With the cost of the average wedding standing at £21,000, it is unsurprising that couples are flying to South Africa and Thailand for a romantic and affordable destination to get hitched.

With the cost of the average wedding standing at £21,000, it is unsurprising that couples are flying to South Africa and Thailand for a romantic and affordable destination to get hitched.

In their top 20 list of places to tie the knot abroad, Annabelle Thorpe and Nicola Iseard writing for the Observer named destinations in the three countries because of their value and spectacular locations.

Zorgvliet Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, the wine region of South Africa, was recommended for a wedding in the “lush countryside” in a 17th century chapel.

The “palm-backed” beaches and atmosphere of the lively island of Koh Phangan “makes it a memorable place to get married”, they added.

Either a Thai ceremony blessed by monks can be performed, or the Santhiya resort offers western-style events, they explained.

“One of the most beautiful cities in the world”, Sydney, was also a suggestion and couples can make their vows on the lawns of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

According to figures from Conde Nast Brides, the average honeymoon costs couples £3,860.

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