Many websites that specialise in overseas weddings have photographs of couples on the beach set against a backdrop of turquoise water, glorious sunshine and swaying palm trees.
While it is true that many couples do head abroad to tie the knot against such a backdrop, it is by no means the standard picture of an overseas wedding.
In fact, new research from MarryAbroad.co.uk has shown that for many people, this is far from what is required.
The website surveyed venues and planners in ten different countries about the most popular emerging trends among Britons heading abroad to get married and revealed some surprising developments.
At this point, it is important to point out the need for you to purchase wedding insurance before you head abroad. An insurance policy can provide valuable protection should something go wrong, so it is an essential purchase.
Rather than cramming everything into one day, many couples are spreading things out and having the whole event over a couple of days.
Angela Valtuena, owner of Catalonia Weddings Boutique in Spain, said: "Generally, these couples like to have a welcome dinner or lunch the day before the wedding and a brunch the day after."
With overseas weddings, it can be difficult for some people to attend, be it for cost or logistical reasons.
However, more and more UK couples are organising ceremonies with no more than three guests, with some not inviting anyone else at all.
In some cases, the photographer or wedding planner ends up being the witness to the event.
Historic cities such as Rome are becoming increasingly popular for weddings and a noticeable trend in recent times has been for couples to have a wedding procession through the centre of such cities, so the whole wedding party gets to explore the location.
Gabriella Salvato, co-owner of Italian planning firm Weddings & Co, said that he has seen an increase in such requests.
"They want their guests to walk along the streets of Siena, Perugia or Rome, accompanied by a musician, all the way to the church or town hall," she noted.
Wine and food tasting
Giving guests the opportunity to sample local delicacies while they wait for the bride and groom to arrive has become a popular addition to many overseas weddings.
Rather than it be as part of the whole wedding dinner, couples are keen for such tastings to be a standalone part of their day, Ms Salvato added.
Photographer over a videographer
In recent years there has been a trend for many UK couples to hire a videographer to put together a film of their big day. In some cases, this is instead of a photographer, while others like to have both in attendance.
With regards to overseas weddings, it seems that the traditional photographer is the preference, according to the research.
What this survey shows is that overseas weddings are not all about sun-kissed beaches and swaying palm trees and that your big day can be whatever you want it to be.
Whether you want a weekend ceremony or only a small event with two or three guests in attendance, what is vital is that you take out a wedding insurance policy to protect your investment.
You may be surprised to learn some of the latest trends in the world of overseas weddings. For example, many couples are having ceremonies with only two or three guests, while some are tying the knot without any guests at all.
The EHIC entitles you to state healthcare at a reduced cost or even free in some cases, so it is something you need to have when you go away. However, it is not in any way a substitute for travel insurance.
If you plan on tying the knot in winter, the weather could wreak havoc with your big day. It is therefore essential that you have a wedding insurance policy in place to protect you should something go wrong on the day.
When it comes to buying insurance, one thing you do not want is to be underinsured, otherwise the policy will ultimately not protect you. To help with your wedding insurance, you can use a wedding calculator to help determine what you have spent.
Wedding insurance has become an increasingly popular product in recent years, with couples coming to understand how important it is. Wedding insurance protects you in a number of ways, borne out by the variety of claims submitted by couples.
With the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton taking place tomorrow (April 29th) new figures released reveal that couples are being financially savvy to keep the costs of their own wedding down.
Those planning on taking winter skiing breaks have been urged to ensure their travel insurance offers sufficient cover for themselves and their equipment.
With the average price of a wedding in the UK hovering around £20,000 and businesses going belly-up over night, insurance might be just the thing to make sure the big day goes as planned.
With the wedding season underway, many a couple are busy planning for their big day. Although insurance may not be at the top of the checklist, it should still be included in the planning along with booking the reception and finding the perfect dress.
Brides and grooms spending over £50,000 can now insure their wedding at a reduced price with MRL.
Wedding list service Wrapit will go bust unless it can find an investor, according to reports, leaving couples worried they will be left without their gifts.
Debenhams Wedding Insurance is launching a new policy with cover for claims up to £70,000.
Women are taking an increasingly large role in organising their weddings, according to new research by Debenhams Wedding Insurance.
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