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A Natural Beauty

When planning a wedding in the United Kingdom, it’s important to remember that you must be in a licensed building with a roof and a solid structure. You cannot get legally married in the open-air, for example in a marquee or a temporary structure. Most places that offer outdoor weddings have garden huts or pavilions …

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Last Weekend of Freedom

Hen and stag dos are becoming increasingly popular and it has become a regular occurrence that brides and grooms are opting for weekends away with their friends and family to celebrate their upcoming wedding rather than the typical night out. Whether you are looking for a full packed weekend of food, drink and activities or …

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Let’s get the party started!

After the ceremony, the wedding breakfast, the speeches, the gifts and the throwing of the bouquet… the party starts! When it comes to music at your wedding, you will want it to be perfect and entertaining for your guests to make it a day for them to remember. The first dance is one of the …

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Make an Entrance!

Once you have secured a date with your chosen venue, transport and photographer should be at the top of your priority list. Booking your transport is just as important as the venue. You should always try to go and see the vehicles yourself before you finalise anything. Websites and adverts can be misleading and you …

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.
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5-Star Honeymoon without the Price Tag

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 …

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Blossom & bloom!

Flowers are a wedding day essential, but the most common question asked by brides is how to make a big impact with wedding flowers, without having to spend a fortune. For blooms on a budget at your wedding, you’re best to stick to what is in season. These are the pick of the bunch for …

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Have your cake and eat it too!

If you choose to get married in autumn or winter, don’t feel pressured to go for a rustic cake if it’s not your style. Many couples are opting for cakes without icing adorned with berries and leaves for a rustic effect. You can create a stunning display for a fall wedding with a traditional white …

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Finding The Right Venue For You

Your venue should cost no more than half of your overall budget, this is a basic guide to choosing the venue that is right for you. If you choose a venue that takes up over 50% of your budget then the chances of you getting your dream transport, dress or photographer will be a lot …

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