and also central to some showstopping honeymoon locations including Vietnam, Malaysia and Laos.
Crystal blue waters, white sandy beaches and towering palms make this location one of the most heavenly places on Earth. The Maldives is the most dispersed country in the world with well over a thousand tiny coral atolls scattered in the Indian Ocean – all waiting to be explored!
Although you can’t legally get married here, a marriage blessing in the Maldives is your chance to indulge in the ultimate paradise. There is a wide choice of places to stay – on the bigger islands, there are activities as well as plenty of opportunity to relax. Water bungalows perch in the waters and diving and watersports opportunities are available throughout the day.
Spas, amazing food and drink and unbeatable hospitality make this a wedding and honeymoon location to never forget.
If the idea of an Indian wedding appeals, a location like Goa provides the extravagance of Indian traditions with the laidback, tropical approach of island life. A former Portuguese colony, the island of Goa has a free-spirited culture that has remained popular since the 1960s.
Weddings on the island can be as simple or as elaborate as you’d like, with the south being less crowded than the north of the island. Blessings are recommended as bureaucracy in India can be quite painstaking, however, once documents are all filed, a beach or hotel wedding on one of the world’s coolest island will be well worth the work put in.
Planning a wedding abroad does take some careful organising. However, the advantages are more than worth it. Your wedding should be the best day of your life – by setting it in a beautiful, exotic country, the experience becomes extra special.