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Planning Your Dream Destination Wedding with Ease:

Posted on September 15, 2016


5 Tips from a Destination Wedding Photographer (The photo above was taken in Jamaica. The photo below was taken in Punta Cana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Your wedding day should be one of the happiest and most memorable day of a your life. It requires careful planning and execution to ensure the event is a huge success. After the euphoria from the engagement has waned, the newly engaged couple is now ready to plan their dream wedding. Most couples are dreaming to say I do in an exotic destination away from home surrounded by their closest family and friends.


Destination weddings are becoming more and more popular these days as their advantage over traditional weddings is becoming more apparent. Having a destination wedding allows the opportunity for couples to have a unique wedding that is suited to their taste and budget in a place far away from home that is much more exotic. Nothing beats a celebration of love, friendship and family through marriage in the stunning beaches of the Caribbean or in a quaint village in Tuscany!


South Florida is one of the top destinations for weddings. Its warm weather and picturesque views draw thousands of weddings every year. A lot of couples who want to get married in winter time choose South Florida because of its warm and inviting weather all year round.


Jeff Kolodny, a top South Florida wedding photographer, has been successful in covering weddings in this popular wedding destination. Aside from South Florida, he has also covered numerous weddings in Mexico, California, the south of France and such Caribbean islands as Curacao, Dominican Republic, the Ocean Club in the Bahamas and Jamaica. He is willing to fly anywhere a destination wedding make take him.


Being a wedding photographer for a number of years and covering many destination weddings, Jeff has some tips on how you can make your dream wedding come true without breaking your budget. Couples planning to have a destination wedding doesnt need to worry because it doesnt need to be extremely expensive. The couple just has to carefully choose where their money will go.


1. Have a small guest list. Having your wedding away from home is the perfect reason to make it small and intimate inviting only your family and closest friends. Since attendees might be need to take a leave from work or spend for plane fare, it is best to only invite those who will truly make your wedding special. Also, fewer guests means you can spend your budget elsewhere such as getting the best menu and a great photographer. Good food will always leave a lasting memory to your guests and a great photographer is essential to capture every smile, every romantic look, every heart-warming moment during your wedding.


2. Have a weekday wedding. Having your wedding on a weekday means you will be able to get more flexibility from your vendors as far as price. Maybe they can give you a better package because your wedding is on an off day. For example, your photographer will be able to give you a better price since he doesnt have to give up his weekend weddings. Resorts and Hotels might also be less busy during a weekday.


3. Get help from the resort or hotel. A lot of resorts in the top wedding destinations usually have an on-site event coordinator that can help you with the planning and execution of your wedding. They can also refer you to outstanding vendors they have worked with in the past. This will save you time and money going through potential vendors.


4. Save on décor. Having a destination wedding will let you enjoy the blue sky, bright sunshine and often a striking view whether you choose a beach, a cliff or a mountain side. No need to rent intricate lighting or have an elaborate background, use natures beauty as décor for free!

5. Have your wedding and honeymoon in one place. Having your wedding at your dream destination means you can also have your honeymoon there! No need to have a separate budget for your honeymoon. Maybe the hotel or resort can even give you a better deal since you are also holding your wedding there. Plus, since your family are friends are also already in the location and they already took the weekend off, they might as well enjoy a mini break themselves. Just request the resort or hotel to book you in a room away from your guests to ensure your privacy.


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