Wedding Photography to Inspire your Beautiful Destination Wedding

Wedding photography can be a difficult task. The purpose of this blog post is to make it fun because this post is for anyone who has decided you will have a destination wedding, but you have not chosen the location.

Your Beautiful Destination Wedding

Some of our favorite pins from our Pinterest page will inspire you to choose your location for your beautiful destination wedding!

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What Is A Destination Wedding?

A destination wedding is when two people get married at a place they love, whether it’s their hometown or somewhere else. It’s a special occasion where you’ll spend time together before getting married and after your honeymoon as well.

Destination weddings are becoming more popular than ever. They’re great for couples who don’t live in close proximity to one another, or if you want to travel with your spouse. If you’re planning on having a destination wedding, here are some things to consider:

1. Location

Where do you want to have your destination wedding? Do you want to go somewhere exotic like Bora Bora, Caribbean Islands or do you prefer something around water like the beautiful beaches of Hawaii, or would you prefer something closer to home? Maybe a nearby resort with stunning views of the waterfront.  Also, consider what kind of weather you’d like to experience during your wedding day. The location you choose provides a perfect backdrop for your wedding photos. However, make sure your wedding guests are also able to make it to the wedding destination.

2. Budget

How much money do you have available for your destination wedding? Are you looking for an inexpensive option, or do you plan on spending a lot of money? Think about how many guests you want to invite, and how much food you want to serve them. Also think about any additional expenses that may come up, such as flights, lodging, etc

3. Time Frame

How long do you need to plan your dream wedding? Is it months or weeks?  Some destinations take longer to reach than others, so you might want to factor that into your timeline.

4. Honeymoon

Do you want to save your honeymoon for your first anniversary? Or do you want to enjoy your honeymoon right after your wedding? Either way, you’ll want to decide where you want to go. Maybe you’ve already booked a hotel room, but you still haven’t found that perfect spot yet.

5. Guests

Do you want to invite family members, friends, or both? How many people do you want to invite? Decide which ones you want to include in your wedding party and which ones you want to leave out. Make sure to have a guest list beforehand. 

6. Venue

If you’ve already found a venue, then you’re halfway done! Some prefer lush gardens while others may like pristine beaches at a tropical destination. Choose a venue that matches your style and preferences. But if you haven’t yet, you’ll need to find a space that meets all of your needs. Outdoor venues could range from a garden and luxurious resorts to a quaint beachfront property.

7. Transportation

Will you rent a car, fly, or drive? What type of transportation do you want to use? There are pros and cons to each, so weigh those options carefully.

8. Ceremony

Will you have a ceremony at your destination wedding? If so, you’ll need to figure out what kind of ceremony you want to have.

9. Reception

Are you going to have a reception at your destination wedding? What kind of reception do you want? You’ll also need to determine what kind of reception you want to have. Do you want to host a sit-down dinner, or do you want to have a buffet style meal?

10. Food & Drink

You can either have a sit-down meal or a buffet style reception. Which do you prefer?

11. Music

Is music important to you? Do you want to play your own songs, or do you want to hire musicians?

12. Season

What season is it when you get married? Will you be having your wedding in the summertime, wintertime, fall, spring, or another time of year?

13. Weather

Is the weather nice where you live now, or will you be traveling to a different place?

14. Dress Code

Do you want to wear white, black, or another color?

15. Theme

Do you want to incorporate a theme into your wedding? For example, maybe you love the beach with blue waters around, so you want to have a beach themed wedding. Or maybe you want to have a rustic wedding, so you want to decorate your wedding venue with wood and greenery.

16. Flowers

Do you want to have flowers at your wedding? And if so, what kind of flowers would you like to see on your wedding day?

The Challenge

The challenge, as we have mentioned in other blog posts, is the overwhelming number of locations to choose from.

