Important Things To Consider If You Choose To Get Married Abroad
December 12, 2016
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Getting married abroad is the ultimate romantic getaway. For some people, the risk of rain or bad weather on their big day is too high, or they’d just like a change of scenery and to explore a new place. For them, their best option is to head overseas. But with it comes a whole load more to consider, from the legalities to the difficulties with organizing a wedding remotely.
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It’s best to be super organized, and leave enough time to ensure everything is in order before the big day. There are so many options available: beach weddings, ice caves, safari weddings, destination weddings are great for anyone with an itch to travel. If you’re considering a wedding abroad, here are a few important things you’ll need to consider.
Weddings in some countries will not be recognized by your home country without jumping through some bureaucratic hoops. If you’ve got your heart set on a destination, make sure you spend time reading up on the legalities of transferring the wedding certificate. If your certification is not in your native language, you’ll need to organize translation, and you may need to get your personal documents translated into their language too.
You may also need to make sure you’re a resident of the country in which you plan to get married for between two and five days beforehand, depending on that country’s laws. It’s a good idea to book wedding insurance as well as travel insurance in these situations, as there are unfortunately more things that could go wrong. The wedding company you choose should be able to advise on local services and time frames to help you.
Before you book a package, make sure you’ve gauged guest interest first. With local weddings, you can usually assume a great turn out, but destination weddings require more financial and time commitment from your guests, so it’s possible that fewer will be able to make it. You don’t want to book a venue for 100 when only 30 can make it, so ensure you’ve got at least a verbal commitment from most before you go ahead and choose a package.
You will need to ensure that the wedding company you choose to go with includes all the little details that might be overlooked. If they don’t include a professional photographer - will you hire one locally, or ask a friend to take charge? If you’re getting married on a beach in Miami, do they have transportation from the accommodation to the beach, and if not, is there the option to charter a bus in Florida? It’s all about reading the small print and checking the details.
As you’ll probably want to invite guests, you need to decide who you’re inviting, and how much of their trip you’re willing to pay for. It can be much more expensive for guests to attend a destination wedding than a local one, so some couples opt to subsidize their travel costs. As you’ll have to pay for your own travel, accommodation, and the cost of the wedding and legal fees, any subsidization for guests will need to be considered in your original budget.
Good luck, and happy wedding planning!