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At home or overseas? The best location to host your wedding

Published on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 by Jennifer Henson

In recent years the appeal of an overseas wedding has increased dramatically. Travel agencies offer specific packages for Australians looking to hold their nuptials overseas. Wedding venues and officials in exotic locations such as Bali and Thailand are busy all year round. But is having your wedding overseas the best option? This question needs to be approached from a variety of angles, first by examining the most popular destinations and then looking at all of the factors that contribute to making a wedding. This piece is making no attempt to dissuade those who have their hearts set on an overseas wedding, but merely intended to ensure you consider what exactly you want out of the wedding.

Wedding planners can offer several exotic locales for your wedding the most popular being Thailand, Bali and Fiji (Fiji boasts that Australians account for over 50% of all foreign weddings). With a warm climate year round and lower accommodation costs, weddings in tropical locales have become very popular. Looking past the glowing sun and turquoise water on the travel brochures is important before you decide to hold your wedding overseas. All of these countries whilst beautiful often contain deep sociological and economic issues which can make planning a wedding frustrating as plans will have a tendency to go awry and the ability to right mistakes in the wedding planning phase becomes a complex process. Tropical countries also mean a tropical environment and temperamental weather can put an end to your wedding plans in a heartbeat.

Another important factor to consider is the economic impact on guests. Yes planning a wedding overseas is often slightly cheaper for you, however it's important to realise that you're also expecting guests to take time and spend a lot of money to celebrate your special day. If you are considering a small wedding consisting of family and loved ones then an overseas wedding maybe just what you're after. Overseas weddings can be perfect, but if you want something more classical, an event that all those you know can enjoy and remember, then nothing beats a wedding at home in Australia.

While planning a wedding overseas is a great option for those wanting a small intimate wedding attended by a few guests if you're a couple after a more refined and classical wedding attended by loved ones then consider marriage in an Australian venue such as Nilla Reception Lounge. Just remember that the concept of the honeymoon came about so that newlyweds could travel overseas to exotic locations. Holding a wedding overseas can often be an inconvenience to guests and loved ones who face a financial strain as well as the prospect of having to take time off work or away from families.

Written by Jennifer Henson

Jennifer Henson works at both Forte Catering and Nilla and has a strong passion for great food and wine. She is the best contact for both businesses and you can keep up to date with her on Google+.

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