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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In Dubai

19/06/2014 | 3

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If you are planning to have your wedding in an exotic location but haven’t decided yet where, you certainly won’t go wrong by choosing Dubai.


And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to for getting married in the desert city of Dubai than the talented team of wedding concierge experts at Aghareed by Lafayette Weddings?


So, if you’re searching for information on getting married in Dubai, look no further! This destination wedding guide has all the details that you need.


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Dubai is one of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates, a country located in the Arabian Gulf. By far the most popular city in the region for visitors, Dubai has blossomed from its humble beginnings as a pearl-diving and fishing community into a bustling new metropolis. It now takes pride of place in the Middle East as an international business hub and major tourist destination, attracting millions of holidaymakers each year.


In spite of its amazing changes, Dubai still retains a unique Arabic charm that only adds to its attraction. Its traditional old world heritage combined with an exciting vibrancy as a city that is going places makes it a spectacular venue for couples seeking a unique wedding experience. If you are considering getting married in Dubai, you need to know exactly how to go about arranging it and what you can expect. Aghareed, the UAE-based wedding concierge service, answers some important questions for you about having your most important day in the wonderful city of Dubai…


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If you want to legally marry, then you need to be in Dubai for a certain amount of time and the final decision will be made by the religious official you want to conduct your service. We suggest that you do all the paperwork for your marriage in your home country and then have a blessing in Dubai.


If you live in Dubai, you can legally marry at a local church, such as Christ Church in Jebel Ali or St. Mary’s in Oud Metha. There are a few priests and vicars in Dubai who will carry out the legal ceremony at an external venue, such as at a beach for a blessing. Contact the church to arrange a meeting with the vicar or priest. The next step is that you will be asked to attend marriage classes with a group of other engaged couples.


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In Hungary

15/05/2014 | 1

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If you are looking to get married abroad and are wanting to find somewhere a little bit different and off the beaten wedding track, then a destination day in heavenly Hungary could be the location for you!


And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to for getting married in Hungary than the talented team of wedding planning experts at Hungarian Weddings? So, if you’re looking for information on how to get married in Hungary, look no further! This destination wedding guide to getting married in Hungary has all the details you need…



Hungarian Weddings:

Couples who choose Hungary as their wedding country all have on thing in common: they want to show-off Hungary to their wedding guests!

One of the most popular places and wedding styles to have is a luxury wedding in the beautiful, bustling city of Budapest. For this, couples choose a five-star downtown hotel as their wedding venue, with classic and modern styles to choose from, most of which overlook the darling Danube.




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The other well-liked choice is to have an authentic Hungarian countryside wedding. Here you can find thatched roofed buildings with red geraniums in the windows, incredible horse-shows (the so-called csárda and tanya – Hungarian ranches – are typical on the Great Plain) and lots of delicious Hungarian food.


The always-popular small castles are also loved by couples planning their nuptials in Hungary, but our new highlighted wedding venue ‘Wedding Garden Budapest’ has gone to the top of the wedding trend list!


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Civil wedding ceremony

In Hungary the legally binding wedding is the civil wedding. Foreign citizens can get legally married in Hungary, however bureaucracy and the time and effort it takes for the required paperwork often deters couples coming from abroad.


Therefore, most couples looking to have their destination wedding in Hungary have the legal civil ceremony at home first to complete the necessary paperwork and then they treat their ceremony in Hungary as their actual wedding day.


Symbolic wedding ceremony

The symbolic wedding ceremony has a similar feeling to a civil ceremony and is held by a ceremony keeper, however as previously mentioned this is not legally binding. It is very popular due to the impracticalities of being able to meet the requirements of an official civil marriage.


A symbolic wedding ceremony can be customized as per your wishes and such kind of wedding ceremonies can take place almost anywhere and anytime.


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In France

21/02/2014 | 4

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If you are thinking about getting married in France then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start.


And who could be better than the French destination wedding expert Monique Trulove, editor of the hugely popular blog French Wedding Styleto bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your big day in the fabulous country of France?


Monique from French Wedding Style:

France is such a bountiful place for your wedding, with so many options to suit every bride.  From stunning chic elopements in the city of love Paris, grand Chateau weddings in the South of France to mountain top weddings in the French Alps, you really couldn’t hope for more choice in one country!


France also offers the option of it being an adventure for you and your wedding guests, with so much to see and do and not forget to eat and drink!


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In Morocco

27/11/2013 | 0

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If you are thinking about getting married in magical Morocco, then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start.


And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your wedding than the talented team of wedding planning experts at Boutique Souk?


Boutique Souk:

Marrakech is an exotic choice for a destination wedding, it has become increasingly hip due to the all-year-round sunshine, stunning venues and locations – palaces, riads, spectacular gardens filled with roses, palm trees and olive trees and of course low cost travel making it accessible for you and your guests.

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Morocco is right up there on the list of most desirable short-haul destinations. Situated three short hours flight away from the UK, enjoying pleasant year-round temperatures, an abundance of culture to appreciate and ancient cities to explore, Morocco and Marrakech are fantastic places to visit and create a charming destination wedding location.


As well as the must-visit maze-like streets and the intense hustle and bustle of the souks of Marrakech, the enchanting Yves Saint Laurent Majorelle Gardens and beautiful Berber Museum are very much worth calling in on.  The spectacular Atlas Mountains are a mere 40 miles away from Marrakech, making them an easy (as well as unforgettable) day trip.


Many couples stay on after their wedding and enjoy their honeymoon in Morocco. Some choose to travel around, spending a night in the desert in a tent under the stars mixed with some luxury resort hotels in the mountains or at the coast for some pampering. Boutique Souk is an ABTA registered Travel Agency so we can coordinate honeymoons as well as guest accommodation for the wedding.


