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There are so many reasons to get married overseas!

Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life. But, at the same time it can be one of the most stressful. There is so much to do, trying on wedding dresses, choosing a reception place, booking a celebrant, the list is never ending. For me the whole wedding package was just too much. Luckily my fiancé was thinking along the same lines so it was an easy decision to take our wedding overseas. Here are a few benefits and tips if you’re considering getting hitched overseas.


The biggest advantage in getting married overseas was the cost. I’ve known couples to spend a ridiculous amount of money on their wedding and a lot of the time the newlyweds have taken out a loan in order to fund their special day. For us, we had just purchased our first home, so there was no way we were going into more debt. We had a tight budget of $7000 and believe it or not we came in just over.

Choosing the destination

We spent hours searching the net for the right location. We would of loved to of been married in Tahiti, but after looking into it, we found out that you had to of been on the island for a minimum of 35 days in order to get married. This was certainly not going to fit our budget! The best advice I can offer when choosing a destination is to find out if your marriage is legal and that it will be recognised upon your return home. As an Aussie, we found it beneficial to get married in a country that was part of the Commonwealth. Our marriage was recognised (as we were married in the Cook Islands) and it saved us a lot of paperwork when we returned home.

The invite list

This can be a complete nightmare! You have both sides wanting certain family members and friends invited to the wedding and all you want to do is have a small wedding. The best thing about getting married overseas is that the people who actually want to be at your wedding will be there. Guests are not going to spend a couple hundred or thousands of dollars to go to your wedding if they don’t want to be there. Our invite list came in at 70ish and we had a small wedding of 23.

The dress


The dressCredit: shellbray

The sky is the limit when we’re talking about wedding dresses. I tried on a $4000 wedding dress that looked gorgeous, but I couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on a dress I was going to wear for not even 12hrs! We had a beach wedding so a simple evening gown was the perfect dress and only cost $450.

As a last tip....look into getting married at a resort. A lot of beach resorts have wedding packages and they’ll organise a lot of the details such as flowers, hair and makeup, celebrant etc for you! We got married at The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Spa and it took a half a day, two days before our wedding, to get everything organised. It sure beats months of organisation!