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Croatia Wedding gift for Christmas

To celebrate Christmas, our friends at Dalmatia Events in Croatia are offering a free 2 hour photo shoot for any couple who books their wedding with Dalmatia Events between 1 December 2013 and 15 January 2014.

The photo shoot can take place before or after your wedding, on the day of your choice.

To book your wedding visit or email

Or see all our Croatia wedding providers here.

We've been nominated in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2013!

We love helping couples find the right wedding venue or planner, so we're delighted to have been nominated in the Best Weddings Abroad Supplier category in the Wedding Ideas Magazine Awards 2013.

If you'd like to vote for us, just click on the logo below before the end of November - all votes gratefully received!

How to save money on your wedding abroad

Overseas weddings may look extravagant that getting away from it all could actually save you money, compared to getting spliced in the UK.

According to, around 16 per cent of first marriages now take place abroad in places such as Thailand, Cyprus, Turkey and Spain. This makes perfect sense in the current economic climate... having your wedding abroad gives you the perfect excuse to cut the guest list, keep things simple and have the peaceful, elegant, intimate and on-budget ceremony you desire.

What's more you don't have to be a currency expert to squeeze a few extra hundred out of overseas transfers in the planning stage, plus an extra £50-£100 from your travel money. Suzi Dixon shows you how.

Beat the bankers on international money transfers
No doubt you have suppliers that need to be paid overseas and perhaps one big bill in particular with a hotel or wedding planner. Foreign exchange comparison site will help you aggregate th…

What's in fashion where you're getting married abroad?

Not sure what's in fashion where you wish to get married abroad? Don't worry, upcoming fashion designer Elnaz Niknani picks out what’s hot to wear, where.
It’s day two of New York Fashion week, and Elnaz has been busy preparing her fashion line, in the run-up to the four upcoming major fashion weeks - New York, London, Milan, and Paris.
Elnaz here unveils the key fashion trends for each city this season, and essential items to pack when visiting this autumn, to be in vogue…
What to wear in New York “In the big apple, asplash of yellow will go a long way. From a full on trench, to a tailored blazer, or simple clutch, if travelling to New York this autumn, make sure you pack at least one yellow item”, says Niknani.
Return flights to New York from London, start from around £416 this September.
What to wear in Milan “Milan is always about the hottest fashions, but this autumn it’s firmly in the shade. Black will be everywhere. Black jackets and waistcoats are therefore wardrobe s…

What's the best way to pay for your dream wedding abroad?

Your wedding day ranks as one of the most memorable and exciting days of your life and now more and more of us are choosing to leave the unreliable British weather behind in favour of a wedding overseas. This is hardly surprising when the average wedding abroad costs £6,000, compared to a staggering £22,000 in the UK. As wonderful as planning your dream wedding is, it's up there as one of the most stressful experiences you can have!

So, once you have spent copious amounts of time researching your dream location, have chosen your colour scheme and made sure that warring relatives are seated at least one table apart, it’s down to the nitty gritty of paying your overseas venue and suppliers.

An easy way to make those payments is to use an international money transfer service such as FTT Global. This ensures you have a reliable and cost-effective way to pay your invoices - and one less thing to worry about!

Once you have registered with the company you can start making payments usin…

Reef Villa & Spa, Sri Lanka has achieved Gold Travelife status

We're delighted to announce that our Sri Lanka wedding provider, Reef Villa & Spa, has achieved Gold Travelife status.

In Sri Lanka there are only nine hotels who have achieved a Gold award and Reef is exceptionally proud to be one of them.

On 29 July everything was examined by the Travelife auditor. They used a fine tooth comb to check everything from Reef's employment contracts and salary levels, to looking in their bins to check if they were separating waste.
They checked:

the flow rate of the showersif they had dual flush toiletsif they had a staff handbookif they sourced their food locallyif they encouraged their guests to explore outside of Reefhow much water they used per room per nighthow many low energy lightbulbs they haddid they minimise the use of chemicals
All in all Reef had over 100 questions to answer relating to various areas of their business. So they're very pleased that they achieved gold and are still constantly striving to improve.

