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The US and the Netherlands remain popular choices for gay and lesbian destination weddings, but as more countries legalise same-sex marriage, your options for an unforgettable destination wedding are broadening. So what are the legal and budget implications? We take a look...

Countries like the US and the Netherlands remain popular choices for gay and lesbian destination weddings, but as more countries legally recognise same-sex marriage, your options for an unforgettable overseas wedding destination are broadening meaning you can now marry beneath the northern lights, overlooking the Mediterranean, or somewhere altogether different.

But what are the legal and budget implications? We take a look…

Legal requirements

When choosing the location for your overseas wedding, you should first research the basic legal requirements of tying the knot in different countries you might be considering, as these vary from country to country.

Do make sure you double-check any information you find online with local authorities to make sure you’ve got the most up-to-date information.

After that, you can focus on the fun stuff and making your big day memorable.

Destination Wedding Budget

Whilst you can definitely hold as big a wedding abroad as you would do in the UK, a destination wedding is the perfect way to make your celebrations intimate, with just your closest family and friends.

This can mean big savings.

A wedding package from an LGBT+ friendly hotel could also save you a decent sum, and means you won’t have quite as much stress trying to find vendors for everything from food to music in a country you don’t know too well and may not be able to visit in person before the wedding.

Feeling inspired? This handy guide from Sainsbury’s Bank will help provide you with more tips on planning your perfect destination wedding.

Want to know more? Find destination wedding planning tips from on-the-ground wedding planners.

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