Award-winning wedding planner Beverly King, the resident wedding planner at Antigua’s Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, has organised over a thousand wedding celebrations. Here, she shares her top tips for getting the most out of your big day abroad.
Be an early-bird
Make sure you book your wedding abroad early, as everything is subject to availability, and your preferred date may be taken by someone else if you leave it until the last minute.
Find out what legal documentation is required – your planner should be able to help you with this. You also need to check the amount of time you have to be in the country before you are allowed to wed. Legal requirements vary worldwide.
Dress to chill
Your wedding attire should be cool and light coloured, nobody wants to see the bride and groom sweating down the aisle!
There are dedicated dress collections for weddings abroad, such as Mori Lee’s Voyage collection, which boasts gowns designed in romantic, lightweight fabrics.
A strapless wedding dress does not look good with a sunburnt back, and a suit doesn’t go particularly well with a lobster red face! Stay out of the sun until after the big day and have a spray tan instead if you want to add a little colour.
Who’s got the rings? Tie them to something immovable, like the best man. Losing a wedding ring in the sand is not the way to start a romantic wedding abroad!
Always request a copy of the marriage certificate before leaving the resort, just so you can prove your married status back in the UK, if necessary.
Trust your wedding planner
Having a wedding abroad doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Trust your wedding co-ordinator; they are there to do the thinking for you! They will know all the local contacts and suppliers, and they can suggest details that will make your day unique.