Getting married close to home can be overrated, stressful and expensive. So, if you are worried about having to invite everyone to your wedding, from your closest friends to your Aunt’s old neighbour, and you want to have a wedding that’s a little bit different, then it’s a no-brainer. Get married abroad to enjoy good weather and to create extremely special memories for you and your guests to cherish forever.
Just in case the chance to jet off with all your loved ones isn’t enough to persuade you, here are 15 reasons why you should take the plunge and tie the knot abroad:
1. You will call the shots
With a destination wedding, you have more freedom to choose what you want. From a chateau in the South of France to a white beach location in Mexico.
It’s way too easy to fall into the trap of pleasing others when having your wedding locally: your in-laws want the reception at their house, or your mother wants the service in your local church where you have also witnessed a few distant family funerals.
Your wedding should be personalised to you. So if you want to go somewhere far, exotic, different… don’t let anyone hold you back!
2. It’s actually more affordable
Despite what people may think, a destination wedding can often be more affordable. You can control your spending depending on whether you want a small or large event.
Wedding prices are different abroad, and most hotels and resorts do special, all-inclusive packages. Rather than having to fork out for a venue, caterers, bar, photographer, entertainment and transport all separately, pay for it all as a package deal. Also, guests pay their own way, and for this reason, you will probably have fewer guests attending – which keeps catering costs low.
3. It’s simple
Thanks to these all-inclusive packages, a destination wedding is really simple, despite being far from home. In most cases, you will need to hire a wedding planner local to your destination to help you with country-specific regulations regarding foreign marriages.
4. And so it is stress-free
With a wedding planner involved, you can sit back and relax in the lead up to your wedding, knowing that as soon as you get to your dream destination, your day will run smoothly!
5. You are almost guaranteed get near-perfect weather
Another cause of wedding stress close to home is the dreaded possibility of unpredictable weather. So it goes without saying that one of the most important benefits of a destination wedding is that you can opt for a warmer climate with assured sunshine.
Your guests will be sun-kissed while watching one of the most important days of your life, against a backdrop of glorious blue skies.
6. …which makes for perfect photos
Who wants a cloudy wedding photo? Your wedding photography is the one way to capture your special memory and preserve it forever.
A destination wedding somewhere lovely and warm will ensure you are left with beautiful and picturesque photos.
7. Your wedding really can be a fairytale
There is something majestic, something exciting, about marrying in a faraway land. It makes a pleasant change to the surroundings you are used to everyday, and so it really does feel like your fantasy wedding, straight out of a fairytale.
8. Your wedding will be unique
Your guests will always remember your wedding as being surrounded by the hills of Bordeaux, by the sea breeze in the Caribbean or by the sunset high up on a Madrid rooftop. It will be like no other, because the world, rather than your hometown, is your oyster.
9. Your guests enjoy a holiday
With a destination wedding, your day will be the most important event in everyone’s calendar.
For your loved ones and close friends, your wedding becomes a much needed break away, an excuse to visit somewhere new, and an unforgettable experience shared by all.
10. You get to start your honeymoon early
Once the special day has finished and your guests have returned home, you’re already on your honeymoon without having to go anywhere! Take some time to explore the country in which you have just enjoyed your happiest moments as a couple.
11. Your wedding is more intimate
With a destination wedding, you can be assured that all of your guests are going to be loyal friends and family members. You are more justified to cancel out any guests that you might feel obliged to invite.
Everyone who comes has made the journey to celebrate with you, and rather than having to fulfil mundane bridal duties such as greeting every single distant relative and old friend, you can actually have fun with your close guests.
12. New culture
There is something so refreshing about experiencing other cultures while on holiday. So how about it on your wedding day?
Including other cultures and customs within your ceremony and service can be a fun way to make your day unique. Norwegian weddings have cakes made from bread and cheese. In Italy, the groom provides the bridal bouquet as the final gift to his fiancée before the ceremony. In Spain, the bride and groom personally hand wedding favours to each of their guests, and the ceremony starts at around 7pm! Make sure you check out the typical marital protocol in your destination to make your wedding truly authentic.
13. Better food
For guests, the best part of weddings is mostly always the fooooooooood. Canapés, buffets, banquets, desserts… the food is always an attraction. But too often it can look a lot nicer than it tastes.
Why does food taste so much better abroad? No one knows for sure, but it does. Depending on your destination, you can have the dynamic option of traditional Spanish tapas, lovely french canapes, fresh Italian ingredients, typical Greek mezze or a spicy Mexican feast, to name a few renowned cuisines.
14. You don’t need to waste time and money on decoration
Thanks to the idyllic location of your wedding, with the sun, the sea, the architecture, the gardens, the flowers… you won’t need to spend as much time and money where decorating your wedding is concerned.
A few colourful flower arrangements, some confetti, and your radiant smiles are enough when getting married in a stunning location.
15. Your special destination will always have a place in your heart
That tranquil beach, that Renaissance city, that breathtaking lake, that luxury resort. Wherever you have your destination wedding, you will always associate that faraway, fairytale location with the most special day of your life.
So why not? If you and your partner love to travel and like the sound of having your closest friends and family in paradise with you, then go for it, plan your dream destination wedding now.
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