Brett and Amelia Irwin didn’t want to splash out on one lavish wedding ceremony, so they had eight tiny weddings in eight different countries.
Hearing that Brett’s brother was planning a huge wedding in South Africa, where the couple now live, around the same time they spent a month traveling, along with their 5-year-old son, to eight different countries for each wedding.
They were married in front of the Taj Mahal in India.
“We live to travel, and I would far rather spend the money on traveling than on a party for a day,” said Amelia.
And here they are atop a mountain in Nepal.
“We invited whoever wanted to come and everyone got the chance to attend a wedding,” said Amelia, “We got amazing wedding photos and spent all out wedding money on something for us. It just seemed perfect.”
They stopped off for a romantic ceremony by the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Amelia’s parents, from the UK, attended the English and French weddings, while Brett’s family, from South Africa, were there for the ceremonies in China, Mauritius, and South Africa.
“They were really supportive. Although my parents did think we were a bit mad, especially as I lugged eight wedding dresses around the world.”
“We started in Paris, and planned to go to Moscow,” explains Amelia, “Then I was so keen on doing the Trans-Siberian railway, which … ends in Beijing where the Great Wall of China can be accessed.”
“We both wanted to go to India. We flew over Nepal and stopped there too. We flew from there to Delhi and drove to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and then flew down to Mumbai before heading to Mauritius.”
Here they are at the Great Wall of China.
And by St Petersburg Cathedral, wearing an appropriately Russian-style wedding dress.
Overall, Amelia says the eight ceremonies and travel cost around $15,000, “so less than the average wedding”.
Why save travel for the honeymoon when your wedding can be this amazing?