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How to get married when you live overseas

How to get married when you live overseas

Life doesn't stop simply because you found a fabulous job in Singapore or are living and working in Australia. Although many immigrants are young and unmarried when they first move, they often find that they enjoy their stay in their new country, but wish to share it with a husband or wife. Getting married when you are an immigrant is entirely possible, but there are a few things you should consider.

At MoreVisas, our expert visa consultants frequently arrange visas to unite a new husband and wife when one or both are living and working outside India. As well as arranging residency and work permits, there are also tourist visas to arrange for wedding guests and often for the honeymoon trip. We can provide support throughout the process, so you can focus on your wedding day. Read on for our top 3 tips on planning an immigrant wedding.

1. You can have more than one wedding ceremony

In any wedding ceremony, there are two elements. There's the part where you are married in the eyes of religion, tradition and family, and the part where you are married in the eyes of the law. While the two ceremonies are often held at the same time, they are not the same and can be separated even by thousands of kilometres and several months without affecting the validity of your marriage. In some countries, it's required that the two are separate. If you have a Swiss work visa and get married there, then the legal ceremony is completely secular and must be done by a state official, separately from any religious ceremony or other celebrations.

2. Choose a time and a location early on – and don't change it

This is particularly important if the person you are marrying is living in a different country than you are. If one of you is in India, this may simplify things but if your family are scattered across the country or around the world, perhaps a brother has a Hong Kong job and a sister is on a USA student visa, then fixing a time and a location months in advance will help make sure everyone you care about can be at your wedding.

3. Embrace local traditions, too

If you've been in your new country for a while, then chances are that your new friends and colleagues will be happy for you and want to celebrate with you. People who are not Indian will have their own ideas of what is a suitable way to celebrate. While you shouldn't let local customs override your traditions for the wedding, you can embrace local traditions with a party some weeks before or after the wedding for friends who couldn't attend the ceremony itself. Customs vary widely, so it might be fun to let local friends plan your day. Grooms with a UK work permit can expect a 'stag party' which usually involves the consumption of a lot of alcohol. Brides may have something similar, a 'hen' party, or may have a quieter spa day. In the USA, the traditions are similar, but the parties are called a 'bachelor' and 'bachelorette' party. These can get quite wild, so be sure you know what to expect!

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