Brett and Amelia Irwin, who currently live in Johannesburg, South Africa. They got married in 2015.
But their wedding was a little different from everyone else’s. That’s because they had eight different weddings, in eight different countries!
They originally planned a huge wedding in South Africa, but after Brett’s brother announced he was getting married that same year, they decided to travel to different places and have eight separate weddings instead.
So they just decided to take a month off and get married in every country on from Amelia’s home in the UK to South Africa, where they ended their trip with Brett’s brother’s wedding.
“We invited whoever wanted to come and everyone got the chance to attend a wedding,” Amelia said. “We got amazing wedding photos, spent all our wedding money on something just for us. It seemed perfect – the answer to all our problems. No paying for others to eat, drink, party – just spending the wedding money on ourselves and travelling the world! Those who wanted to come could come.”
They got married in India, Russia, China, Nepal, Mauritius, Paris, England and South Africa. The only person who attended all their weddings was their 5-year-old son.
“We started in Paris and planned to go to Moscow,” Amelia said, “then I was so keen on doing the Trans-Siberian railway, which includes Irkutsk, Mongolia, and ends in Beijing, which is 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 where we stayed two nights, before heading to Mauritius.”
Amelia’s parents were present for the England and France weddings, while Brett’s came for China, Mauritius, and South Africa.
“They were both really supportive,” Amelia said, although my parents did think we were a bit mad, especially as I lugged eight wedding dresses around the world.”
Amelia said the entire trip cost about £10,000, “so less than an average wedding”.
Amelia said that even when they returned home, they didn’t have a traditional wedding. “We live to travel, and I would far rather spend the money on travelling than on a party for a day,” she said.