Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Brides Abroad

It’s not unusual to find a future spouse when living abroad. In fact, this year’s Expat Explorer survey found that a third of expats have found a life partner since relocating. Of all the countries that made it into the league tables, the UK that came top in the romance stakes with half of expats finding true love.

Source: CreativeCommons Ewen and Donabel

As we approach the winter wedding season we take a look at what you need to consider if you find yourself planning a wedding in your host country…

1. First and foremost, make sure that all visa applications are sorted well in advance and, if necessary, your embassy is informed. This is particularly the case if your future spouse is either a national of the country or doesn’t have a visa

2. Check all of the legal details to ensure that your marriage can go ahead and is valid. For example, in the UAE the bride must provide her guardian’s approval for the marriage, and both bride and groom must be UAE residents

3. As you may live several time zones away from your friends and family, make sure that you give them sufficient notice of your wedding date. Even if your invitations aren’t ready, send them a ‘save the date’ email with the details. That way, they can book flights ahead of the big day

4. Work out a budget for your wedding. Some things may cost more or less than they do back home so make sure you factor in everything from flowers to rings

5. Make sure that you’re familiar with marriage etiquette, particularly if you’re marrying a national. This can range from asking her father’s permission to being to financially supporting the bride’s in-laws

We love hearing your views. Is there anything you’d recommend that other expats bear in mind before the big day?


  1. Thank you for sharing this post. I found it very informative and interesting. I am moving abroad in the summer and maybe I will meet my future wife. I am very excited for a change of scenery and culture. Now I just need to work out a few details, like finding a overseas car shipping company to get my vehicle over there.


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