Wedding Abroad

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With the average cost of weddings still continuing to escalate its no wonder more and more couples are choosing to get married abroad.

Wedding Abroad - Advantages

  • There are numerous tour operators who will be more than happy to help you plan your wedding.
  • You can marry in an exotic location.
  • The weather will be perfect, but check the weather forecast just to be on the safe side.
  • You can start your honeymoon straight after your wedding ceremony.

Wedding Abroad - Drawbacks

  • You may have fewer guests as they may not be able to get the time off work to join you on your wedding day.
  • You may want a church wedding, but the ceremony may not be legally recognised in the UK, so you might have to have compromise and have a civil ceremony followed by a blessing.
  • You need to ensure you have all the required documentation before you get married abroad, this will vary depending on the country.
  • There may be a minimum residency stay.

Getting Married Abroad - Checklist

  • wedding-abroadEnsure you can marry on your chosen date. Make sure you get this confirmed, in writing, with the celebrate who is to perform the wedding ceremony.
  • Check you have a valid 10 year passport.
  • Check the weather for your wedding date, ensuring there are no freak changes in weather predicted.
  • Take out travel insurance and wedding insurance for all those unforeseen events. Ensure you read the small print so you know exactly what is, and what isn’t, included in the insurance.
  • Find out if there is a minimum residence stay before you can get married.
  • Ensure you have a list of all the required documents you will need in order to get married in your chosen country.
  • Check whether your documents will need to be translated into the countries own spoken language.
  • Check if the bride or groom need to deliver the documents to appropriate authorities in person before the wedding day.
  • Allow plenty of time to gather all the correct documentation needed to get married abroad.
  • Contact your chosen countries embassy in the UK, for further information on getting married abroad.
  • If you are using a tour operator and they are offering you a wedding package, ensure you know exactly what is, and what isn’t, included in your package.
  • Ensure the wedding ceremony abroad is legally recognised by the UK.
  • If you are planning a church wedding abroad, you will need to seek permission from the church authorities where you wish to marry. You may need to allow extra time as you may be asked to attend pre-nuptial consultations in your chosen country.
  • If your wedding is to be preformed in another language, other than English, ensure you have an interpreter present to translate the proceedings.
  • If your marriage certificate is written in a foreign language you will need to ensure it is translated on your return to the UK if you intend to use it for any official applications, as proof of marriage, or if you intend to have it deposited at the GRO. See also Legal Issues

The checklist might appear to be a daunting task but bear in mind it will save you time and money in the long run and how you plan your destination wedding to perfection.

Also take a moment to read our Getting Married Abroad - Legal Considerations document.