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5 Things to Consider When Getting Married Abroad

If you’re engaged and planning your wedding, you might be seriously considering getting married abroad, somewhere other than the UK. There are lots of different, very good reasons for getting married abroad but there are also some things that you may need to consider depending on the destination of your wedding. Today we are looking at some of the things that you need to remember when planning your wedding in a foreign country.

Local Laws

Depending on where you go to get married you may need to apply for an official UK wedding license before you go. However in some places you will also need to apply for a local wedding license so that your ceremony is legally binding. Speaking to somebody at the local administration offices should allow you to find out any legal steps you need to take before having a wedding in their country.

Visas

If your spouse comes from the country in which you plan to get married you may be surprised to learn that your marriage doesn’t automatically guarantee that they will have residency in the UK. There is such a thing as a UK fiance visa, and this is something that you may need to secure if you’re planning to have them live with you in the UK in the period leading up to the wedding.

Language Differences

You may find that some weddings will be performed in the local language, regardless of whether you speak it or not. When Husband and I got married in the Maldives, our ceremony was conducted in Dhivehi, which is the local Maldivian language, so we were unable to understand what was being said! We were given a translation afterwards so that we knew what we were agreeing to in our wedding ceremony.

Cost

Most of the time, the reason people choose to get married abroad is because the cost of the wedding ceremony and honeymoon all come in at a much lower cost than what you’d pay to get married in the UK. However if you’re planning to take your guests with you, you’re going to need to factor in whether it’s affordable for them if you really want them to be there. Unless you’re planning to pay for the whole bridal party to accompany you, you may need to run the cost of the whole shebang past your nearest and dearest before you start making any bookings.

Wedding Planner

The best and easiest way to arrange a wedding in a foreign country is to hire a wedding planner. You can hire a planner here in the UK who specialise in foreign weddings or if you have good enough language skills for the destination of your wedding you could hire a planner who lives near your venue which means that you will benefit from their Knowledge and expertise of their home country and getting everything sorted that is required for your wedding.

Want To Move Abroad With Your Family? Here Are Some Essential Tips

There are times where you might ask yourself if your home country is really where you want to bring up your children. Perhaps you’re not confident that your country is going to be stable enough to offer your children a bright future. Maybe you’ve always wanted to enrich your child’s lifestyle by exposing them to lots of different cultures and traditions around the world. Or perhaps you just can’t stand your current place of residence and want to move somewhere else.

You’ll find many different reasons to move abroad, but you also have lots of different responsibilities that prevent you from just packing up your bags and chasing a life in a different part of the world. In particular, you’ll probably have to worry about your family and what they think about moving to another part of the world. It can be devastating to their lifestyle and it could be something they’re resistant to, especially if they have commitments or investments already.

So in this post, we’re going to talk about some of the essential tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking about moving abroad with your family.

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Are you financially prepared for moving abroad with your family?

First, make sure you’re financially prepared for a move abroad. Attempting to move abroad when you don’t have much money is going to be extremely difficult. Whether you’re buying overseas property, paying for schooling or even just travel fees, you’ll need to establish some sort of income that you can continue even after you move to a different country. You’ll also want to have a lot of savings so you can afford to purchase a home before you even arrive at your destination country.

What makes you want to move abroad? What are the benefits you’re looking for?

You should also think carefully about the benefits of moving abroad and why you’re considering it in the first place. There are lots of different reasons why you might want to move, such as wanting a brighter future for your children or even to move back to your home country. Whatever the case is, make sure you clearly define your reasons for wanting to move so that you can explain it to your family and justify your decisions.

Moving abroad is a huge commitment, so make sure you do your research

It’s a good idea to do plenty of research before you decide to move. This is because you don’t want to be left regretting your decision a little later in the future. There are many different places to start, such as looking for property in your country of choice. There are many country-specific things that you should look out for as well. For example, if you’re moving to Thailand, then a  house for sale in Had Yai might have a different purchase process to a home somewhere in America. It’s best to work with native companies or organizations that specialize in helping people overseas purchase property in another country.

Will your children have to learn a completely new language?

Perhaps one of the most taxing things about moving to a different country is learning to communicate again. If your children have to learn a completely different language in order to communicate at school then you’ll find it might be best to teach them a few basic words in your own time. This will help prepare them for the eventual move in the future. It also helps if you converse with them in this other language so they can get used to speaking it.

Try and maintain the little things that your family does to maintain familiarity

It’s a good idea to try and maintain some common practices that you and your family use in your current home. For instance, if you typically go out for a family meal on a Friday, you should try to maintain that behaviour to make it easier for your family to adjust to your new location. Even though you’re in a completely different country, doing familiar family tasks will help ease everyone into their new life abroad.

Make sure you establish access to essential services

One of the most important things to establish as soon as you move is health services. There are some top countries for expat health that you might want to consider if health is a top priority for you. Navigating the health services for each individual country can be taxing, so it’s important that you look for some basic information to help you learn more.

5 Things to Look for When Buying Property Overseas

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Buying a property overseas is a major decision, but one more people than ever before are opting for. There are places abroad where the properties are much better prices, give better rental yields, but if you decide to live in them yourself, give you a better way of life. The cultures and rules can be very different to in the UK though, so you need to be certain that you can abide by the laws of your adopted country before moving there, like the Saudi visa fee.

Why Do You Want The Property?

This is the first thing you need to know as it can affect the type of property you choose and which country you decide on. Are you intending to live in it yourself? If so you need to ask yourself about the sort of lifestyle you are after. Do you want calm and peace or to be in the hustle and bustle of a big city? Do you want to be by the sea or tucked away in the countryside? Do you want to live with the locals or be in a holiday resort with other expats?

