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1. A – Three days to one Recent changes to the British Virgin Islands’ marriage laws have made it a lot easier for couples to marry there, says Ginny Hawksley, manager of the BVI Tourist Office, UK & Europe. They can now get married just 24 hours after arrival; they can start filling out their wedding application form online before leaving the UK; and they can complete the entire process at the Civil Registry. Prior to the changes being made, couples had to visit three different locations to obtain the necessary documentation for their marriage licence application.

2. C – Canada Neil Wallace, Virgin Holidays’ weddings expert, says: “This year Canada celebrates 10 years of legalised same-sex marriages, which are recognised in the UK as civil partnerships. Canada was the first country outside of Europe to allow same-sex marriages.” Virgin Holidays offers weddings at Niagara Falls, in Banff and by Lake Louise.

3. C – 24 hours Caribtours product manager Katherine Hobbs says: “St Lucia is one of the easiest places to arrange a wedding and with a necessary residency of only 24 hours, setting the date for the big day is entirely up to the couple, allowing the rest of their trip to be a relaxing honeymoon.”

4. A - Cyprus Planet Weddings offers ceremonies at several amphitheatres in Cyprus. Managing director Mathilde Robert says: “The amphitheatre in Ayia Napa is part of the town hall and therefore the most cost-effective option as clients (through agents) will only have to pay £250 to book the wedding through Planet, then for the wedding licence pay ¤282 locally. The bonus is they are still marrying outside.” There are also amphitheatres

available for weddings in the grounds of St Raphael Resort (Limassol) and the Elysium hotel in Paphos.

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Catholic weddings are an option in Malta

5. C – November to March In summer, Koh Samui is enjoying its best weather but the best time to visit the rest of Thailand, including Phuket, is between November and March when rainfall is lowest. “You can enjoy five-star hotels for

three-star prices, meaning, for many, upgrades to private villas fall within their honeymoon budget,” says Premier Holidays’ head of Faraway product David Carlaw.

6. B – Grenada “Grenada offers couples the chance to tie the knot by a rainforest waterfall, on an historic spice plantation or a deserted white sand beach – and now even underwater!” says Sharon Bernstein, Grenada Board of Tourism general manager

UK & Ireland. “The couple need to provide a sworn affidavit, or letter from a clergyman, lawyer or registry to prove if one or both parties are single. If someone’s divorced, they need their Decree Absolute and if widowed, the death certificate of their late spouse.”

7. A – Bali “To get married in Bali couples should belong one of the following religions: Christian, Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu. This is due to a government rule,” explains Emma Stubbs, Kuoni UK senior coordinator for weddings. “If the bride and groom do not belong to the same religion as one another they have to sign an affidavit in resort to state they are happy to be married under one religion.”

8. B – Malta and Gozo Shelley Perry, wedding & groups co-ordinator at Belleair Holidays, says: “Malta is one of the few destinations that’s easy for Brits to tie the knot and honeymoon at the same time – you must spend three working days to be a ‘resident’ in Malta before you can get married there. Belleair Holidays can arrange Catholic weddings in beautiful churches, for example the Sanctuary church in Mellieha. The legal paperwork is handled by a priest in the UK before departure. With some fantastic dive sites across the Maltese islands such as Grand Harbour in Valletta, Blue Hole in Dwerja as well as Xlendi in Gozo and Comino, the islands will not disappoint.”

9. B – Lapland “We offer reindeer transfers to the Levi Ice Gallery in the Kittila region,” says Cosmos head of product and commercial Rob Goodwin. “This is a building created from ice and inside it has a chapel, bar and restaurant, and rooms if people want to stay. What’s magical is there’s lighting inside the ice, so you get these wonderful colours. The bride can arrive by reindeer or husky- drawn sleigh – and bridegrooms usually choose snowmobile!”

10. C – The Maldives Weddings in the Maldives are not legally binding but many combine a Maldives honeymoon with a wedding on nearby Sri Lanka. “Sri Lanka is Kuoni's number-one wedding destination, providing sun-kissed weddings in stunning locations, coupled with excellent service,” says Stubbs. “It is ideally twinned with the Maldives – a short flight away. Although customers are unable to get married in the Maldives, they can chose to renew their vows there.”

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