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Top Tips For Marrying Abroad


As an award-winning wedding planner who has had plenty of practice; she said she “stopped counting” when she hit a thousand ceremonies, Beverly King, the resident wedding planner at Antigua’s Jolly Beach Resort and Spa is source to be trusted when it comes to wedding advice.

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Antigua’s Jolly Beach Resort and Spa

Here she shares her top ten tips.

  1. Be the Early-Bird. Make sure you book early as everything is subject to availability, and your preferred date may be taken by someone else.
  2. Learn from the scouts; be prepared. Find out what documentation is required for the specified country and the length of time you as a couple need to be there before they can wed. Legal requirements vary worldwide. In Antigua it is extremely easy. We have a no residency policy e.g. you can go to the Legal Office at 9am and be married by 4:30pm the same day. On arrival to the resort you have an appointment to meet with the Wedding Co-coordinator where all final plans are made for your special occasion and the legal forms are filled out for the Registrar and Legal Office.
  3. Dress to chill – your wedding attire should be cool and light coloured, nobody wants to see the bride and groom sweating down the aisle!
  4. Don’t burn – a strapless wedding dress does not look good with a sunburnt back, and a suit doesn’t go particularly well with a lobster red face.
  5. Don’t forget – who’s got the rings? Tie them to something immovable, like the best man.
  6. Bless ‘em – blessings are available at Jolly Beach.
  7. Think twice – always request a copy of the marriage certificate before leaving the resort.
  8. Believe! – trust your wedding co-ordinator; she is there to do the thinking for you!
  9. Family ties – Jolly Beach has family and friend deals available.
  10. Smile! –remember you are saving an average of £20,000 on a UK wedding, which leaves plenty of cash for a few extras like flight upgrades and several dozen bottles of champagne!
  • For more information on the various wedding packages available at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa, please visit jollybeach resort. 
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