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How to plan that perfect wedding abroad

By Andrea Petrou on February 2nd, 2010 2 comments

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With family and budget pressures many couples are opting for the sun, sand and ceremony rather than the stresses of a UK marriage, but what do you need to do to ensure you have that perfect wedding in the sun? We’ve put together a list of tips to help you out.

Research and plan

Like you would in the UK, the first thing to do is to agree on a wedding venue and this includes the country. As you would a UK venue you’ll also have to make reservations early. Also check the weather for the destination you decide to ensure its not the winter months. As you won’t have direct access to the venue or services such as photographer you may want to consider looking at UK companies such as Sandals, which can recommend these services. Alternatively hire a wedding planner to help with the details leading up to the wedding.

Guests
You may decide to get married on your own, but like any wedding you will need two witnesses. Many hotel staff will act as these but think about what this means for the personal side. If your planning to take a full party out with you speak to the hotel in advance to see what deals they offer for guests and make sure you leave enough days from the time of arrival to the big day to ensure relaxation.

What you’ll need.
You’ll need all the documents you would if you decide to get married in the UK including a birth certificate, divorce decrees, passport, photo identification and a document stating that each person is indeed single. Make sure you have these well in advance prior to flying. If you don’t have these, call your national registry office to find out what to do. It’s also important to check with the airline to find out what their policy is with wedding dresses. Some will let you carry it as hand luggage but others may force you to put it in the hold.

When you get there.
Arrive early enough to apply for the marriage license and talk about the final changes for the wedding with the wedding planner. Every destination has a different waiting period so research this before you go.

Finishing touches
After filing all the paperwork and presenting the documentation all that is left is to talk with the wedding planner and rehearse the wedding before the actual day. The day of the wedding, present the documentation and license to the person performing the ceremony and say the vows.

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  • I am just about to jet off to the Dominican Republic for my wedding in March.

    We have booked with Thomson/First Choice and they have been fantastic. We have just completed the process of getting all the documentation in order and now it is just a case of the dress fitting then get on the plane.

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