As you know I am engaged! Of course one of the first questions I asked myself was should we get married at home or abroad? My heart screamed Italy, my bank account screamed I don’t think so, and my fiancé asked How are we going to do this?
How to decide where should you tied the knot?
Touch base with your partner, what is the dream wedding you both want. When I am at any party and there is a garden or terrace that is the place where more often you will find me. I love gardens, being outdoors, and flowers. A few years ago when we met he mentioned a few times the idea of a wedding on the beach. That sounded great but…
How important is the weather to make your dream wedding a reality?
…we live in Aberdeen, green but rainy Scotland. Idea of a beach wedding is a dreamy one but we could not make it happen without too much of a risk. Weather is just too unpredictable. As I am writing this we have 25 degrees Celsius yet a day ago it was raining.
Therefore being realistic about the weather and wedding scenario is another factor I suggest considering. It is a little bit like dreaming of a white, snowy wedding and picking the date during summer. Talking about summer, I am definitely a summertime kinda girl so it has to be a spring or summer wedding.
Who can come and whom would you like to come?
If at the moment you do not own your private jet yet to fly your friends over consider this before choosing a destination abroad. I am not encouraging you to sit in someone else’s pocket but not everyone will want to or simply be able to travel far. Reasons can be different from time, money to boss being incredibly uncooperative and not signing off holidays.
On this occasion my private jet is going to be still in the world of my imagination. I knew that there are a few people I want desperately to come and would never in hundred years want my wedding day without their support, and presence. Therefore considering my budget, I knew that as much as a beach wedding on a tropical island sounds incredible, it is not realistic. I could not imagine getting married there without certain people and not even a luxurious, private, tropical island would make up if they could not join me.
What is your budget?
Since we established that I do not own a private jet work in progress, unfortunately it also meant that now is the time to think of about the budget. Knowing how much you are able to spend on an event is crucial for making the decision. As they say you cannot get water out of a stone.
Do you speak the language?
Planning a wedding alone in a different language, if you are not a fluent speaker it can be not only daunting but also difficult. If you are sure that you do not want to hire a wedding planner make sure you feel confident in your ability to communicate clearly. Quite frankly I do not speak Italian as much as I am talking about how I want to learn, I would not dare to organise my wedding hoping that they will speak English. Also the best deals you can get if you know how to ask. Local people can be often in a better position to get a better deal as spoken word is the best advertisement. How likely are your friends to go to the same venue abroad? Not too likely and the businesses know it.
What are legal restrictions?
Sometimes you will have to provide official translator and documents before your wedding. Various countries have different requirements. Check beforehand to avoid unpleasant surprises and not to stretch your budget too much! Some documents have to be renewed as they are valid only for set periods of time e.g. for three months.
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