If you’re thinking of taking out a personal loan to fund your dream wedding abroad, take a look at these top tips, to ensure you get everything organised before you head off
Think about the legalities first
We know it’s not the most romantic part of getting married, but if you want your marriage to be legal, you will need to do your research and make sure you fill in any relevant paperwork in time.
It can take between three and six months to get all the forms processed, depending on where you are tying the knot, so make sure you start this process nice and early. And bear in mind that most countries require you to be in that country for a certain length of time before the ceremony, so make sure you know what this time frame is before you start booking flights.
Alternatively, you could have the legal ceremony before or after, with only a blessing taking place in your ideal destination.
Consider a wedding planner
Wedding planners are surprisingly uncommon in the UK, with many British brides and grooms choosing to take the reigns themselves. But, when you're planning to get wed in a location that is unfamiliar and potentially thousands of miles away, someone who knows the local area like the back of their hand could prove to be invaluable.
Don't skip the 'Save the Dates'
Save the Dates get a hard time, with many people thinking they're a con created by wedding companies to further increase the cost of the most expensive day of most couples' lives. However, if you're expecting people to fly to join you for your nuptials, it's always a good idea to get the date in everyone's diary as soon as possible.
Use Pinterest as your very own translator
It can be difficult to explain exactly what you want, especially if there's a language barrier. Pinning images of what's in your head can really cement everyone's understanding and make sure that all of your suppliers and you are on the same page.
Make sure you’re insured
While you’ll need regular travel insurance too, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it alone will offer sufficient cover.
Specialist wedding insurance will ensure you are covered for loss and theft of wedding rings, gifts and wedding attire, while some policies will also pay out if you need to book replacement photographers and other suppliers if your original choice cancels at the last minute.
Get your name right
While you may be travelling back from your wedding and honeymoon as Mrs X, remember to book your tickets in your maiden name as they need to match your passport.
While couples getting married in the UK can apply for a post-dated passport up to three months before the ceremony, allowing them to book honeymoon tickets in their new name, post-dated passports don’t become valid until the day the ceremony takes place, so would not be able to be used for the outward journey if you are getting married abroad.
Set up a wedding website
While some couples choose to do this even if they're getting married in the UK, it's even more important for those choosing to tie the knot abroad. Your guests will have tonnes of questions, from how they get from the airport to the hotel, to what the food will be on the day. Setting up a website allows you to collate all these questions into one place that everyone can study ahead of the trip.
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