News & Highlights, Kanika

How to plan the perfect wedding in the sun.

The Law

The law is one of the most important factors when planning a wedding abroad. Cyprus “the Island of Love” is one of the only places in Europe that allows foreign weddings. However those who are planning to turn up on the day of your wedding tie the knot and go home in time for afternoon tea, slow down!! You must be a resident in Cyprus for at least three days prior to the ceremony as well as providing ID, proof of single status and 128 euros to pay for the paperwork. Although you can be legally married in Spain the law in Spain requires one of the couple to be residence in Spain for at least two years. Other European destinations have similar restrictions.

Location

Choosing the correct venue is one of the biggest risks when planning your wedding abroad. It is the same risk you would take when arranging a meeting on a dating website. Will the picture match the location? However unlike the date you will have taken a huge financial and emotional gamble and you cannot afford for your day to be ruined by an inadequate venue. Eliminate the guess work by using an independent tour operator such as perfect weddings abroad or trip advisor to validate the venues. Some of the reviews from other couples can prove useful when having to make that all important decision. When planning your wedding abroad it is vital that you chose a venue that will exclusively accommodate your wedding party. The hotel also needs to have to correct facilities to make you and your guests feel good on your special day.

Costs

Unless you have just inherited untold wealth from the untimely passing of a 100 year old rich aunt that you never met, your budget is important. We will provide some tips on how to save money on that special day.

Food and drink

Food is one of the import factors of a successful wedding day and good food will have your guests raving about your wedding for years to come. Poor food could have your big day been talked about for all the wrong reasons. Be aware with food price does not always reflect quality and an open bar can be a financial nightmare. When organising the food in your dream location try to ensure that you choose food that you are familiar with, surprises are not always welcome on your special day. It is vital that you arrange a tasting prior to your arrival in the country. Good venues will have a complimentary wedding coordinator who will help you with this. Always check your guest’s allergies and preferences before you select the food. Try to ensure every guest is fed.

Wedding drinks can be a minefield; do you want an open bar? Do you want the guests to pay for their drinks? Do you use Champaign or sparkling wine for the many toasts to the happy couple? What you choose to do is dependent on the type of reception you require, budget according to your needs. Remember unlike local ceremonies you will be all staying in a hotel so meals may take up a great deal of your time and cost. As well as providing breakfast on the day of the wedding you may also have to provide drinks as well. Try to ensure a fixed price check carefully for hidden costs such as local taxes etc. Good hotels will provide offers that will help you to keep prices under control. Ask your complimentary wedding coordinator to help with this.

Wedding Dress and Accessories

The importance of a perfect wedding dress cannot be underestimated however when planning your wedding abroad her are some important things to consider.

• Delivery time, it may seem so simple but this is often overlooked when you tell the shop your collection date give them the time of your flight not your wedding.
• Choose a dress that fits the setting a Barbie doll princess gown may look sensational in a church or luxury hotel but may be a disaster on a beach. Choose accessories that fit the environment.
• Plan the outfit for the climate nobody wants sweaty wedding photos.
• The material. Does it travel well? You should try to always choose material that travels well. As local alterations can be costly.

Does the hotel have a health and beauty centre? Always check prior to booking that you with have access to a centre on your big day. Hotels without a centre may be booked but local arrangements may prove problematic.

Weather

Planning a wedding abroad often means sunshine and blue skies. Add to this goddess of love and we have the perfect storm. However a literal storm her could destroy the most romantic notion yet the good news for those planning to travel to Cyprus is that Cyprus is sunny nearly all year round with the ideal time for weddings been Autumn and Spring with heat of Summer available for the most hardened sun worshipers.

Convenience

One of the major reasons for planning a wedding abroad is to make that special day a little more special. Using a venue with specialist and dedicated team means that you can sit back relax and enjoy your big day. The role of a dedicated wedding coordinator is to help make your life as stress free as possible. They can support and guide you through the most complicated arrangements insulating you from any stresses ensuring that everything runs as smoothly as possible. Allowing your dreams to come true.

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