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4 Things Couples Forget When Getting Married Abroad

Hey Cats,

As you know me and the Mr are currently planning to get married and we are looking at all the options including maybe getting married abroad. Here are a few tips I have learnt along the way!

A lot of people decide to get married abroad nowadays, and it is not difficult to see why. This is one of the most special days of your life; it deserves a magical setting that you will remember for the rest of your life. Nevertheless, when planning an overseas wedding, there are a few more things that you need to keep in mind. The last thing you want is for your wedding to be a disaster because you have forgotten something important. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the things that couples forget when getting married abroad so that you can make sure you don’t.


  1. Paperwork - Don’t arrive at your wedding destination without all of the necessary paperwork. Most countries will require full birth certificates, passports, a Certificate of Sworn Affidavit that you are free to marry, and a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage. Some countries may ask that your legal documents are stamped with an Apostille Stamp, making them legal in that country. If you or your partner has changed your name, you will need legal proof of the change.
  2. Visa requirements - Some countries require visitors to have a tourist visa before they are allowed into the country. Not only this, but a lot of countries have conditions in place whereby you need a visa if you are staying in the country for more than a certain period of time, which can often be the case if you are having your wedding and honeymoon in one. Make sure you check this out beforehand, as there are different requirements for each country. For example, if you are getting married in the Maldives, you will get a free visa on arrival, which lasts 30 days. An Indian visa lasts longer than this, 60 days to be precise, but you need to arrive via one of the designated airports or seaports. If you are visiting the US, you need to apply for an ESTA, which lasts for two years once issued, and you are granted access to the country for 90 days. You get the picture! Do your research and make sure all of your guests have been informed.
  3. Capturing your wedding - There are many different ways to capture your wedding, from videos to photo, but you only get one shot at it. There is nothing more heartbreaking than receiving your wedding photographs and hating every single one of them. Unfortunately, booking a photographer from another country is not always easy. It is hard to guarantee that they are going to supply a quality service. This is why it is always a good idea to have a back-up plan. Ask a friend if they would mind taking photos during the event.

  4. Compare currencies - Last but not least, when saving for your special day, don’t forget to factor in the change in currency and the exchange rate. A lot of people overlook this, and then they find themselves in a stressful state when they have gone over budget. You can set up exchange rate alerts so that you know the best time to change your currency for the greatest deal.

Do you have any tips for getting married abroad?


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