Americans plan 350,000 destination weddings every year, Forbes reports. Getting married abroad is an amazing opportunity to have an intimate ceremony and combine your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable vacation. Planning such a special event, however, comes with its fair share of challenges. So, be sure to take care of a number of key details before you tie the knot abroad.
Booking your venue
Fortunately, thanks to the internet, it’s relatively easy to find your dream destination venue without needing to leave the comfort of home. However, ideally, you’ll need to check out your chosen venue in-person at least once before booking. Although this involves spending some extra money, it’s the only way to be sure the venue size and style truly fits your vision. And, if your budget can stretch it, visit a second time three to four months before your ceremony to finalize details. If you can’t do a second trip, arrive at least five days before your big day to make those important decisions.
Choosing the right rings
A symbol of your lifelong commitment, your wedding rings are a key consideration, and it’s important you choose the right design for you. Eternity wedding rings, for example, typically consist of a band of precious stones and represent everlasting love. Alternatively, you may even opt to wait until you arrive at your destination to choose your rings. This way, you can, for instance, select precious stones unique to the area, or bands designed in keeping with local traditions.
Researching the legal side
Marriage laws differ from country to country, so make sure to research the legal issues in your chosen country. You want your marriage to be legally recognized in your home country, as well as where you’ll be getting wed. If this is too complicated or time-consuming, consider hiring a local wedding planner to take care of the legalities and paperwork for you. Moreover, some couples choose to complete the legal paperwork at home before traveling abroad — this means you’ll be free to get married anywhere you want without having to be concerned about legal requirements.
A destination wedding is the perfect way to celebrate your love and commitment. By booking the right venue, choosing the perfect rings, and researching the legal side, you can make sure your destination wedding goes off without a hitch.
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