Some people enjoy weddings at home and others enjoy them overseas, but regardless of which category you fall into, there's no denying the fact that the idea of tying the knot in a different country is as fascinating as it gets.
More so than anything else it's just a bit 'out there' in the eyes of a lot of folks, and that's what we're going to touch on today.
There are pros and cons to everything in life, but in terms of your wedding day, it's often fairly crucial to make sure you get it just right: and we want to examine why, and why not, doing it abroad could help or hinder that.
10 GREAT - Escapism
Everyday life can be incredibly hectic sometimes and while that may sound like a ‘first world’ kind of problem, it’s true. When you’re planning a wedding, knowing that it’s starting to feel more like a mission than the greatest day of your life, sometimes you just want to get away from it all.
As such, having it abroad makes it feel more like a holiday than anything else, and the second that you get on that plane, the emotion of the situation will take over and all of your worries will wash away.
9 NOT GREAT - Extra Costs
When you factor in the fact that you have to (more often than not) help pay for everyone to get out there, and that the flights and shipping will also cost a lot more money than usual, it can become quite easy to be thrown off by the idea of a wedding abroad.
We aren’t suggesting that it’s impossible to get it done by any stretch of the imagination, but just realize that whatever budget you were initially planning for will have to be virtually doubled if you want to get everything done to the proper standard.
8 GREAT - Endless Destinations
You live in one country. In case you didn’t know, there are over 200 other countries and islands littered throughout the entire planet. If you want to be exotic and really push the boat out, there are some phenomenal choices for you out there.
Picking a venue is always a bit stressful but when it comes to picking the actual country, city, town or even resort, it’s a whole different ball game.
Mixing it up can be scary, but it can also be the best thing you’ve ever done – and we mean that.
7 NOT GREAT - Breaking Tradition
Different countries have different rules and regulations when it comes to the art of getting married and that’s just the way it is. As such, there are times when you’ll have to throw everything that you thought you knew about weddings right out of the window.
This can sometimes be an issue for family members, too, and we’re here to say that you shouldn’t be forced into any compromises you don’t want to make.
It all comes down to personal preference, but just remember to read the fine print before actually booking the church or venue.
6 GREAT - More Intimate
Everyone loves an intimate wedding because the people that are actually attending know, love and support you. We aren’t suggesting that those who were cut from the final list of invitations don’t, but if you’re heading abroad, it’s understandable to think that the numbers aren’t going to be quite as high.
Plus, from a personal point of view, some folks just don’t enjoy the attention associated with being surrounded by a whole bunch of people – and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
Again, if you don’t put this wedding together the way you want it to be, then you’ll regret it.
5 NOT GREAT - The Planning
Take the stress of planning an average wedding and then multiply it by five, because that’s the kind of pressure people have to deal with when getting everything they need overseas.
When you’re getting married just an hour or two away from where you live, then venue visits aren’t going to be that rare and can be fairly frequent. Alas, that isn’t the case if you don’t have the money necessary to fly over every few months.
If you’re someone that absolutely loves planning then you may love the challenge, but that’s not a universal feeling.
4 GREAT - Unique Styles
Whether it be the arch or sunset background on a white sand beach, there are so many styles to be explored when it comes to weddings. We aren’t suggesting that people should get married two or three times over throughout the course of their lifetime, but still.
Ideas that would never have come into your mind will suddenly become a feasible reality, and that’s an exciting prospect. You don’t need to base your entire wedding around themes that weren’t considered to be a possibility before, but it just opens up the conversation.
3 NOT GREAT - Not As Personal
Getting married in your hometown or perhaps near a location of real significance or importance can add some extra meaning to this incredibly special day. If that isn’t the case, then, well, that element will obviously fade away ever so slightly.
We aren’t telling engaged couples how to live their lives but adding a personal touch into a wedding, even in this manner, could greatly enhance the experience for yourself and those around you.
Think about and consider which personal elements would inject that extra flavor into an already radiant day.
2 GREAT - Once In A Lifetime
Getting married abroad in a destination that feels like it should belong in a Disney fairytale? That’s the dream.
Even if you were to get married again somewhere down the road, we’d put money on it not being quite as special as it would’ve been the first time around – probably because you wouldn’t even dream of replicating such a memorable occasion.
This is one of the most important days of your life and sometimes, you need to put all the critiques to one side and consider the euphoria of the moment.
1 NOT GREAT - Honeymoon Impact
Some will choose to go on a romantic Honeymoon down the road or within their own country, but the keyword there is ‘some’ and not all.
The standard thing that we’ve seen throughout the years is for couples to jet off somewhere exotic, kind of like what we’re suggesting for the actual wedding day itself.
We aren’t suggesting that a similar practice for both would ruin the Honeymoon, but it would almost certainly create a very different type of atmosphere for the couple.
You’ve just got to be smart about it, really.