Planning Your Dream Wedding Abroad? This Destination Wedding Feature Is A Must Read.
Are you planning a destination wedding? Dreaming of your perfect destination wedding, the sun setting, guests embracing the fabulous surroundings, the pool parties, the fine wines and more? Fabulous, why wouldn't you?!
Something you should know about me is I have a never ending wanderlust. Having travelled the globe and encountered countless cultures and traditions with that and more, destination weddings are something huge to me. Working as a destination wedding photographer whether it be Italy, France, Spain, Tokyo, New York or beyond know that I'm inspired by my couples and their surroundings and always thriving on providing you with award winning wedding destination wedding photographs.
So you've decided on your location for your dream wedding, the excitements overwhelming, your bridal squad and groomsman know they're in for the wedding of the year & you've started to live in your mind what will soon be a reality! An exchange of wedding rings between you in an Italian Vineyard or saying "I do," a top of the Empire State building. Pool parties at sunset and hog roasts on the veranda. The most important party in your wedding story as a destination wedding photographer is your story. All the moments between the moments that curate your entire day. My documentary approach ensures you spend your time with those that matter and not stood around posing for pictures all day.
A wedding Planner would be my first top tip. If you want the cosmopolitan flair to your wedding, I'd suggest contacting NKT events. If a planner isn't for you then ensuring budget and work way ahead of schedule. Consider your wedding dress, grooms suit and contact abroad suppliers if required to ensure they can accommodate all your needs for your wedding day.
So there's every chance you've chosen your dream wedding location as you've either played it out in your mind or you've possibly been there before. Regardless, where possible pencil in a trip, travel to the venue, a long weekend break allows you to plan your wedding to limit any potential hiccups on the your wedding day. Speak to the wedding co-ordinator ensure things are all falling into place. Perhaps even consider a pre wedding shoot in the location. Theres plenty to consider when it comes to what to wear to a pre wedding shoot, here you'll find some helpful advice. Other things to consider are your wedding florist and even a wedding celebrant pending on whether you'd like a religious ceremony.
So I can't emphasise this enough, keep your guests in the loop about, travel, accommodation, potential hidden charges for travel flight times and much more. There's many ways to do this but from previous couples feedback my suggestion of creating a private social media group for you wedding allows you to keep everyone up to speed on any and all events and wedding costs. Where possible provide guests with and running order of the day to help with them possibly considering childcare etc.
Ensure invites are sent out early, the last thing anyone wants is not to be able to make it as they couldn't book time off from work due to short notice. I know of couples providing two years notice for this, its almost one of the the biggest points to consider and perhaps have some personalised wedding invitations created to allow your guests to be part of the experience from the beginning of your planning.
If you're at the stage of considering your suppliers I'd love to chat to you more about your wedding plans & if your destination is high on my bucket list who knows what we magic we can create together. It can be an overwhelming decision choosing your wedding photographer so here's my top tips to help pick.