Getting married abroad: what you need to know


getting married abroad
What’s more exciting than a wedding? A wedding abroad, of course! Over the last years many future spouses have chosen to celebrate their most important day outside of their borders. Usually the destinations are exotic islands or charming countries, such as Italy. But Getting married abroad, in a different country, is not so easy as it may seem. It’s fun, it’s original, it’s got the wow effect, but easy? Not at all. This is why, if you’re planning your marriage abroad you have to hire a professional wedding planner specialized in weddings for foreign couples. They won’t only take care of the logistic aspects of the wedding but also of the complicated bureaucracy included in the package.

Document for planning a wedding abroad

There are a lot of major documents that you need when planning a wedding abroad, so be ready for a long and sometimes tedious process. Here’s a list of original documents you’ll have to present on your arrival:
  • Birth certificates;
  • Affidavit/statutory declarations;
  • Valid 10-year passports;
  • Decree Absolute (if you are divorced);
  • Confirming single status;
  • Parental consent if you are under 18 (21 in some countries).
  • Previous spouse’s death certificate (if you are widowed).
Trust us, a wedding planner on location will be a real guardian angel to you. You just need to find out who organises weddings in your chosen destination and tell them straight what type of budget you have. If possible plan a site visit with her in order to choose the perfect location for your wedding, in order not to say “I do” in a place you really dislike. Avoid arriving at your wedding destination just the day before. It’s better to allow at least 3 or 4 days in order to visit the Public Register Office to make sure everything is ok and avoid unpleasant surprises. Plus it’s a good idea also to relax and enjoy one of the most exciting adventures of your life. It could be a nice idea to involve also your invitees and plan excursions and cultural tours with them. Another aspect not to take for granted is the outfit, both for the spouses and the guests. If you’re getting married on a beach at the Caribbean, make sure to choose your outfit according to the local weather. Last but not least, inform your guests in time for them to renew their passports and ask for days off at their workplace.
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