Combining unique honeymoon with unusual wedding? Steph Bishop, co-founder of marryabroad.co.uk, shares her tips for top wedding destinations in 2013
As the world becomes a smaller place, couples are continuing their quest to have a truly unique wedding, and one that is not in any way similar to their friends'.
Many couples are enquiring more about incorporating their wedding ceremony into travels that they have already planned. South-East Asia is a popular travelling destination and countries such as Cambodia and Vietnam are gaining in popularity for couples wanting to get married with minimum fuss, but maximum enjoyment.
Leading destination wedding website MarryAbroad.co.uk has seen an increase in enquiries for both of these countries in 2012, with couples stating specifically that they will be in the country at a certain time and would like to get married while they are there.
Generally couples have a blessing in these countries, as there are residency requirements. However, couples who are travelling around the country for some time may be able to legally marry there if they can prove "residency" for a certain period of time.
Understandably, exchanging vows at the ancient Cambodia temple of Angkor Wat or becoming Mr & Mrs while sailing on a junk around Ha Long Bay in Vietnam are more tempting for many than a white wedding at home.
South America is another popular travel destination, and enquiries for this area have also increased recently. Argentina is well known for its mountains and wine, and marrying in a vineyard or up a mountain is a real possibility here, especially as in late 2012 Argentina changed the law so it is now much easier for non-resident couples to marry legally. In fact, it could now be the easiest South American country in which to legally marry. Having a view of the snow-tipped Andes behind you as you exchange your vows beats a wedding at home any day!
Despite global economic woes, many couples have saved for years to have the ceremony of their dreams and are ready to go all out with a luxurious wedding and celebration. Seclusion and exclusivity are bywords for these couples and the islands of the Bahamas are an excellent location to ensure they obtain the privacy they desire. There are plenty of small islands here on which they can marry, some just a few metres wide, and all welcoming to couples planning a secluded ceremony. With beautiful white (or even pink) sand beaches, boutique, high-end hotels, and plenty of sunshine, how can you go wrong?!
Closer to home, the country of many islands, Denmark makes a stunning location for couples who can marry on a beach, in a forest, or in one of the pretty towns dotted around this coastal country. Not many UK couples have discovered the delighted of Denmark yet, so marrying here is the best of both worlds - close to home, but completely different to any other ceremony. And the marriage legalities are simple too - it's not called the Las Vegas of Europe for weddings for nothing!
For more details on how to get married abroad take a look at www.marryabroad.co.uk - wedding providers, country legalities, articles and more.
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