Reef is now inc…

5 new French Wedding Venues join us

We're delighted that 5 new French wedding venues have now joined us, and they're a fantastic selection of amazing venues for your wedding in France.

The gorgeous 17th century Château de Flaugergues in Montpellier has all the atmosphere and romance you could imagine for a castle wedding. And there's no need to go anywhere else to buy wine for your reception either, they have an award winning vineyard right there!

If you've ever dreamed of having a wedding unlike any other, then how about getting married beside a World Heritage Monument? The Pont du Gard is an impressive aqueduct spanning a valley in the south of France. You can be sure that if you marry here your wedding will be completely memorable and unlike any of your friends'!

Our second chateau is the romantic Château le Bouis. A beautiful setting in the middle of a vineyard, you can definitely be a princess for the day (or longer) in this historical venue. Their four poster beds are truly sumptuous! 


Popular Italian Wedding Traditions

Expert wedding planners, Monica Roma and Paola Cocchi from Leoeventi share some popular Italian wedding traditions.

If you have decided to tie the knot in Italy, you may as well go all the way and get married the Italian way. This means that you can incorporate seamlessly into your Italian wedding day the most popular Italian traditions and this is always a nice touch for couples from abroad. Let’s see what are the most popular traditions, and which are the most Italian.

First of all, favours. Here in Italy all couples will have favours made of “confetti”, which is the Italian word to describe our delicious sugar covered almonds that are specifically devoted to weddings, as they symbolize
health, wealth, fertility, happiness and long life. They come in many different flavours and colours therefore they are easy to incorporate into the colour theme of the wedding.
The so called “White Table” for example is a typical way to arrange a sampling of different “confetti” flavours in nice gl…

A Romantic Morocco Wedding Ceremony

Readers of our Real Life Weddings pages may remember Alex Pelling and Lisa Gant who started their wedding quest over 2 years ago in a bid to find the perfect place to get married. They set off round the world determined to experience all the wedding world can offer and have so far had over 40 wedding ceremonies in over 25 countries!

Their ceremonies have so far included shamans, Zulu chiefs, pastors, vicars, rabbis and even a Voodoo priestess, not to mention the scores of wedding photographers and wedding professionals who have donated their time and skills to Alex and Lisa’s quest to tell a compelling and romantic story.

When they have completed their round the world journey, they will pick their favourite location and head back there for a real and final wedding ceremony inviting everyone they have met along the way.

May 2013: Alex and Lisa have just had their 45th ceremony at Riad El Fenn in the heart of Marrakech.  Assisted by Moroccan wedding planners - Boutique Souk and Photogr…

Marry Abroad Wedding Provider Wins Prestigious Wedding Award

We're delighted to announce that our Idaho, USA, wedding professional, Robyn Bruns, from Red Letter Event Planning, has won Best Wedding Planner, Idaho, and Best Wedding Planner Coeur d’Alene from Wedding Industry Experts.

The award given out yearly requires nominees to garner votes from current and past clients as well as vendor collaborators.  In addition to the awards Wedding Industry Experts also ranked Robyn in the top 25 of all wedding planners in the United States and in the top 50 of wedding planners worldwide.

Robyn says,“I am humbled and excited to receive this prestigious designation and want to thank all of my past clients and vendor partners for their support.”

About Red Letter Event Planning
Red Letter Event Planning (RLEP) a boutique wedding and event planning firm founded in 2005 by Robyn Bruns, Accredited Bridal Consultant™ and based in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA.  RLEP specializes in destination wedding planning in northern Idaho and eastern Washington state and c…

Take Wedding Inspiration From The A List

With David Beckham & Matt Damon Reportedly Renewing Vows To Their Loved Ones This Year, Why Not Follow In Their Footsteps...

...Do So In Style On The Magnificent Isle Of Mauritius, Courtesy of Beachcomber Hotels

If you'd like to mark a special anniversary but couldn’t afford the wedding of your dreams first time around, or perhaps you simply wish to reaffirm your love for one another? There are many reasons for couples to renew their marital vows, and with luxury island resort specialists, Beachcomber Hotels, you need wait no longer. With eight resorts located on the idyllic isle of Mauritius, Beachcomber provides the perfect setting for renewing vows. Combining the island’s abundant natural beauty with refined luxury, their properties represent the epitome of tropical paradise in the sparkling Indian Ocean.

