5 Top Tips To Remember When Organising A Destination Wedding

It is now accepted that destination wedding can be a little less stressful in comparison to an event held at home there are always going to be certain pitfalls that you need to be aware of. After all, you’re going to be 100’s, sometimes 1000’s, of miles from home and in an unfamiliar country where problems, shall they arise, will prove to be a touch trickier to sort out than they would at home. We’ve enlisted the help of Cardiff Wedding Photographer Phil Harris to share a few words on some of the things they have picked up over the years. Given that they have visited so many destination weddings it’s amazing that they have whittled the list down to 5 of the main points of which you can see below.

1. Location, Location, Location

The site of choice can either limit your options give you too many to the point where you’re a bit dizzy trying to decide. You’ve got to consider who you are, what are your interests and how will the location help you realise your idea of a dream wedding and, of course, what are the interests of your other half also. So think about your visualisation fo the perfect day, how does it look in your mind, how does it feel, what are the characteristics of the setting. It’s all important os get thinking!

2. Get A Little Creative To Save Big

As we know things like decor and food can often contribute to a creeping increase in the overall cost of a wedding but if the decor was the natural beauty of an area itself, think of a Caribbean beach or a Norwegian fjord. Equally, when it comes to food, you could get easily you enlist the help of some local chefs to prepare some fantastic and great tasting local food without spending the astronomical figures oft-associated with wedding catering.

3. Get A Professional Involved

Trying to organise a wedding overseas can certainly have its challenges. First off there is the language barrier and also having a poor understanding of local customs can easily lead to some awkward situations. With this is mind it’s probably for the best you get a wedding planner with experience of the local area, it’s traditions and is fluent in its language. I promise it will make the whole process run a lot smoother.

4. Reconnaissance Is A Necessity

I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to suggest that having a wedding in a foreign destination without first visiting the place is to be a considered a major misstep. Trying heading out the years before when the weather is going to be similar, and you have an authentic feel of what it’s going to be like once the big day comes.

4. Have Your Dress Suit The Location

Breathable wedding dresses anyone? Well if you’re going to have a wedding in a hot country then this is going to have to be a significant consideration. Just explain to the tailors when you’re having a consultation about what materials they can use to suit the destination. They will have done this before and as long as you give them enough time they should be bale to get you something that you love without making you sweat buckets.

A Wedding In The Pyreness

We all know about the popularity of destination weddings. Often the cost effective option of a trip to Greece, be it Kos or Santorini, is significantly more attractive than having a wedding at home. The benefits are endless and have no doubt been discussed in depth among the wedding industry commentariat on all the favourite websites. However, there are those who see the benefits of having a destination wedding not because of the budget savings but because of an emotional attachment to the location. Maybe they visited the place on holiday as a child and have been enamoured with the area ever since. Maybe it has some historical significance that crosses over into the interests shared by the bride or groom or both. I’ve invited David Causon to discuss one of her favourite place in Europe and here’s what she had to say about The Pyrenees.

Monolithic in some places and undulating in others, The Pyrenees cut across the South Of France and in a way that provides a bit of hard, granite border with Spain. Rolling all the way down to The Mediterranean this mountain ranges has a staggering amount of character and a plethora of picturesque options for those that wish to get married there

The locations to consider must begin with the Basque town of Bayonne that functions as a port on The Med and is steeped in history. Other options include Pau, the capital of the hills, the religiously significant Lourdes and the historical citadel of Montseger.

The place is formidable not just in stature but also in the wealth of activities it offers the visitors that make an effort to travel there. From fishing trips to skiing ( seasonal of course) and it’s also a bit of a mecca for walkers.

It’s undoubtedly a range of verdant beauty no matter which side of the Pyrenees you are on with lush, rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Much of its character is defined by its incredible scenery and cool temperatures and crisp air. A perfect respite for those city dwellers out there. There is also the small matter of the fantastic architecture the region is blessed with, and it’s recommended that you do some research beforehand to make sure you can visit some of the sites when you get there as in peak season some have been known to sell out in advance.

