TOP 10 REASONS TO GET MARRIED ABROAD (…FROM THE PEOPLE WHO DID IT!)
Can you believe one in ten Brits now get married abroad?? I can! Sunshine weddings are becoming ever-more popular with the British crowd, and we’ve teamed up with Love Holidays to ask the British public about their own marriage experiences and find out why we’re loving it so much! We ended up with a definitive list of the reasons us Brits are packing up suitcases and heading for the sun! Here’s 10 of the biggest sways to getting married abroad…
1. The Destination
The pull of exotic backdrops is too enticing to resist, making this the number one reason for sunshine weddings! And let’s face it, we’re pretty spoilt for choice with the epic number of beautiful places to visit!
2. The Weather
The chances of a rainy day in paradise are slim compared to the probability offered by our stereotypical British weather. When planning their big day, this is a risk a lot of brides aren’t willing to take. Put away those wellies and grab the sandals!
3. A Tight-Knit Circle of Friends and Family
A factor that most people found appealing about getting hitched abroad was the fact that it would only involve their close family and friends, and they wouldn’t have to deal with (or pay for) entertaining a large wedding party. Besides, there’s something so incredibly beautiful about really intimate weddings.
4. That Perfect Beach Wedding
It sounds so irresistible: the gentle sea breeze, the clear blue sky and golden sands as the backdrop and think of that bronzed tan you could get beforehand!
5. The Planning
A large portion of brides and grooms found planning a wedding abroad easier than planning one at home. This is because a lot of overseas venues and planners will take the stress and worry out of the couple’s hands.
6. Less Traditional
Couples that aren’t looking for a traditional wedding find themselves drawn towards a ceremony abroad, as it offers plenty of possibilities for quirky and interesting options that tie into other cultures and traditions.
7. Unique Experiences
There is greater opportunity when getting married abroad to do something special and unique that is not necessarily available at home. From underwater vows to safari weddings, the list is near endless.
8. Recreating First Holidays
A lot of couples are heading abroad to give their weddings additional sentimental value by revisiting the destinations they spent their first holiday together as a couple. Recreating those cherished memories as a married couple can make a wedding that little bit more special and personal to you as a couple!
On average, weddings in UK cost £24,000 whereas reports show that weddings abroad are usually more around the £6,500 mark – and that’s a good reason enough reason for most!
Weddings abroad can have a much quicker turnaround time. As most of the finer details are dealt with by providers, eager brides and grooms don’t have to wait as long. Matthew, Ecommerce Director at Love Holidays, said: “When our research showed that one in ten people are now heading abroad to get married, we instantly wanted to know what was influencing that decision. “We were surprised to find that budget wasn’t a leading factor, which implies that it’s still all about the wedding, sentimental vales, and who you share your big day with that really counts.”
Which is how it should be! At the end of the day, regardless of whether you get married at the end of your garden or half way around the world, it ultimately needs to be about you as a couple and what makes you happy. So tell me, would you consider getting married abroad? xx
This post was made possible thanks to Love Holidays!