5 Reasons Why You Should Get Married Abroad Like Kim Kardashian

21 May 2014

GALLERY >> Why You Should Get Married Abroad

1. Guaranteed heat

Warm sunny weather is usually number one on any British couple’s wedding day wish list. If crouching under an umbrella or wearing wellies is your idea of the wedding from hell, then a European destination much closer to the equator is probably for you.
A sun-soaked chapel on a Tuscan hillside or a historic Ibizan villa overlooking the sea can provide an idyllic and romantic setting for heat-loving couples on their special day. Just be sure to advise your guests to pack light-weight clothes and bring a hand fan – their traditional wedding clothes just won’t cut it!

Choosing an overseas destination, of course, lends added originality to your ceremony and reception, so you won’t feel as if yours is just the next in a long line of identikit events taking place in the English countryside. An added benefit of holding your wedding in a holiday destination is that it allows guests to combine attending your wedding with enjoying an extended holiday of their own. 

2. Cultural freedom

Many couples now have family and friends spread across the globe.  This can cause quibbles when it comes to booking flights to attend your big day. So why not reduce the arguments and choose an overseas venue that is in an easily accessible country for all, such as Spain? This allows couples to get married on ‘neutral ground’, and provides more independence for the bride and groom to design the wedding exactly to their individual tastes.
Once you’re there, you want to be able to enjoy yourself and party as you please. British wedding forums often buzz with complaints about strict noise level restrictions while many reception venues have rigid licensing times, so looking abroad to a more relaxed setting can give a solution to those seeking less formality.

Be it a farm house in a vineyard or a stately home on a private estate, many overseas wedding destinations offer more space and consequently a more laid-back approach to the event.  So if it is important to you and your finances that your reception party continues raucously until the early hours, an overseas venue could be the one for you.

3. Stunning scenery

If it’s a dramatic backdrop you seek for your wedding photos, it is important to think what style of wedding you’d prefer – a relaxed beach setting, a formal church steeped in history and culture or a laid back civil ceremony at a town hall. Jaw-droppingly gorgeous settings which mean great wedding pictures take care of themselves include...
The Amalfi Coast: When the backdrop for your wedding is a citrus grove that overlooks Italy's famously beautiful coast, your guests will be in awe. Amalfi Drive is one of the most scenic stretches of Italian coastline, comprised of a winding cliff-top road offering dramatic views of the sea.
Santorini: Arguably Greece’s most beautiful island, Santorini is a mix of towering cliffs, inky waters and whitewashed villages with blue domed churches. This island in the Aegean Sea is perfect for a wedding in October when there are less crowds, the water is warm and there’s wine to be tasted.
Andalucía: If it is a remote countryside setting you want, look to Spain where you’ll find rustic ‘Cortijo’ farmhouses with a stunning background of olive tree groves and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
Wedding forums and blogs can prove very useful for finding your ideal setting as you can read detailed reviews and pictures from those that have held their weddings there before.

4. Get more for your money

If your budget doesn’t stretch to that of Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone, who recently enjoyed a multi-million pound wedding on the French Riviera, don’t fear – you can still enjoy many of the trappings of a lavish event. This is because the British pound is currently at an 5-year high, meaning you can get much more for your money against the euro and US dollar in particular.
Good exchange rates mean you can afford to buy more with your pound, and make overseas locations the sensible option for those planning a large wedding. You’ll be able to invite almost twice as many guests as you would in the UK with the same budget, and that often includes a free bar all night!
Purchasing from foreign suppliers such as caterers, florists and the entertainment abroad means you’ll save a lot on costs, particularly if you pay them directly through an international money transfer service such as [a target="_blank" href="http://www.ukforex.co.uk/?cid=985&utm_source=SIPR&utm_medium=PR0414&utm_campaign=SIPR0414">UKForex[/a], which offers better exchange rates than the banks.
With the money you save, you can treat yourself on your honeymoon. Book into the VIP Lounge at the airport, order champagne on ice for the flight and book a private taxi transfer to whisk you to your hotel. If you can’t treat yourself on your wedding day, when can you?

5. World class cuisine

One of the best things about getting married abroad is ditching the boringly bland, trying-to-please-everyone menu typical of receptions back at home. Swap cold buffets for beachfront barbecues, cheese-and-pineapple-on-sticks for Italian antipasti and bad wine for vintage French champagne.

Whether it’s sun-soaked gardens or vine-clad trattorias, your wedding planner will be able to suggest dining venues with a difference and ones that’ll suit the tastes of you and your guests. Booking a caterer from the local area will also allow you to indulge in fresh home-grown food and good locally produced wine, which is much cheaper than it would be to purchase the same quality back in the UK. And why not splash out and indulge your tastes on your special day – traditional Italian wedding reception breakfasts can top 7 to 8 courses!

With Kanye West and Kim Kardashian tying the knot in Florence (or is it Paris?!) this weekend and Jessica Biel wedding Justin Timberlake in Italy, the trend of getting hitched overseas is building. After all, with Britain featuring high on lists of the world’s most expensive places to live, getting married in the UK is a costly affair.
So when embarking upon the wedding planning stage, the glossy magazine photos of celebrity weddings in far-flung locations can offer more than aspirations for many British brides. Each year, the daunting task of organising a wedding in Britain leads scores of brides to delegate the whole thing to a professional wedding planner and tie the knot on foreign shores.
And who can blame them? Glistening Mamma Mia!-style seas, ancient Italian castles or the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas chapel can seem much more exciting than a wet marquee in squishy Sussex. So in the gallery above, we've roundedup the top 5 reasons why you would be wise to think further afield for your special day...



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