As far as romantic retreats are concerned the region is blessed with some fantastic wedding venues that offer refinement and vistas that will burn into your memory and that will surely be a hit with guests.

The top three wedding venues to check out in the Pyrenees are for me, Château de Chéronne in Pays Du Loire, Chateau de Fayolle in Dordogne and Château de Brametourte.

So what are you waiting for? Get some enquiries sent out as these venues get booked up years in advance.

5 Ideas For Your Summertime Wedding

It’s now mid-June and wedding season is already full swing. With that in mind, I’ve decided to put together a short list of ideas for your summertime wedding. So if you’ve decided to have your wedding abroad or have instead opted to have it in one of the more sun-washed corners of the British Isles, then I’m sure you’ll find something in this list that will compliment your big day.

1. One of life’s greatest pleasures has got to be enjoying a cold, sweet ice cream on a searing hot day and this is why I have made having a Gelato Bar at your summertime wedding number 1 on this list. So go one, let your guest cool off to a tasty selection of Italian sodas and Gelato.

2. Decorating the reception area in fragrant bouquets is something that I I have noticed more and more in recent years. Be it Dahlias, Roses or Lavender or even a combination of all three, the inclusion of the flowers will compliment the day perfectly.

3. Everyone loves cocktails, right? However, some cocktails are more equal than others, especially when it comes to finding the right drink to match the setting of your wedding, but the idea of sipping on a Piña Colada or a Cosmopolitan is the summer sun is currently making me very thirsty!

4. While pool parties rank fairly low on list’s of must-have wedding add on’s, I have to admit I’ve been to a few weddings recently and the pool parties worked a treat. An opportunity to cool off on a steaming hot day in the company of friends and family with a cocktail or gelato ice cream in hand just sounds delightful, so why not give your guest a treat?

Words by Morag @ Documentary Image Wedding Photographer Bristol

Why Should Have A Destination Wedding

In times past it was only the affluent that could afford destination weddings but these days with cheap flights and weak economies across The Mediterranean this has changed providing couples with an abundance of options from picture postcard weddings on the white stoned island of Santorini to the reserved beauty of Mallorca in Spain.

There are many reasons why you should seriously consider a destination wedding and here are just a few;

1. It Is Cheaper!

It’s probably a bit of an obvious point, but it’s one that’s worth making. For anyone that sceptical as to how great the savings can just make a few calls to some of the be popular wedding venues in your area and do the same for an establishment of your choice in The Mediterranean and be amazed at the difference. Rip-off Britain is a reality, and the unfortunate thing is the astronomical costs associated with wedding venues is replicated across cakes, bands/dj’s, dresses and the rest.

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2. You Can Make It How You Want It

Some people have a clear idea at their destination of choice. Dreaming for years of their big day spent in the picturesque vineyards of France or the snow-capped peaks of The Alps. The choices are endless, and it gives couples the opportunity to make their wedding how they want it.

3. Less Stress

Many venues abroad recognise that it’s much easier to offer all in one package dealing with the organisation and coordination of the wedding rather than having the bride & groom flying out repeatedly to get things organised. This results in a wedding that is as close to stress-free as your likely to get.

Words by Steven Brooks

4 Tips For Choosing Your Wedding Theme


Trying to pick a theme for your wedding? Some coherent concepts or ideas can illustrate who you are as well as the essence of your relationship. I didn’t look for Google advice on these matters I just dove right in so here are the five things I recommend.

The best advice I missed on was to sit down and write down key aspects that define you and words. After I had been thinking of our couple personality, things like travel and pics.

Jay and I strayed from the typical banquet hall for our reception and started with secret gardens and urban loft spaces. Our host site is a 1900’s historic home..think Downton Abbey-chic. Given the setting, a Little Mermaid themed affair could seriously cramp our houses charm. Some options were automatically due for this.

