Wedding Abroad Case Studies

What is it like getting married abroad? Why not ask the Bride and Groom!

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Zante wedding of Sophie & Jamie

Zante wedding of Sophie & Jamie

Sophie & Jamie – Zante

When we first got engaged we first started to look at weddings here in England, however as a sun worshipper I always wanted to get married abroad. We put ‘weddings abroad’ in Google and The Bridal Consultant website came up. We had a browse through what they had to offer and instantly fell in love with Cameo Island. We loved the idea of having our wedding on a private island and the island looked so beautiful and picturesque we just instantly knew that was where we wanted it. I have been to Greece a number of times and always loved it.

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Santorini wedding of Hannah & Marc

Santorini wedding of Hannah & Marc

Hannah & Marc – Santorini

We identified that we wanted to get married abroad pretty much as soon as we got engaged, as we wanted something small and intimate with minimal fuss and none of the stress associated with the planning of a wedding in the UK.  An old boss of mine was married in Santorini several years ago and recommended it to us, so I did some research online.  The first image that came up was the Dana Villas terrace and I immediately fell in love!

Santorini wedding of Rachel & Jonny

Santorini wedding of Rachel & Jonny

Rachel & Jonny – Santorini

I think the pictures for Santorini and Dana Villas speak for themselves.  The uninterrupted views of the Caldera and the sea is what sold it to us.  As well as the clean, sleek, white terrace that is just so elegant yet simple.  It truly was perfect for our wedding, it was everything that we had ever dreamed of.  Originally we did consider other Greek islands that were cheaper to travel to for guests, but we quickly realised that our friends and loved ones would be there regardless and we also struggled to take our minds off Santorini.

Zante wedding of Yvonne & Guy

Zante wedding of Yvonne & Guy

Yvonne & Guy – Zante

We knew we wanted to go away, I always had a picture in my head of being at the beach in flip flops. When we started to look for locations abroad, which was anywhere as long as it was not too far away, we came across pictures of cameo and this is exactly what we were looking for.

Zante wedding of Kelly & James

Zante wedding of Kelly & James

Kelly & James – Zante

We had seen it online and decided to go and look before we booked it. It was beautiful and we fell in love with it. We loved the fact we could have a private ceremony and that we were right next to the sea.

Santorini wedding of Lisa & Kieran

Santorini wedding of Lisa & Kieran

 Lisa & Kieran – Santorini

Myself and Kieran are big fans of Instagram and first seen all the amazing pictures on there of Santorini. Its such a spectacular island with panoramic views of the sea and all the other smaller islands surrounding it. The white washed buildings and blue roof tops makes it instantly different to anything I have ever seen before. Its one of the most idyllic places in the world, in my opinion. Its got so many pros and no cons at all.

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Santorini wedding of Jenny & Ben

Jenny & Ben – Santorini

We loved the backdrop literally everywhere in Santorini!  The whitewashed walls and flashes of cobalt blue inspired our colour theme for the day.  ‘Santorini blue’ as we now fondly refer to it has always been both of our favourite colours so it just had to be Santorini!  The Rocabella just oozed ‘cool and class’ from first googling venues through our wedding planner.  The location and infinity pool were both winners in our eyes.

Rhodes wedding of Laura & Paul

Rhodes wedding of Laura & Paul

Laura & Paul – Rhodes

We both always wanted to get married abroad and have been on holiday to a few different Greek Islands in the past and have loved them all. We researched several islands and looked at photos on the Bridal Consultants website of other people’s weddings and decided on Rhodes and St Paul’s Bay because it’s just such a gorgeous location.

 

Santorini wedding of Rachel and Fraser

Santorini wedding of Rachel and Fraser

Rachel and Fraser – Santorini

I spent several family holiday on various Greek islands – so have always had a certain infinity and love for the country. Living in Dubai, Santorini was a perfect “half way” between the UK and the UAE and I have always wanted to get married in the sunshine with great friends, food and wine. We were fortunate enough to stumble across the Rocabella, and having already been to the island many years ago, I knew it would be a beautiful romantic day with the famous Santorini sunset.

Santorini wedding of Lizzie and John

Santorini wedding of Lizzie and John

 Lizzie and John – Santorini

We chose to have our wedding in Santorini for several reasons; (i) it’s probably the most beautiful island we have ever visited – it really is just like the postcards but also has a very fun vibe too; (ii) I have been going to Greece on holiday since I was a little girl so it was a country that I associated with a lot of fond memories; and (iii) we live in Dubai and most of our guests were coming from England and Dubai so it seemed liked a great half way house!

