Planning a wedding abroad is special – and easy – with the help of one of our travel experts. Book an appointment in your local Kuoni store and you can relax with a glass of complimentary Champagne while we help you decide on the perfect destination and hotel. We also have a dedicated weddings team in the UK to help with all the paperwork and the finer points, from ordering flowers to booking a make-up artist and photographer. We’ve repeatedly been voted the best company for honeymoons and weddings abroad, so book an appointment in your local store today.

 

7 easy steps to planning a wedding abroad!

If getting married abroad looks like the perfect decision for you both, here’s how to make planning a bespoke wedding abroad easy, hassle-free and fun.


1. Sip Champagne

Make an appointment in a Kuoni store and you and your other half can relax with a free glass of Champagne. You can have a natter about your nuptials with us and we’ll help you decide on the perfect location, date and wedding package. We also have a dedicated weddings team on hand to answer any questions you have, who are experts in the legalities and intricacies of getting married abroad in each country.

2. Tell your guests

Tell your friends and family the dates and location of your wedding and send them invites if you’d like to. All of your guests can book with the same Personal Travel Expert as you to make things easy, so it’s a great idea to include their name and the store details in the invite. Once you’ve booked your wedding location, we’ll send you a planning pack with a checklist of the next steps and the documents needed. We’ll also include some ideas to get you thinking about the finer details for the big day.

3. Make it special

Before you go, we’ll ask you back into store to choose the finishing touches, from the flowers to the cake, the decorations to the music. You can relax in-store with your fiancée while you make your choices. We’re here to ensure everything is just as you imagined, so tell us your ideas.

4. Let us do the hard work

Behind the scenes, our dedicated weddings team will work for you and liaise with the in-resort wedding planner to organise everything. We’ll keep you updated and are here to answer any of your questions, source quotes and make sure it all runs to plan.

5. Create a gift list

You can add your Kuoni wedding abroad and honeymoon to a John Lewis gift list. Simply give a John Lewis gift list advisor your seven-digit Kuoni reference code. Alternatively, you can set up a Kuoni Gift List online.

6. The final countdown

Four weeks before you fly, we’ll send you the final running order of your big day and double check you have all the paperwork you need. When you arrive, we’ll arrange for you to meet the local wedding coordinator and make sure everything is ready for your ceremony.

7. Tie the knot

Just relax. Everything is taken care of and it’s your big day. Enjoy every second and create some beautiful memories you can both remember for the rest of your lives

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 an incredible wedding abroad in countries around the world, from Thailand to Italy. Some destinations, such as the Maldives, don't offer legal weddings, but are perfect for a wedding blessing ceremony or renewing your vows. If you are a same-sex couple, chat to us and we’ll be able to suggest the best countries to tie-the-knot.

How much will a wedding abroad cost?

The cost of a Kuoni wedding abroad, including an incredible honeymoon, is often a fraction of the price of the average UK wedding. The time spent on planning your wedding abroad by your Personal Travel Expert and our weddings team is included in the price, as is the hard work in resort by the hotel’s wedding co-ordinator if there is one. We even offer some free weddings abroad if you book a certain number nights at a resort, so ask us for recommendations.

Who arranges my wedding abroad?

Book an appointment in your local Kuoni store and one of our Kuoni Personal Travel Experts will help you choose and book an incredible wedding location, hotel and flights. Our weddings team will assist them in the legalities of your destination, the paperwork and all the final touches such as flowers and hairdresser recommendations. Once in resort, you will be looked after the wedding co-ordinator if there is one, who can help with creating an incredible ceremony.

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. The Maldives does not offer legal wedding ceremonies to UK citizens but you can opt for a wedding blessing or a renewal of vows ceremony, which looks identical. You can do the legal paperwork in the UK before or after you travel.

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.

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 abroad, 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 abroad?

Of course! Give the details of your Kuoni Personal Travel Expert to your family and friends and they can all book with the same person to make things easy and simple. If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort and your guests choose to stay at another hotel, they may have to buy a day pass to attend the wedding ceremony. Numbers and age restrictions may also apply, so ask us for details. If guests cancel, cancellation charges may also 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 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 get married 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 the hotel gardens or on the beach. The hotel wedding co-ordinator will show you the locations you can choose from. 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. We also offer more unusual destinations, such as Lake Louise in Canada, inside the Grand Canyon or on safari in Kenya.

What's included in your wedding abroad?

The cost of a wedding package is per couple, per wedding. The cost of your holiday – the flights, accommodation and transfers – will be on top of this and confirmed at the time of booking. Free weddings may not always include the same items as paid-for weddings, and are not usually combinable 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, such as more reception drinks, a larger wedding cake or extra buttonholes. We'll find out the costs so you can arrange and book as much as possible before 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?

This is up to you, just be mindful to respect any traditions in terms of clothing if they apply in the country you’ve chosen. We would recommend a natural fabric if getting married in a hot climate.

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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