Getting married abroad isn't just as simple as picking from a brochure and jetting off. We have compiled a list of do's and don't's with the help of Marry Abroad.
Getting married is a long process with many decisions to make, from the dress, to the venue. But what if you both want to marry abroad? With the help of Marry Abroad we have compiled a list of 9 top tips for getting married you need to know before deciding on a destination.
1. Make sure you leave enough time to sort out the paperwork, it can take some time (3-6 months), depending on the country you wish to get married in.
2. If you're getting married in a resort in the Caribbean or North America then often they will offer a “free” wedding ceremony if you stay for a certain number of nights or bring a certain number of guests.
3. Make sure you send out “save the date” cards well in advance if you want guests to be able to join you. The more notice you give, the more likely they will be able to come (and start saving for the trip!)
4. Always think about the weather in the country in which you're getting married before you choose your wedding dress. A heavy wedding dress on a tropical beach may make you look uncomfortable in your wedding photos!
5. Also, check the weather for the time of year in which you wish to get married. Hurricane or rainy season may not be your ideal time of year (this is particularly true of the Caribbean and SE Asia).
6. If you are flexible about your wedding date then consider getting married out of season – you may save even more money and still have a fabulous day.
7. Brides should make sure they book travel tickets in their maiden name (unless they change their name legally before they go).
8. Most airlines will allow the bride to bring their wedding dress as hand luggage, just contact the airline directly when you make your booking to ask. Also, while you're on the phone to the airline, and if your family is all travelling together, then ask for a group travel rate and save even more money.
9. Always make sure you have wedding insurance which covers your wedding abroad, and take out travel insurance too for your honeymoon.
Most countries require the following paperwork:
- Full birth certificates showing both parents' names
- If divorced, show your original final divorce papers
- If widowed, show the death certificate of your former spouse
- If you have changed your name then show legal proof of the change
- (Bride and groom must not be related by blood, marriage or adoption)
If you are marrying in a non-English speaking country then these may all have to be translated by an official translator and stamped with an apostille. In the UK the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can legalise documents for you for a small fee.
Information provided by www.marryabroad.co.uk, the experts in getting married abroad.