So you’re back from holiday with the happy news that your beloved has proposed, over a sun-downer cocktail, with the backdrop of a beautiful beach, swaying palm trees and a turquoise sea. Or maybe he got down on bended knee in front of the Trevi Fountain before tossing in a coin which promises a sure return to the world’s most romantic city.

A beach wedding

Which leads on to the question, why not return to the scene of the proposal to celebrate the actual marriage? Or choose another exotic location abroad? Traditionally the bride would marry close to the family home, but nowadays there is a growing trend for overseas weddings, where family and friends can enjoy a relaxed celebration over several days in unforgettable surroundings.

a wedding on the beach
From that thought the world’s your oyster. How about a tropical destination such as a private island off Phuket, Thailand, where you can marry at sunset, alongside your own luxurious villa, with the pool on one side and the beach on the other? Add in exquisite orchids, delicious Asian food, beautiful Thai dancers, perhaps even baby elephants and you have a truly exotic celebration. All your guests will be able to enjoy a fab holiday together afterwards, while you and your new husband jet off to your own exclusive hideaway.

a party house in France
For somewhere nearer to home there are some superb options in Europe. From rustic borgos and opulent palazzos to chic chateaux and stunning hideaway villas which overlook the Mediterranean, these French and Italian wedding venues add an element of glamour and exclusivity to the occasion. Take over your own international wedding venue for a real taste of the celebrity lifestyle.

a chateau weding

One of the chief reasons brides look to marry abroad is the weather. Who would not prefer a hot and balmy setting over a wet and windy British summer? Yes, the UK in the sun is lovely but it’s a lucky chance rather than something that can be planned for.

be inspired cliff top wedding
Although complying with the civil requirements for a legal ceremony abroad can be very complicated, and will vary from country to country, it is possible with the right advice. An easier option can be to perform the civil ceremony in the UK beforehand and then arrange for your own personalised exchange of vows at the venue itself, with your own choice of ceremony. Imagine declaring your love for each other in front of a glorious panoramic view over the sparkling Mediterranean Sea, or the spectacular Tuscan countryside, then dining outside under the stars with a typical Italian feast. It will be an unforgettable wedding, not just for the happy couple but also all the fortunate guests.

marry on the beach
Be unique in your choice of wedding venue. Be inspired by the myriad of glamorous settings. The world really is your oyster!