So, after reading part one of our FAB Guide, you have decided to ditch the traditional, large family wedding plans for something a little more you, a little more romantic but miles and miles away in a foreign country in Europe. Great. Except now you are wondering where and how to start planning this dream destination wedding. Get out your paper and pen because we are going to make a start on this today.
Where to get married
You’ve decided on continental Europe but can’t narrow it down any further than that because really, who can decide between the lavender fields of France or the olive gardens in Italy. Well, here are a few topics that we thought we should cover as each of them will be a deciding factor.
When it comes to getting married in Europe, all countries will require you to comply with their local laws. We suggest you do your research on the legalities of getting married in each of the countries you are thinking about or else check back with us next week when we will be publishing our FAB Guide on the legalities of getting married in France, Italy, Ireland, Scotland, Greece, Spain and Portugal. When your research is complete, we think you will be able to quickly rule out the countries that don’t meet your needs if legally marrying abroad is your number one priority.
Late Spring and Autumn are probably the best times to plan a wedding in Europe for a number of reasons. On continental Europe, the weather will still be warm but with kids in school, you will get better deals on airfares and hotels. Cities and beaches also won’t be packed with tourists. For Scotland and Ireland in particular, the weather is unpredictable all year round but it’s safe to say that it rains a lot. Having said that, people don’t generally visit either Scotland or Ireland for the good weather so just count yourself fortunate if you get a dry day for your wedding! In terms of natural disasters, winter months have been causing problems between flooding and heavy snowfall so bear it in mind when booking.