Money Matters Team

Getting Married Abroad

By Money Matters Team 01/10/2020

Planning a wedding abroad

Planning a wedding abroad you picture romantic sunsets, the sound of waves in the background and footprints in the sand. Many couples may think this idyllic setting would cost extra, but in fact, getting married abroad on average costs approximately a fifth of what it would in the UK.

There's also a lot to consider with a wedding overseas; you'll need to think about flights, paperwork and making overseas money transfers. But with some careful planning, you can have the wedding of your dreams and still save yourself some money.

Getting started

  1. Consider the overall cost
  2. It's unavoidable that weddings are going to cost a lot of money. So even though tying the knot abroad might be cheaper, you'll need to check extra expenses like flights. There are lots of options to pay for your wedding, one of which might be a Wedding loan, which could help you cover the costs allowing you to pay back over time.

  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. If you're planning a big wedding, be mindful of peak season prices and lower availability during school holidays or at Christmas.

  7. Opening hours and seasonal events
  8. In some countries, 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. Whether you’re going ahead with a wedding abroad or planning get hitched in the UK, a loan from Sainsbury’s Bank could help cover the costs.

For more details on the legal information of a wedding overseas, check out the government’s getting married abroad advice. And don’t forget to take out travel insurance before you go!

All information was correct at date as of 2020.

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