The proposal finally arrived and you have been busy showing off the most incredible finger candy. It’s real. You are going to marry the person of your dreams and they are as in love as you are!
Different people have varying ideas on the ideal wedding. For some, nipping off to Las Vegas or Gretna Green to make their vows away from any family politics, is an absolute dream. Then heading home to spend all the wedding budget on the ultimate party. For others you may be bound by a military wedding, although uber glamourous there are so many etiquettes to adhere too. Perhaps you imagine yourself on the beach of a desert island with just a couple of your nearest and dearest.
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Firstly you both need to establish what your vision is. If one of you doesn’t have a strong view then it could be easier. You will need to take into consideration family, some members won’t be able to take long journeys or travel on a plane, which could mean missing out on your special day. However with new technology there are loads of ways to live stream a wedding abroad, back to the ones who couldn’t make it.
If you decide on a wedding in a different country, make sure you understand any laws around the ceremony. Some countries will grant you a licence but your wedding has no legality back in the UK or USA, so get a real understanding of what you need to do, to ensure your vows are legal! Or you could get a bit of a shock in a few years. It’s also important to get to know the city or surrounding areas so you understand what is available for your guests.
It will save you money if you are using wedding photographers who are in the country already, in fact you will get far more local knowledge meaning some really special images which will make the most out of the surrounding scenery and light balance. You also need to get to know your caterers so it is ideal, depending on the kind of wedding you are looking for, to travel well ahead of your event, sit down and talk in person to anyone supplying a service to your wedding.
The most important piece of advice you can take is to remember that this day is about you and your beloved. Of course family matter and friends will all really want to support you, witnessing you make your vows, but today is a day you are going to remember for the rest of your lives. Don’t make it about others, impressing your guests or keeping a difficult aunty entertained. Once all the planning is over it should just be two people, sharing their love and having fun. So forget the crazy table plans, ditch the last minute problems and take control of your ceremony!
Then, the only thing you have to worry about is the weather. We are afraid there isn’t much you can do about that, just make sure you are prepared for anything, which is a wonderful rule to run through married life!