More and more Irish couples are taking to the skies to marry. Italy, Portugal, Spain and France boast some attractive advantages over Ireland as wedding destinations. Generally, in these cases the couple will carry out the legal part of the marriage in Ireland with the HSE and then use either an Irish or local celebrant to conduct their ceremony on the day. With some many fantastic and beautiful backdrops to get married abroad in, we’ve rounded up some of the major advantages of having a wedding outside our emerald isle.
Most importantly, on the continent, food is of a higher quality and far less expensive. Places like Tuscany in Italy offer excellent ‘foodie’ weddings for those in love with Italian artisan cuisine and local peasant specialities. This is absolutely authentic and costs a fraction of what it would in Ireland. When it comes to seafood, cheeses, game and delicacies, our continental neighbours have far more selection and at a much lower cost.
We all know the drinks bill will be a major spend in any wedding budget with hotels charging for corkage and often hiking drinks prices for events such as weddings. The Irish Taxes on alcohol are the second highest in the EU and have the highest EU tax on wine. 15 countries including France, Spain and Portugal have no tax on wine at all! You can find a local selection of fine wines for next to nothing in countries where it is produced and so this gives the thirstier couples a lot of incentive.
With the popularity of outdoor ceremonies, destinations further south can pretty much guarantee a dry, sunny day for most of the months of the year. In Ireland, all you can really do is have your Auntie bury the child of Prague and your Granny do a decade of the Rosary in the hope that your day will be one of those precious dry ones of the year. Having a wedding abroad can offer the opportunity for your guests to dine ‘Al Fresco’ and enjoy a sun-soaked holiday all at the same time.
Every couple finds that one of the most gruelling and difficult challenges in their wedding is the guest-list. Whittling down the numbers can be brutal and deciding on which long-lost cousin to invite and which to overlook. Having a destination wedding ensures that only your nearest and dearest and the ones willing to literally go the extra mile will show up. On the downside it may deter those who you would love to be there and so that has to be considered also.
We’ll be doing more on destination weddings in the future so watch this space. Plus did you know that our celebrants here at Marry Me Ireland are available to book abroad? For more contact us here at Marry Me Ireland.