Getting married abroad can be a great way to have a simple ceremony, especially if you don't want lots of fuss and extravagance. We're often asked to make suggestions for countries where it's easy to get married, so we thought we'd put together a list of the countries and regions around the world where it's not difficult to marry.
The countries below are in no particular order, and some have easier paperwork than others, but they all have short "residency" periods and it's relatively easy to exhange vows there. If you'd like
more information from a local wedding planner then just click on the relevant
purple button to email one of our quality wedding planners or venues for your chosen country.
1. Las Vegas
This is the easiest place in the world in which to get married, and is well known as the "Wedding Capital of the World".
If a Vegas wedding appeals to you then all you have to do is to go along to the court house, show your passports and get a marriage licence. You can then choose
from any of the thousands of wedding chapels or venues in the city to get married. No waiting period, no residency, just exchange vows and you're married!
Vegas does get very busy though, so we do recommend you book
accommodation before you arrive, and perhaps find a venue or chapel too?!
Las Vegas Marriage Laws
Gibraltar is the easiest country in Europe in which to get married as its ceremonies are based on UK law, but without the waiting period. You do need to stay there for a minimum of 24 hours before the ceremony, but that's not too long and all the paperwork is in English, so no need to translate anything.
Most famous for its Apes and "Rock", Gibraltar weddings can take place all over the place, including outside and on top of the Rock. Many famous couples have got married here, including a James Bond!
With a wonderfully mild climate weddings in Gibraltar don't really have a season, so regardless of the time of year you'd like to get married you'll be able to do so here with ease.
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Most countries in the English-speaking
islands in the Caribbean have simple marriage requirements, which is one of the reasons they are so popular as wedding destinations. Whether you're on a cruise, or a package holiday these islands make some of the best countries in the world in which to marry.
Jamaica, Barbados and Antigua are popular choices for couples,
but most of the islands have stunning wedding locations available to
suit most budgets. So if a "classic" beach wedding abroad is your dream,
then take a look at the Caribbean and find your wedding idyll here.
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Another easy European country in which to get married, Denmark is often called the "Las Vegas of Europe"!
You can send through paperwork in English and there are no residency requirements. You will have to think ahead though and send through the paperwork ahead of time, but you don't have to actually be in the country to do that.
Denmark has some really romantic locations for a wedding, such as lighthouses, grand houses, or even outside by the beach. From low key ceremonies
to grand affairs Denmark is an incredible wedding choice.
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5. New York
Such an iconic choice for a destination wedding - New York is an easy
city to get married in. With a standard marriage licence you only have to wait 24 hours after you have the licence before you can marry, so it makes a good elopement choice too.
For couples looking for a city wedding at any time of year New
York is a classic choice. Whether you marry in Spring as the blossom
comes out in Central Park, or choose a winter wedding in the snow with
the skyscrapers of downtown as your background, you can't beat NYC!
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New York Marriage Laws
This island in the Eastern Mediterranean is another very popular wedding choice. It's often available as a package holiday with the tour operator also arranging the wedding, or you can book directly with the venue yourself as most of them offer weddings or know of a wedding planner who could help.
From secluded villas to beach resorts with lots to see and do,
Cyprus really does offer everything you could wish for a wedding abroad. Be
aware though that there is a wedding "season" and most resorts close during
the winter months, so as long as you'd like to marry between April and
October you'll be fine.
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Most Canadian provinces don't require any residency period and usually you can get married anywhere you like as long as you have a licenced officiant conducting the ceremony.
Some wedding destination ideas include; by a turquoise lake or a
snow-tipped mountain, beside Niagara Falls, in a historical chateau in
Quebec or Montreal, at a ski resort, on a beach......
stunning Rocky Mountains in the West, to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto,
to the French-speaking province of Quebec and the Eastern Atlantic coast,
Canada has such a wide range of wedding locations you might find it
difficult to choose which one is right for you!
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Canada Marriage Laws
These countries are just some of the many beautiful locations in the world where it's possible to get married. To see more just click on the countries at the top of the page and discover which country is right for your wedding abroad.