Overseas weddings popular among Brits
13 May 2014 14:13
More than 1.5million people will be travelling abroad to a wedding in 2014
More people than ever before are choosing to tie the knot abroad - and saving thousands of pounds in the process.
Research by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) estimates that over 1.5 million Britons will be jetting off to an overseas destination for a wedding this year, either as a guest or as part of a wedding party.
Exotic locations like Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Caribbean are the most popular spots to celebrate the big day, with couples preferring white sand beaches and crystal clear oceans to the traditional church setting.
The United States is also up there, with New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas among the top destinations for weddings abroad, while Croatia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates are beginning to grow in popularity.
European countries such as Italy, Greece and Cyprus also feature prominently.
But it's not just stunning scenery and the guarantee of sunshine that attracts couples to idea of getting hitched abroad.
Cost is also a major factor in the increase in weddings overseas. In fact, there is the potential to save up to £12,000 - money which could be put towards the honeymoon or other things like buying a house.
The average cost of a wedding abroad, for instance, is reported to be in the region of £7,000 to £8,000, compared to over £20,000 in the UK.
It's therefore not hard to understand why so many people are choosing to escape home soil for their nuptials.
Amid all the excitement of planning a wedding, however, it is important not to forget about travel insurance, which can provide you with peace of mind just in case something goes wrong. The same goes for organising a holiday.
Twin-centre holidays are also growing in popularity. Couples tying the knot on Indian Ocean Islands such as Mauritius or the Maldives, for example, are then heading to Oman, Dubai or Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for their honeymoon.