Just like the UK, there is a small amount of paperwork and form filling to do to ensure your marriage abroad is legal.
If you are booking your wedding through a travel agent or wedding planner, they will take care of most of this for you. Similarly most hotels will be able to advise.
Making sense of it all
If you need help getting your head around the basics, have a look at our quick overview. There's also an idiot's guide to the jargon explaining the common wedding abroad terms.
And check your country's specific legalities in the Where in the World section.
Our information is constantly being updated but we encourage couples to double check details with the authorities. Find their contact details in Where in the World.
If you do find that any of our information needs updating, please let us know -
A quick run down to the general process involved when you decide to get married abroad.
If it sounds daunting it isn't - all you really need to know is the requirements for your particular country, which are all detailed in the Where in the World section. These are just a few pointers to give you a general idea..
Essential questions you should be asking when setting out on your wedding abroad planning:
* Do we need to apply for a wedding licence in person or ahead of travelling from the UK?
* How long should we allow for the application process?
* Do we need to be in the country for a minimum number of days before getting married?
* Do we need a Visa for entry into the country?
* What is the best insurance to cover both our wedding and our travel?
If you're confused by the jargon or paperwork requirements you're not alone. Get the different paperwork terms explained and find the answers to common questions here ..
When you get married abroad, you will be given a marriage certificate from the country your wedding has been held in. You won’t therefore have a British Marriage certificate, but there are ways of lodging your certificate with the British Authorities here in the UK too.