Choosing your wedding venue is just the beginning.
Marrying abroad doesn’t mean you lose control of the finer details – we’ll work with you on all the elements that will make your special day as wonderful as you’ve imagined.

Venue Tailor the colours and decoration at your venue to your taste.
Photographer Our weddings team can recommend photographers to capture the day’s special moments.
Reception Whether large or small, we’ll plan the reception and the party so it’s all organised before you go.
Cake Wedding cake tends to be included but you can still opt for a bespoke design and flavour.
Finishing touches Remember the finer details for family and friends too.
Have fun! Part of the beauty of marrying abroad is that you’re already relaxed and on holiday.
Upgrades How about VIP transfers, airport lounges, room and flight upgrades – this is once in lifetime!
The menu We’ll talk you through the menu options, from the canapes and main course to the desert.
Hair and make-up Many of our resorts offer trials in resort before the big day.
Flowers And not just for the bouquet, for the decoration, buttonhole and reception too.
Wedding attire Our weddings team can offer valuable advice on what not to wear.

Follow our guide for a stress-free wedding abroad

Kuoni's Top 10 tips to make sure your big day is smooth sailing:

Hashtag

Create a unique hashtag for your wedding for guests to start using so friends and family back home can follow your special day.

Don't stress

Weddings abroad are more laid back than a UK wedding and some things may not be available in your destination so be open minded.

Wedding attire

Think about the weather where you’ll be when choosing what to wear. Hang your wedding attire in a steamy bathroom when you arrive to minimise creases.

Video & photography

Arrange to have your wedding ceremony videoed. This can really bring it to life for the family and friends that couldn’t make it when you return home. Don’t forget to backup your wedding photos.

Wedding guests

Make sure your wedding date is confirmed before you book your guests’ holiday arrangements.

Legal requirements and paperwork

Get a copy of all the relevant paperwork that is needed – eg a re-issue of your birth certificate.

Insurance

Look into wedding insurance to cover your dress and any other specific items that are not always covered with normal travel insurance .

Luggage

Check with your airline to see how best to carry your wedding attire and additional luggage you may wish to bring.

Preparation

Have a hair trial in the UK before you travel and send us images. It may also be possible to have a trial in resort before the big day. We can also pre-book spa treatments so you can relax ahead of the main event.

Wedding certificate

Request an extra copy of your wedding certificate when when you’re in resort as its easier to obtain a copy then rather than when you return home .

Wedding Questions

Where can I get married abroad?

We can arrange your wedding in more than 30 exotic countries worldwide. Some destinations, such as the Maldives, don't offer weddings, but are perfect for renewing your vows or a romantic honeymoon.

How much will it cost me?

The average cost of a Kuoni wedding overseas, including an exotic honeymoon, is about £4,600. This is a small cost compared to the average UK wedding and our Wedding Concierge team will oversee all the arrangements. Some Kuoni weddings are even free!

Who arranges my wedding?

After booking your hotel and flights, we will be your day to day contact, liaising with the resort’s wedding coordinator and helping answer all of your queries.

Who will conduct our ceremony?

The majority of our weddings are conducted by a marriage officer whose title varies depending upon resort, for example a celebrant, minister or registrar. Where it's possible to be married by a minister, the ceremony will be non-denominational unless otherwise stated.

Is our marriage legally recognised in the UK?

Yes, your wedding will be registered in the country it takes place and is then legally recognised in the UK. If you're not a permanent UK resident, check with your local authorities. Some Kuoni weddings, such as those held in Thailand and Bali, are only available for British passport holders.

What legal requirements are there?

These vary from country to country but, in general, you must be over 20 years of age. You'll need your British passports, original copies of your birth certificates and documentation regarding a previous marriage if you're widowed or divorced. Full details will be supplied at the time of booking. For more information, see Legal Requirements.

Can we change our wedding date after we have booked?

Yes, just let us know and we'll try to change your date. If we're able to, there's a £25 charge for each date change to cover administration costs. To cancel a wedding, charges are as follows:

  • Prior to 61 days before departure - £100
  • 60-28 days - £350
  • Less than 27 days - 100 per cent of wedding package price
Can we invite guests to our wedding?

Yes. Simply let us know and we can book holidays for them. If the wedding couple is staying at an all inclusive resort, guests staying at other hotels will need to buy a one-day pass to attend the ceremony. Numbers and age restrictions may apply. If guests cancel, cancellation charges may apply.

How do we transport our wedding outfits on the flights?

We recommend that wedding outfits are packed in a hard suitcase or boxed, and placed in the hold of the aircraft. There's usually no extra baggage allowance for wedding outfits. Make sure everything is clearly labelled and that you tell check-in staff you're carrying wedding outfits.

When can we be married?

In most destinations, your wedding ceremony can be conducted Monday to Friday, excluding local holidays. In Las Vegas, you can marry 365 days a year.

Can we tell our friends and family our wedding date?

Yes, just bear in mind that this could change in unusual circumstances - for example if the celebrant has to change schedule or there are adverse weather conditions. Please be aware of this if gifts, stationary and jewellery show your wedding date.

Where will our wedding take place?

Generally, your ceremony will take place in your hotel's gardens. The hotel wedding co-ordinator will show you the locations you can choose from. You can often have photos taken on the beach after your ceremony. If your wedding is booked to take place in a public area, this will be re-confirmed with you while you are on holiday, subject to local regulations.

What's included in your wedding?

Wedding prices are per couple, per wedding, and all items included will be confirmed at the time of booking. Free weddings may not always include the same items as paid-for weddings, and are not usually combined with hotel special offers.

Can I make special requests and book optional extras?

After you've booked your holiday, we'll send you a questionnaire asking for all the information we need to arrange your wedding. Please list any optional extras or special requests that you require. You may want more wine, a larger wedding cake or perhaps extra buttonholes, which can be paid for at the resort. We'll include a list of guide prices and you can re-confirm all the details with the wedding co-ordinator when you arrive.

Will we need to complete any paperwork while we're away?

Yes. This often takes up half a day. It might be carried out away from the hotel and, in some cases, our weddings don't include transfers to the relevant offices, so taxis/transfers may be payable locally.

What shall we wear?

If you're getting married in a tropical climate, we recommend a wedding dress in a cool natural fabric and a light-coloured suit in cotton or linen for the groom. Weddings in Thailand may require both the bride and groom to respect certain traditions in terms of clothing.

What about the finer details?

Most hotels can arrange for your wedding outfits to be pressed; and many have beauty facilities. Alternatively, the hotel's wedding co-ordinator will usually have a list of hair stylists, make-up artists, photographers and videographers. Flowers can be arranged with your co-ordinator when you arrive.

Can we have more than one copy of the marriage certificate?

Yes. Take the original marriage certificate to your solicitor, who will certify copies for you - or you can request an additional copy from the marriage officer in resort. In some destinations, overseas authorities complete paperwork after the wedding has taken place. Generally, your original marriage certificate will be sent to you within four months.

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