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Newly engaged? Congratulations! We’re sure that getting married abroad is something you and your spouse-to-be are dreaming of. Whether you’re fantasising over pearlescent beaches, historical architecture or spectacular mountain views, get inspired to plan your fairytale destination wedding with this ultimate guide.

In this ultimate guide to getting married abroad, you'll find all the information you need to make an informed decision about where to tie the knot. We’ll take you through:

- All the legalities around getting married outside of the UK

- Choosing the perfect destination

- Hiring a professional wedding planner

We know that your big day is something you’ve always dreamed of. That’s why we’re here to help you get it right. Upon completing this guide, contact the Wedding Travel Company to discuss how we can make your perfect wedding come true.

There are legal requirements you must consider before thinking about the moment you say ‘I do’. 

Whether you’re planning an unexpected elopement, or you’ve always wanted to have a beach wedding with your closest friends and family in a foreign country, understanding the legal requirements for getting married abroad can be extremely difficult. We make it easy with our summary of what you need to know before booking your dream wedding.

The legal requirements of getting married abroad: 4 things you need to know

- As well as ensuring that your marriage is legal in the UK, you’ll need to do your homework on the legal requirements in the country of choice. You must understand the  legalities surrounding getting married in their country, the process, and the documents needed for your marriage to be accepted there (and back home). You may need to verify the following:

- That you and your partner meet the minimum age and same-sex laws

- That all of your documentation is certified and valid (everything should be at least 6 months from the expiration date)

- That you adhere to the legal residency requirements

- You will need to acquire and travel with the relevant documentation to ensure your marriage is legal in each country. This can include passports, birth certificates, and any proof of name changes.

- You may have to obtain a Certificate of No Impediment (CNI). This is to confirm that there are no legal reasons why you cannot get married abroad. 

- There are very few marriages or civil partnerships that are not valid in the UK after taking place abroad. Your marriage should be valid in the UK if you comply with all legal requirements for the country in which you are getting married. Before you leave, make sure that all your bases have been covered by the local authority in the country where you're getting married.

Finding your dream destination for your big day

It's a special day. You want to be able to choose a venue and location  that is as beautiful and unique as you are.

Your wedding should reflect who you are as a couple and what you love about each other.

It's important to select a destination that will make your guests feel welcome and comfortable while celebrating with you.

There are many different options when it comes to choosing a destination wedding, and they all come with a plethora of benefits that make for an out-of-this world wedding experience. From a budget wedding by the beach to a luxury wedding in the Maldives, here are some of our most popular destinations for weddings overseas:

 

Beach weddings by the Aegean sea

If you're imagining a stunning gentle sea breeze and sandy beaches, then a beach wedding might be the one for you. 

The Aegean Sea is a stunning backdrop for a wedding, and we believe you should have the opportunity to choose from a range of breathtaking views. That's why we offer weddings at our beach resorts in Greece.

Whether you want to soak up the sun by tying the knot by crystal waters in Santorini or choose from one of our many breathtaking views with a wedding in Rhodes, we have everything you need for your perfect day.

Mountain top weddings with panoramic views

Imagine your wedding day. You're standing at the top of a mountain, surrounded by lush greenery and wildflowers. The wind is blowing through your hair as you wait for your future spouse to arrive. Your guests are all waiting with you, watching as the sun dips behind the horizon and the stars begin to appear overhead.

If this sounds like your dream day, consider weddings in the Canary Islands  or channel an authentic Spanish ambience with a wedding in Costa Del Sol. This Spanish island is known for its stunning mountains, pristine beaches, and abundant natural beauty.

Breathtaking Amalfi Coast weddings

There's no place on earth like the Amalfi Coast.

The sun-drenched cliffs, the azure waters, the stunning views of ancient ruins - we're talking about Italy's most romantic destination. But if you're looking to tie the knot in a place that will make your heart skip a beat (and make your guests gasp), then having your wedding in Italy might just be perfect for you. 

If the thought of sippin’ a cold glass of limoncello with a range of traditional Italian dishes in the sun makes your eyes light up, consider wedding venues in Sorrento. The city is known for its cliffside views and colorful coastal cuisine, making it the perfect setting for a picturesque, rustic wedding. Take your time strolling along the streets and admiring the temples and houses surrounding you. 

Italy makes the perfect backdrop for both big weddings and small intimate weddings alike, the possibilities are endless.

Make your love a movie with an epic wedding in the USA

Be bold and imaginative and take your wedding party to America. A perfect place for people of all ages to exchange their vows. Immerse yourself into a cinematic experience by setting up your big day in the one and only Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is a city that's nothing if not known for its casinos, shows, and nightlife. But it's also becoming known for its wedding venues - particularly those that offer a film-set-like experience. Alternatively, get married amongst the iconic city of New York. This is the city that never sleeps and it's also the city that never stops. Imagine getting married in the middle of all that energy, all that noise, and all that excitement. 

If you are planning on having a city wedding, then Central Park should be on your list of places to consider.

Turn your vision of a wedding abroad into reality with wedding planners you can trust

Planning your wedding can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. At the Wedding Travel Company, we know that planning a wedding can feel like a lot of pressure, that's why we're here to take care of every aspect of the process so you can focus on what matters most: celebrating!  Whether it's a destination wedding or a vow renewal ceremony, we've got you covered. We know how important it is to have everything perfect on your special day and we take pride in making sure that happens.

So, why should you work with our wedding consultants to plan your wedding? 

Our team of wedding planners are experts in the field, and we know exactly how to plan every detail of your special day so that you can relax and enjoy your time with family and friends.

- We care about you and your needs. That's why we create bespoke packages that match your criteria.

- We know the ins and outs of legal requirements at all of our destinations - so that you don’t have to.

- We cover a wide range of budgets and an extensive list of locations across the world. No matter how complex your needs may seem, we’ve got you covered.

- Your dream wedding is our passion and we work tirelessly to achieve that vision.

 Are you ready to book your dream wedding abroad?

If so, we're here waiting for you to get the ball rolling. We've got the connections and expertise to make your vision a reality, alleviating the stress of planning the greatest day of your lives.

Enquire now to get more information on our bespoke wedding packages abroad.