The Best Places to Get Married Abroad
The idea of sunshine, a warmer climate and a wedding that lasts longer than a day, many couples look to get married abroad. Although you may have to fly abroad the cost of a destination wedding may actually be cheaper than getting married in the UK.
Where to Get Married Abroad
We take a look at top destinations for UK couples looking to get married abroad and answer the most frequently asked destination wedding questions on each with the help from expert wedding planners.
Our top places are:
Only a couple of hours flight from the UK and you can enjoy Ibiza’s iconic sun sets, stunning beaches and relaxed vibe making it an excellent destination wedding choice. Marina from ‘The Ibiza Wedding Planner‘ shares her insight with us.
When to get married in Ibiza
“Ibiza is an island with exceptional weather conditions, usually couples request a June, July or September wedding, but weddings in Ibiza are also absolutely beautiful in April, May and October. In those months also the couples can find better prices for their venue and also cheaper travel and flight costs for guests.”
How to get married in Ibiza
“For most UK couples it is usually easier to have a symbolic wedding, this means you would previously arrange all the legal papers in the UK and once in Ibiza have a civil ceremony. This way you are legally married in the UK.”
“If you want to get married in a church, couples can sort all the religious papers through their parish church and the bishopric will send all the papers ready to sign here in Ibiza. Once they are married they then take the papers to their parish church and it is completed legally in the UK.”
Wedding Planning in Ibiza
“We are a wedding agency that organises bespoke weddings. Every wedding is different and we try to reflect the character of our couples in their weddings. We offer an exclusive service covering the entire process of wedding planning including all the little details and different aspects of a wedding.” Marina
View some stunning wedding venues in Ibiza here.
UK nationals can get married very easily with minimal paperwork in Cyprus making the procedure easier than other countries. Wedding planners Vicki and Maria of Tie the Knot offer their advice on getting married in Cyprus.
When to get married in Cyprus?
“The best months to get married are from the beginning of April to the end of October. With the lovely weather and amazing atmosphere around Cyprus, as its packed with tourists and everything gets very lively.”
What makes Cyprus a great place to get married?
“Cyprus is the birthplace of Aphrodite it’s the island of love. What better reason than this to get married in Cyprus? Lovely weather and some stunning unique wedding venues but what makes Cyprus such a popular place to get married is the cost of a wedding. It’s great value for money and couples can have an amazing wedding and a holiday together costing them less than what it would cost in their home country. Also, the Cypriot cuisine can please every palette as we have some tasty dishes for people to try.”
Wedding Planning in Cyprus
‘Tie the Knot’ was established back in 2014 offering a more personal and professional service. We are an honest and transparent planning service. With Tie the Knot you’re not just a file or a number you’re our new friend! Our mission is to ensure that their dream wedding in Cyprus is an enjoyable, easy and memorable experience from the planning stages to the big day.”
Historical marvels, breathtaking vineyards, vibrant cities and secluded natural spots, Italy really does have it all. Some of our favourite locations in Italy include; Florence, Tuscany, Rome, Sicily, Naples and Lake Garda.
UK couples can legally marry in Italy as long as the correct paperwork is obtained beforehand, this can be started from 6 months prior to your wedding day. Each area will have differing stipulations, it is important to check with your planner on procedures.
When to get married in Italy
With the scope of options available, destination weddings in Italy are perfect all year round. Winters don’t tend to drop below freezing and indoors weddings could allow you and your guests to marvel at the superb Italian architectural venues. Outdoor summer weddings are suitable April until early September, it’s worth noting August can get up to 30 degrees with high humidity.
What makes Italy a great place to get married?
Italy is easily accessible to UK couples and their guests with only a short flight time. The country has so much to offer, whether your style lies with 14th century villas and castles or modern terraces overlooking Italian coastlines. Local Italian cuisine and quality wines are a given and it’s reliable summertime make outdoor ceremonies a certainty.
When to get married
Gibraltar’s seasons mirror that of the UK’s however it offers a glorious Mediterranean climate with dry summers alongside lots of sunshine. June to September would be ideal for an outdoor ceremony, during July and August you can expect the temperature to hit 28 degrees offering lots of sunshine.
What makes Gibraltar a great place to get married?
