We LOVE destination weddings! We shoot fabulous weddings all around the world (from Cuba, Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, Hawaii- just to name a few).
Going to a new & fresh place gets our creative juices flowing. We love it! With all the Destination Weddings that Radelle and I have photographed, we have learned a few things that we want to share. We did a ‘similar’ post here for local weddings!
1. Wear something nice. Like a classy camisole, summer dress or a cute robe that is possibly in your wedding color. This makes for darling getting ready photos that help tie your whole day together. You could even go one step further and have all your bridesmaids wearing darling ‘getting ready’ outfits.
(Additional tip: make sure what you wear can pull up and down or zip off so it doesn’t interfere with your hair and makeup)
2. Have your bridesmaids already in their dresses when it is time for you to put on your gown.
(Additional tip: If your dress has buttons or is a lace-up keep in mind that it takes quite a few minutes to do it)
3. Don’t want a traditional veil? There are so many great & unique alternatives
4. When choosing your getting ready location ( usually your resort room), really consider a large space (so you are not cramped) with big beautiful windows that let in natural light. Also make sure that the room(s) are neat and tidy- you don’t want clutter in your photos.
5. Have all your jewellery, clutches, shoes, hair pieces, love letters etc… put together (and also the bridesmaids details), all ready for the photographer to get detail shots.
6. Budget enough time for getting ready- and then add a little more. It is common for things to take longer than they should (hair, makeup, bridesmaids arriving ect…)
So instead of feeling rushed, be sure that you have allowed a little bit of wiggle room.
7. Have breakfast!!
8. Be sure that when you wake up on your wedding day, you take a moment for YOU. Soak in the day. Have a cup of tea and just think about how perfect everything is going to be. The wedding day goes by fast, so make sure you take a few moments to just ‘breathe it all in’.
9. Ask your Wedding Planner (contact your resort), what kind of flowers she recommends for bouquets. There are many options that are GORGEOUS, UNIQUE and that can withstand the heat of the sun.
10. Getting your man these adorable Destination Cufflinks are the perfect gift! Or for all the groomsmen!
11. Many of your guests have probably never been to where your wedding is located. We think this is such a helpful customized Welcome Bag that you can give to your guests upon arrival.
1. For a beach ceremony- when planning the layout of your ceremony, we strongly suggest having the sun behind the bride and groom. This helps give even light on the bride and grooms face.
2. Make sure that the wedding party are not wearing their sunglasses. There is so much emotion in peoples eyes during a wedding day, especially while the ceremony is happening. We like to capture that emotion.
3. Really consider a technology free wedding ceremony. Flashes from other cameras can destroy the camera settings that we have for your ceremony. Also, having a technology free wedding allows guests to be involved and it makes the ceremony much for intimate. There have been many moments where a shot has been ruined because a guest has gotten out of their seat into the aisle for their shot, meanwhile blocking us.
4.Hold your kiss for longer then a millisecond. After the first kiss, hold it a little longer then usual. Embrace this moment.:: Try not to rush down the aisle. Take your time. Bask in the moment.
5. If you tend to be a little weepy, don’t forget your hanky.
6. If your aisle is sand, we think this BAREFOOT SANDAL is such a cute alternative for flipflops or barefeet.
7. If your guests are sitting outdoors for Destination Wedding ceremonies. We think this is such a DARLING idea to help keep them cool from the hot sun!
1. It is best to do family photos first, right after the ceremony- we do them quite quick and efficient. We recommend doing them at the ceremony location or at a nearby location.
2. Always keep a lipgloss/lipstick handy. You can have one of your bridesmaids carry it around for you, or you can have a darling clutch to hold the few things to keep you looking your best (bobby pins, mascara, etc…)
3. Have one of your groomsmen a bag filled with water bottles. Its important to stay hydrated!
4. A cute banner is always an adorable idea!
5. Don’t be afraid to show your love to your new spouse! When you are flirty, playful and cute with your new spouse it allows us to capture those tender, fun and real moments.
6. Have fun! Its good to laugh! Its your wedding day- enjoy it!!
7. Budget a good chunk of time for photos! There is nothing worse than being rushed. Leaving enough time allows for us to get every detail and every shot we want and allows you to get ready for the reception and do some touch ups before your grand entrance.
1. We recommend taking a half hour break after the formal photos but before the reception. This will allow your photographer to capture the details of the reception, while you go back to your hotel room and touch up your hair and makeup.
2. Having cute ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ signs on the back of your chairs at the reception is so darling!
3. Place your photographer at the family table near the head table. This helps us capture all moments of the reception- the speeches and reactions without being distracting to others.
5. And we just had to share this adorable cake topper
We are so excited for all our 2013 Destination Wedding brides!