Are you considering holding your wedding abroad? In the cold months of winter, having the vision of tying the knot in a sunny paradise seems the definition of heaven, but many practical aspects need to be taken into consideration to ensure the day goes to plan. It can be extremely difficult to know where to start, especially if you have never been abroad before. Rest assured, this blog will give you a list of helpful hints to think about to ensure your special day in the sun is planned to perfection. Take a look at some of the pointers below:
Book early and gives your guests plenty of notice
If you’re serious about having your wedding abroad, you’ll have to be prepared for a prolonged engagement. Some of the most popular wedding destinations are booked up as far ahead as two years in advance, but on the upside, this gives you plenty of time to organize the big day. As soon as you have booked the venue, don’t hesitate to send your guests a save the date or wedding invitation. Your guests may need to take several days off work to be able to travel to your wedding, so giving plenty of notice will ensure they can book the necessary time off. Invitations can be easily custom-created and sent out to your guests’ home addresses from wedding websites.
Visit the venue if possible
If you have saved enough cash in your wedding budget, it would be well worth flying out to visit your first-choice venue. While most venues now provide photos online that can be browsed through at your leisure, it can be difficult to know what to truly expect unless you’ve physically seen the place yourself. Doing so will allow you to get familiar with the surroundings and should give you the peace of mind of knowing what to expect on the day itself.
Hire a wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner would be one of the best pieces of advice for planning a wedding aboard – especially if you’re unfamiliar with the local area. They should have knowledge of the best local venues, be able to book a registrar on your behalf, and organize all of the extras. Realistically, they should be able to speak the language fluently to deal with vendors. It would be advised to research reputable planners in your ideal destination and ask for a portfolio.
Check the legalities
Unfortunately, getting married abroad is often easier said than done. Marriage laws differ dramatically from country to country, so you’ll need to do a bit of research before you decide to go ahead with a wedding in your ideal destination. In France, for example, it’s a legal requirement to have at least 30 days of residency before being able to have a legitimate marriage. If you discover that there are laws in place that make it difficult to legalize your marriage in a certain destination, there is always the option of saying your vows back home and having a blessing abroad.