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Why marry abroad?

 It's more romantic
Marrying overseas can not only be incredibly exciting but wonderfully romantic. Escaping the country to tie the not in an exotic location can almost feel as though you're running away! It can also be an incredibly unforgettable experience, even strengthening your bond – particularly if you choose a destination you have both visited together and share fond memories of.

By slipping off a few days early, you can even escape the stresses of planning back home and speak directly with the venue's wedding planner. You'll even get the opportunity to spend a few quality days alone with your other half, reaffirming your love for each other before you say 'I Do'.

 They're small and intimate
By heading abroad, you are almost guaranteed a smaller more intimate wedding. After all, not every loved one will make the trip and those that do will be your nearest and dearest, allowing you to leave those third cousins, distant relatives and awkward conversations off the guest list!

 You're already on your honeymoon
By marrying abroad, not only can you enjoy your wedding day in a wonderful location with your loved ones, but once the wedding is over, there's no waiting to go on your honeymoon; you're already there!

 The weather
Many couples find the English weather too unpredictable, particularly if they're after a warm, sunny day. By marrying in a destination known for its predictable weather, you reduce the chances of any mishaps such as unexpected rain showers.

 Local culture and cuisine
You choose your wedding destination for a reason: maybe you've always wanted to go there or maybe you've visited it before with your other half and fallen in love with it. If so, incorporating local culture and cuisine will not only make the day more special but will also forge lasting memories for all in attendance.

 The pictures
Do you want the best photographs possible to help you remember your special day in all of its glory? Marrying against the backdrop of a golden beach or the ruins of an ancient castle can make for some fantastic photographs – as will your sun-kissed tan!

 It's fun for all of your guests
Often, weddings are over in just one day but by marrying abroad, your guests also get to enjoy a relaxing holiday and are therefore much more likely to remember your day fondly – great news for everybody!

Make sure you get it right!

Your wedding day is one of the most special and romantic days of your life so it's important to ensure everything goes according to plan! To help you avoid the pitfalls of marrying overseas, we've listed all you need to consider in an easy-to-read guide.

 Leave yourself plenty of time for the paperwork
Couples should make sure that they allow adequate time to sort out all marriage paperwork as, depending on the country, this can take anywhere between 3 and 6 months!

 Ensure you have all legal documents
Most countries require the following legal documents:
 Passports,
 Full birth certificates showing both parents' name,
 If divorced, the original final divorce papers. If widowed, the death certificate of your former spouse,
 Legal proof of any name changes,
 If marrying in a non-English speaking country then documents may need to be translated by an official translator and stamped with an Apostille. (In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office can legalise documents for a small fee),
 Certificate of single status of sworn affidavit that you are free to marry.

 Contact the local authority in the country you choose to marry
Your marriage or civil partnership should be recognised in the UK if you follow the correct process according to local law, meaning you won't need to register it in the UK. To avoid any disappointments, check the process and any requirements beforehand.

 Check and compare currencies
By comparing currency exchange rates, you may be able to save substantial costs. For example, if the Pound is extremely strong against the Euro, a European wedding could be considerably cheaper than first thought.

 Send 'Save the Date' cards well in advance
When marrying abroad, etiquette suggests you provide your guests with plenty of warning to not only ensure they can secure the time off work, their flights and accommodation but to save for their spending money.

 Consider the weather
As simple as it sounds, it's important to dress for the climate and weather of the country and the season in which you're marrying. For example, heavy bridal dresses or dark suits on a tropical beach can be uncomfortable for all, even showing in the photographs while hurricane and rainy seasons aren't the best time for an outdoor or beach wedding.

 Book in your maiden name
Its very important for the bride to remember to book her flight ticket in her maiden name unless changing her name legally before she flies. The check-in desk won't accept you if you've given them a different surname to that on your passport!

 Wedding and travel insurance
After so much planning and preparation, you'll want to protect your wedding day and your honeymoon, so good insurance is a must!

 Contact the airline prior to booking
Most airlines will allow a bride to take her dress on-board as hand luggage, though its important to check before booking. If you travel together as the whole wedding party, you may also be eligible for a group travel discount.

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