One in five couples now get married aboard and the trend is growing, according to travel experts.
The attraction is not just finding an exotic unforgettable location, but saving money too. A wedding abroad has been calculated to cost an average £6,500 compared to £20,000 in the UK.
Honeymooning overseas is also expected to grow in popularity this year and a new trend is the ‘mini-moon,’ say the experts at ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) in their 2012 report.
This involves taking a short break in Britain immediately after getting married, then flying out for a full-blown honeymoon at a later date to make the most of discounted deals or better weather.
Here are a few ideas of interesting destinations for weddings, honeymoons and renewing vows aboard:
Tunisia: picked as a ‘destination of the year’ by ABTA, Tunisia has sunshine all year, long sandy beaches and is good value. Topless sunbathing is taboo, however.
The ‘pure beauty and adventure’ of Taveuni, billed as Fiji’s garden island. Why? Because it’s exactly opposite the UK on a globe, so it’s the furthest you can go!
The Chedi Muscat: Arabian opulence in a spa resort with the longest outdoor pool in Oman, treatment rooms the size of apartments, rainforest showers and glass styling.
Add adventure to romance with horse rising in Hungary, taking tea in the home of a Gurkha family, a hot air balloon ride in Jaipur or zip wiring in Honduras.
Poland/Ukraine for the 2012 European Championship if your bride would like to spend her honeymoon watching football … No? Maybe not.
Wherever couples go, it is advisable to take out wedding insurance that covers not just the bride and groom, rings and gifts, but also the clothes to be worn during the ceremony, wedding photos and video. Wedding holiday insurance should also cover medical emergencies.
Note: Travellers should always check FCO advice before selecting an exotic destination for their wedding or honeymoon.