As I reflect on the breathtaking memories of my own wedding day in Lindos, Greece nearly two years ago, and the countless destination weddings I've had the privilege to attend since, I'm filled with excitement to share my wealth of insights with you. From the sun-kissed shores of Santorini to the majestic landscapes of Tuscany, each destination unveils its unique charm, offering an unparalleled backdrop for love to flourish. Whether you're envisioning an intimate ceremony amidst the vineyards or a grand celebration overlooking the azure Mediterranean, let me guide you through the intricate tapestry of planning your own exquisite destination wedding. Together, let's turn your dreams into a reality, crafting unforgettable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime. Welcome to Destination Dream, where every detail is tailored to perfection."

Choosing the Perfect Destination:

  • Start by envisioning your dream wedding setting – whether it's a majestic castle in the Scottish Highlands, a serene beach in the Maldives, or a charming vineyard in Tuscany. Where have you and your partner always LOVED travelling too or dreamed of going together?

  • Consider factors such as accessibility for you and your guests, the local climate and weather patterns, and the availability of wedding venues and accommodations. You want to make it easy as possible for your guests to get to your destination wedding. Choosing somewhere that is easy to get to will make it a much less stress free experience for you and your guests.
  • Research the destination and wedding suppliers that you would like at your wedding to see if your dream wedding will be able to be achieved there. I would recommend searching for wedding photographers, videographers, wedding planners, florists, wedding DJ's and live music before confirming everything with your dream venue!
Lake Garda, Italy

Navigating Legalities and Logistics:

  • Research the legal requirements for getting married in your chosen destination, including marriage license regulations, residency requirements, and any necessary documentation.
  • Consult with a local wedding planner or legal expert to ensure that you understand and fulfill all legal obligations before your wedding day.
  • Allow ample time for processing paperwork and obtaining necessary permits or visas, and consider hiring a destination wedding planner to assist with logistics and coordination.

Tuscany Wedding Photographer Italy

Seasonal Considerations:

  • Research the typical weather patterns and climate of your destination during your preferred wedding season, and consider factors such as temperature, humidity, and the likelihood of rain or storms.
  • Plan your wedding date and outdoor activities accordingly, and have backup plans in place in case of inclement weather.
  • Embrace the unique beauty of each season, whether it's the vibrant colors of autumn foliage, the blooming flowers of spring, or the warm sunsets of summer.

Vendor Selection:

  • Research local vendors in your destination, including photographers, videographer, planners, florists, and caterers, and read reviews from previous clients to ensure quality and reliability.
  • Communicate your wedding vision and expectations clearly with potential vendors, and ensure that their style aligns with your preferences.
  • Consider hiring a destination wedding planner who has experience working in the area of your dream wedding venue.

Lake Como wedding Photography Italy

Guest Experience:

  • Provide guests with detailed information and resources to help them plan their travel and accommodations, including recommended hotels, transportation options, and local attractions.
  • Consider organising group activities or excursions for guests to enjoy during their stay, such as sightseeing tours, beach outings, or wine tastings.
  • Express gratitude to your guests for traveling to attend your destination wedding, and consider hosting a welcome dinner or farewell brunch to show appreciation for their support and presence. With your closest friends and family flying out to spend your wedding day with you, you may as well make the most of it and have a few events to celebrate with them!

Capturing the Beauty:

  • Work closely with your photographer to scout out the most picturesque locations for your wedding photos, whether it's a secluded beach, a historic landmark, or a scenic overlook. It is so important to select the right photographer for your destination wedding to ensure you can capture everything you want! After all the planning and preparation, the photos are the only items you take away from a wedding day!
  • Take advantage of the unique landscape and architecture of your destination to create stunning backdrops for your photos, and be open to creative ideas and spontaneous moments.
  • Schedule a pre-wedding photo shoot or "day after" session to capture additional photos in different locations or lighting conditions, and allow ample time in your wedding day timeline for photo opportunities. All of my destination weddings will include a pre-wedding photo session at your destination (as long as our diaries work together).

Tuscany wedding in vineyard

Budgeting Wisely:

  • Create a detailed budget for your destination wedding, including all anticipated expenses such as venue rental fees, travel costs, accommodations, vendor fees, and incidentals.
  • Be mindful of hidden expenses such as taxes, gratuities, and currency conversion fees, and set aside a contingency fund to cover unexpected costs or emergencies.
  • Always budget more than you think!

Creating Lasting Memories & most importantly HAVE FUN:

  • Delegate jobs to the bridal party, you want your wedding day to be as relaxed as possible!
  • Have a few days down time after the wedding, you need to soak up every last memory of the best few days of your life!
  • Reflect on the significance of your destination wedding and the memories you've created, and consider ways to preserve and commemorate those memories for years to come.