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Well Travelled Bride Budapest Destination Wedding Guide

Budapest, Hungary

To soon-to-be Well Travelled Brides,

We set off for Budapest with high expectations and were delighted to discover that everything the city had to offer - wine, food, castles, day-spas, fabulous views - was, in fact, impeccably grand. Budapest holds everything we could ask for in a 'Well Travelled' destination. We couldn't imagine a better European city for our brides who crave culture and romance, but love the playfulness of an unconventional setting. 

We packed our trusty Samsonite luggage and spent eight days on-location creating a visual story, meeting as many vendors as we could, and of course enjoying all of Budapest's most sparkling local gems.  Our team was made complete with regular styling contributor Yvette Edwards and two wondrous photographers: Marcos Sanchez from Spain, and Bear Deer Fox's Brendan, directly from Australia. We hope you fall in love with Budapest as much as we have. Take note, well travelled brides. Your grand Budapest adventure may be just around the corner...

Travel well,

Well Travelled Bride

 
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WEDDINGS IN BUDAPEST

 
 
 
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Budapest Wedding
Guide

When it comes to planning a destination wedding, we know it can be difficult to trust the vendors personally responsible for putting together all the details of your special day. That's why the professionals hand-selected by Well Travelled Bride are the perfect collaborators to call upon for your romantic Budapest wedding. We have visited and worked with everyone in our guides, and can vouch for their professional, reliable, and visionary work. Feel free to peruse the gems we've laid out for you and enjoy your interactions with these delightful people and companies!

 

Well Travelled Bride Budapest Hungary Destination Wedding Planners

Budapest
Wedding
Planners

Let's be honest. There's nothing more stressful about planning a destination wedding than dealing with foreign language barriers. We consider ourselves wedding planning professionals, yet even we struggle with miscommunication from time to time while traveling abroad. Hiring a planner will not only allow your special day to run more smoothly, it will also save you from potential cultural mishaps that may occur. Luckily for you, Budapest lacks no shortage of professional, well-connected wedding planners. We suggest you sit back, sip on a glass of champagne, and flip through our selections of international stylists who are here to make your perfect day that much simpler.

 

Well Travelled Bride Destination Wedding Elopement Budapest Hungary Venues

Wedding Venues

The heavenly venues Budapest has to offer are what first enticed us to showcase this stunning destination.  Unique among other European cities, Budapest is abundant in old-world charm, rich architecture worn with age, and luxe interiors with Eastern Europe references. Modern alternative venues & spaces can be found tucked away in every corner of the city. Its unique venues are part of what makes Budapest such a stunning destination choice, so be sure to look through our galleries and bookmark the perfect spots for your ceremony and reception.

 

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Florists

The more distant the wedding destination, the more challenging it often is for brides to find a florist that can truly understand and interpret their vision. Surprisingly, Budapest is full of fresh and talented florists who are more than capable of bringing your floral dreams to life. Filling your wedding with show-stopping flowers is something very high on our priorities at Well Travelled Bride, so we've hunted far and wide to find you the very best floral designers in the region.  

 

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Wedding Planners

Let's be honest. There's nothing more stressful about planning a destination wedding than dealing with foreign language barriers. We consider ourselves wedding planning professionals, yet even we struggle with miscommunication from time to time while traveling abroad. Hiring a planner will not only allow your special day to run more smoothly, it will also save you from potential cultural mishaps that may occur. Luckily for you, Budapest lacks no shortage of professional, well-connected wedding planners. We suggest you sit back, sip on a glass of champagne, and flip through our selections of international stylists who are here to make your perfect day that much simpler.

Well Travelled Bride Destination Wedding Elopement Budapest Hungary Bridal Dress Gown Fashion

WEDDING WARDROBE

In a city with as rich an Eastern European heritage as Budapest, it would be a shame not to embrace the colour and textures of the culture when choosing your wedding wardrobe. We opted for lots of neoclassical patterns and prints inspired by the architecture of the city. Think glamorous fringing and rich jewel tones. Whether you choose to buy your dress before your arrival or work with a local designer, we encourage you to think intricate, timeless and glamorous. Have fun browsing our local and international picks below, and let your eyes soak in the vibrancy of Budapest's culture.

 

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Photographers

For such a photogenic city, it took some real investigation to find local photographers that aligned with our standards here at Well Travelled Bride. However, through all our searching, we did find some hidden world-class gems. Our recommendation would be to book well in advance to ensure securing your number one pick. Otherwise, do a little outside research and book a destination photographer from a nearby European spot.

 

Well Travelled Bride Destination Wedding Elopement Budapest Hungary Hair and Makeup

Hair & Makeup

Hungarian women love to dress up. Local artists are highly competent and very passionate, but do air on the side of more-is-more. When working with a local makeup artist, provide as many photo references as necessary and ensure you make time for a makeup trial. For an authentic Budapest-appropriate touch, incorporate a little tradition through subtle folklore touches.

 

Well Travelled Bride Destination Wedding Elopement Budapest Hungary Cakes

Cakes

Hungarians must have a sweet tooth, if the abundance of talented and creative confectioners in the area is any indication. Despite the good odds, however, our first commissioned cake was still an absolute disaster, serving as a good reminder that when planning destination weddings brides need to triple check every detail and ensure there is no miscommunication.  Fortunately, Budapest is home to many cake salons that serve as more-than-worthy backups, offering tastings and pick ups with little to no notice.

 

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Stationery

The invitation is the first detail wedding guests notice, so it's important to set the tone for your event with carefully selected stationary. Luckily for our Budapest brides, there are several local designers able to create a custom suite with an elegant, Eastern European flair that will perfectly set the stage for your destination wedding.

