Steph from Marry Abroad was be a very popular exhibitor at the first Tiny Weddings Fair on 30th Sept at the Wycombe Swan. So, we are very happy to have her back at the second Tiny Weddings Fair to be held at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She gave a talk last time, on how to choose where to get married – which country and which location will suit what you need. And she will be doing it again in Birmingham on the 10th March 2019. Choosing on the right location is the first thing you need to do when you decide to have a destination wedding abroad, then finding the right wedding planner or venue is the second. You can do both those things with Marry Abroad and their incredibly helpful website.
Tell us a little about what you do.
I run Marry Abroad, a website couples can use to find a wedding provider in a foreign country. They can then talk directly with the actual planner who will be arranging their wedding, which cuts out any middle man and also means the couple gets the best price possible for their wedding.
What do you love about tiny weddings?
I love the fact that often they are arranged very quickly. The couple decides they’d like to get married, they decide on a location and, because there aren’t lots of guests to herd around, they can book everything easily and just go and get married.
How do you think the couples are different when working with a large wedding versus a tiny wedding?
I think tiny wedding couples are more decisive, as they’ve already decided not to do the traditional ceremony, and often they are more quirky. I’ve seen couples get married in Halloween outfits in a log cabin, or up a mountain in the snow – a tiny wedding can be more imaginative as there’s no concern about how all the guests will fit into the location.
What are the main differences in the way you do business when dealing with a tiny wedding?
As we don’t arrange the weddings ourselves there’s no real difference. Although often the tiny wedding couple will be looking to get married sooner, so sometimes there’s an availability issue with some wedding planners who are booked up years in advance.
Give an example of a tiny wedding you have worked on and what you did for the couple?
I had an enquiry via our Facebook page two weeks ago for a gay couple who weren’t sure where exactly they’d like to marry, although they liked the idea of Canada or the USA. So I suggested some places to them, and after a few messages they decided they liked the idea of New York. So I passed their details to Claire of Wed in Central Park, and they’re getting married there in a couple of weeks’ time! So that would be four weeks from enquiry to ceremony. Which is pretty fast!
Do you feel there has been an increase in tiny weddings in the past few years or have you always worked with a lot of small wedding parties?
We’ve always had a lot of enquiries for couples who would just like to get married and not have a huge wedding (although we do have large enquiries too). Often tiny wedding couples don’t want to do the whole “meet with the wedding planner and talk through every detail” part, so, as we’re a website, they find it easier to just ask us online. We’ve also found that this year we’re getting a lot more enquiries via Facebook messenger from couples who don’t know exactly what they want.
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