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Make your clients’ wedding budget stretch further with the best-value deals around, saysKatie McGonagle

n any other year, this would have been prime wedding season, but with nuptials on hold for now, whether at home or abroad, countless

couples have been forced to reschedule their ceremonies. For those getting married overseas, that might be as simple as switching existing arrangements to next year, but others might find themselves going back to square one as they seek out a destination that suits family and friends but won’t cost the Earth. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up a handful of

places offering excellent value, so you can give them a helping hand in getting their big day back on track without blowing the budget.

CYPRUS The island of Aphrodite, goddess of love, has always been a hit with couples wanting to tie the knot abroad, and is Tui’s most popular wedding destination. There are atmospheric venues – Larnaca’s medieval castle, or the Troodos Mountains’ olive groves among them – but beaches still hold sway, according to Planet Weddings’ managing director, Mathilde Robert. She says: “There is no doubt that, for the past three decades of helping agents sell weddings abroad, the most 23 APRIL 2020


popular request by far is a beach wedding. For UK couples, it is also about the party after the wedding, so there are venues by the seaside such as Atlantida Beach Weddings in Paphos, which can deliver most requests.”

MEXICO Mexico’s Caribbean coast might be known for value, but the Pacific is just as easy on the bank balance, and with fewer tourists adding to the appeal. If couples want to say ‘I do’ with sand between their toes, recommend Playa de Amor, aka Love Beach, in Marietas Islands National Park, which is exclusive to guests of Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit. They will be whisked to the beach by catamaran, with guests able to join via livestream from a drone, before toasting their marriage with champagne on the journey back to the hotel, followed by a reception with live music and a wedding cake.

MAURITIUS The main advantage of a destination wedding is wrapping the ceremony and honeymoon up together, and where better to have both a legally recognised wedding and dream Indian Ocean escape ²


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