Weddings Abroad: Know The Ropes Before You Tie The KnotWeddings Abroad: Know The Ropes Before You Tie The Knot

Weddings Abroad: Know The Ropes Before You Tie The Knot

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Your wedding is a special day, and you should be able to celebrate your love together no matter where in the world it might be. Some couples have romantic memories from a specific country, or they have just been dreaming about a tropical wedding since they day they got engaged. While many couples choose to tie the knot overseas, there are a few things you should know about before you book your tickets.

It takes a bit of the stress away from the wedding planning and makes it easier for the two of you to enjoy your time together – without having to worry about the rules of foreign countries.

Legally married

Sure, many couples have achieved their dream wedding in their country of choice and so should you. Under US statue, a marriage abroad is completely accepted and legal as long as it has followed the regulations of the other country. You’re in the clear when it comes to our laws, in other words, but you have to make sure that you’re doing it right in the country you’d like to get married in as well.

It doesn’t help if you feel as married as can be, only to return home after a while and find out that you were never really married as you didn’t follow their legislations. Just as foreign countries expect you to stay on the right side of the law when you’re visiting them, the US would like you to be legally married in the country abroad before you can be so at home.

Before you leave, spend a good amount of time on being up to date on the facts and figure out what kind of documents you might need. It will save you a lot of hassle later on.

What’s next?

When you have successfully completed your research and feel confident that you’re able to marry each other without any hiccups, you need to find a wedding venue. The most popular option is to organize the wedding at a respected hotel.

The managers there know their way around weddings and will probably also be able to provide you with some written recommendations from couples who have already tied the knot under their roof.

Another alternative is to hire a reputable wedding-planning service either in your country of choice or one here at home. They can take a lot of the stress of your shoulders and enlighten you on the paperwork, for example, if they have experience with planning a wedding for foreigners – or with planning a wedding in a foreign country.

The costs

How expensive your wedding is going to be is, of course, completely up to you. You’ll save some expenses if you’re not inviting a lot of guests, though, which is usually the way to go when getting married abroad. Otherwise, it’s good to know that weddings are generally a bit cheaper abroad than at home – besides from your plane tickets, of course.

At the end of the day, you want to have the wedding you’ve always dreamed about and shouldn’t let tedious legislation and bureaucratic processes get in your way.

Watch the flaming red sunset and feel the sand under your feet, and look forward to a lifetime of returning to your romantic destination to celebrate your love.

Naomi Isted
Editor in Chief, Naomi Isted is known as The Ultimate Lifestylist to her readers and viewers. She is a TV Presenter and Columnist. Ranked in the Top 100 LFW Social Media Influencers AW14 & SS15, Brand Ambassador for Pears Soap UK. Her Celebrity beauty TV Series currently airs to 27million homes on Physique TV in UAE, previously on Wedding TV in the UK. She brings fashion and beauty advice to her readers and viewers on a daily basis. She is Fashion and Beauty Columnist for Herald Scotland and has a Fashion and Beauty Bridal Blog for HELLO. She can usually be found attending celebrity fashion and beauty events in and around London and sharing the latest fashion and beauty trends with her readers.

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