Gibraltar is British overseas Territory allowing UK couples to legally marry here through a simple process. A hidden gem of 2.6 square miles featuring stunning panoramic views from the rock along with an abundance of history and even encounters with cheeky wild monkeys. Gibraltar has the most stunning outlooks over the Mediterranean sea and there are no language barriers here, you can even use British pound sterling. For an adventurous wedding destination only a few hours flight from the UK, Gibraltar is a quiet gem worth shouting about.
Majestic blue seas with clear blue skies, Santorini provides the most romantic backdrop for destination weddings.
UK couples can legally marry in Greece but a wedding planner is recommended to ensure all of the documentation meets requirements as they have to be translated and include an Apostille stamp. You would also need to stay in Santorini at least one working day prior to your wedding day to sign paperwork but there’s so much to see here it’s worth hanging around for a bit.
When to get married in Santorini
For clear blue skies June to September is best, it’s worth noting July and August will get very hot. Your guests may start wilting away if they are not used to direct sun, ideally waiting until it is starting to set would be a good idea.
What makes Santorini a great place to get married?
Nothings more romantic than watching the sun set over glorious views of the sea and beautiful whitewashed cliff side houses. Santorini offers many wedding venues featuring outside terraces to take this in during your ceremony.
The weather, food, the wine, the sights, the variety of landscapes and venues from castles to the farmhouses, to seaside to endless valley views make France the perfect place to say ‘I do’. Lucy Till offer their wedding planning advice on getting married in France.
“You can get married in France but not without going through some red tape. Firstly, couples need to have a home in France or to have been living in France for 30 days and provide a breadth of documents. Due to the residency restrictions, most couples choose to get married in their own country and come to France for a religious or symbolic ceremony.”
When to get married in France
“I recommend mid-May to mid October when the weather is warm. For couples looking to get married in front of a background of lavender, the season is from the end of June to mid-July.”
What are your favourite venues?
“It’s a difficult question as so many venues here are gems, but my current top three are: Château de Grimaldi, Mas de la Rose, and Chateau d’Estoublon for different reasons. Château de Grimaldi has impressive ruins, an onsite chapel, a beautiful castle for your family and friends and sprawling grounds. Mas de la Rose is a transformed sheep barn, though you wouldn’t guess that now and boasts arguably one of the prettiest pools in the area. Château d’Estoublon is luxury incarnate. And as I can’t resist a fourth, Domaine de Fontenille, with it’s michelin-starred catering, impeccable lawns and tasteful decor.
Wedding Planning in France
“I’m an ex-makeup artist from Texas turned business language coach, turned Wedding Planner. I have a strong sense of style and I’m passionate about organising weddings. I love design, anticipating trends, finding new suppliers, and maintaining long relationships with trusted partners. I work together with couples throughout the planning process. They let me know what they want, I recommend the suppliers that correspond best to this style, and then we work together to finalise all the details.”
Historical Maltese architecture, sandy beaches and luxurious churches make Malta a great place for a destination wedding. Getting married in Malta is recognised legally back in the UK and all over the world, wedding Planner Sarah Young shares her knowledge in planning a wedding here.
When to get married in Malta
“Between May and October, Malta’s weather is gorgeous, making it the ideal time to get married. However, weddings in December are also extremely popular. The festive cheer and holiday spirit can help give your special day that extra bit of Christmas magic!”
What makes Malta a great place to get married?
“The warm sun, the azure sea, the unique historic venues one can get married in, the fact we all speak English and most importantly, we drive on the same side as the British.
My favourite venues are those that offer stunning sea-views, they just create such a breath-taking atmosphere, it’s incredible! On the other hand historic venues, especially those listed with Unesco, help give a wedding a touch of refined class. Palazzo’s dating back hundreds of years, as well as Castellos, are definitely not something to be missed either!”
Wedding Planning in Malta
“I have planned well over 950 events and weddings. It takes a dedicated and passionate team to ensure that each detail is planned to perfection for the happy couples’ weddings! But that hard work always pays off, especially when you’re recognised by being asked to organise the prestigious Commonwealth Businesswomen Awards for the CHOGM in London.
We cater to a number of events, from intimate church weddings to grand events set in historic venues. Our goal isn’t just to make fabulous events, but to create memories. We take pride in making your dream into reality so that you and your guests can enjoy every minute of your event or wedding!”