Zante wedding of Tamsin and Stuart

Zante wedding of Tamsin and Stuart

Tamsin and Stuart – Zante

As soon as we got engaged it was operation wedding planning. Stu has always wanted to get married on the beach so we started looking into different countries. We started looking into the Greek Islands as we have a young son so didn’t want the flight too be too long for the children that would be attending our wedding.

Kefalonia wedding of Lucy and Daniel

Kefalonia wedding of Lucy and Daniel

Lucy and Daniel – Kefalonia

We chose to get married in Kefalonia as we love to holiday on the Greek islands and had heard great things about Kefalonia. We also loved the stunning views that Lourdas view offered.

Santorini wedding of Elinor and James

Santorini wedding of Elinor and James

Elinor and James – Santorini 

Initially we didn’t mind where the wedding was, we knew we wanted the Greek Islands because it was a perfect distance, being far away enough to be hot and beautiful and not so far away we couldn’t have any guests! The main choice for the wedding location was actually finding a company I was happy to entrust with planning our wedding!  

Zante wedding of Rachel and Gavin

Zante wedding of Rachel and Gavin

Rachel and Gavin – Zante

Gavin and I met in Zante when we were younger.  Gavin was on a lad’s holiday and I was on a girl’s holiday.  We ended up being in the hotel room next to one another and fell in love! We thought it would be wonderfully romantic to get married where we met.  We started looking into venues and found Cameo Island.  It was stunning and so we decided on it there and then.  

Santorini wedding of Nicol and Andrew

Santorini wedding of Nicol and Andrew

Nicol and Andrew – Santorini

We had originally looked at a Chablis in France and had come across a few stumbling blocks at the very beginning and after looking at a few wedding magazines I came across Rocabella. The wedding looked so classy and expensive and ultimately out of our league but we decided to enquire anyway. The venue was modern, clean, crisp and suited us to a T. 

Zante wedding of Sarah and Richard

Zante wedding of Sarah and Richard

Sarah and Richard – Zante 

Ritchie and I have always lived and worked for our holidays and we love the beach! We knew we wanted to get married abroad as we love the sun and wanted some form of clear blue sea and white sand, but marrying somewhere further afield would mean less guests… I had never been to Zante but Ritchie had a few years ago on a lads holiday and said it was stunning! 

Turkey wedding of Donna and Dean

Turkey wedding of Donna and Dean

Donna and Dean – Turkey

Myself and Dean love Turkey! We are one of a group of about 25 who return to Turkey each year, and we also went to our friends wedding on Nicholas Beach in Oludeniz  two years earlier, and just loved the whole trip and wedding.

Turkey wedding of Joanne and Ian

Turkey wedding of Joanne and Ian

Joanne and Ian – Turkey 

Mine and Ian’s first holiday together was to Icmeler and I have also been going on holiday there with my family since I was 10, so I couldn’t think of anywhere better to get married. As for the Boutique Hotel, it was in a perfect location on the beach and is such a beautiful hotel.

 

Crete wedding of Jodie and Gavin

Crete wedding of Jodie and Gavin

Jodie and Gavin – Crete

Me and Gavin both knew we always wanted a beach wedding and the photo’s of previous weddings on Rethymno Beach in Crete were just amazing and so unique. In addition to that we adore Greece so overall it was an easy decision.

Zante wedding of Colette and Darren

Zante wedding of Colette and Darren

Colette and Darren – Zante

Both my husband and I are Catholic’s so we knew we wanted to get married in a church. This did restrict our choice in location as some areas do not carry out catholic weddings so it narrowed our choice to Greece or Cyprus. My brother had married in Cyprus so we thought we would try Greece and Zante had been highly recommended to us.

 

Turkey wedding of Tracy and Damian

Turkey wedding of Tracy and Damian

Tracy and Damian – Turkey

We had already booked a holiday to Dalyan and thought why not get married whilst we’re there?! I Google searched ‘getting married in Dalyan’ and originally came up with a planner in Dalyan but after more investigation found The Bridal Consultants.

Zante wedding of Penny and Oliver

Zante wedding of Penny and Oliver

Penny and Oliver – Zante

We chose to get married on Cameo Island as we wanted a beach setting without lots of people in the background and understood that most beaches aren’t completely private. Lisa then recommended Cameo Island as you can privatise the beach area for your wedding and there is no chance of people ‘photo-bombing’ the wedding photos!

