Disadvantages of a wedding abroad

Last week I wrote about the advantages of a wedding abroad. This week I’m going to discuss the disadvantages. Some of these are specific to me, and others are things to consider. Personally, I feel that the advantages outweigh the cons, but they are things that can impact, nevertheless.

  1. Friends and family may not be able to make it
    Whatever the reason for it, whether they can’t afford it or a grandparent is too old to travel. This is one of the main factors to think of. There will always be someone who can’t make it, but is that a sacrifice you are willing to make?
  2. You may upset people you don’t invite
    This is the case in the UK or abroad, but even more so when you’re being selective on having a smaller wedding, which is more likely the case abroad.
  3. Wedding Fairs aren’t as necessary 
    So this isn’t a biggie, but it’s a nice one to do with bridesmaids! Going to local fairs can be a waste of time when you don’t need local suppliers. National ones can be better as a bit of fun, but wedding planning isn’t a part of it.
  4. Your honeymoon could be surrounded by friends and family 
    Some people may not mind this, but personally I’d like this time for me and Scott, so we will probably head elsewhere a couple of days after the wedding.
  5. Less flexibility and possibly less control 
    You can’t be there to decorate the venue with your decorations, and create your own vision. You have to ensure your planner knows what you want, and leave it in their hands. For some this may be fine, but for a planning freak like myself this feels slightly uneasy. Some planners may also try to change your vision into theirs, so be careful of that and stick with what you want and your budget! It’s also difficult to find suppliers, view venues, try cake etc. when sat at home in the UK.
  6. Putting your trust into make up artists and hair dressers
    You may know exactly what you want in the UK, but it can become a worry as to whether your chosen artists and stylists can recreate what you want when you’re abroad, with only a trial before the day at best.
  7. Extra costs 
    Although it may seem cheaper to get married abroad, you have to take into account the cost of your wedding planner, which you wouldn’t necessarily have in the UK. In addition, flights, hotel and spending money. Also, some have a second reception back in the UK.
  8. Leaving the EU
    Not saying this will impact weddings abroad, but there is a possibility (who knows at this stage?) It’s definitely had a negative impact on the exchange rate for Euros at the time of this post too.

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Maria and Scott from Yorkshire, planning our Italian wedding in Sorrento.

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