Destination weddings are more popular than ever, with nearly a quarter of UK couples now get married overseas. But there are various practicalities to consider before you jet off to an exotic location to say your vows. From legal issues to making sure you don’t book during hurricane season, here’s our top tips for planning your wedding abroad…

Make sure it’s legal

Not all countries have the same marriage laws, so before you head off to sunnier climes, you’ll need to make sure it’s legal to get married in your chosen destination. You need to ensure that your nuptials will be valid in your home country, as well as internationally. If you want to marry in France for example, you will have needed to reside there for a minimum of 40 days before you can legally tie the knot.

Hire a professional wedding planner

Getting married overseas can be fun and exciting, but the planning process can be challenging. Therefore, it’s a good idea to hire the services of a professional wedding planner. They can be your local expert, suggesting beautiful venues, booking the registrar and dealing with logistical issues on your big day. Their expertise can be invaluable, so make sure you get the most from them to ensure that your wedding goes without a hitch.

Choose the right time of year

Time of year is important to consider when planning a wedding abroad. Factors such as festivals and national holidays can impact flight and accommodation demand, and you’re likely to pay more during these times. It’s a good idea to plan your wedding outside of peak periods. Not only will you have more chance of securing the wedding date you want, but restaurants, hotels and attractions in the area will be much quieter too.

Consider the weather

Escaping the UK to get hitched doesn’t guarantee that you’ll stay dry unfortunately! Whilst July might be the perfect time to say, ‘I do’ on a glorious Spanish beach, it’s hurricane season in the Caribbean. Do your research to ensure that your wedding is bathed in sunshine, rather than a washout. It’s always makes sense to have a contingency plan in place in case of downpours.

Invest in wedding insurance

Wherever you plan on getting married overseas, it’s important to buy wedding travel insurance that covers items such as your dress, rings and gifts. Check the small print when you’re taking out this insurance to make sure the amount you’re covered up to matches the value of your possessions. Most of the major suppliers of UK wedding insurance will cover you for overseas weddings, the same as they would for weddings in the UK.

Getting married overseas can add an extra touch of magic to an already special occasion. Although planning the perfect day can be challenging, a little organisation and forward planning will ensure that your wedding abroad goes smoothly. To find out more about your wedding photography and wedding videography services for destination weddings, get in touch today.