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In Bali

19/11/2013 | 4

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If you are thinking about getting married in the tropical paradise that is Bali, then this Destination Wedding Guide is a great place to start.

And who could be better to bring you all of the inspiration and information you need to start planning your wedding than the talented team of wedding photography experts at PhotoFactory Bali?


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The island of Bali is one of the most beautiful wedding locations in the world with spectacular scenery, year-round tropical sunshine and a fantastic variety of breathtaking wedding locations. From stunning clifftop chapels overlooking crystal-clear waters, to vibrant, exclusive resorts set upon Bali’s pristine white sand beaches and secluded, exotic private villas in remote villages – you couldn’t hope for more for your destination day.


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A wedding in Bali can be a magical holiday for both you and your guests and it’s the perfect place for a short mini-moon or your honeymoon after your big day.


There is so much to see and do in Bali – it is the perfect place for having some downtime with your nearest and dearest before and after your wedding day. You can enjoy a cycle or hike across the rice fields in the Ubud area, or relax and enjoy the beautiful sunsets seen from Kuta, shop in fashionable Seminyak, or go surfing in Uluwatu, watch the famous Kecak dance or dance in one of Bali’s hip and happening clubs or try out tasty, traditional Balinese cuisine and enjoy fine dining. Your guests coming to your wedding will appreciate the many interesting adventures they can enjoy around your wedding day celebrations.



With rice fields, beaches and more, Bali makes an excellent place to have your engagement photo session. If you have your session with PhotoFactory a few days before your wedding in Bali, you will have your engagement album ready to show off on your wedding day!


Wedding planners


Many good wedding planners have been around for decades in Bali and some great newcomers have recently joined the scene too. Top quality, international-standard vendors such as professional photographers, decorators, talented musicians and dancers are all set to deliver you with your dream wedding. You will have no problems communicating with your Bali wedding vendors in English either, giving you full confidence before your big day.


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Blessing ceremony / commitment wedding

This ceremony is suitable for couples that wish to celebrate their wedding with a blessing in Bali, or for couples who don’t want to be legally banded in a marriage but wish to live in love and commitment. Everything is similar to a religious ceremony but it’s led by a celebrant and the certificate does not legally bind you in marriage. For this kind of ceremony you do not need to complete any legal paperwork and no authorities are involved.


Balinese blessing ceremony

Made famous back in the 90s when Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall tied the knot in Bali, the exotic Balinese blessing ceremony excites couples wanting to have an authentic Balinese cultural experience for their wedding. This is a blessing ceremony and not a legally binding wedding ceremony. It is only possible for couples who are genuinely of the Balinese Hindu faith to be legally married in the Balinese Hindu style. Again, you would not need to complete any legal paperwork and no authorities are involved.


Legal wedding ceremonies


All couples that want to legally marry in Bali (which is a part of Indonesia and is subject to Indonesian laws) must declare a religion. The Civil Registry Office can record marriages of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of change of religion.

In Bali, the legal civil ceremony takes place after the religious ceremony. You will have an English speaking ceremony leader (priest or government official etc).


Whatever ceremony you choose, your wedding planner or hotel wedding coordinator will be able to help you through the preparation and throughout the wedding.


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Destination Wedding Guide – Getting Married In Central Park

08/11/2013 | 1



New York City, the Big Apple, the city that never sleeps, the bright lights of Broadway and towering screens of Times Square, the hustle and bustle of Fifth Avenue, the fashion capital of the world, the iconic skyscrapers that command the skyline – if you’re a city girl, NYC is hard to beat when it comes to looking for a sleek, metropolitan destination wedding location.


And what better than to say “I Do” in the most romantic part of city – in the tranquil oasis of Central Park? There’s no denying it is one of the most famous locales too…

It’s where Carrie and Aidan go their separate ways in a real tear jerker moment at Columbus Circle, it’s where Carrie and Big meet for lunch and end up in Central Park Lake, it’s where Carrie and Miranda have lunch in the Ladies Pavilion in the first SATC movie, and the list goes on! But if you’re not a ‘Sex And The City’ fan, it’s also the most filmed location in the world! Need we say more?


If you fancy getting married in Manhattan, our wedding planning friends from Wed In Central Park are here to help with a great guide to getting married in Central Park….


Wed In Central Park:

Many couples come to New York City to get married.  There is a vast choice of locations for wedding ceremonies in the city, ranging from the sport fields to City Hall to one of the city’s beautiful parks.  One very popular location for both locals and visitors alike is Central Park.


Central Park was built in the 1850s, and the Upper East Side and Upper West Side areas of New York City grew up around it.  You can still see the mansions of this period lining the streets along the borders of the Park.  There are several structures within Central Park that lend themselves to weddings, depending on your preferences when it comes to size of party, privacy and distance from the entrances to the Park.  Be prepared to walk at least a little if you are planning a wedding in Central Park!


Ladies Pavilion:

One of the most popular locations is the Ladies Pavilion, a cast-iron structure with slate roof.  It was originally designed in 1871 as a shelter for trolley passengers.  It is no longer in it’s original location, and is now beside the Lake, offering iconic views of the water, with trees and tall buildings behind it.



Ladies Pavilion


Wagner Cove:

Another popular location for the smaller party is a rustic wooden shelter called Wagner Cove.  Many couples choose this because it offers some privacy, since it is hidden away by the Lake down some stone steps.


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Wagner Cove


Shakespeare Garden:

Some couples prefer to be amongst the flowers, and at the right time of year the Shakespeare Garden is perfect for that.  It is a shaded, out of the way spot named for the famed English poet and playwright because the flowers in it are all mentioned in his plays and poems.  These locations tend to be popular with parties under twenty guests.

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