(Closed) Overseas Wedding

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Con:
it most probably wont be legal.  example, in France you are required to be a resident for a min of 30 days for the wedding to be legal

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I do live in Europe so it’s not the same situation, but…

I loved having my wedding in France, the wine and food was amazing. It was my husband’s hometown, which was a smaller city so everything was not super expensive. I love the culture around weddings here, it was such an incredible experience. 

For the cons, I would say have realistic expectations on who will actually take their vacation time and money to go to your wedding. I invited about 35 – 45 people from the US, and got about 12 people come. I was thrilled with who came and was so fortunate I could share this moment with my close friends and family, but I’ve also seen brides become very dissapointed once they get their RSVPs back – just keep your attitude in check and you’ll be much happier. The worst no-show was my 88 year old grandma who couldn’t make the trip, I felt awful she couldn’t attend but I am getting her a professional photo album as a gift. 

I did have some issues with setting up hair and makeup trying to find someone who would do what I wanted, but I guess you could have the same problem anywhere. Because it was in a foriegn country in a city I don’t live in I did have less control over the whole process in general. If I didn’t have family based there for support I wouldn’t have choosen that location on my own…but I really loved my wedding and the setting, I wouldn’t have changed it for anything. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@tbird2211:  Hi, you will be able to find heaps of info on the web, there are quite a few destination wedding websites, and of course other Bees can help you.  I am getting married in Thailand.  I have travelled to Europe and loved it but dont know much about legalities of getting married there but I have heard a lot of people get married in Florence, Rome, or islands in Greece such as Santorini.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I live on a greek island that has a lot of foreigners getting married here.  If you get yourself a reputable agent on site for the paperwork etc, it can be a wonderful experience. If you are considering Greece, I’d be happy to suggest to you agents I know have a great reputation and would offer you a fantastic service.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I am getting married in greece in 25 days. It has been fairly painless…just getting documents in order…depending on the country – you have to check if your country accepts it – many do…

It has been challenging for the guest list, but the cost has been quite lower than here…I would be happy to recommend my planner for Crete

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@jmmacdon:  Congratulations! Crete is a beautiful island – you’ll have a beautiful time.  After you leave the ceremony, don’t be startled if people start smashing plates on the floor as you pass restaurants and tavernas – it’s to wish you good luck in your married life.  Smile

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Cariad:  Thank you! I am super pumped – I love Greece – if I could live there I would:)

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