From family feuds to impossible costs, many couples are finding that weddings can be stressful and expensive and all that pressure takes away from the magic of the day. Perhaps that’s why many couples look to get married abroad, a more affordable option which allows couples to embrace the romance and forget about all the worries that a big wedding at home can bring. Not to mention, there can’t be a better way to start married life than in a stress-free, tropical location.
Taking care of the details in the Dominican Republic
One of the current hotspots for what some refer to as a luxury ‘destination “I do” include Punta Cana on the eastern side of the Dominican Republic, where there are a handful of exclusive resorts that cater for the luxury end of the wedding market amid an unrivalled setting and perfect hospitality. A personal wedding planner can help to organise anything from spa treatments to a round of golf or a day deep sea fishing. There is even the option to spend your first night as a married couple an Oscar de la Renta designed suite at Tortuga Bay overlooking the Caribbean Sea.
Say ‘I Do’ twice in Bora Bora
In the Pacific, Bora Bora is high on the list of those who want to marry in complete luxury. The island is surrounded by stunning lagoons and brides often arrive at the ceremony by canoe. Venues include white sand beaches, overwater chapels or even yachts in the middle of the turquoise lagoon. A romantic and festive traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony is not binding, but could be combined with a simple and legally binding ceremony at the city hall. The ceremony is often followed by a romantic sunset cruise where the bride and groom continue to be serenaded by soft Tahitian music – the experience and the memories are more than worth the effort of marrying twice.
Marriage, music and magical memories on Maui
Elsewhere, the Hawaiian island of Maui offers a number of resorts where couples cansplurge on a luxurious but laidback affair, with a somewhat traditional Hawaiian slant. Alongside the traditional options within a wedding package, including a range of affordable choices for wonderful music to accompany the ceremony, from a serenade by Brian Santana (nephew of the renowned Carlos Santana) to your very own hula dancer to get you in the laid back Hawaiian mood. All this and a fabulous beach setting, and a relaxed vibe to make sure you enjoy your day and focus on each other.
Calculating the true cost of an island wedding
Expenses incurred for an overseas wedding are likely to have to be settled in another currency. This could require some planning on your part to ensure that exchange rate fluctuations don’t push the big day way over budget. If you’re looking to keep things simple and stress-free, your high street bank might seem the simplest option for settling overseas expenses, however a currency specialist may offer better value. On top of better rates and low fees, you’ll be able to speak to an expert who can provide guidance on the best way to settle your wedding expenses and prepare for exchange rate volatility. The savings you make could be just what you need to book that extra spa treatment or romantic finishing touch to one of the most important days of your life.