More and more Brits are getting married abroad

More and more Brits are getting married abroad

Londoners are most likely to pack their bags and get married abroad, according to destination wedding site MarryAbroad.co.uk.

87 per cent of the sites visitors come from England with 27 per cent just from the capital alone. The rest of the site visitors split widely across the country with Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds accounting for between just 2.1 – 2.8 per cent. Scotland then accounted for 6.5 per cent of the UK visitors, with 26 per cent of these Scottish visitors based in its capital Edinburgh.

MarryAbroad.co.uk Co-Founder Steph Bishop, says: “It was interesting for us to analyse our 2013 site visitors, and find that holding a wedding abroad, is far more popular for capital-dwellers. This suggests that couples in London and Edinburgh may be less traditional than other parts of the UK, putting less importance for example, on marrying in a local town where they may have family, or in a local church or other place of worship they have grown up attending.”

It’s obvious to see the benefits of marrying abroad… Sun, Sea and Sand. What more could you want? And if some of your guests can’t make it it’s not the end of the world, as long as the most important ones are there it will be worth it. Plus you can end up saving a fortune on catering costs and everything else!

Europe is the most popular destination for us Brits to get married, with Greece and Italy being the two most common places for the second year running. Here is MarryAbroad.co.uk's list of the top 9 countries to have an overseas wedding in 2013:

  1. 1. Greece
  2. 2. Italy
  3. 3. France
  4. 4. Spain
  5. 5. Seychelles
  6. 6. Cyprus
  7. 7. Malta
  8. 8. Portugal
  9. 9. Canada

Steph Bishop explains: “We were unsurprised to see both Greece and Italy, enter as first and second most popular destinations, for a second year. However, the real surprise for us was Portugal. The country now benefits from recently changed laws, which allow non-resident couples to legally marry there. Portugal is often now chosen as an alternative to Spain, for couples who want the ceremony and legal part of their wedding on the same day."

So why not jet off on a sunny adventure for your wedding? It will be a little something different and you can get a taste for another culture on your travels. It would be a wedding you’ll never forget – hopefully you wouldn’t forget your wedding anyway but you get the point. Head on over to MarryAbroad.co.uk to find out more information!

Jessica Lindley - Female First