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Everything you need to know about getting married abroad by destination wedding photographer Manon Pauffin.
Looking for a destination wedding photographer? Or a little help planning your destination wedding? I’m here to help and inspire you to have the wedding of your dreams.
On this page you will find everything you need to know to get married abroad and how to plan your destination wedding from how to book your destination wedding photographer to the lagalities and the best places to get married in Europe.
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HOW TO BOOK YOUR DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Time passes faster than you think, your wedding will be over in the blink of an eye and your loved ones won’t be here forever. You want photos that capture the connection between people and the essence your day.
Book a destination wedding photographer that will capture who you are in a natural, effortless way and who will make everyone feel comfortable.
To give each of my couples the wedding experience the deserve, I only book 20 weddings per year so don’t snooze!
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HOW MUCH IS A DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER?
Your wedding day will go by in a blur but your wedding photos will keep those memories alive. Long after you’ve flown back home, the adventure is over, you’ve packed away your wedding outfits and many years after your loved ones are gone your wedding photos will remain.
You want beautiful, natural photos that tell the story of your day and capture the essence of your destination wedding.
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Every wedding is different, making it unrealistic to have rigid set prices.
The idea isn’t to force you all to fit in the same box but instead, to create a space that fits you just right.
Weddings are a big investment. Financial, yes, but mostly in time, energy and emotions. I’m here for all of that.
I approach wedding photography much like I approach friendship, with time, compassion and honesty.
Are you after a relaxed and creative wedding photographer who will capture who you are and the moments that matter most in a natural, effortless way?
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WHY HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING?
Destination weddings are less traditional by nature which gives you all the freedom to do exactly what you want: Your wedding your way!
If you’re thinking of getting married abroad, chances are you’re looking to create an immersive wedding experience for you and your guests and perhaps make it a weekend event. Destination weddings have an extra special vibe because the minute your guests get off the plane they go into “holiday mode” and they all feel more relaxed.
Quick pros of getting married abroad:
- Possibility of an immersive wedding experience by organising activities over a few days
- Less traditional, allowing you to do exactly what makes you happy
- Creating unique, unforgettable memories
- Better weather
- Great vibe! The minute your guests step off that plane they’ll be in holiday mode.
- Party the night away. A lot of European countries and destination wedding venues have fewer restrictions on what time to end the party.
- More quality time spent with your loved ones
- Combining your love of travel with your love for each other
The legalities of getting married abroad:
Most couples planning a destination wedding usually hold a symbolic ceremony on their wedding day and get legally married in their home country beforehand. This is because the legalities of getting married abroad can be a little complicated and time-consuming.
In Spain and France for example you’ll need to present a certificate of residence as well as the rest of the paperwork. Not all European countries recognise same-sex marriage so that’s something else to look into.
Here’s a quick list of the paperwork you will need but keep in mind this will vary from country to country and will also depend on your circumstances:
- Valid passports
- Original birth certificates
- Certificate of capacity to marry
- Certificate of residence
- Divorce certificate
It’s also likely that all your documents will need to be translated, authenticated and bear an Apostille Stamp. The Apostille (from The Hague Convention) is an official government-issued certificate added to documents so they will be recognised and have legal validity in another country.
HOW TO GET MARRIED ABROAD & PLAN A DESTINATION WEDDING
CHOOSE WHEN & WHERE TO GET MARRIED
Your destination wedding can be at a location that’s meaningful to you or you could choose somewhere completely new you’d like to explore. Either way, choose your date based on local weather.
The world is your oyster!
CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING VENUE
Think about your guests and the logistics of a destination wedding. For example, depending on how many guests you’d like to invite, make sure you choose a location that can host everyone.
BOOK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Don’t forget that your wedding photos are an investment. Think of all those precious memories!
VISIT AHEAD OF THE WEDDING
Whether it’s in the wilderness or at a dedicated wedding venue, make sure you visit before booking. Having a destination wedding is a great excuse to go travelling!
BOOK A DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNER
Book a wedding planner who specialises in destination weddings. Hiring a wedding planner or on-the-day coordinator is always a good idea, even when getting married at home but it will save you even more time and energy if you’re planning your wedding from across the globe.
