Post # 1
Just got engaged last month and debating getting married overseas! We won’t probably be getting married for a couple of years but would like to get thoughts on weddings in Europe.
I don’t currently live in Europe and neither does he. To be honest I don’t really know much about Weddings overseas!
Pros and Cons!
I look forward to hearing your thoughts!
Post # 3
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
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
@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
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
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
@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.
Post # 9
@Cariad: Thank you! I am super pumped – I love Greece – if I could live there I would:)