Getting Married Abroad - Croatia

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Why Get Married in Croatia?

A short flight from the UK, Ireland, and the rest of Europe, Croatia has become a top holiday destination and, more recently, a magnet for foreign weddings. The country’s stunning natural beauty and coastline dotted with picturesque, romantic islands, combined with its history and architecture, increasingly make this small Eastern European country a hotspot for couples looking for an appropriately romantic (yet affordable) destination wedding.

Croatia’s diverse landscape (couples are able to choose from a variety of scenarios, including a secluded Mediterranean island, a rustic villa in the countryside, or a historic setting in the middle of a cosmopolitan city like Dubrovnik) makes it easy for couples to find the perfect fit for their special day. The country’s rich history and mixture of urban and rural settings makes it the perfect choice for a destination wedding, and the number of things to see and do means that guests will have plenty to keep them occupied. croatia destination wedding flower vendor

Planning and Budgeting for the Big Day

It’s always a good idea to plan ahead for a wedding, of course, but Croatia’s growing demand as a destination wedding spot means planning ahead is crucial. It’s common for in-demand wedding venues to get booked up to 18 months in advance, so planning early means you’ll not only have a wider selection of locations to choose from, but you’ll most likely be able to secure the best deals for your venue of choice, flights, restaurant and/or catering needs, and accommodations.

Setting up a website or blog with hotel information, transportation options, activities in the area, and recommendations for things to do outside the wedding is an easy way to communicate important information to your guests.

Most importantly, because your guests will be traveling to a foreign country, they’ll want to know the best options to finance their trip. While Croatia is a member of the European Union (EU), it has not yet become a member of the single-currency Eurozone and, as a consequence, still uses its own currency, the kuna. Your guests will most likely want to know the safest and most cost-effective methods to acquire the local currency, whether still in their home country or once they’ve arrived in Croatia.

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How to Finance Your Croatian Wedding

A destination wedding takes a lot of planning, and one of the most crucial issues you’ll need to plan for is how to pay for it. If your wedding is a typical one, you’ll need to ensure you can securely and cost-effectively send payments to numerous parties, from the caterers to the florists, and everything in between.

Fortunately, Croatia’s currency transfer laws support the easy transfer of local and international currencies. The kuna is easy to obtain, and the country’s payment systems follow both international and domestic regulations for the safe and legal exchange of foreign currency.

Many Croatian businesses will accept payment by kuna or euro, though it’s always best to check upfront with your wedding vendors to make sure you know their payment policies. Whether you’ll be making international payments in the local currency or in your own currency, it’s a good idea to research your transfer options. Today, online currency transfer services often offer better exchange rates, lower transfer fees, and low or no sending restrictions, making it easier to transfer large, lump sums at one time. You can compare rates and services through online transfer comparison sites that offer free currency converter tools, and potentially save substantially in the process. Knowing the best financing options for your situation can help make planning your Croatian wedding a little less stressful, and save you money at the same time.


Genia Jones
Content Specialist
Genia is a writer for FXcompared. She has over 15 years of experience working in the financial industry as a writer, analyst, marketer, and content strategist. She enjoys writing about emerging trends… Read more

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