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Top 10 Myths About Getting Married Abroad

You're thinking about having your wedding abroad, but you're not sure if you're doing the right thing? Well, take a look at our top 10 myths about getting married abroad and see if we can put your mind at ease!

1. It's easier to get married abroad
Well sometimes it is, but sometimes it isn't. Sometimes you can't even marry somewhere unless you are a resident - it really depends on the country. In Las Vegas you can just show up with your passport, but in Spain you have to have lived there for 2 years. So double check the paperwork before you decide where to marry. Our Legalities pages can help.

2. You do all the same things as a wedding at home (invite all your relatives and friends, wear the same sort of dress, have a big reception)
There's no etiquette to getting married abroad – you just do what you want to for your big day. Don't feel that you have to replicate the same traditions as you would at home.

3. You should have a beach wedding
Beaches are great but you can choose from a really wide selection of different ceremonies, so branch out and have exactly what you want. In a tropical garden, up a mountain in the snow, underwater, in a palace.....the choice is yours.

4. Having a wedding abroad will upset people not invited (or who can't afford to come)
Perhaps it will, but if your nearest and dearest really love you then they'll want you to have the type of wedding you want, not just do something to please them. You can always have a big party when you get home!

5. You only marry abroad if you want a cheap wedding
In fact there's an even wider choice of wedding ceremony than at home, so it's suitable for all budgets, large or small.

6. It's always sunny and warm in the summer
Not entirely true! In the Caribbean their summer is also the rainy season (June to November), and remember that the seasons are opposite in the southern hemisphere, so a July wedding in South Africa will be cold. Make sure you check the forecast before you book a summer wedding and expect sunshine or warmth every day.

7. A wedding abroad isn't legal at home
In general, yes it is, as long as it was conducted legally in the country in which you married. So as long as you follow the marriage laws of the country in which you exchange vows then you'll be fine. Although bear in mind that if you marry in a non English speaking country you'll have to have your marriage certificate translated to use it at home.

8. It's cheaper to plan your wedding abroad yourself
That depends on whether you have good contacts in the country you wish to marry in and/or speak the language. If you want to do it all yourself you can, but it's generally easier (and cheaper) to hire a local wedding planner. They can get you the best deals on everything, and best of all, they know the best places to tie the knot.

9. You can fly home using your married name
Well, maybe. Unless you have changed your passport before you got married then you can't travel on your married name. Most brides wait until they get home to change their names on legal documents, but if you really can't wait then speak to your local registry office and they can advise how to change it before you marry.

10. You don't need wedding insurance if your ceremony is abroad
Getting married abroad will still cost you, so it's worth taking out specific wedding abroad insurance, as well as travel insurance, to cover you if things go wrong.

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