Destination weddings prove a money saver

31 Aug 2016

Recent research by FairFX has revealed that it's becoming cheaper to say "I do" in exotic wedding destinations

Travel money specialist FairFX has unveiled the costs of getting married abroad, compared to the UK which has ranked one of the most expensive countries to tie the knot.

Mauritius proved the cheapest location in which to wed, with an average cost of £216, while the UAE ranked the highest at £22,689. The research found that the average UK wedding cost is £18,000, eclipsing the humble averages of Fiji (£693) and the Seychelles (£842). All wedding cost averages can be found below:

  • Fiji - £693
  • Seychelles - £842
  • Malaysia - £1,885
  • Thailand - £1,515
  • South Africa - £4,038
  • Sri Lanka - £3,500
  • Morocco - £4,000
  • Greece - £5,988
  • Mexico - £6,061
  • Italy - £6,843
  • Mauritius - £216
  • Jamaica - £8,963
  • France - £9,837
  • India - £10,061
  • New Zealand - £16,619
  • Australia - £17,313
  • Canada - £17,594
  • Ireland - £17,964
  • UK - £18,000
  • USA - £21,214
  • UAE - £22,689

Elizabeth and Lee Saxby saved nearly £13,000 by having the wedding of their dreams on a tiny Hawaiian island instead of staying in the UK.

Elizabeth said: “The world was our oyster – and Hawaii won! We decided on a very private and relaxed affair on one of Hawaii’s quietest islands. We ended up spending £2,500 on the wedding, including my dress and the photography. It meant we could spend more money on our honeymoon and travelling across California. It was the holiday of a lifetime.”

And the cost of getting married abroad is getting cheaper, according to FairFX, if you choose your destination wisely. Long-term currency fluctuations mean that a wedding abroad this year can cost up to 188% less than it did five years ago, with exotic locations such as South America, Africa and the far east offering the best value.

Ian Stafford-Taylor, CEO of FairFX, commented: “With the average cost of a wedding currently more than £20,000, it can be near impossible for young couples to be able to afford both a wedding and to buy their first home. In comparison, a wedding abroad can cost a fraction of the price as well as offering the opportunity for a wedding of your dreams."

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