With soaring costs, poor weather and crowded venues, it should come as no surprise that more than 1.5 million Brits will be travelling abroad for weddings this year.
ABTA has revealed that more and more couples are looking to combine their wedding and honeymoon abroad, due mainly to rocketing venue prices in the UK.
The average cost of a wedding abroad is reported to be £7,000-8,000, compared to a staggering £20,000 in the UK.
Sky high costs aside, there’s one “sky high” venue which beats them all (but look away now if you don’t have a head for heights!)
The helipad on top of Dubai’s iconic Burj Al Arab tower has become the latest place to tie the knot at 212 metres into the sky.
Other favourites include Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Caribbean – famous for its beach weddings – with New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas also popular in the US.
Meanwhile, Italy is one of the top destinations in Europe, with Greece and Cyprus also regularly top the ‘weddings abroad’ lists. Croatia, Mexico and the UAE are also growing in popularity.
Twin-centre holidays are also popular, with couples tying the knot on beautiful Indian Ocean islands, before heading to Oman, Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the UAE.
If you or someone you know is planning a wedding abroad, do remember it’s important to check legalities, book insurance and find out how long you or they plan to be in the country before the big day.
For more information, visit ABTA’s “Where to Go When” online destination picker.