How to organise your incredible wedding abroad ?

More and more couples dream of a wedding abroad, with a view of the Eiffel Tower, or celebrating their love in the sand or on top of a mountain. It takes some planning and preparation if you’re abroad, but it’s possible! In this article, you will find our tips to organise your wedding abroad.


1) Have a French wedding planner on your side

The first and most important tip is to use a specialised agency. Finding the best service providers for your wedding abroad can be a real headache: caterer, wedding photographer, bridal bouquet, hairdresser and beauty salon…We don’t always know who we can trust, so it can sometimes play tricks on us.  We might as well leave this task to a professional who will be able to advise you to get the best wedding ever.

Moreover, in some cases, unforeseen events occur and when we don’t know the country, we don’t always know how to manage them.  Leave these last-minute surprises to the organiser who will once again take care of them. By entrusting the organisation of this event to wedding professionals, she will take away a lot of stress and will allow you to prepare your union serenely.

Ceremonize specialises in the organisation of high-quality weddings and offers you a service of excellence and unique know-how.

Then make a list of your criteria


  1. The choice of your ideal destination

Sun, beach, snow, beautiful landscapes, urban environment, low prices, glamorous atmosphere, it’s up to you to see what your priorities are. If you wish to celebrate your union abroad, remember that this will involve additional costs. Some couples  have a one-to-one wedding (with their children), while others pack up to thirty relatives in their suitcases! Obviously, the budget will be different.


  1. The date of the ceremony.

Most future brides and grooms organise their event during the summer, which is the season of love. But you can also opt for a fall wedding à la française.  It is becoming more and more popular and has many advantages in terms of budget and availability of venues. Are you interested? Find our articles on the cold season: Winter weddings in Paris.

On this image, a lovely couple is celebrating their wedding
Planning : Ceremonize – Photo : Ludovic Ismael

You can then create an event that is just as magical. The only parameter to consider is to choose a date far enough away to have the necessary time to prepare.


  1. The wedding theme

Your wedding theme will be just like you, no one else can decide. 2. Define your couple to help you make your choice, try to establish a profile of your couple. Are you classic, Bohemian, elegant or festive? Having this wedding theme will allow you to match and link together all your little scenic elements. It will be found in the choice of reception room, decorations and menu, but also in the save-the-date and wedding thank-you notes….


     4. Administrative formalities of a wedding abroad

Depending on the chosen country, your marriage will or won’t be legal when back home. Since administrative formalities can take time, we advise you to get informed as soon as you decide to organise a destination wedding. If you want to get married in France for example, unless you live in France at least 40 days before the wedding, the civil part won’t be possible. Don’t hesitate to read more about that on our page wedding requirements to get married in France.

Don’t hesitate to check with the authorities to avoid unpleasant surprises and enjoy the best trip of your life!

to get married in France for your wedding destination
Planning : Ceremonize – Photo : Virginie Hamon



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