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Planning Your Dream UK Wedding from abroad: Why a Planner is Your Ultimate Asset for a destination wedding.


bride and groom kissing on the steps

Image via Lisa Jane Photography



Planning a wedding is such an exiting time, but orchestrating one from overseas? That's a whole new level of challenge. From navigating time zones to unfamiliar territories, the logistical hurdles can seem insurmountable. But fear not! With the right guidance, your dream UK wedding can become a reality. Enter: Whole Lotta Love – your invaluable ally in this transcontinental adventure.


Picture this: you're scouring the web, fingers crossed, hoping to stumble upon the perfect venue and suppliers. But why leave it to chance when you can have a seasoned professional by your side? That's where the magic of a wedding planner truly shines. With their expertise and insider knowledge, they'll curate your dream day with precision and finesse. Saving you so much time and stress!


At Whole Lotta Love, we've had the privilege of working with many overseas couples, each with their unique vision for a UK wedding. Whether you have familial ties to the UK or simply adore the idea of an English affair, we're here to make it happen seamlessly.


Choosing the right wedding planner is paramount when planning a UK wedding from abroad.


Start by researching planners experienced in orchestrating weddings for international couples. Once you've compiled a shortlist, schedule consultations to gauge compatibility. Chemistry is key – after all, you'll be embarking on this journey together. Trust your instincts and opt for the planner who not only aligns with your vision but also resonates with you on a personal level.


While ideally, you'd make a trip to the UK for in-person meetings, we understand that's not always feasible. Rest assured, technology has revolutionised the planning process. With virtual meetings becoming the norm, we'll ensure you're involved every step of the way, from vendor selections to venue viewings.


With our guidance, planning your UK wedding becomes an exhilarating adventure rather than a daunting task. From the historic charm of countryside estates to the elegance of urban venues, the possibilities are endless.


Navigating Legalities & Licenses with Ease when marrying in the UK


Planning your UK destination wedding is an exhilarating journey, but it requires crossing some bureaucratic hurdles to make it official. Fear not, we've got you covered with the essential steps to ensure your union is legally recognised:


  1. Secure Your Marriage Visa: Before you jet off to the UK, ensure you have your marriage visa sorted. Apply for a marriage visitor visa at least three months prior to your travel date. Visa fees start from £87 per person.

  2. Notify the Local Registry Office: Once you've landed in the UK, head to the local registry office of the county where you intend to wed. You must give 28 days notice of your wedding and present evidence of your marriage visa. Remember, legalities first, fairytales later!

  3. Obtain a Marriage License: To make your union official, you'll need a marriage license. The fee is £35 per person. Pro tip: you must be in the UK for at least 24 hours before exchanging vows.

  4. Explore Venue Options: With legalities sorted, it's time to choose your dream wedding venue. Whether you envision a romantic garden affair or a chic urban soiree, ensure your chosen venue is licensed for marriage ceremonies. Yes, outdoor weddings are on the table too! Check out some of our favourite wedding venues here.

For those eyeing London as their wedding destination, here is the list of some popular and stunning looking registry offices:


  • Old Marylebone Town Hall, London.


bride and groom walking down the town hall steps

Image via Marta Ilardo Photography


  • Hackney Town Hall, London.

ceremony setup at hackney town hall

Image via Laura May Photography


  • Wandsworth Town Hall, London.

bride and groom standing in front of Wandsworth town hall

Image via Diana V Photography


  • Lambeth Town Hall, London.

gay couple get married in Lambeth Town Hall

Image via Al Loves Aida Wedding Photography


  • Islington Town Hall, London.

bride and groom after their ceremony at Islington Town Hall

Image via Lisa Jane Photography


  • Camden Town Hall

bride and groom at Camden Town Hall

Image via Amy Robertson


  • Chelsea Old Town Hall, London.

Bride and groom exiting Chelsea Town Hall

Image via Maja Tsolo

Choosing a celebrant route if marrying in the UK


If you don't fancy dealing with all the legal requirements needed to legally tie the not in the UK, why not opt for a celebrant-led ceremony instead? You can marry legally in your country beforehand, and trow a lush UK wedding celebration after. Celebrant-led ceremonies are so much more personal and fun. We can get you in touch with many incredible UK celebrants who make wedding ceremonies fun and memorable.


With legalities addressed upfront, the path to your dream UK wedding is paved with ease. So, go ahead, envision your fairytale celebration amidst the picturesque backdrop of the UK – because with the right preparations, your dream wedding awaits!


Ready to embark on this unforgettable journey? Get in touch, and let's turn your overseas dream wedding into a breathtaking reality.




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