Offering bespoke renewal of wedding vows packages that have all the magic of a wedding, Beachcomber Hotels strive to ensure every moment ashore the emerald island is inti…

Honeymoon in Gorgeous Malaysia

If you've ever thought of going to Asia for your wedding or honeymoon, how about Malaysia? It's a perfect destination of choice for a luxury getaway - indulge in five-star accommodation or private chalets on the beachfront, relax amidst the Malaysian rainforest, or be pampered in one of its many spas. Malaysia’s luxury offerings also make a perfect destination for newlyweds to celebrate their honeymoon together.

The idyllic island resort of Pangkor depicts luxury; the Golden Sands Beach spanning 1.2km on the northwest of the island is one of its most popular beaches due to the warm turquoise waters. Telik Nipah on Pangkor offers visitors solitude and excitement by the beach with a stroll across to Gaim Island at low tide a must for a chance to view a selection of marine life. A short 20 minute boat ride from Pangkor brings guests to the world renowned tropical island destination of Pangkor Laut, a favourite amongst honeymooners as the island boasts one of the finest beaches i…

Elopements are New Eco-wedding Trend

Ranch Rider, the riding holiday tour operator, has seen the flat economy give rise to a new wave of nuptials, a growing number of elopers booking destination weddings just for two. While cost is one of the major reasons for downsizing the Big Day the tour operator claims there are other factors behind the growing trend.

Tony Daly, Managing Director of Ranch Rider, comments, “These days we’re all very aware of the effect we have on the environment, and removing the guest list makes marrying abroad a more eco-friendly way to tie the knot. While the majority of these weddings are planned it’s undoubtedly one of the most romantic ways to say, "I do" and couples don’t have the usual stress to contend with.”

Ranch Rider also suggests that social networking has played a part in the trend with couples more likely to share photos and videos of important milestones in their lives on social media.

Oklahoma’s Island Guest Ranch is one of the first ranches to pick up on the new fashion…

Meet Wedding Planners from Portugal in Ireland in April

Our friends Sonho a Dois, wedding planners in the Algarve, Portugal will be in Ireland again in April, and would love to meet you there.

Their next stop on their love road show is at the Clarion Hotel in Cork, Ireland.

 Friday     05th April 2013 - 2pm-10pm
 Saturday 06th April 2013 - 10am-10pm  
 Sunday   07th April 2013 - 10am-10pm 

Schedule your personal meeting with them to discuss your wedding plans in the sunny Algarve.

They would love to hear from you and hope to meet you there, so feel free to drop them an email to book your appointment -

See all Portgual wedding providers here.

Tell Us Your Thoughts About Getting Married Abroad

As it's Mother's Day soon, we thought it would be good to find out what your Mum thinks of your getting married abroad.
So, if you'd like to share whether she likes the idea, or is trying to stop you going abroad to marry, let us know here!

A Romantic Chateau Wedding in France? We think this one's perfect!

As Valentine's day approaches you may be optimistic about receiving a proposal on the 14th! If you do, and are dreaming of a sumptuous "Downton Abbey" style wedding which allows you to be a true princess for the day, then take a look at one of our favourite locations, Chateau de la Barre.

The Count and Countess arrange weddings at their gorgeous home, and here, Countess Marnie describes a wedding she organised recently.

"Having spent a long weekend at the chateau shortly after meeting each other, the day they became engaged this couple phoned up Comte & Comtesse de Vanssay, who had in the meantime become their friends Guy and Marnie : “Could you by any chance host our wedding for us over three days in October? Be a sort of Maggie Smith character as in Downton Abbey? There will be both our parents, our siblings and about twelve very close friends”. Enough to privatise all of the twelve luxurious en-suite rooms and suites, each gilded with sumptuous desig…

Two free nights at a Villa in Italy for your Wedding

If you're still deciding where to marry in Italy then look no further, our friends Infinity Weddings and Events have a fantastic offer now available. Book their villa in Tuscany and get two extra nights free!

To see full details of their offer and to contact them visit today!

Or see all wedding in Italy providers here.