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Top Tips For Grooms Marrying Abroad

Because it’s not just about the bride…

Sometimes grooms can get lost in proceedings when it comes to wedding planning. But if you’re getting hitched abroad, it’s all hands on deck, so the men-folk need to do a little more than turn up on time. Wedding Ideas Magazine’s Deputy Editor, Jade Pearson, reveals her all-important checklist for grooms marrying overseas…

1) Groomswear

If you’re getting married in warm temperatures, it only makes sense that your groom should choose a lightweight linen suit. Make sure you consider the colour of the suit, however – too dark and it will attract the sun, but too light and you may reveal some unsightly sweat patches. To keep cool, perhaps you could ditch the traditional tie or cravat and go for an open shirt?

2) Accessories

Accessories aren’t just for the bride. Keep your groom protected from the sun with a cool trilby hat, go for a chic look with sunglasses and keep feet cool with flip flops or espadrilles. Umbrellas also make for fun photos, while shading you at the same time.

3) Planning

When planning a wedding abroad you need to do your research. The groom could be in charge of researching weather in the chosen destination, discovering the rainy seasons and warmer months so you can make an informed decision before booking. The bride tends to take interest in the details and fashion, so the groom could be in charge of budgeting responsibilities, or booking the entertainment. Perhaps he could book a steel band for a Caribbean wedding? Or a string quartet for an Italian affair?

4) Keeping cool

Some grooms may fear the heat, especially when wearing a suit, but there are lots of ways to combat this. Make sure that there is plenty of water available for everyone, avoid drinking alcohol until after the ceremony, make sure you are all equipped with sun tan lotion, and have mini fans to hand to keep cool.

5) Transport

Traditionally the groom likes to arrive in style, and just because you’re celebrating overseas, this shouldn’t be any different! He can really make an entrance using local ideas. Maybe arrive on the back of an elephant? Or how about a tuk tuk? Or a gondola could be a great idea?


What’s on your groom’s checklist?

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  1. johngail@outlook.com' Gail Ansell

    After hearing so much about the Thomson Dreamliner we were excited to be travelling on the aircraft to Mauritius. The plane was fine with plenty of leg room, even though my husband is 6ft 3″, and a good selection of inflight movies.
    The main problem was the food or LACK OF FOOD, we needed to be at the airport mid afternoon for our flight taking off at 18.20 so we’d had lunch and expected to eat about 7.30 to 8.00, we actually didn’t get any food until about 10pm which was a chicken pasta bake (smaller than a microwave meal for 1 and no other choice if you didn’t like or couldn’t eat this) a bread roll, cheese and crackers a dessert and water. Then when it would have been the middle of the night here a snack box was handed out which included pate, crackers and a bag of dried fruit. Then before landing in Mauritius at 08.55 their time we were handed a rock hard breakfast Panini which was to hard to bite and had no flavour.
    The return journey was no better, it was a day flight and we had to leave the hotel at 07.15 so could have done with firstly a light snack on the plane and then the chicken curry with rice and the normal roll butter crackers cheese and dessert. Mid way through the 11 hour flight we were given 1 very small Lily O’Brien chocolate each (a cheaper brand in a larger size would have been preferable!) then before landing at 20.10 we were given a roll and cheese with a piece of cake and a Kit Kat.
    I have had better and more food on a short haul flight to the med and was very disappointed as have always been impressed with Thomson holidays. Maybe you could think more about the time of day it is for the customers and a graze box would make much more sense for a day flight than a night flight.
    Most people we spoke to who had travelled to Mauritius with Thomson were very impressed with their hotels but when you mentioned the Dreamliner everyone said about the lack of and poor quality of food.

    Gail Ansell

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Gail, I’m sorry to read that you’re disappointed with your recent flight experience with us. If you’d like to raise your concerns with our After Travel team on 0203 451 2689. Alternatively you can write to us at aftertravelcustomersupport@tuiuk.com ot After Travel Customer Support, Thomson Holidays, Wigmore House, Wigmore Lane, Luton. LU2 9TN.

  2. philknightpz@aol.com' Philip Knight

    Your blog/customer service team is the closest I could get to making contact short of phoning and hope this comment is suitable. I look forward to hearing from Thomson in any case. We like to look far ahead for our holidays and have usually used Thomson over the years. However, we find trying to make several searches and/or edit search on Thomson’s website can be irritating. When looking for suitable cheap dates/locations for hotel and half board holidays, for example, you discover that at every modification, the default reverts to showing ‘Our recommended’ which always seems to show ‘High to Low’ anyway for ‘Self-catering’ accommodation. The continual need to have to revert to one’s true needs seems an unnecessary waste of time. It makes one wonder if Thomson are not giving credit to the would-be client for knowing what is required. If this is not the case then they are allowing people to waste their time unnecessarily.

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Phillip, I’m sorry to read that you’re disappointed with the website. We always welcome feedback from our customers both positive and negative s to how we can better our customer experience. I’ll be sure to apss your feedback on.

  3. lauren.p21@hotmail.com' Lauren Porch

    I upgraded to premium before you brought in the complimentary lounge access. I fly on 13th May. Do I still get access to the lounges and if so, how.

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Lauren, Yes you’ll still get these privelidges for your flight. your lounge access will be shown on your e-ticket.

  4. joannatrevor@live.com' joanna

    I have been trawling the internet to find hints and tips about flying with a toddler, it’ll be our sons first flight at almost 3years of age……. little anxious about it, but after having read this blog I’ve picked up some fantastic ideas and even purchased a mini sketch board and Usborne holiday sticker book!


    • chantelle.sambrook@thomson.co.uk' Chantelle Sambrook

      I’m pleased to hear you enjoyed our blog, Joanna. I bet you can’t wait for your son’s first flight. What gorgeous destination have you chosen?

  5. gaynor_lloyd_smith@hotmail.com' Andy & Gaynor Smith

    We’re going on 18th May – relieved to see it’s built! Just hoping everything is up and running by the time we arrive.

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Andy & Gaynor, The hotel will be ready for when you arrive. Have an amazing holiday!

  6. angaline.orchard@googlemail.com' angaline sellek


    please can you tell me when I will receive my child flight tax refund please. I booked a holiday last year and are flying out on May 18th 2015 from Exeter to Mahon.

    Lead name = Mrs Angaline Orchard
    E-Ticket – Travel Document
    Booking Ref: Removed reference number

    Kind Regards

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Angeline, I’ve checked your booking andI can see that the APD was adhjusted on your booking before your final balance was paid.

  7. mstone1625@btinternet.com' M STONE

    With regards to our holiday to Thassos holiday number (removed reference number) we are unable to travel on that day due ongoing medical treatment, we are not in a position to choose another date yet. Can you advise the best cause of action please. we may be able to travel in 2 nd week in June subject to hospital results.
    Mr. Michael Stone

    • christopher.crowley@thomson.co.uk' Christopher Crowley

      Hi Michael, I’m sorry to read that you’re having to cancel your holiday. If you contact our Customer Support team on 0203 451 2688 one of the team will be more than happy to look into this for you.

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