Travelling to a magical far-away destination for your wedding could make for a very memorable experience. There’s always a lot to consider when planning a wedding but there are a few extra things to think about when you hold your ceremony abroad. At The Insurance Emporium, we hope your wedding is the best day of your life, which is why we’ve listed some things that could be useful for your international nuptials.
- Passport and visa
Whenever you’re travelling abroad, your passport is a must! Some countries require you to have at least six months left on it in order for you to marry there, so check that yours fits that requirement. Depending on where you’re travelling, you may also need a visa. So, it could be important to find out your intended destination’s rules on this.
- Wedding planner
If you’re not too familiar with the area you’re thinking of marrying in, why not hire the help of someone who is? A local wedding planner can source suppliers and liaise with local businesses in the nation’s language, using their knowledge of the region and expertise to meet your vision for the big day.
Choosing an overseas venue can be a bit trickier than in the UK. If possible, it could be worth flying out to your intended destination to see venues for yourself. Photos could be helpful but you might not get the same feel for the place as you would if you were actually there. Also, popular venues can become booked up way in advance, so choose wisely and quickly.
You might need some paperwork in order to legally marry abroad. Requirements for different countries vary, although the government website might help with this. Often, you’ll need your birth certificate and a certificate of no impediment to prove that you are free to marry. Your documents may also need to be translated.
- Plane tickets
Book ahead of time and don’t forget to download or print your tickets and bring them to the airport! If you and your guests are flying together, check with airlines to see if they do discounts on group bookings. You could also fly out a week before your wedding so that you’ve got time for any last minute arrangements.
- Local currency
You may choose to rely on your credit card throughout your overseas adventure but there is something to be said for ordering paper money. In the lead up to your wedding, it might be worth checking the markets to see if the local currency is cheaper. Plus, cash can be a good backup if your card is unexpectedly declined.
- Wedding attire
Plan your wedding attire for the kind of climate you’ll be marrying in. You don’t want to be feeling too hot or cold for the whole ceremony! If you’re transporting a wedding dress, you could ask the airline if you can take it as hand luggage. Also, have a plan for what to do if the dress is a bit creased once it’s off the plane! See if there is somewhere to get it steamed in the area where you’re staying.
Don’t forget to take these on your flight! You and your partner may wish to take your rings in your hand luggage so that you have the peace of mind that you know where they are at all times. It could be quite stressful if you put them in your suitcase and then your luggage is lost in transit!
Whether at home or abroad, all weddings come with certain risks. However, overseas nuptials could bring about their own unique set of problems. For this reason, it could be worth getting wedding insurance to give you peace of mind in case something does go amiss.
Everyone wants their wedding to run smoothly but, if something does go wrong, it can help to have protection. The Insurance Emporium’s Overseas Wedding Insurance includes cover for a range of things, such as up to £5,000 for Essential Documents* and up to £12,500 for Wedding Attire*. With just a one-off payment, your big day could be covered! If this could help ensure your fairy tale wedding has a happy ending, contact The Insurance Emporium today!
*Cover amounts shown are for policies on the Diamond level of cover.
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