 
 
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LEGALITIES

The legal process of getting married in Hungary is a relatively complex one.  Some couples will opt to do a symbolic ceremony in Budapest and make it official in their home country.  For those up for the adventure of doing it legit - be well-prepared, do you research and have fun with it.

Well Travelled Bride Budapest Wedding Guide

What are the requirements?
Legal age for marriage is 18 years for both men and women.
Bride and Groom may not be related by blood, marriage or adoption.
Only civil ceremonies are recognised.

How long do I need to prepare?
Allow at-least 3 months before you leave for preparation in your home country and 10 working days in Hungary.  Do not prepare any legal papers more than 6 months before your wedding date, as some documents are only valid for a certain period of time.

What do I need to do before I leave? 
Hungary doesn’t require you be a resident to get married within the country, however there may be a waiting period before you can marry so make your plans in advance.  Book your date, venue (ensure it is legally recognised for weddings!) and pick a celebrant.  Involve your celebrant in the process, as they will be extremely helpful in liaising with Hungarian offices that don't often speak English.

Well Travelled Bride Budapest Wedding Guide

Unless you wish to spend 30 days in the country prior to your marriage, there are certain steps to take ahead of time in your country of residence.  First, make sure you attain a Certificate of No Impediment (or comparing document) from your home country. This often takes 2-5 weeks, so be sure to do this first!  This will need to be translated in Hungarian — our suggestion is contacting your country's embassy in Hungary, as they will be able to assist in processing these documents. Typically, the bride and groom will courier the embassy the documents and pick them up on arrival. 

What do I need to take with me? 
Passports
Birth Certificates with full parents’ names
Certificate of No Impediment
Certificate of Single Status
If you have been divorced then the original marriage certificate and final divorce papers must be shown.
If you are widowed then the original marriage certificate and death certificate of your previous spouse must be shown. 
All documents must be translated into Hungarian by an official translator and be stamped with an apostille.

What do I need to do upon arrival? 
Meet with your Wedding Celebrant (or local planner) as they will be able to advise tailored steps dependent on your wedding venue and nationality.

What to expect?
Legal ceremonies will be conducted in Hungarian language and will be translated upon request (its part of the fun!)

 
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Honeymoons & Vacations

 
 
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Budapest
Honeymoon Guide

Your ceremony is over and your guests are trickling off to discover their own European adventures. It's time for you and your Well Travelled Groom to kick off your shoes and get swept away in the romance and adventure that awaits you within Budapest. Take a week or two after your ceremony to relax and enjoy the luxuries this decadent city has to offer, whether that means cruising on the Danube River, soaking in art and culture at the Opera, or pampering yourselves at a day spa. Make sure you keep your schedule simple and allow time to simply stop and soak up the views and culture around you.

 
 

TRAVEL INFORMATION

Visas and Passports
Those with valid European passports are able to visit Hungary without a visa.  There are many countries which allow their citizens to travel visa-free for up to 90 days.  It’s best to check the latest visa requirements for your specific country, which you will find on this website.

Well Travelled Bride Budapest Wedding Guide

Money
Hungary's national currency is the Hungarian Forint, or HUF.  Unless you’re exchanging currency in a neighbouring European country, you may have trouble finding currency before arriving.  Avoid changing currency at the airport as the price is heavily marked.  We recommend arriving with enough cash for emergencies, however most shops & services accept credit card (including airport taxis etc). Currency rates and commission vary a lot. We found a great place to change euros for HUF at: Currency Exchange, Money Change
Budapest, Király u. 1b, 1075 Hungary

Safety
We found Budapest to be a very safe city, however on weekend nights you’ll find locals drinking & partying in their favorite spots, which may seem very foreign to some visitors.  We recommend using your judgement and if you are travelling further out of the city and research specific areas carefully.  Tap water is extremely fresh and 100% safe to drink. Carry a water bottle as there are plenty of drinking fountains to refill at.
Emergency Services Phone Number: 112

Cost of Living
You’ll find Budapest cheaper than almost all other European and Western countries.  Accommodation is much cheaper when booked in advance, and you’ll be able to eat, drink and dine well on any budget. However, the public baths and some tourist attractions are surprisingly expensive.  We found food and drink in heavily touristed areas were pricier than ‘local spots’ so if you're looking for a more authentic experience and better value explore away from the main streets. 

How to get there
Wizz is the local low-cost carrier which flies directly to Budapest from most European countries. However, keep in mind that prices may seem cheap but luggage will quickly hike the price tag.  If you’re coming from a neighboring country, the train is a good, casual option. From Vienna it’s only 2 hrs and tickets can be under 20 Euro. 

Getting around
The metro is a great and often more efficient than taxis.  We used a variety of public transports, depending on weather & distances.  Upon arrival you can buy 7 day travel card from the airport, which will cost you 4750 HUF. Using the public transport is easy with the BKK FUTÁR app to plan your journeys. Available on iOS and android app stores. Uber is also available in the city.

When to visit
We recommend September for long, hot Summery days whilst avoiding the crowds of earlier months.
Autumn (September, October, November)
Winter (December,January, February)
Spring (March, April, May)
Summer (June, July, August)

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Let’s get connected:
Wifi is available at most hotels and cafes, and whilst it is reliable and reasonably fast we do recommend having a local Sim in case of emergencies.

Sim Cards
Sim cards are available from mobile providers, but we struggled to find them at both the airport & corner shops.  Instead, we opted for going direct to a Vodafone store.  Expect to pay 4000 HUF for a plan that’ll cover you for a month's travel.  You will need your passport to buy one.
Hungary Dialling code: +36
Budapest area code: 1

 
 

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Photography by Beer Dear Fox and Marcos Sanchez

 
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