Wedding abroad checklist

As soon as possible

Think about where you would like to get married and investigate all the legalities.
Contact the relevant embassies to find out the exact requirements and necessary documentation.
Work out your budget including air fare, accommodation, fees etc.

If you are inviting guests, decide what you are going to pay for (and what they will need to pay for) and speak to them as soon as possible to gauge interest.

Once you have a rough idea of numbers, choose your perfect wedding package and make your booking.
If you’re planning your wedding well in advance, you may even decide to visit the hotel/area/venue beforehand to make sure that it’s what you’re looking for, and to meet any managers or wedding coordinators.

Make sure your passports are up to date. Some countries require that you have at least six months left on your passport before it expires.
Get together any documentation and make sure that you fulfill all the legal requirements on the necessary dates.
Consider taking out wedding insurance.

When the booking is made, ask the venue who your contact will be and establish email communication with your wedding organiser.
Start shopping for your wedding dress and organise fittings.

Consider what you’re going to do for your honeymoon. This will obviously involve organising flights and accommodation so it’s wise to plan as soon as possible.

Six months before

Send invitations to your guests. This sounds early but they will need to organise flights, accommodation and days off from work.
As responses start coming in from guests, make sure you help them as much as possible with accommodation and travel plans.

Four months before

Find out exactly what your wedding package includes and start planning what you would like to organise yourself. You could, for example, take your own cake.
Shop for all your accessories (shoes, tiara etc) and pick out some honeymoon clothes.

Two months before

Make sure you have all the documentation you need and check whether you should send any of it in advance of your wedding.
You should also have all necessary tickets.
If you need to take any medical certificates or have any vaccinations, visit your GP.
Speak to the airline and organise how everything is going to be transported.
Finalise total guest numbers with your venue.
If you want to have any beauty treatments at your destination, consider booking them as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.