Money Matters Team

Getting Married Abroad

By Money Matters Team 04/10/2018

Planning a wedding abroad

The prospect of organising an overseas wedding might seem a bit scary at first, especially as there’s a lot to consider. This ranges from the exciting things like the location, the rings and your reception to the more practical, like the paperwork and making overseas money transfers to pay for your wedding. However, with some careful research and planning, you’ll be able to enjoy an unforgettable event that will be remembered by your guests for years to come.

  1. Consider the overall cost
  2. Tying the knot abroad might be cheaper, but getting to some countries might drive overall costs up.

  3. What’s the weather like in your destination?
  4. Venues, accommodation, and flights might be cheaper in off-peak months, but you may want to avoid travelling to a tropical location during the rainy season.

  5. How many guests are you planning on inviting?
  6. Be aware of peak season prices and lower availability during school holidays or at Christmas.

  7. Opening hours and seasonal events
  8. In some locations, businesses close out of season which could affect venues and suppliers. Check for any festivals or events happening at the same time – as these might also affect accommodation, venue availability, or flights.

Covering all bases

To help you plan the perfect wedding, we’ve created a handy visual guide to tying the knot overseas. It covers a variety of useful topics, from the average cost of getting married in popular destinations, to ways of paying for your wedding and the legal paperwork you’ll need to supply.

Read on to find out more and happy planning!

Once you’ve done your research, weighed up the options and made your decision, it’s time to get the wheels in motion and start the booking process. From paying for the wedding abroad, which may require secure international payments, to sending the invites and arranging travel insurance, there’ll be a lot to remember.

For more detailed information about the costs of getting married in different locations, have a look at Weddings Abroad Guide and for more advice on the legal side (particularly documentation), check out the government’s getting married abroad advice.

All information was correct at date as of 2017.

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