Are you considering a destination Asian wedding? Over the past five years, one in six couples (280,000 in total) have tied the knot overseas, an increase of almost 20% compared to 10 years ago. From exotic beaches in Thailand and Mexico to royal palaces in India, historic castles in Italy to the rugged scenic backdrop of mountains in Oman – if you are thinking of getting married abroad, there is a destination for everyone.

The Pros and Cons of a Destination Asian Wedding Abroad

Has the idea of an exotic destination Asian wedding abroad always appealed to you? You are not alone; over the past five years, one in six couples in the UK (280,000 in total) have tied the knot overseas, an increase of almost 20% compared to 10 years ago.!

From exotic beaches in Thailand to majestic palaces in India, romantic villas in Italy to the breathtaking scenic backdrop of Oman – if you are thinking of getting married abroad, there is a destination for everyone.

But is a destination Asian wedding abroad, the right decision for you and your fiancé?  In this article we weight up the pro’s and cons of a destination Asian wedding abroad to help you make an informed decision. Let’s look at some of the advantages first.

You will have a totally unique unforgettable Asian wedding

Hosting a destination Asian wedding is a sure way to guarantee that your wedding will stand out from the rest. Even if your guests have been to a wedding in the same area before, the sheer choice of resorts and hotels abroad will ensure that your celebration has it’s own unique character.

Smaller, Intimate and more Relaxed
Getting married abroad eliminates the big fat Asian wedding gathering and allows the couple to enjoy a much more intimate affair with their close family and friends. Everyone is on vacation, allowing the couple to spend quality time with their guests in a much more relaxed surrounding.

Great Weather
The perfect Asian wedding needs the perfect weather! Seeing as there is virtually no guarantee in the UK of great weather, it’s no surprise that guaranteed sunshine is at the top of the list when couples think about a foreign destination to host their wedding. You will be able to exchange your vows in the open air and celebrate your special day in tropical climes regardless of the time of year you choose to get married.

Not necessarily the pricier option
It shocks many to know that getting married abroad can actually work out to be cheaper than getting married in the UK! Less people attending your Asian wedding inevitably means less expense per head. Many couples buy their own tickets and pay for all the wedding related expenses, but it’s acceptable for the guests to pay their own way to the location and for their accommodation.

For some a destination Asian wedding can be an opportunity to cut costs and save money. However high end Asian wedding markets and luxury wedding locations such as Oman, Mauritius, and Hawaii– all offer top-notch venues, the best in food, drink, flowers etc but the price of these key inputs to your wedding will be far more expensive than in the UK.

In addition if you decide to be extra generous and cover travel and/or accommodation costs for guests you could really push up the cost of your Asian wedding.

Absent Friends
Not all your family and friends will be able to fly out to your chosen exotic destination. Older family or those with small children may not be able to travel long distances. Some may not even be able to afford to travel abroad or be able to take the time off work to go further afield. This may mean that some of your nearest and dearest will have to miss out on your big day.

Before choosing a destination for your Asian wedding, we highly advise that you to do your research and list the countries that will allow you to have a legally binding marriage ceremony and those that won’t. The requirements in every country that need to be met in order for a marriage to be legal are different. For example, to get legally married in India requires the couple to be in the country for 30 days prior to their wedding.