Top Tips for Gay Marriage Abroad

Choose Your Destination
Grab some brochures and decide on which country you and your partner want to get married in. Check out our destination overview for lots of ideas for your wedding setting.

Sun or Snow?
Think about the time of year you want to get married as this may affect your choice of destination. Is it a background of snow capped mountains you want or a sun drenched beach?

Set Your Wedding Budget
Once you have decided on your destination, work out your budget including air fare, accommodation and wedding package fees.

Book Your Venue

Plan and book as early as you can. Weddings overseas are becoming more popular and the best venues and dates get booked early. Certain destinations require a minimum of 12 weeks’ notice.

Establish a Contact

As soon as you have made your booking ask the venue who your contact will be and establish communication with them to start planning your desired wedding package and booking all your chosen suppliers.

Visit Your Destination
If you’re planning your wedding way in advance, you may want to visit your chosen wedding destination and hotel beforehand to ensure that it’s what you are looking for.

If you need to take any medical certificates or have any vaccinations, visit your GP. Some countries require you to be vaccinated against diseases such as yellow fever and typhoid.

Age Issues
The legal requirements for marrying abroad vary from country to country. In general you must be over 21 years of age. If you are unsure check with the local registry office.

Contact Embassies
Investigate all the legalities for getting married in your chosen destination. Contact the relevant embassies to find out the exact requirements and that your commitment will be valid when you return home. Check out our Legal Information section for more help and advice but we recommend you always contact the local registry office or embassy to confirm up to date information.

Gather Your Documents
Organise all of your original required documents in a folder, such as birth certificates, decree absolute. You will not be able to get married without them in most destinations.

How Many Days?
Check the number of days you legally need to be in the country of your choice before your wedding can take place. Check our Legal Information link for more advice.

Book your wedding insurance to ensure peace of mind as it will cover any damaged wedding photographs, clothing and if wedding rings or gifts are lost.

Send Out Invitations
Send out invitations to your guests at least six months before. This will ensure that they have time to organise flights, accommodation and time off work.

Group Discounts
If you are travelling with a large wedding party there will often be group discounts available at many of our venues. Please ask when you make your booking.

What to Wear
Start shopping for your wedding outfit. Keep in mind the climate of your destination when you are trying on outfits.

Think About Luggage
Make sure you have a suitable luggage carrier for your wedding clothes and check weight allowance with your airline.

Get some Help
You may want to get yourself a wedding coordinator. They will take you through all aspects of the ceremony and with their local knowledge will ensure your day runs smoothly. You can discuss the finer points of your special day such as decorations, photographs, videos, music, cake and flowers with them too.

Wedding Hair
If you are planning to have your hair done in your chosen destination, take pictures from hair magazines so the local hairdresser can re-create the style. Make sure you pre-book any beauty treatments before the big day and ensure you sunbathe sensibly as you want to look suntanned rather than sunburnt in your photographs.

Choose Your Readings
In many cases your actual wedding ceremony will be quick and informal. If you want to have a specific reading or hand written vows most registrars are happy to include them so get your thinking caps on.

Have a Video
Having a video is the best way to show friends and family when you return home. Some locations can also offer live internet linked weddings so your friends and family can actually see you getting married via their home PC’s.

Check documents before you leave
In most cases you will receive your marriage certificates at the hotel after the ceremony. It is important that you check every detail of this carefully. Where your certificate is not ready prior to departure, your tour operator should send it to your home address. In many countries this can take up to four months.

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