Planning your wedding is bound to be one of the most exciting (and, yes, potentially most stressful) experiences of your life. However you decide to do it, there's going to be loads to think about - but before you jump in and start sorting out flower arrangements for the venue round the corner, it's well worth considering getting married overseas. Why? Some of the top reasons are:
Get married in an exciting destination
I guess this is one of the most obvious reasons to get married overseas, so I won't dwell on it too much. Choose to tie the knot in another country and a world of possibilities is opened up to you, from services on stunning tropical beaches to saying 'I do' next to natural wonders like the Grand Canyon. Plus, depending on what destination you choose, you can almost guarantee getting married in the sunshine.
Have your dream wedding
Similarly, getting married abroad gives you a real chance to create your dream wedding - and, if you want your day to be utterly unique, the opportunity to make it really stand out. Heading overseas allows you the ultimate flexibility in terms of setting, so you have a blank canvas to plan from.
This one might come as a bit of a revelation. It's easy to think jetting off to some tropical destination for your wedding will cost the earth, but it can actually be surprisingly affordable - especially when you consider how much it costs to get married in the UK. So, if you have a tight budget to stick to, riding off into the sunset is well worth considering - without even taking into account all the other benefits it comes with.
Have your honeymoon in the same place
I think a major bonus of getting married abroad is that you can have your honeymoon in the same place. Ok, at first it might not sound like much (since you could honeymoon there anyway), but mull it over for a minute. What it really means is that you'll have much less to think about - and therefore less stress - after the ceremony, since you won't have to worry about details like packing and making it to the airport in time for your flight. And who wants that kind of thing whirring in the back of their head on their big day?
Have the finer details arranged for you
If having a lot to organise stresses you out, getting married overseas definitely has its plus points. When you book a ceremony abroad, you usually do it through a travel agency that specialises in this type of wedding, which means they can take care of a lot of the details for you.
Of course, this does mean that it's really important to find a company that you trust and feel comfortable with - after all, they're going to have a major hand in organising your big day. Obviously different things are important to different people, but I think some of the main things to look out are firms that offer tailor made overseas services, as well as a decent range of destinations, like Hayes & Jarvis weddings abroad. Don't be afraid to ask lots of questions before you sign up - it's your special day, so it should be just what you want.