7 Popular Destinations for Weddings Abroad

26th June 2019 by Natasha Goldstein

With the average wedding cost in the UK reaching the £30,000 mark, many happy couples are ditching the traditional church and fairy-tale princess weddings and are opting for sun, sea and celebrations abroad for their nuptials and combining their wedding and honeymoon in to one. Not to mention that a wedding abroad can cost as much as 75% less than an average UK wedding!

With that in mind, Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance have compiled 7 favoured destinations for weddings abroad for you to choose from to start planning your ultimate destination wedding.

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St Lucia

A tropical paradise awaits those opting for a destination wedding on the beautiful island of St Lucia

St Lucia is surrounded in natural beauty such as tropical rainforests, white sandy beaches and warm turquoise waters to name a few. If you're considering St Lucia for your special day, and perhaps your honeymoon, head to the adult-only, romantic, Sandals resorts where luxury is kicked up a notch.

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New York

Feel like you're fresh off a film set by holding your nuptials in the Big Apple!

If you have seen the movies, then take up your starring role as the bride and head to the beautiful Central Park for your wedding ceremony where you can enjoy 843 acres of extensive scenic park overlooking the pond. Then, for your reception, get whisked away on a cruise down the Hudson River with the perfect backdrop for your evening - the bright lights of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. A true New York affair. Be sure to leave plenty of time before or after your big day to explore the City!

Wedding Mexico


A solid, all year-round destination for a wedding abroad is Mexico. With average daily temperatures at a soaring 28C throughout the year, you can expect to see an average of 8 hours of beautiful sunshine each day. Mexico has a variety of locations suitable for all age groups and wedding styles from exciting and entertaining Cancun to the relaxing and archaeological Caribbean side in Riviera Maya and Tulum.

Both destinations are packed with resorts offering beautiful and unique beach and tropical wedding packages for something a little bit different to the norm. Embrace your wedding reception by dancing to a mariachi band, toasting with authentic Mexican Tequila and eating mini taco canapes!

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Punta Cana, Domincan Republic

Dominican Republic is a gem of the Caribbean. With its easy and gentle pace of life, a destination wedding here will be as relaxing and enjoyable as it is exciting.

Beach weddings are the Dominican Republic's strong suit and with plenty of 'all inclusive' options available for you and your guests, you can combine this wedding in to a trip of a lifetime too!

Weddings here can cost as little as £700 but be sure to have all your documents in order before the big day and enter the country at least 3 days before your wedding!

Wedding Maldives


When you think of Destination Weddings, you imagine beautiful beaches and landscapes, surrounded by the sounds of the ocean and exotic warm climates. That's exactly what the Maldives offer with an added touch of luxury and seclusion.

Perfect for an intimate wedding option or even if it's just the two of you, the Maldives is the perfect escape for couples wanting to be wined, dined and celebrated in an unforgettable romantic setting.

This wedding destination is perfect for the UK Winter Wedding season and even to continue the celebrations further for your Honeymoon.

Wedding Italy


What's not to love about Italy? It is home of some of the best food and wines in the world!

If you're considering a wedding abroad, Italy is a foodie's paradise and has a vast selection of regions to choose from offering different options; beaches, vineyards, cities, Lakes, Mountains to name a few, so the possibilities and settings are endless for your perfect Italian wedding abroad.

As Italy is only a short flight from the UK, this also means that it is possible more of your invited guests will be able to attend and will be able to afford flight and accommodation costs rather than opting for a long-haul destination.

Wedding Greece


Greece, just like Italy is another firm European favourite destination for weddings abroad.

When many consider a wedding in Greece, the thought of Santorini and it's white-washed cliff side buildings paired with unparalleled views of the Aegean Sea and gorgeous sunsets is enough to win any marrying couple over. However, Greece offers many other picture-perfect destinations you may not have even considered!

Crete, Rhodes, Skiathos, Kefalonia, Athens and Zante all offer great options for your wedding day whether you are planning a large or small event or luxurious or low-key. Each different location provides something a little spectacular.

Please do remember that minimum residency in Greece for marrying couples is approximately 7 days in some regions, so be sure to confirm in the region you book your destination wedding and book a minimum of a 10-night stay so you have time for your Honeymoon too!

Get covered with Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance

No matter where you decide to travel for your fabulous wedding abroad, beforehand you'll be needing wedding insurance to protect your wallet and peace of mind on your special day.

Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance policies start at just £25, offers cover for both UK and overseas weddings and civil ceremonies, can be purchased up to 2 years before the big day AND provides financial protection for deposits paid even before you have purchased your wedding insurance policy!

Please Note:One thing to remember when planning your dream destination wedding is that in order for your Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance policy to be valid, you and your guests need to arrive at the destination at-least 5 days prior to the wedding.

In respect of Weddings taking place outside the UK, public liability for the Marrying Couple is available anywhere in the world, except for the USA and Canada.

There is also no cover available for Public Liability optional public liability extension for the guests, optional public liability extension to £5,000,000, optional Marquee, Mobile WC unit and Event equipment extension and optional ceremonial swords.

Learn more about what we do and get a Dreamsaver Wedding Insurance quote here.

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This article is for information purposes only. It does not constitute advice in any way. The information provided here is correct at the time of writing however please check the latest policy wording here for the latest policy terms, conditions and exclusions.

Please always check the local legal requirements when planning a wedding overseas as these can change. You should also check the legal validity of an overseas wedding and how it relates to your initial and ongoing Marital Status in the UK.

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