Asia, Beach and sun, Europe

A new year means a new start, making it a popular time of year to get married. Weddings abroad are increasing in popularity not only because of their cost benefits but also as they strip away the stresses of organising your big day, leaving you to relax and enjoy the lead up to the happiest day of your life. Here’s our recommends for the best places to get married during January.

Bali, Indonesia

Bali is a paradise island, making it the perfect wedding venue. A wedding here offers an intimate affair, with a picture perfect backdrop of white sands and clear blue oceans. Any trip to Bali is breathtaking and deeply spiritual giving your special day the greatest atmosphere. Weddings here on the beach are usually small, intimate affairs and it’s such a heavenly destination, that it also makes the perfect place to honeymoon on. Many of Bali’s hotels offer wedding packages to marry within their grounds and at hotels such as Nusa Dua Beach Hotel or St Regis Bali Resort that also means a luxurious beachfront wedding.

Before you travel, you’ll need to visit your local Registrar of Marriage to obtain a Certificate of No Impediments (CNI) to prove you are free to marry. Once you’ve arrived in Bali, you’ll then need a covering letter from the Honorary Consulate to verify your CNI.

Lapland

A winter wedding is Lapland is a unique fairytale experience. Iceland’s landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, with its volcanos and glaciers and endless snow-covered land. Its culture is truly magical as it embraces its colder climate. There aren’t many people who can say that they’ve arrived pulled in on a sleigh by reindeer to take your vows inside an igloo! If an igloo sounds far too cold, why not get married in a Kota, a traditional wooden teepee. To end the perfect day, step outside to watch the night skies light up as the Northern Lights dance their way across the heavens. You can even take off on a trip chasing the lights for your honeymoon.

Cyprus

For many Cyprus is the ideal wedding location abroad. Just a short flying distance from the UK, it offers glorious weather all year through with temperatures reaching 60 degrees celsius in January. The start of the year is a great time to get married in Cyprus as prices are lower than later in the year when the mercury begins to rise. The legal side of marriage in Cyprus is also very easy which takes away another stress leaving you to enjoy your trip and your day.

Cyprus has a whole host of desirable and romantic locations for your big day. Of course there’s plenty of beaches to provide that glorious beach wedding, but you also have a choice of marrying in beautiful traditional churches, such as Ayia Kyriaki. If you want a true fairytale wedding, why not get married in Paphos Castle with its medieval architecture and picturesque views.