More and more people are getting married overseas. If you’re thinking of tying the knot on a perfect beach here are a few suggestions;
With increasing numbers of couples choosing to marry overseas, it’s becoming much easier to organise your nuptials in a foreign land. A beach at sunset is a perfect backdrop for your special day, but there are certain practical implications to bear in mind.
If you’re planning a beach wedding, think carefully about the wedding dress and suits – you’ll want them to be of light, natural fabrics such as cotton or linen. Try to avoid silk as this can be extremely hot, and morning suits or tuxedos could cause overheating if worn for a long time. If the bride has set her heart on a long train, she might want to consider a detachable one – it can then be removed when it’s in danger of getting wet or sandy. Shorter dresses are more practical in the tropical heat, as are halter neck styles, or those with spaghetti straps.
You should also think about how you’re going to pack your chosen outfits – choose crease resistant clothes that can survive being packed in a suitcase.Another top tip to remember is to use loads of suntan lotion as you don’t want to be plagued by sunburn on your big day. Remember to check the legal requirements of the country you plan to get married in too. Many specialist operators will handle all the paperwork for you, but it goes without saying that you should ensure you have completed all the relevant processes and procedures required by the country you have chosen for your wedding well before the big day.
With the wide range of wedding packages abroad on offer, it’s hard to decide where to go, so here are some great beach destinations for wedding holidays to get you started:
Tobago: Tobago is your classic desert island, and was possibly the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. With its gentle, laid-back vibe, Tobago is perfect for those seeking a quieter wedding location. Beach weddings are available across the island, so you can choose the view that ‘speaks’ to you.
Thailand: You’ll be spoiled for choice for white sandy beaches in Thailand. All the major tourist resorts, including KohSamui and Phuket, can provide packages for you and your guests. You can choose from traditional weddings or mix in some of the rituals of Buddhism, and be blessed by Buddhist monks as you take your vows.
Australia: If you want to combine your beach wedding with all the advantages of a city break, Sydney offers it all. You can take advantage of the laid-back Aussie lifestyle and enjoy the golden beaches at the same time. Other popular Australian destinations include the beaches along the Gold Coast – or head up to the Whitsunday Islands and make your vows on Whitehaven beach – arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and accessible only by sea or air.
South Africa: Depending on what you want from a beach wedding, you can choose from Cape Town’s Atlantic coast, with sandy beaches and Table Mountain as a backdrop, or head further up the coast to East London, with the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean with equally beautiful beaches. There are pros and cons to both: Cape Town’s beaches are more easily accessible, but can be busy with holidaymakers and can be windy. The sea temperatures here are also a few degrees lower than the Indian Ocean.
USA: The beaches of California are legendary, and Southern California boasts some real beauties. Couples can pledge their troths with the sand between their toes, and even cram in a trip to Disney World! Laguna, Huntington, Newport beaches are popular choices, but you’re bound to find one that works for you. Other noteworthy US beach wedding destinations include Hawaii, Florida.
My thanks for this article, written by Belinda Weber, to luxury holidays specialist Thomson Tailormade.
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