MEET WITH YOUR LOCAL VENDORS
Do your research before visiting your wedding location for the first time and schedule appointments with the vendors whose work you like. You can always book a video call if you’re left with questions or haven’t quite made your decision after meeting them face to face.
CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING OUTFITS
Consider the general vibe of your wedding venue or location but also, the weather. A tweed suit might be a really good idea for a wedding in England but not so much for an August wedding in Spain. Likewise, lighter and breathable fabric for your wedding dress might be more comfortable.
TAKE YOUR WEDDING OUTFITS AS CARRY-ONS
Of all the things that you might be taking in your suitcase for the wedding, your outfits are probably the most expensive and the most important.
THE BEST PLACES TO GET MARRIED IN EUROPE
DESTINATION WEDDING IN FRANCE
For romantic couples who love wine and good food, having your wedding in France is guaranteed to be unforgettable. From a romantic, modern wedding in Paris to a sun-drenched relaxed wedding in Provence or an intimate vineyard wedding in Bordeaux or a fairytale chateaux wedding, France has so many stunning backdrops to offer!
GET MARRIED IN SANTORINI
Getting married in Santorini will be nothing short of magical. Dramatic cliffs rise from a deep blue sea, dotted with whitewashed buildings offering breathtaking views over the sea. Imagine saying your vows as the breeze gently sweeps your hair and taking a romantic stroll for photos as the sun sets over the sea. Dreams are made of this!
DESTINATION WEDDING IN GREECE
Greece is one of the best choices to get married in Europe. Romantic and secluded beaches, clifftop villages with unrivalled sunsets, striking architecture and crystal clear waters. Getting married in Greece means you can have the time of your life while creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones.
DESTINATION WEDDING IN ITALY
Getting married in Italy is a wonderful choice, whether this is your favourite holiday destination, you met there or one of you has Italian roots. With its vibrant culture, beautiful landscape and passionate people, great food and amazing wines there’s no shortage of reasons to consider it as the location for your destination wedding.
GET MARRIED IN MALLORCA
Drawing inspiration from the local culture and the island’s natural beauty will make your wedding in Mallorca unique and unforgettable. Imagine saying your vows with the sweet smell of bougainvillaeas in the air and taking some wedding photos with Formentor in the background followed by an alfresco dinner under festoon lights while the music plays.
TIE THE KNOT IN MENORCA
For couples wanting a more exclusive and immersive wedding experience. Menorca has its own rhythm and whether you get married in a rural villa or on a gold sand beach, your wedding will be uniquely memorable. From endless sandy beaches to secluded rocky coves and charming towns, the island retains an air of authenticity.
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TIPS FROM A DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Time flies and your wedding day will be over in the blink of an eye, trust me! You deserve photos that capture who you are, the emotions and your love story in a genuine way so that you never forget your wedding or the way you felt.
Weddings are a collection of moments that represent your life together and all the days that have led you here. Your love is unique and I believe that you deserve meaningful wedding photos that honour your story .
To get beautiful, natural wedding photos you need to feel comfortable. A photographer who cares will take the time to get to know you BEFORE your wedding. It’s my job to create a space where you feel comfortable and you can be yourselves. This is why I exclusively photograph 20 weddings per year.
This is the best advice I can give you as a destination wedding photographer:
- Choose a wedding photographer you trust and whose work you love.
- Consider the light & make time for golden hour photos.
- Explore the surrounding area.
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GET IN TOUCH
I have a foolproof plan to capture intimate, relaxed wedding photos that reflect who you are.
No stress, no awkward posing and most of all… your happy memories to keep forever.
You be you, I’ll take care of the rest!
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR WEDDING
If I’m available for your wedding date, we’ll book a free consultation call. You can ask me any questions you might have and I can walk you through my pricing.
This is also a great way to find out if we’ll be a good fit.
RECEIVE YOUR CUSTOM QUOTE
After your consultation call, I’ll prepare a custom proposal just for you based on what your priorities are for your wedding day.
Semi-custom pricing means I can give you exactly what you need with the transparency you deserve.
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