Planning Your Wedding Photography

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Photography is a crucial element of most wedding plans, since you want to be able to remember everything about your special day in vivid detail, and the best way to achieve that is with the help of an excellent photo album. In order to secure a great wedding photographer and ensure you get amazing results on the day, some pre-planning is definitely called for. This is particularly true if you’re planning to have your ceremony and celebrations abroad, which often makes everything just a bit more complicated!

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Photo courtesy of Hertfordshire wedding photograpers, Ray Lowe Studios.

It may also be worth considering that wedding photographers are not only focused on the wedding day itself in many cases. In fact, some of the best packages available (and if you haven’t looked at wedding photography packages yet, you should definitely consider it) will include pre-wedding photography. You can start with an official engagement photo shoot if you really want to push the boat out and document the whole process from start to finish. Following that you can keep your photographer with you throughout the various stages of planning, shopping for wedding outfits, getting ready before the big day itself and anything else you really want to treasure the memories of forever.  Continue reading →

Mediterranean Wedding Destinations

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Struggling to find the right balance between all the factors you want to consider when planning your dream marriage ceremony? A Mediterranean wedding may be just the solution you’ve been searching for. Weddings in Cyprus, Malta or Italy pretty much guarantee you a fabulous day almost all year round, with beautiful weather and stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea to match.

Not only that, but saving money by having your wedding outside of the UK means you can splash out on some extra luxuries when you’re there. Local event coordinators like Aphrodite Weddings in Cyprus can give indispensable advice to foreign couples looking to get married abroad.

But which venue is the perfect one for you? Here are some of our favourite destinations in the Mediterranean.

Ayia Napa

Located in the Eastern coast of Cyprus, the municipality is one of the top travel destinations in the Mediterranean. Ayia Napa known for its golden sandy beaches and breathtaking sunsets, making it one of the most sought-after beach wedding venues in the country.

Larnaca

It is the third largest city in Cyprus with rows of luxury hotel resorts near the bay that offer civil weddings. Within the area is the incredibly beautiful Terra Santa Roman Catholic Church, famously booked year-round for weddings and baptisms. Continue reading →

The Best Wedding Venues In Cyprus

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Cyprus is widely known for being one of the world’s premier destinations for weddings abroad. “People from all over the world flock to the Island of Love to host their marriage celebrations for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for a small private ceremony or a more extravagant affair,” says Jane, a wedding coordinator from Golden Coast Beach Hotel, one of the best wedding venues in Cyprus. “The weather is beautiful throughout most of the year, the people are known for being friendly and welcoming, and the scenery all over the island is simply breathtaking.” If you do choose to look for your dream wedding venue in Cyprus we can guide you through the best places to start. Continue reading →

How To Choose Your Wedding Venue Abroad

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If you’re thinking of having your wedding abroad then you must have already been won over by the countless benefits of travelling. We’re all about chasing your dream wedding so it’s great if you’ve decided to pull out all the stops in the name of love and take your celebratory ceremony overseas.

However, that’s just the first step. How do you now decide what your venue is going to be, and where in the world you can find it? Whether you’re looking at hosting your big day in France, getting married in Cyprus or tying the knot in Thailand, there are an overwhelming number of choices to make. That’s why, to help you out, we’re looking at the plus points for each different type of venue you can go for, as well as the potential downsides.

Option 1: Outdoors

Nature makes the perfect backdrop for a beautiful scene like a wedding! Whether it’s fields of flowers, mountains and hills or a golden beach at sunset, the decorations are already done for you. However, if you’re not satisfied with that, it’s easy to add your own setup such as lighting, seating and even larger structures to keep your wedding covered, all without having to worry too much about space.

On the other hand, the weather is likely to be unpredictable even if you choose a hot and sunny destination. If you want your wedding outside you might have to weatherproof the event and the guests which can be expensive, plus it’s hard to keep the temperature under control which is an issue when everyone’s outfits are so important!

Option 2: Indoors

If you’re choosing to have a ceremony at a church, a mosque or any other religious setting, you’re probably going to be safe from the elements. You can also host a fabulous wedding in a hotel, a restaurant or pretty much any other indoor location of your choosing. You can enjoy the benefit of fully trained staff at the venue, as well as having accommodation built-in for the guests and even the happy couple for the honeymoon.

