An overseas wedding is a whirlwind of excitement, jetlag, love and to do lists. We share our tips on how to make an overseas wedding run as smoothly as possible, from transporting your custom wedding dress safely to finding the perfect venue sight unseen.
Do some research before you choose your destination
Before you choose your destination, make sure you read up on the best time to travel there, what the weather will be like and most importantly the legalities involved in getting married there. Different countries have different marriage laws and not all marriages that take place overseas are recognised in Australia.
Find a wedding co-ordinator
Once you’ve chosen your destination and ironed out any legal issues, finding a wedding co-ordinator has to be one of the best things you can do! Especially if it’s a country you have never been to before or you don’t speak the native language. Your wedding co-ordinator can help you find the perfect venue, band, photographer and caterers, whilst you’re here in Brisbane.
Make a list of all the items you need for your ceremony on top of your general packing list
When getting married overseas, depending on where you go, you may need certain documents like your birth certificate or certificate of no impediment. You’ll also want to ensure you don’t forget your custom wedding dress, the grooms suit or any other important finishing touches. It’s a good idea to create a separate check list from your general packing list so nothing gets left behind.
Ensure your travel insurance covers more than just the basics
When you are sourcing your travel insurance, make sure you find a policy that covers more than just your flights and illness. Find a policy that also covers your custom wedding dress or the loss or damage of wedding gifts. You should also ensure your engagement ring and wedding rings are insured before you head overseas.
Traveling with your custom wedding dress
When travelling with your custom wedding dress, it’s best to check it as carry on luggage. That way you know where it is at all times and you can ensure it is handled safely.