Hi... Long Post .. Please Please help... My dream has always been to get married abroad, I have a massive family (that dont all get on with each other) and I hate rain, I mean I HATE it, it would completley ruin my day!! But I have a slight problem... my partners mum will not fly. I'm out of options, they are happy to drive somewhere and the rest fly. There will be about 7 children up to the age of ten so it needs to be somewhere that has things for kids to do. We've looked at a cruise which we were set on until we found out it would cost my brother 9 grand and us 7 before any of the wedding packages added... which we wouldn't expect people to pay that much to come.... We've looked at Italy but it didn't seem like there was anything to do for kids... also France, Spain and Portugal no travel agents seem to deal with marrying people there?? Please help... such a pickle!
Hi as you say in your post you are out of options, you won't get exactly what you want. I don't think any packages do things for kids :)
I say would say keep looking at cruises, your best option i would think
What about Disneyland Paris? Plenty for all to do, including the kids and the in laws can pick whether they drive or boat etc. Xxx
Why don't you do a little registry office ceremony that your partner's mum can be involved in, and then have the wedding you want abroad.
If she is unwilling to fly but you want to marry abroad, you have to just do what is right for you and not her! Good luck!
Give Jo Allen Boden a message she will be able to help you
Get in touch with perfect weddings abroad. They specialise in getting married abroad and you get your own wedding coordinator to discuss all your options. They have been fantastic in helping us to arrange our day. We're getting married in Cyprus next year. It's a no obligation quote so worth seeing if they can help you out. I've put the link below for their website.
Good luck x
Italians love kids! There will be resorts that cater to families in Italy. Have you spoken to a travel agents? Most of them provide wedding packages now and they would be able to advise somewhere that could take into account all your diverse needs. However, I think you're going to have to look at compromising on some elements.
Sorry but you can’t please everyone. It’s your big day, people need to fit in with you.
We are getting married in Jamaica, it’s an all inclusive resort that caters for all ages. We have invited everyone, if they can’t afford to travel, or refuse to for whatever reasons, then that’s on them.
We will have a party once we get back that they can attend.
Also there’s nowhere in the world that will guarantee it won’t rain. Even in a tropical climate they have a plan b in case of rain. You may as well have a summer wedding here and hope it stays dry if that’s your only reason for going abroad because it still rains in Europe.
You can’t legally get married in France I don’t think... so you’d have to have a registry wedding here any way and then have a blessing in France, could possibly be the same for Spain and Portugal if no travel agents offer wedding packages for these places.
I saw something on the TUI app about weddings not sure how much they organise with it but worth a look as it's a company that especially caters for families with kids
Try Ionian Weddings x
I got married in Spain (Malaga) with Fresh weddings who did everything and was £6k for everything including the weeks in hotel and flights.
I married in Cyprus was absolutely beautiful. My grandparents used to have an appointment there and drove a car from Cyprus to uk so it’s definitely possible although long winded x
If you are interested in Portugal have a chat with Stefanie Jacobsen, based in the Algarve. We are arranging to get married there, beautiful and family friendly 🙂
We used sunshine weddings in Spain. They will bend over backwards for you to get the day that you want
There is an option going abroad and video back home for people that cant be there then do a little party to. Celebrate the weeked your back and all wear your wedding clothes this is what we did. Doesnt matter what yoi do you will never please everyone its yours and hubbys day do what makes you happy not other. As for kids just set up games for them we married in cyprus and the reception has loads af grass area we brought loads of games for them to. Play xx
I wouldn't invite anyone.. if literally just go you two and if people want to come let them.. it's upto them then and if they want to pay or not. Xx
You can't please everyone. Make it about you and your partner not everyone else. What about France. Can drive over and very warm in parts. Also has kids things to do
I was looking to get married in Portugal, I contacted a weeding planner who was going to charge €2000 for organising everything.. Thomas cook does wedding packages..
Have you considered Gibraltar? As a British territory it’s far easier to get married there as it’s like getting married in the uk with none of the pitfalls, hoops to jump through and legal fees you can come across when looking to get married abroad. you have gorgeous weather and a choice of beautiful ceremony venues including the botanical gardens and the observatory at the top of the rock.
We live in the Lake District so rain is always inevitable. I chose I venue that was amazing inside as it was outside with lots of different rooms for people to chill out in. We designed our wedding so we didn’t have to go outside if it was raining and wouldn’t spoil our day. We had the whole day there including the ceremony. We could have had amazing pictures inside. Low and behold we had a beautiful summers day. Could not fault the weather at all!!!! You never know, the weather might work in your favour !!! Xxxx
Also we had a craft table and wmsweet table for kids and big kids . I got a cardboard teepee off amazon for around £10 and found all the kids in there at some point in the night. We also got loads of glow sticks and they were thoroughly amused. Don’t go over the top for them, sometimes the simplest things will do!
Ferry to Santander in Spain for the mother in law and then they can drive from there down to wherever you decide to get married x
Can take the ferry to gibralter from the uk get married its legal there then drive down to Portugal for holiday x
I was on holiday in Venice and a couple staying near us got married there. The travel agent we booked through helped them arrange it so it is possible for Italy.
Look on Airbnb for a big villa that caters for parties! Tell the host you want to host a wedding and a good one will help you with all of it. I agree with cost saving though....get married in a registry office and have a blessing/ look a like wedding abroad xx
Friends of mine got married in a registry office in the U.K. and then they flew abroad to a huge villa and had a beautiful ceromony in the villas beautiful gardens! So beautiful! Her dad did the service and they said vows and she wore a lovely white dress. They set up seats and had an aisle to walk down etc! So lovely! Then the family all stayed for holiday! Your mother in law could drive down ahead of you if it was a villa in France or Spain and they could set up the villa and get things all ready for you! X x x
What about that chateau from escape to the chateau? They do packages and have kids themselves so might be able put something together for you. X
Try Greece and Google independent wedding planners- they have much better knowledge of their area than a travel agent. It's not too far to fly even to one of the islands further away and packages aren't too expensive!
Have you looked at the Eurotunnel?? And even travelling on a coach to Spain or somewhere? X
Gibraltar .... it’s England
We recently married in Cyprus. Originally we were planning on booking through a travel agent but came across the hotel chains official facebook page and were put in contact with the wedding manager and ended up booking direct. It was the best thing we could have done as it cut out the middle man and saved money overall. It allowed me to feel like I was in control of our wedding without having to wait for a response from travel agents. My advice would be to find somewhere you love and get in contact with them direct although this wont solve the issue of not flying. Its your day and it is really important you have the wedding you want. Xx
Hi. There are options for getting abroad without flying! I'm a travel specialist, approved by UKbrides, and would be happy to help with ideas and suggestions for you. I can't control the weather, but the rest of it I can do!! You can contact me via my Facebook page Steve Friend - Brilliant Travel