 

New York wedding of Rachel and Craig

New York wedding of Rachel and Craig

Rachel and Craig – New York

We always knew we wanted to get married abroad as we didn’t want the traditional big UK wedding, but we’re not beach people and we didn’t just want a hotel wedding. We were flicking through brochures and saw that New York was an option and Craig said my face just lit up! 

Santorini wedding of Jessica and Paul

Santorini wedding of Jessica and Paul

Jessica and Paul – Santorini

We chose to get married at The Santorini Princess because the views are just unbeatable. The whole setting and atmosphere is completely stunning and after lots of research we decided it was the perfect backdrop and location for us.

Cameo Island wedding abroad in Zante

Cameo Island wedding of Sara and Trevor

Sara and Trevor – Zante

We chose to get married in Zante as this is the island where we met. We both worked out there in the summer of 2007.

Cameo Island was always my favourite place to sunbathe and relax so when we found out you could hire it out privately for a wedding we decided it was the only place we were ever going to get married! What a beautiful wedding venue it is!

Santorini wedding of Lisa and Stuart

Santorini wedding of Lisa and Stuart

Lisa and Stuart – Santorini

The Greek islands have always been close to my heart.  We used to visit them on family holidays when I was younger and in later years I used to go with my friends and my now husband.  I’ve always heard many wonderful things about Santorini and how it was such an idyllic island to get married on because of the caldera views.

Zante wedding of Sarah and Wayne

Zante wedding of Sarah and Wayne

Sarah and Wayne – Zante

We chose to get married on Cameo Island because we wanted to be as near to the sea as possible and the island seemed to hold such charm from pictures and videos that we had seen. Also the private hire of the area seemed very novel and special.

Wedding in Kefalonia of Amanda and Andrew

Wedding in Kefalonia of Amanda and Andrew

Amanda and Andrew –  Kefalonia

We had originally booked our wedding in the U.K. in May 2013 and had googled to find where would be the best place to honeymoon at that time of year. Santorini came up and as we were looking at it we noticed The Bridal Consultants wedding advertisement.

Zante Wedding of Charlene and Warwick

Zante Wedding of Charlene and Warwick

Charlene and Warwick – Zante

Me and my husband are the definition of “opposites attract”. I wanted the church, May Day country style wedding and he wanted to go abroad. (Vegas if he had his way). We started by pricing up weddings in the UK and then we looked at prices of a wedding abroad, the difference was huge and in the end he sold it to me.

Wedding in Turkey of Marsha and Andrew

Wedding in Turkey of Marsha and Andrew

Marsha and Andrew – Turkey

When we initially decided to get married, we knew we wanted to get married abroad. We were never keen on the traditional church wedding and only wanted to do something small, so after talking to friends and family who visited the country and then doing some of our own research, we decided on Turkey.

New York wedding of Vicky and Andrew

New York wedding of Vicky and Andrew

Vicky and Andrew – New York

New York is our favourite place, we have been many times, so it was our first choice. We considered Vegas but decided that New York was more special to us.

Santorini wedding of Emma and Oliver

Santorini wedding of Emma and Oliver

Emma and Oliver – Santorini

We wanted to get married in Santorini as we had visited the island 2 years before for my cousins wedding. It was the first time we had been there and we just fell in love with the island. Amazing food, gorgeous wine and the best sunsets I had ever seen.

Zante Wedding of Leanne and Richard

Zante Wedding of Leanne and Richard

Leanne and Richard – Zante

Mamma Mia offered everything we were looking for, the garden setting facing the sea and the relaxed reception area, the taverna. There was a lovely exclusive area for us so it also felt private. The venue itself isn’t in a busy area so we pretty much had the place to ourselves all day.

Crete wedding abroad of Christina and John

Crete wedding abroad of Christina and John

Christina and John – Crete

We were quite adventurous as neither of us had visited any of the Greek Islands which was a risk in itself. I actually read up on all the islands and went with Crete as it is such a beautiful island, but also it’s the island which has the most days of sun throughout the year.

Wedding in New York of Shelby and Daniel

Wedding in New York of Shelby and Daniel

Shelby and Daniel – New York

Our wedding was in New York. New York is somewhere we had both always wanted to see, and to me it was like my fairy tale wedding! I just love the fast pace, the fashion side of New York and the shopping, plus the prettier side like Central Park!

Wedding in Zante of Hayley and Carl

Wedding in Zante of Hayley and Carl

Hayley and Carl – Zakynthos

We have always loved the island of Zakynthos and having visited various places and returning year after year we made the decision that this would be the island where we say our I do’s.