I got married,
After getting engaged on the golf course of the Hilton Bonnet Creek in Orlando on September 1st 2015, my fiancé and I were sure that we wanted to have our wedding abroad. It felt like an unspoken decision we had just both come to naturally.
I was never a one for a big white wedding. My other half doesn’t like all the attention being on him! Solution? Ask our closest friends and family to come for a holiday, an open bar and oh, to watch us get married!
I want to add a disclaimer and say that planning a wedding, particularly abroad is not easy and I would say that the majority of that depends on how organised you are and how much work you are actually willing to put in (and how much you want to give to your wedding planner!!!)
I was determined that when I set out on my wedding planning mission, that I would enjoy every minute of the experience and I am really happy to say that I did!! We both know that we wanted to have an incredibly relaxed day, away from everything and really cater for our guests who had travelled all that way for us.
However, no matter what happens some things you just cant control. I will say that we had one massive blip at the beginning where our venue cancelled on us for planning too far in advance, but that is a whole other blog post!
So, if you are thinking about getting married abroad, I would like to share why it was the best decision we ever made and 5 reasons why you should consider it too!
Five reasons I loved getting married abroad…
- The idea of getting married or having a destination wedding usually implies that you are organising it from far away. This in turn forces you to be organised! You can not escape it! In my case I organised the majority of my wedding in Orlando, Florida from Newcastle, England! I only visited once in between and had a couple of meetings to decide what I wanted but for the majority of the time I was depending on email threads, Pinterest pictures of my dream wedding and being ready to take calls with a 5 hour time difference! If you can deal with that type of ambiguity in your life and feel happy using adjectives via email to describe your dream wedding, go abroad!!!
- If I had been at home, in Newcastle the day before my wedding, I know for a fact I would’ve been running around like a lunatic! I would’ve been popping into town for something I had forgotten or feeling incredibly overwhelmed. However, the day before my wedding I was floating around the lazy river in my hotel pool in 100 degree heat. I then went to Disney. Need I say more?
- We booked our wedding and subsequent honeymoon with Virgin Holidays and their branch Virgin Weddings. This meant I was blessed with my absolute angel of a wedding planner Yvonne. Based in Orlando, Yvonne would listen to my every want, need, budget restraint etc and make it a reality. This was one of the most amazing things about getting married abroad as we was included in the price of the wedding – I could not have done it without her!
- Although I had a little Hen Do here in Newcastle because we were getting married in Orlando we knew that we were going to have a Hen Do when we were out there. For my Hen or Bachelorette as the cast at Disney would call it…I went to Disney. It was actually the most amazing time of my life. I am incredibly lucky as I used to work at Walt Disney World in Florida and all the girls that came to my wedding used too also. So there we were, 3 days before my actual wedding, walking around Epcot with Margaritas, getting photos with the Princesses, watching fireworks. I could not think of a better thing to do before the big day!
- Now I know what you are all thinking….shut up Rachael, this probably cost about £20,000 and why are you even talking about it like everyone can. What is absolutely brilliant is….IT WAS CHEAP. Well, when I say cheap, like cheap for a wedding! It was a LOT (A LOT) cheaper than getting married at home. For starters we had 20 people at our wedding so the price of food was cheaper anyway! BUT, if you want the most relaxing experience, you don’t want to pay for food for people that you don’t even like/know and you want to save a bit of money….go abroad!
So there you go. We have been married for 3 weeks. I have never been happier.
My wedding day was the actual best day of my life. It was an absolute dream. Getting married abroad means that you have all the excitement of a holiday with a wedding nestled in your itinerary and some time after to honeymoon with your new husband.
I would to answer any questions, comments or concerns you might have about getting married abroad!
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