(Closed) American/English Wedding

posted 9 years ago in Long Distance Relationships
Post # 3
1565 posts
Bumble bee

Where do you guys live? Someone I know has a similar situation, and they’re doing their ceremony and a reception here in the states with her family and friends and his immediate family (parents only). Then, his parents are planning a separate reception in their country. This way, they get to celebrate with both sets of guests, most people don’t have to travel, and she only has to plan one reception herself. Could something like this work for you?

Post # 4
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m also from the States and marrying an Englishman. We’ve decided on getting married in the US, since the processing time for a fiance visa tends to be shorter than that of a spouse visa, and he’ll be the one moving.

He has some friends and relatives who won’t be able to travel due to finances/child care issues/medical problems, so we’re planning to have an engagement party in the UK so they can celebrate with us. We considered having two weddings, but we’d like to be able to afford a honeymoon (lol).

Good luck!

Post # 5
873 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

We’re having a big wedding in Korea and another big one in Canada.  It was going to cause too many problems to just have one wedding.  I’ve had several friends who have done the same, although sometimes one wedding was much bigger than the other, or they had them about a year apart so they could afford two.

Post # 6
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We are in a similar situation. My fiance is Danish and I am American. I have a really large family and his is pretty small so if we were married in the US it would be 99% my guests and 1% his. We didn’t want to have the wedding in Denmark (pretty place but not most people’s first choice for European travel) so we chose a “neutral” site. We are getting married in Italy near Rome during the summer…now the guest list is a little closer to even…about 70% mine and 30% his and people are super excited about traveling to Europe.

Maybe try to pick a neutral site that everyone can get excited about going to….

Post # 7
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am in a similar situation.  We were going to do Aruba, since its (sort of) in the middle and rather cheap, however we decided on Mallorca because we are living in the UK.  We are subsidizing the travel costs of my mom and brother.  Where in the states are you from and where is he from?  Where are you both living at the moment?  There is the possibility of getting married abroad with just your parents and then having a reception at home.  I know people who did this and it was nice.  Where are most of the guests from?  I could tell you about some cheap travel sites on either side of the pond if you’d like to email me at [email protected]  For instance when I moved over here I paid $300 for my flight which is insanely cheap.  You could also have two weddings.  Where are you planning on living?  There is a cost in the UK for a visa to get married.  It’s pretty ridiculous as far as price goes.  And then if you want to live here its another visa so you’re talking $2000 just on visas.  Generally, things are cheaper in the US so that might be a smarter idea for you two as far as wedding costs go.  Whatever you decide, try to buy as much of your wedding stuff in the US as you can, you’ll save so much money!

Post # 8
7 posts
  • Wedding: May 2012

My fiance lives in the UK, his family is in Ireland, and I’m in NY. We’re probably getting married here, seeing how many people fly over, and then having a party for the ones who couldn’t make it in the UK.  My parents got married in Ireland (dad’s from there, mom’s a New Yorker too) and then renewed their vows in NY a month or so later.

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