We’ve covered many a #ReasontoTravel as part of our series, but what better reason than love? A couple whose wedding plans were dashed after they clashed with a family member’s marriage have gone on to tie the knot in EIGHT different countries.
Weddings can be expensive affairs. That’s why one couple decided to take the cash that they would have otherwise spent on their nuptials and make their honeymoon their wedding day – in eight different countries! Amelia Irwin, 32, was faced with a dilemma after her wedding was planned in the same month as that of a family member of her partner Brett, 33, last year. After planning their wedding to take place in South Africa, his brother’s surprise wedding in the country threw their carefully plotted day into a tailspin. But the couple, who met nine years ago, decided to tie the knot in a registry office so they could use the £10,000 that they set aside for a single day to travel the globe for a month – smart couple! The pair were married in Trowbridge, England last year in a quiet ceremony. They then used their month off of work to exchange vows in Paris, Moscow, Beijing, Kathmandu, Delhi, Mauritius and, finally, South Africa to attend Brett’s brother’s wedding and end their honeymooning crusade.
Check out the couple’s gorgeous pictures and get ready to want to turn your wedding into a honeymoon, too!
Amelia’s parents were present for their weddings in England and France.
“Brett is South African so we had planned a huge wedding on safari in Africa but his brother and his girlfriend suddenly decided to marry in the same year. We could only get one month off work per year so we either had to miss their wedding and come to Africa for one month or cancel our wedding and attend theirs. Then I suggested why not get married in each country on the way round so we could invite whoever would like to come.”
“Our families were really supportive although my parents did think we were a bit mad – especially as I lugged eight wedding dresses around the world!”
Brett’s mom was able to join them for their weddings in China, Mauritius and South Africa.
“We spent approximately £10,000 less than an average wedding – although finding photographers abroad was really tricky – Google only helps so much.”
Their 5-year-old child, Gabriel, joyfully attended all eight weddings.
“In South Africa, the wedding coordinator did everything for me, from finding a florist, a make-up artist, a photographer, and everything in between. By far and away the South African wedding in the bush was my favourite because all of Brett’s family were there. It was the only place where I was truly made to feel like a bride.”
“We will never have a traditional wedding. We live to travel and I would far rather spend the money on travelling than on a party for a day.”
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