We are getting married in SW France, cannot wait!
We have invited all of our closest friends / family and expect to have about 60+guests. It is stressful in that we are booking a holiday for 60 people with a wedding in the middle! Finding the right venue was by far the toughest bit. After that everything else has been a joy to plan.
I am really looking forward to spending some proper time with our guests, most will be staying for 5 nights and some for 3 nights. We don't get to see our family very often as we live in Manc and our families are dotted around the county in Kent, Yorkshire, South Wales and the New Forest, as well as OH parents and sister now living in SW France!!
It certainly hasn't been anymore expensive booking abroad. They don't seem to have cottoned on to charging for absolutely everything yet!! The exclusivity fee for the venue includes hire of the barn, bar, courtyard and tables, chairs, table linen, candles, lanterns, setting up / decorating the tables and the bar staying open until everyone goes to bed! This obviously isn't the case for all venues abroad, but from what I discovered they appear to be a lot more relaxed!
The only downside (as I see it) is you have to be prepared for guests to be unable to make it. But I guess that would still be the case for some in the UK. Logistically it can be tricky too, if you have certain venue decorations in mind for example, they can be tricky to source in other countries.