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5-Star Honeymoon without the Price Tag

There are pros and cons to getting married abroad. It’s not just about hopping on a flight and saying ‘I do’ on a beach, but it can be worth it. As well as the time of year, monsoon season, local customs and food, there are lots of things to consider when getting married abroad. Planning is key and you may have to book the wedding around 18 months before the event to ensure everything gets planned and people know about it beforehand. You have to think about accessibility for family and friends. Direct flights that are regular and affordable with a short travel time from the airport will give them more incentive to accept the invitation. You would also need to check the details of your marriage ceremony under local law. Each country has different rules when it comes to marriage. In many places, it can be difficult to have a legal ceremony unless you are resident for a number of weeks or months. In this case, the norm would be to have a legal ceremony at home and a symbolic blessing on the day. A local wedding planner who knows the area will be invaluable. From sourcing key suppliers, liaising with vendors in the region and explaining your requirements in the local language, the help will be essential. Choose an established, English-speaking planner who has experience working on weddings in your region and of the style you want to create. This does not mean that you shouldn’t visit the venue, florist and bakery yourself. You need to ensure that it’s what you want for your big day. Popular Abroad Weddings Europe Lake Garda, Italy Italy’s largest lake stretches across three regions in the north of the country, so no wedding abroad in Lake Garda will ever be the same as each other. At its northern end, the mountainous scenery makes a stunning backdrop for your photos with historic castles as the perfect venue. In the south of Lake Garden, the lakeside has an almost Mediterranean feel and relaxed waterfront towns where you can tie the knot. Santorini, Greece Magical sunsets, breathtaking views, towering cliffs and whitewashed villages. This crescent-shaped islands in the Aegean Sea is Santorini, the little paradise on earth which will complete your vows of a lifetime of love and togetherness. Plan your dream wedding on a panoramic terrace on the edge of the Caldera, in one of the famous Santorini wineries or on one of the renowned black volcanic sand beaches. As the sun is setting, the glow of the orange and red in the cliffs will be cherished forever. Caribbean White-sand beaches, Bombay Sapphire waters and an infectious party spirit means that the islands of the Caribbean were made for weddings. Each island has something different to bring the the table. Aruba is home to some of the longest, whitest beaches going, the Dominican Republic livens up evening do’s with merengue music and rum cocktails, and Jamaica offers a reggae soundtrack and a laid-back attitude. Cuba does weddings with a Latino-style swing of the hips, combining all the traits of a Caribbean paradise with its iconic capital city, Havana. Then there is of course, St Lucia, where the two of you can stand at the altar with the mighty twin peaks of the Piton Mountains towering behind you. Latin America Whether you fancy golden sands and golden sunsets, or beaches whiter than your wedding cake, Latin America delivers. Opt for Mexico and you’ll have a choice between the east and west coasts. In the east, it’s all white sands, Tiffany-blue waters and A-list-worthy hotels. While on the west coast you can expect sunset ceremonies overlooking caramel-coloured sands, with the Sierra Madre mountains as a backdrop. Further south, Costa Rica has the same gold sands and sunset vistas, but with the added dose of adventure.

Europe is a treasure trove of ancient, cosmopolitan and paradisaical places. You’ll be more than surprised by how budget-smart a honeymoon can be for newly married couples.

Paris

Known as the ultimate city of love, there is something about its quirks and charms that keep newly-weds and romance reminiscing couples returning. With so many fantastic central hotels, you can stay a stone’s throw away from the most desirable landmark destinations. Indulge in a spot of tea and cake among the pink roses outside the hidden garden of the hopeless romantics – a cottage museum and garden at the foot of Montmartre where a restful and poetic retreat will sooth the soul and evoke the dreamer in you.

Amalfi Coast

A rugged shoreline dotted with charmingly intimate beaches and rural fishing villages make this region of Campania a stunning coast bound location and authentic taste of the Mediterranean at its finest. The Africana Famous Club is located in Praiano, one of the most picturesque villages of the Amalfi coastline. The raw setting with full panoramic terrace and glass panels from which you can see the fish below are both breath-taking, unique and an absolute must to experience.

Barcelona

The bewildering city and its ever evolving demand to be fashionable, diverse and dignified is shown in its rich heritage and history that is so evident within its architectural brilliance. Its abundance of hotels will get your trip off to the right start with modern places to stay that will locate you conveniently in the heart of the bustle. One of the most famous and lively streets is described as the heartbeat of Barcelona and a true window into a vibrant culture of street performances, quirky cafes and charming restaurants.

Amsterdam

For any newly married couple searching for their paradise equivalent in the city, Amsterdam has to be on the list. Beneath its historic story book canals await vibrant markets, famous galleries for the art buffs, picnic perfect parks and al fresco dining and bars that thrive day and night. Art lovers will love the newly renovated Museumplein – home to the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijik Museum of Modern Art where the surrounding open square is a work of art itself and buzzing with activity.

Bora Bora

This blissful water wonder and retreat could be your kind of oasis with crystal Aegean beaches. Dramatic scenery and private romantic experiences like no other can be found here that the best resorts have perfected over 40 years of welcoming the ultimate romantics holiday of a lifetime. It is surrounded by stunning coral reef, which is an impressive sight to behold from the sky with Tahiti-Excursions helicopter tours, who will guide you around the Leeward Islands from above.

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