More and more people are opting to take their vows abroad, according to research from Post Office International Payments. In fact, one in five weddings now take place abroad and over three quarters of people said they would prefer to tie the knot overseas.
The survey revealed that nearly a quarter of couples would choose the Caribbean as their dream wedding destination, ahead of the UK. Mauritius, Australia and New Zealand also made it into the top five destinations.
The majority of people wanted to take their nuptials on a beach, but one in five would be happiest in a fairytale castle or country house. For something a bit different, a handful of people chose places like safari parks, rainforests and mountains.
According to the survey, most people want to marry abroad for something more unusual, or to combine their wedding and honeymoon. A huge seventeen per cent want to get hitched overseas so they can avoid having to invite friends and family.
For those invited to weddings abroad, 80 per cent said they expected some kind of financial support from the marrying couple to help them with the costs of attending, such as the provision of free food and drink, help with travel costs and help with accommodation costs.
Stephanie Bishop, director at MarryAbroad.co.uk said a lot of couples invite guests to “join them at their own expense, or to celebrate with them separately when they return from honeymoon which helps cut down on the guest list and continue the celebrations for even longer.”