Perhaps you are buying the property as an investment for the future, and in the meantime will use it as a holiday home for family and friends. Or maybe your aim is to rent it out to a long-term tenant so that you can reap the benefits of the income. Finding an overseas property expert, like Simon Conn, to help you with your search is a great idea because he’s probably got a whole load of other questions that you haven’t even considered yet!

The All Important Location

The importance of the location you choose cannot be underestimated. People have different tastes and interests and you need to find somewhere that is suitable for you.

If you want to live in a tropical paradise you may opt for somewhere like Bali or Java. Both of these islands are in Indonesia and neither of them will cost you a fortune to live there. They have all the local amenities you would expect, and some of the friendliest people in the world. They also have delicious local foods, markets selling locally made crafts, watersports galore, and many other activities suitable for all ages. Don’t forget to research passport legalisation.

If you have a thought of moving to Australia or New Zealand, you might have to reconsider, as they are extremely hard to get accepted into. You have to have a trade o profession that they have a shortage of, such as doctors or dentists, or be very rich indeed. There are a few other exceptions, but the list of those grows shorter every year.

Somewhere such as Singapore could be ideal, although such as Singapore is a bit misleading because this place is unique. It has the most stable government in the whole of Southeast Asia, who actively encourages businesses and immigration. With some of the lowest tax rates in the world, excellent education and the highest quality healthcare, Singapore has been accredited by several worldwide organizations for its high standards.

Apartments in areas such as Tampines – you can see some interesting Tampines facts here – are comfortable, reasonably priced and convenient for all the delights of Singapore. Of course, there are lots of other places like that and it is up to you to do your research and find the perfect place for you.

European locations might seem an easy option, but even they have restrictions on immigrants from outside other EU countries. For instance, Spain will not accept driving licenses from some other countries, New Zealand being one of them. Any New Zealander moving to Spain should take a driving test before using the roads.

Choose your location with care. The house or apartment you live in will be the home you make it, if you have got the location right.

Watch The Costs

You need to be aware that each country has its own set of costs when it comes to buying a property, and agent’s fees are sometimes handled differently. In some countries, it is the seller or owner that pays them, and in others, it is the buyer or the person renting that has to settle their bill. This can be a huge cost and more than the legal bills or local taxes.

If you have purchased the property to rent out, there could be maintenance costs, and who is going to pay the local taxes every year? As an example, in Spain, there is a yearly tax for rubbish collection that is usually paid by the landlord, but not always. You need to agree on everything with any tenant because these tax bills will be in your name as the owner.

Legal Experience

If you intend to use a property lawyer for the deal, you need to be certain that they are qualified to operate within the country you are buying in, and that they are experienced in dealing with international transactions. The alternative is to use a legal firm in the country itself, but beware of any language barrier because sometimes things get lost in translation. It is worth the extra cost of hiring a professional translator to attend any meetings with you. This translator or interpreter should be independent of the law firm you are using, as you will need them to translate any documents and paperwork as well. It could be a good idea to refer to a passport agency London, too.

Tax Implications

If renting out is your preferred option, you need to speak with a local tax expert. The tax systems vary greatly from country to country and you can end up with huge fines and penalties if it is not done correctly.

The laws regarding inheritance have to be considered as well, as there can be tax implications where these are concerned.

Legal and tax advice for the country you have chosen are crucial if you do not want to end up on the wrong side of the law.

Buying Property Abroad

The prospect of owning some property in another country can be an exciting one and should be totally trouble free if you go about it in the right way. Check the places out by spending some time there first, and take a look at things like the infrastructure as well as the properties. A good local bus service, for instance, can be a boon so that you can get around without having to drive everywhere.

Speak to people that already have property in the area and you will find the benefits and pitfalls, and don’t give up if your first location choice turns out not to be right. The world is a big place and there are plenty more locations you can consider.

Thinking of Foreign Lands

Just recently, Husband and I have decided that we really need a holiday. It’s been over a decade since we’ve left the UK and the girls have never been away, so it’s definitely time to get packing! We’ve got a few ideas of where we’d like to go as a family, and I thought I’d share some of them with you:

Malta

I’ve been to Malta twice myself, before marriage and kids, and I think it’s basically the perfect short-haul destination for families. There are cities, beaches, historical relics, brilliant shops, restaurants, activities, and everything is family friendly.

Paris

Before Husband and I ever met, we actually both went to Paris at the exact same time without even knowing it, and it’s somewhere we’d both love to revisit. I think we could make a really great family break out of it, combining time in the city to see all of the sights, as well as a couple of days at Disneyland! Agoda is a great place to look for good deals on accommodation around Disneyland Paris.

Iceland

Iceland is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and there are SO many things I want to see there, from the Blue Lagoon to the rugged volcanic landscapes. Polar bear spotting and Northern Lights trips would be such an amazing experience for the girls and taking there somewhere which isn;t one of the ‘ordinary’ destinations really appeals.

Ibiza

I never made it to Ibiza in my clubbing days, but I’ve heard and read a lot about it as a family destination and it actually sounds perfect. There’s LOADS to do and apparently the northern side of the island is much quieter and more family-oriented. I’d still be tempted to watch sunrise at Cafe Del Mar, though 😉

Lake Garda

Another place which seems perfect for families is Lake Garda. There’s loads to do for families, like watersports and sightseeing, and there’s a real edge of luxury cool which would appeal to most grown ups. Mediterranean countries always have a real acceptance of kids in restaurants and public places too, which makes eating out as a family so much easier!

Where is your favourite place to go as a family? Do you have any destinations on your family bucket list? Do leave me a comment below as I’d love to hear all about it.