The Pros And Cons Of Getting Married Abroad

Planning the most special day of your life takes a lot of time and effort, and you need to make sure that you are making the best decisions.

This is why it is often helpful to write out the Pros and Cons when you need to make a big decision in life.

If you are planning a wedding, there are plenty of options for you to choose from, and you don’t even need to stay in your own country to get married these days. The Caribbean is a popular option for destination weddings as well as Europe.

There is an opportunity for couples to get married abroad and this is something that an increasing number of couples are opting for. However, is it the right choice for you?

Here are some Pros and Cons that may help you to decide where you should get married.

Beach wedding

The Pros of a Foreign Wedding:

You limit your wedding guests to a select few

If you are looking to ensure that you engage with the people that you really love and feel closest to, getting married abroad is an ideal way to ensure that you are surrounded by your closest friends and family members.

When you get married close to home, you will find that your wedding list starts to expand at a rapid rate, and there may be people who you have to invite but who you haven’t seen or spoken to for many years.

This can make the wedding day seem like it has been arranged for the benefit of other people as opposed to the benefit of the bride and groom, so you need to have a think about how many people you want celebrating your big day.

The venue will be stunning

One of the strongest reasons for getting married abroad comes with the fact that getting married on a beach is a sure-fire way of making your wedding pictures look fantastic.

If you want people back home to be jealous of your wedding day, getting married abroad is easily one of the best ways to do so.

This should be the biggest day of your life and it should be the first day of the rest of your life together, so it makes sense for this day to take place in the most stunning venue that you can.

When you get married abroad on a beach or special location, the memories will last for the rest of your life.

Wedding day

The cost is usually more effective

You may think that going abroad to get married is costly, but when you compare it to the rising cost of getting married in the UK, you may actually save money.

When you add in the fact that the trip can also count as your honeymoon, you get an added bonus, which should help you to save a considerable amount of money.

Add in the fact that you have a much improved chance of the weather being gorgeous and you can see that there are plenty of positive points in getting married abroad.

However, it would be wrong to say that getting married abroad only had positive points, there are some negative aspects to bear in mind too, and you need to consider the cons.

The Cons of a Foreign Wedding:

You may not get to share your day with everyone you would like to Not everyone will be able to travel abroad for your wedding, for a variety of reasons. This means that some people close to you will not get to share in your big day, which is a great shame and could be a deal-breaker for many people.

You won’t get to see the venue in person until very shortly before the wedding

One of the best things about planning a wedding lies in the build-up and anticipation to an event. If you don’t get to see your venue until close to the wedding, you miss out on a fun aspect of planning a wedding.

There is also the fact that some venues may look attractive in photographs but may not have the same style in person.

There may be hidden costs

If you are able to book your wedding through a reputable firm, everything should be included in the cost of your wedding. However, if you try to arrange the wedding yourself or through a less than reputable provider, you may find that there are many hidden and unexpected costs of arranging a foreign wedding, which can push the price up.

Andrew Reilly is a freelance writer with a focus on news stories and consumer interest articles. He has been writing professionally for 9 years but has been writing for as long as he can care to remember. When Andrew isn't sat behind a laptop or researching a story, he will be found watching a gig or a game of football.


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