The only thing to be wary of is hidden costs, because if someone else is hosting your event and providing everything you need with no questions asked, chances are you’re going to be billed for it later and you have to bear this in mind. You can also be quite restricted as you have the follow whatever rules are in place for your venue.

Options 3: The best of both worlds

Our favourite strategy for choosing your venue is to have the best of both, and choose a combination of outdoor and indoor events for your wedding. If you’re able to travel abroad and all your guests can afford to join you, that’s perfect and you can probably enjoy a fabulous celebration outside providing the weather is on your side. If you’re closer to home or somewhere the weather can’t be predicted, be flexible so you can make the most of any good weather but you’re still able to keep everything on schedule (and dry) should conditions take a turn for the worse. The key, as always, is to be prepared in advance and everything should run smoothly on your dream wedding day.

8 Dream Wedding Destinations Around The World

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The world is your oyster when it comes to choosing a location for your dream destination wedding. Here is a roundup of our favourite places to capture the dream wedding you’ve always wanted!

Paris

The original city of love and one of Europe’s cultural capitals, Paris is the ideal backdrop for your ceremony and your photos of the happy day are almost guaranteed to look stunning. If you’re able to find accommodation with a view of the iconic Eiffel Tower you’ll be in a prime location for everything the city has to offer.

Ireland

With stunning natural beauty all over The Emerald Isle there are countless ideal locations available for you to hold your wedding. You can even go as far as to rent an entire castle to host your celebrations, but if that’s beyond your budget there are many fabulous hotels with beautiful views of the green landscape that are sure to fit the bill.

Greek Islands

Greece has a wonderfully rich history which is evident all over its many islands, with amazing ancient architecture to discover coupled with amazing beaches and views in every direction. Santorini is particularly popular as a dream wedding destination.

Cayman Islands

Grand Cayman is the most popular of these tropical islands and a perfect destination for a beach wedding. Keeping your guests busy for the rest of their stay will be easy since the island is known for its water sports and the quality of its hotels.

Jamaica

If you don’t mind the long distance, Jamaica is a slightly different option if you want to enjoy your dream wedding on a golden beach under the palm trees. All inclusive resorts are recommended here because they are to an extremely high standard and you can have the entire wedding proceedings dealt with in one place.

Bali

Weddings in Indonesia are extremely popular thanks to the beautiful scenery on offer, plus excellent traditional food and a vibrant atmosphere. The most highly recommended destination for your celebration is Jimbaran Bay which encapsulates the best of what Bali has to offer.

Fiji

One of the world’s most picturesque and popular holiday islands, Fiji is ideal not only for weddings but also honeymoons. The only downside to the beautiful location is that through a good portion of the year it’s going to be throwing it down with rain, so it’s only suitable if your date doesn’t fall in this season.

Goa

Goa is an up-and-coming destination for Western tourists looking for original wedding venue ideas, but it’s quickly becoming more and more popular thanks to its stunning architecture and fabulous natural beauty. It’s one of India’s most fashionable and high-end destinations making it perfect for a dream wedding.

The Best Wedding Venues In Italy

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Italy as a whole country is extremely popular for weddings abroad. If you’re considering holding your ceremony at an Italian venue to enjoy the culture, food and history on offer then you might want to consider a few of the following key places.

Rome

An obvious one to begin with, the iconic capital city is densely packed with rich culture as well as vibrant nightlife that will make any hen or stag party one to remember. The Castello della Castelluccia is a medieval castle with fabulous gardens situated only a couple of miles from the centre of Rome, making it an ideal choice for magical weddings. Alternatively you could opt for the Villa Grazioli hotel, a stunning 16th century building in the centre of a lush green park that’s perfect for hosting weddings.

Tuscany

For a change from the busy city of Rome and its surroundings, Tuscany is more focused on the natural landscape including rolling hills and vineyards for miles. For a traditional but modern wedding, somewhere like the Villa Magi close to Siena and Arezzo is maintained to a very high standard. Villa Podernovo nearby is more suited to charming countryside weddings with a more historical and rustic design that’s nonetheless immaculate.

Venice

One of the most romantic locations in the world, let alone just Italy, Venice is known as an ideal place to hold a wedding. It’s decorative bridges, relaxing gondola rides and boutique shopping scene make it a wonderful place to spend the time before and after the big day with all your guests. There are also many venues to hold the ceremony itself at, such as the five star Ca’Sagredo Hotel overlooking the Grand Canal, or the Molino Stucky Hilton on Giudecca Island with multiple function rooms and top of the range wedding hosting facilities.