My crazy poking about on the internet, reading, and pinning habits illuminated a theme path. I noticed I had a penchant for rustic trends. I also learned that mismatched palette bridesmaids dresses were my bag! Running through other people’s wedding boards and grabbing what speaks to it is possible to help you further define your style.

Getting the family involved in wedding planning is always as a good idea and can often lead to some surprises with individual members of the family providing to be much more creative than you could ever have imagined. From your abundance of awesomeness that’s her home decor, my mom and I pulled centrepiece concepts over holiday break. Think about family members who have a gilded interior touch materials/objects you can borrow to generate your venue look smashing.

We are about to finalise our antique themed reception, although we’re narrowing down the touches. (Whew! Another item crossed off). What’re your fave trends or styles for weddings? Any tips I should know still?!

Words By Jenny @ Indigo Violet Wedding Photography Derbyshire

7 Wedding Design Hacks You Should Understand

1. Space’s seats are dated, plus they don’t match with the fashion or my colour scheme.

The Style Hack: That is a simple repair: Let ones that complement your wedding design or colours, like pastoral wood seats or timeless Chiavari chairs. “We want to integrate peculiarity sofa furniture and wonderful classic pieces,” Tien says. If budget is the concern, choose several pieces that can have maximum effect, like a queen and king chair for the sweetheart table. “A few correctly placed things can make an enormous visual impact,” Tien includes.

2. The ballroom carpeting is completely intolerable and patterned.

The Style Hack: Roll in a few new carpeting, in case your financial plan permits and entirely cover the rug. Not in the cards? Keep your guests. “Once you put down the group stage, the dance floor and a dozen tables, you have covered plenty of that carpeting,” Keegan says. So bring on your guests’ eyes across the area, like hanging a large flowery setup or marketplace lights.

3. The site is open and big, and you also would like an intimate feeling.

The Style Hack: Space is a bonus, but an enormous room with high ceilings can present a challenge in the event you are after. “Creating spaces within spaces and points of interest throughout will help keep the guests’ eyes front and centre,” Zaroff says. Hang centrepieces that are low —only within the table— to bring down their gaze also to generate a romantic feel. Use flooring, furniture and cloth draping to define spaces through the entire site. Design vignettes are likely to allow it to feel much more cozy and smaller —and showcase your wedding design.

4. The walls would be the worst—awful wallpaper and sconces that are medieval!

The Style Hack: You can change the focus while you can not just redecorate. “I like to transform a space in what I call ‘moving background’—we use projectors and add moving pictures to the walls,” Worley says. This trick also doubles as a light attribute, giving an original look to space. Stick to the light that hides the layout if a dozen projectors are not in your budget. Gobos and uplighting can transform a space immediately—even old background can vanish amid a soft, vibrant glow.

5. The drapes are patterned, as well as the site won’t take down them.

The Style Hack: “Purchase yards of straightforward cloth and pin them over the offending drapes,” Lee says. It’s a quick fix—no stitching needed—and it might transform the site. Infinite budget? Drape the entire space! Organise your material selections working in a feel or pattern that is little to maintain things interesting and new.

6. The colours of the space clash with my wedding colours.

The Style Hack: “Do not fight the layout defect—adopt it,” Hotchkiss says. “In the event, the carpeting is a green zigzag, yank that shade to the napkins or the seat cushions.” Not for you? Attempt covering the floor having a sisal carpet or draping the walls with a cloth. In the event, you have selected a palette having an impartial or a metallic, make that colour more notable in the décor and save the bolder colour for details like trademark nip or your invitations.

7. The space isn’t large enough for two different setups.

The Style Hack: Fret not! Only “reverse” space. The blossoms can be used by you on the service aisle for reception centrepieces, as well as your rental seats can serve double duty also. But variable in extras. “We constantly keep backup draping available,” Manuel says. Draping can conceal things which can be not simple to go, like a 12-piece group. You may also put it to frame the service or cover tables.

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