Choosing where to get married is a big decision even when you’re only looking at UK venues, but deciding whether or not to tie the knot abroad is an even bigger choice to make.

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There are lots of factors that’ll influence whether an overseas wedding is right for you, so we’ve put together a quick guide to some of the key questions you should ask yourself first.

Do you have your heart set on good weather?

A lot of brides and grooms want the sun to shine on their big day, but if you’re planning to get married in the UK, you really can’t bank on good weather – even if you pick a date in the middle of summer. So, if sunshine is essential to your wedding (say you want to get married in the open air, for example), picking an overseas destination with reliable good weather is worth considering.

Do you want a fuss-free start to your honeymoon?

Arguably, one of the best things about weddings abroad is that you can have the ceremony in the same place as your honeymoon. And, if you’re wondering what makes that so appealing, think about it for a second – it means that you won’t have any practical considerations playing on your mind after the ceremony, like catching flights, leaving you free to enjoy yourself.

Can all the essential people make it?

Now, if you’re considering a wedding abroad, it’s pretty likely you’ve already decided that you’re happy to have a smaller ceremony and reception than perhaps you would if you were in the UK. The next thing to find out is whether all the people you really can’t be without – like your parents, siblings and closest friends – can make it.

So, you need to think about whether you can afford to pay for their flights and accommodation and, if not, are they able to pay themselves? Also don’t forget to consider other practicalities, including whether they can feasibly book enough time off work.

Are you happy to relinquish a little control?

Another key question to ask yourself is how much control you want to have over your wedding. Getting married overseas isn’t a lottery – it doesn’t mean you won’t have any say in the ceremony, reception and the smaller details, such as meals – but it does mean you will have to be comfortable with having less control than you would at a UK venue.

For example, you might not be able to see the venue in person before you fly over for the big day, or sample the meal you’ll have at your wedding breakfast. Of course, the other side of the coin is that, as long as you book with a reputable provider, you’ll have a wedding planner who will be able to give you great advice and take some of the pressure off you by arranging things in your stead (with your input, of course!).

If you’re happy to let someone else take the reins, a wedding overseas is likely to suit you. But, if you are a bit of a control freak and like to make sure every last detail is perfectly arranged by you personally, a wedding abroad might not be for you.

Do you want to save some money?

While on the face of it getting married overseas might sound exotic and expensive, it can actually work out far cheaper than tying the knot in the UK. So, it’s definitely an option to consider if you’ve got a tight budget. That said, should you be planning on paying for guests’ flights and accommodation, it might not work out so cheap after all, so make sure you get a realistic estimate of how much everything will cost before making up your mind.