Greek Islands That Could Be Perfect For Your Dream Wedding

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Greece is primarily made up of a host of different islands, many of which are perfect for weddings, but the exact benefits on offer do vary between the islands. Depending on your requirements you might want to pick one of the following locations to throw a party for your dream wedding.

Rhodes

If your ideal wedding would be in a chapel or perhaps a natural spa, Rhodes is the best choice for you. It’s the sunniest island in Greece over the entire year and is easily accessible from throughout the UK.

Crete

A very historical island, Crete is filled with lovely countryside scenery and rustic buildings. It’s ideal for most types of weddings especially if you want your backdrop to be the wonderful scenery on offer.

Lefkas

This island is famous for its beaches and everything to do with the sea. If you want to have your wedding on a boat or in a scenic seaside chapel, Lefkas is going to be perfect for you. For something more private you might look to one of the villages tucked away in the mountains.

Corfu

One of the greenest islands in the region, Corfu is known as the “Emerald Isle” of Greece with the natural beauty supplemented by the historical Venetian towns and unique wedding venues dotted around the island.

Zante

This island is great value for money as the most scenic areas are less known than the regions more famous for vibrant nightlife. If you want your wedding on a soft sandy beach than Zante should be your top choice. It’s also the famous home of loggerhead turtles.

Cyprus

The south of Cyprus is primarily Greek and offers probably the biggest selection of different wedding venue types. Everything is on offer here from five star hotels by the sea to secluded villages in the mountains. Paperwork is made simple thanks to straightforward legal guidelines for weddings and a high proportion of British people already settled on the island.

Benefits Of Having Your Wedding Abroad

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In the UK, weddings have become infamous over the past few decades for breaking the bank in many cases. In fact, the average cost of a wedding in the UK has now surpassed £20,000. On the other hand, a wedding abroad averages only £8,000 in total, which is a massive saving in anyone’s book! If you want to save money on your wedding without compromising on how enjoyable your dream big day is, here are the benefits of hosting your wedding abroad.

Less guests to pay for

Your venue costs, as well as all the catering, can be covered by a much smaller budget by hosting your wedding abroad since less people are inevitably going to be able to travel. As long as your most important guests are able to make it this is a great way of cutting down from the start.

Reasonable venue prices

In the UK, since demand is so high, venues tend to hike up their prices constantly, especially in the summer. Abroad it can be much easier to find venues that are quieter, especially in places where the weather is good all year round, and the costs of living might be lower so prices are generally cheaper.

Day-to-day costs

Your wedding abroad is probably going to take longer than a couple of days. Another advantage of lower prices generally in other countries is that your food and drink throughout your stay is going to be cheaper for everyone.

Combine the wedding and honeymoon

If you’re holding your ceremony in a beautiful remote location, there’s no need to travel further to go on your honeymoon! Enjoy everything the location has to offer longer than the rest of your guests and travel back whenever you’re ready, and this is more than likely going to save you a lot.

How To Book A Dream Wedding On A Tight Budget

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There are many ways you can save money on your dream wedding and still have everything you always wanted from your big day. Just because costs in the UK tend to be high, that doesn’t mean you have no options to cut costs without taking away from your experience.

Choose the right location

Unpredictable weather and high costs are making the UK a less attractive place to host your wedding. It’s so easy to travel elsewhere there’s really no reason not to save money by doing this. Even just travelling to most European countries will most likely cut your costs, since the cost of living is lower and there are more venues available all year round. Indonesia, South Africa and the Caribbean are also popular destinations that don’t cost as much as you might think.

Go at the right time

If you’re going somewhere known for its warm and sunny climate, you still have to do some research and ensure your dream wedding date doesn’t fall in a rainy season or a time where temperatures are extremely high. If your wedding is happening outside of peak season this will reduce the cost of accommodation and flights too.

Ensure everything is covered

Depending on how specific you’re being about the details of your wedding celebrations, you might find it better value to go a package deal to ensure you have everything covered, or alternatively you could hire a professional wedding planner. The benefits of this might include making it easier to deal with language barriers and getting advice on which deals are really the best value. Either way you need to make sure your costs are planned in advance so you don’t get unexpected bills for food, drink, entertainment or services you didn’t plan beforehand.