They are all the rage at the moment – and why not?
Fiji | Phuket | Maldives | Bali
You may fancy a neutral location for your destination wedding that is equal distance for all your guests?
A beautiful, tropical beach location – a place that could double as your honeymoon, surrounded by all your family and friends………
It sounds idyllic!
But have you thought about the finer details?
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for having your wedding wherever you want to have it, but first ask yourselves these questions:
Do we want to spend our honeymoon surrounded by family and friends?
It may sound like a great idea at the time and for some groups – it will be ideal, but think about how you’ve always want to spend your honeymoon and then consider if this is for you.
Will our family and friends be able to afford the overseas place we choose?
This can be an awkward and tricky conversation to have. You don’t want to compromise on the day you want simply because one person can’t afford it. So you need to weigh up what’s more important to you.
How difficult will it be to find somebody to legally marry us in our country of choice?
Planning a destination wedding from a different town/city is difficult enough let alone a different country, and perhaps one where English is a second language. Sure there are companies and organisations and hotels who will help you, but you won’t be able to meet the person who will marry you until the last minute – then, if they’re not right, is it s a bit late to change your mind?
Will our marriage be legal once we return to Australia?
Here are some links on getting married overseas that might be helpful:
Can we register our marriage in Australia if we’re legally married somewhere else?
The answer to this question, by the way, is no (see the links above)
So many questions!
Here is my handy hint…..
What if I was to tell you that there was a very easy way for you to have your destination wedding cake and eat it too?
Photo borrowed from guzer.com
Step 1: Legally marry in an intimate/elopement ceremony in Australia before you go (you could even invite those who can’t make the overseas destination as your witnesses)
Step 2: Invite those friends and family who would like to/are able to travel to the destination wedding ceremony
Step 3: Once you’ve spent a bit of time with your guests – [you have, after all, invited them them to travel with you] book a secluded location for just the two of you
This way your marriage is registered in Australia and there is no red foreign tape to get through; you haven’t offended any of your guests and there are no worries.
Your destination ceremony, which would be called “A celebration of your marriage” (as you can’t marry twice) can be performed by somebody from the destination country – just make sure they realise that you are already married in Australia and that you don’t sign any extra legal marriage documents
To make it even more simpler, you could take your Australian celebrant along with you
Ask me if I’m available… my passport is always at the ready and my bag is already packed! T&C’s apply)
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