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Overseas Weddings Increase In Popularity

A recent survey shows that 1.5 million engaged couples are looking to get married overseas next year.

Many couples think that combining their wedding with their honeymoon is a great way to get the very best of both worlds, maximising their wedding budget and getting the most for their money.

The average UK ‘white wedding’ is around £21,000, whereas the cost of a wedding abroad is estimated at around £7,000-£8,000, which could explain the continuing increase in popularity of an overseas wedding.

Favourite wedding destinations include the Caribbean, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand, New York and Hawaii.  And good old favourite, Las Vegas, is still as popular as ever!

Closer to home, happy couples are marrying in short haul destinations, such as Greece and Cyprus; and rising in popularity over the last 12-18 months are destinations such as Mexico and United Arab Emirates.

If you’re considering getting married overseas then it is worth taking into account the following tips:

  • Look for a deal – believe it or not, some packages will offer free wedding services and officials, providing you have a certain number of guests attending, and staying at, the hotel you are marrying in.
  • Consider your guest list – this tip isn’t just about who you are going to invite (and who might be able to afford to fly out and help you celebrate) but if your guests will be bringing children, or if guests are elderly or less-mobile - consider a hotel that has suitable facilities.
  • Check how long you have to have stayed in the country before you are legally allowed to marry – it maybe you have to arrive a week or 10 days before.
  • Check what paperwork you need, some of which will need to be obtained in advance of the nuptials, to make sure your marriage can take place.
  • If you are getting married in a hotel, see if there is a Wedding Planner who will be able to help out on your big day and take away some of the organisational stress before you arrive.
  • Finally, don’t forget to embrace the culture – if you’ve chosen somewhere outside the UK, mark it in your day somehow. Think Prosecco in Italy instead of French champagne, think about traditional music and dancing…

Many short haul and long haul wedding destinations are available when flying out of Gatwick Airport.