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The sound of wedding shells: 1.5mn plan to attend overseas nuptials

With this in mind ABTA’s latest figures on the number of those planning a getaway to attend an overseas wedding as a guest or as part of the wedding party will come as no surprise. The travel association found that the number of holidaymakers planning to do just this in 2014 is set to soar to more than 1.5 million.

The vast majority of this group is aged under 35, and the popularity of overseas weddings with the younger generation is due to a number of factors. This includes the fact that young newlyweds can save on costs by combining their wedding and honeymoon, meaning that a wedding abroad (£7,000-8,000) could potentially come in at half of the cost of a UK wedding (over £20,000).

Each year around 280,000 UK couples get married in an overseas destination that promises guaranteed sunshine and the chance to put away a little something for married life. Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Caribbean prove to be some of the most favoured destinations for UK couples seeking an exotic wedding. This is according to ABTA Members specialising in weddings abroad. They also cite New York, Hawaii and Las Vegas and European destinations such as Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia as popular places to tie the knot abroad.

Offering some advice for couples who are planning to get hitched overseas, Victoria Bacon, Head of Communications, ABTA said: “With so many great destinations to choose from, it’s not surprising that weddings abroad are growing in popularity. Weddings are one of the most special days in a couple’s life, so it’s very important that if you’re planning a wedding abroad, you research your options thoroughly: talk to a travel professional, who will be able to offer you advice about destinations and experiences; check travel advice with ABTA and the Foreign Office and always book with a reputable company.”

Date Created: 09 May 2014

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