You shouldn’t choose your location because of photos, but these photos might inspire you to make a decision. Here are some of the main factors that should help you to make your decision about location:

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Venue

Regarding the venue, unless you are very well traveled, recommendations and word of mouth will mean everything in selecting the location for your beautiful destination wedding. The reason for this might be apparent. A site can look much different in person than in a photo or video. There is nothing like traveling somewhere in person. But not everyone will have the opportunity to visit their location ahead of time. This is when we should rely on recent reviews to ensure that the wedding goes as planned.

Design

The challenge with establishing a wedding design is unless you are planning on using a theme that was used by someone you know in the exact same location it might look much different with your special touches. There isn’t much that you can do about this except rely on the recommendations of expert wedding planners and designers. At this level of expertise your team will be able to use photos to construct a design that is best fitting for your wedding.

When traveling internationally there is not much room for error. This is why working with someone who is familiar with the venue might be a very helpful consultant if not main wedding designer for you. This person should at least work with your wedding planner/designer from back home so that you can see to it that everything is set up to your preferences.

Dress

Choosing a dress for your beautiful destination wedding is part of the fun. Your dress will certainly be different than it would be in a traditional space. Yet you have so many options to choose from. You will want to think about the elements, the typical local forecast, and what kind of travel will be necessary between the different locations and venues where your wedding will take place. Do you plan to ride scooters along the coast after your ceremony? Do you plan to put the top down and go on a local tour? Whatever you do just remember how to keep yourself comfortable and your dress preserved during your exciting wedding event plans.

Events

The events that you include in your destination wedding will also be different from those you would have at a traditional stateside wedding. But that’s a good thing. If you choose to have a beautiful destination wedding in the location of your choice either where you learned that you loved your spouse to be or a place that was highly recommended, this is the part to enjoy. The location will be a character in your story.

It will inspire you to remember how special these days were when you think about your wedding on each anniversary. Your member will take you back to these events, the star lit rehearsal dinner, the breathtaking photos before the wedding ceremony, the first look with a background that you couldn’t pay enough for. Soak it up. Do your best to remember every moment. Sure, photos will help you to remember but nothing can replace your memory that is filled with gratitude for the blessed days that led up to your wedding and the even more blessed days that will follow.

Cost

The cost of your beautiful destination wedding will vary depending on key factors such as the size of your wedding party, the location you choose, how far that location is from where you are traveling, and your personal wedding style preferences. Of course, these are not the only factors that will decide the cost of your wedding. And all of the same costs that you would have had closer to home will still apply except for potentially the venue.

If you were thinking of getting married in a traditional venue at home but instead get married on a beach or outside this will be a significantly less cost. But again, if you choose to travel internationally and especially if you help with the cost of any of your family, friends or wedding party to also travel that cost will be offset if not surpassed by the international travel.

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Congratulations on the Next Step!

Congratulations on not only your engagement but also on deciding to have a destination wedding. These are two huge decisions you have made, and although you will have many more to make, you will be glad these are decided.

How will this post help you? Well, the blessing of wedding photography is that by looking at photos, you will be transported all around the world to see how other destination weddings have been done. This will help your decision about location and give you ideas about how you would like your wedding photography to look.

A Few Locations for Inspiration

These photos will make you want to book your trip immediately and bring your loved ones along for your special occasion. But After you make your decision

If possible, try to “interview” your location. If it’s not possible to visit beforehand through vacation or another method, ask as many questions as you can like…

What venues are available for my preferred dates?

Is there a dress code?

What are safety guidelines? Will my wedding party be able to move freely from one event venue to another?

Wedding photography destination favorites:

Tuscany

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Mexico

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Ibiza

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4. Amalfi Coast

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Enjoy your Wedding Planning!

We hope these destination wedding photography ideas were inspiring to you!

And so, next make sure that your wedding vendors are all assigned. You will want to have them in place and with a contract long before your special day.

Don’t forget to check back often for new and inspiring photos for destination weddings!

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