Toying with the idea of getting married abroad, but not quite sure if it’s the right option for you? There’s no denying that the idea of escaping to a tropical paradise could be the perfect start to married life with your partner, but it’s a big decision to make.
Before you rush into anything, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons. By doing this, you’ll be able to establish what matters most to you and your hubby-to-be, and make a decision accordingly. We’ve summarised the good points and bad, to help you work out whether you do want to get married abroad…
THE PROS OF GETTING MARRIED ABROAD
- Advances in technology mean that you don’t have to be kept in the dark. You can choose a wedding planner in your destination, and be kept up to date with any developments via Skype and video call
- You’ll be able to almost guarantee great weather, if you want a sunshine destination – something that’s impossible here in the UK, when even a summer wedding can be hit by rain showers!
- You don’t have to consider a separate honeymoon. You can simply stay on in your destination for a little while longer to explore and enjoy the start of your married life
- It’s perfectly acceptable to invite just a few people along with you. In this sense, it takes away the pressure of having to invite cousins that you haven’t seen in years, or your next door neighbour’s auntie’s dog’s sister
- You can get married on a shoestring. There are plenty of packages available that represent great deals, and it could work out significantly cheaper than getting married in the UK
THE CONS OF GETTING MARRIED ABROAD
- Not everyone will be able to afford to travel to your wedding. Though this can be a positive if you would rather have a smaller guest list, it does mean that some of your nearest and dearest may not be able to attend
- Some people may be offended that you chose to get married abroad. Be aware that there may be some difficult conversations that you need to have with disgruntled friends and family members!
- It’s easy to feel a little out of control when you can’t easily visit your venue or speak face-to-face with your wedding suppliers
- You may feel the need to have a second party at home, for those who couldn’t attend your ceremony. That means more planning, and more expense. If you’re hustling away to make some extra money for your wedding, this needs to be a consideration when it comes to your budget
- You still might not get the weather you want. Even tropical destinations known for their beautiful sunny days are sometimes hit with freak conditions
Research shows that one in four UK couples get married abroad, so if you do make that decision, then you’ll be in great company. But only you and your partner can really know whether it’s right for you.
Are you thinking about getting married abroad? What’s stopping you from going ahead and choosing your location?