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Celebs ... getting married, living & partying abroad

Ever wondered which celebs have married, vacationed or partied where you are getting married abroad?

We give you the low down right here.

Weddings in Greece... land of ancient history but more recently:

These celebs frequently take their holidays here, so don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of:

Johnny Depp, Melanie Griffith, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zite Jones, Shakira, George Michael and Demi Moore.

Some have taken vacations a step further and actually have property there.

Celebs with Greek homes include:

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson (of Greek origin) bought a 6 acre summer house on the island of Antiparos. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere both have homes on the Island of Patmos (location for Pretty Woman 2 maybe?). Sean Connery has a property at Portocheli and Rowan Atkinson (or Mr Bean to his friends) owns a house on the Island of Andros.

The most recent high profiled wedding was between Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik, who exchanged vows on the romantic Island of Spetses.

Getting married in Mexico ... and who like to holiday there too?

Mexico is a very popular location for the rich and famous to spend a vacation. Celebs which regularly holiday in Mexico include:

Singer Rhianna, actress Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and actor George Cloony.

So you are in very good company if Mexico is for you!

Celebrities which have tied the knot there in the past have included Jenifer Lopez and Casper Smart and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr.

Cuban weddings ... doing the loco

Cuba is a very popular holiday destination, just ask:

Singer Alanis Morissette, actor Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, former supermodel Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

Probably the most famous recent wedding anniversary to have taken place in Cuba was for Beyonce and Jay-Z. The celebration took place in Havana at the Hotel Saratoga. www.tlcuk.biz didn’t do any of the legal paperwork!

Back in the day, legendary crooner Frank Sinatra could often be seen there as was our very own Edward VII in the 1930’s and the Duke of Windsor in the 1940’s.

Dominican Republic weddings ... and the holiday destination of many

Back in 1994 ‘pop united with rock ‘n’ roll’ when the legendary Michael Jackson wed Lisa-Marie Presley. The wedding took place at Casa de Campo.

Vacation wise: MicroSoft founder Bill Gates is a regular as is former US President Bill Clinton and ‘A-list’ supreme couple Brad Pritt and Angelina Jolie.

Developer, hotelier and business leader Donald Trump has been known to take holidays in the Dominican Republic. As have Jennifer Lopez and Julio Iglesias

We think it’s fair to say that these destinations are popular for a reason and with an ever growing list of celebs making them places to be seen at, then you have made a great choice.

Darren Elliott

Marriage certificate registry service discontinued for overseas Brits

From 1 January 2014, British nationals overseas will no longer be able to deposit foreign marriage or civil partnership documents with the General Register Office (GRO).

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From 1 January 2014 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will discontinue its service of depositing foreign marriage and civil partnership certificates with the General Register Offices in the UK.

British nationals overseas will need to make their own arrangements for the safekeeping of these certificates, as they do for other important documents

Why has the decision been made to stop this service?

This change is being introduced as part of our 2013-16 Consular Strategy. As the strategy makes clear, Consular Excellence is about high-quality, modern, cost effective and efficient support to British Nationals overseas.

This change will help make better use of our scarce resources and modernise the way we deliver these services. This will allow us to concentrate on front-line consular work, providing more support to our vulnerable customers including, for example, minors, the elderly, people with mental health problems, and victims of serious crime abroad.

There is no legal requirement to deposit your foreign marriage or civil partnership certificate with the GRO, or to have your marriage/civil partnership recorded in the UK. The deposit of a foreign certificate does not make the marriage legal in the UK, nor does it ‘recognise’ the marriage as a valid one.

The validity in UK law of a marriage or civil partnership contracted in a foreign country is in no way affected by its having been, or not having been, recorded in the UK.

For further information please see the Q & A document (MS Word Document, 19.1KB)

Original source: www.gov.uk/government/news/marriage-certificate-registry-service-discontinued-for-overseas-brits

Please note that overseas marriage certificates can no longer be deposited at the GRO. However, you would still need to have your marriage certificate translated in order to change your name at the Passport Office, the banks and DVLA. For a marriage certificate translation quote, please complete our enquiry form or contact us directly.

Translation and legalisation of documents: getting documents legalised

Where to go next for getting your documents legalised? Gemini recommend www.tlcuk.biz or go straight to their weddings abroad page where you can find details about each country they cover or obtain a quote for the translation and legalisation of documents.

Some things just go together like translation and legalisation and finding one UK translation services provider which provides both services with full customer service support, just made getting married abroad a whole bunch easier.

But just ‘what is legalisation of documents?’ And where do you start?

Legalised documents are legal documents like birth certificates, which have been taken to the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in Milton Keynes and received an Apostille.

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This authenticates the document as true to a third party inspection, say the district judge at your destination wedding.

Coupled to legalisation UK (i.e. legalisation done in the UK) you will need document translation services also, best provided by a UK translation services provider.

The certified translation agency will translate your legal documents from one language to another and then the professional translator will certify.

This means to the outside World that the certified translation has been performed independently and the certificate conforms that the document translation is both true and accurate with full details of the translator.

You may also be required depending on the wedding destination for your perfect wedding a notarised translation.

Put simply, this means there will be a notaries certificate which conforms that the translator is known to the notary, which then gives added reassurance to the recipient of the complete legal document bundle.

Written by Darren Elliott

Top wedding destinations: getting married abroad

Overseas wedding locations have a forever changing top 10.

One year one is in, the next year another replaces the No.1 slot but safe to say the following are always amongst the favourites chosen by Brits wanting that perfect wedding abroad.

In this list of wedding destinations, there is a need for translation and legalisation services.

The chances are your travel agent will have already mentioned this to you. They may have even recommended or suggested a professional translation company UK.

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The important point is certified translation services.

The professional translator needs to certify the document and there is the possibility of notary and legalising a document requirements too.

www.tlcuk.biz has tailored its professional translation services to provide a packaged translation and legalisation solutions for couples getting married abroad.

The most frequently asked wedding destinations include:

Getting married in Cuba

Getting married in Dominican Republic

Getting married in Mexico

Getting married in Spain

Getting married in Greece

If these locations don’t tickle your fancy, then maybe you can check out the other destinations on the TLC UK weddings abroad page.

If translation and legalisation services are required for your perfect wedding abroad, don’t leave it to chance.

Written by Darren Elliott