Destination Bliss Volume 3 - Page 20

D estination wedding ceremonies come in all shapes and sizes, and there are pros and cons to each. Here’s a breakdown of the most common ceremony types to keep in mind as you plan your dream-fulfilling day so you can find what’s right for you. LEGAL OR CIVIL CEREMONIES Having a legal or civil ceremony in a destination outside of the U.S. does require some extra work. Some countries may require you to obtain a marriage license a number of months before or arrive early. FAITH-BASED WEDDINGS Destinations and resorts throughout the world offer ceremonies that respect your religious and cultural roots. From Catholic weddings to traditional Jewish and Indian ceremonies, our specialists will work with you to honor your customs and traditions. Keep in Mind . . Requirements vary by country and can include paperwork, documentation or blood tests. Photo by Cathrine O’Hara Photography CEREMONY By Jonathan Hermann SYMBOLIC CEREMONIES Symbolic ceremonies are becoming the newest trend for destination weddings outside of the U.S. They look and feel exactly like a legal ceremony, including everything from a celebrant, a walk down the aisle, and personalized vows. Keep in Mind . . This is not a legally recognized marriage. Obtain a marriage license in the U.S. before or after your trip. OUR ADVICE? Photo by Genya + Erik Shenko Photography Symbolic ceremonies allow you to avoid legal restrictions, so you can get married on any day of the week without a required waiting period. TALK TO OUR AGENCY about what ceremony type is best for you