Getting married down south? Make sure it’s the best it can be!
Getting married in the tropics is a great idea. As a wedding photographer myself I am more than well versed in destination weddings. I’ve been a part of some really amazing ones (they are all special in their own way) and I’ve been a part of 1 or 2 that could have been just a bit better. It all really comes down to preparedness before you go on your trip; lets be real, once you are there you are a bit limited in what you can do. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your wedding in paradise.
This is critical. You are travelling with friends and family (most likely, unless you are eloping!)You should have them check over what you have planned to pack. Many a traveler has discovered much too late that they forgot bugspray, sunscreen or something as simple as reading glasses. It’s these little things we are so easy to forget that make a huge difference in how much enjoyment we can get on a vacation. For me, it was a card reader for compact flash. I had bought a universal adapter but of course I didn’t test it before we left. We get down there and only then I discover it doesn’t have a slot for compact flash… if only I had listened to my own advice!
Write your vows before you leave, this one if for you, grooms!
I’ve seen so many grooms stressing in the days leading up to the wedding. When everyone else is relaxing by the pool drinking pina coladas, these poor men are trying to focus and write their wedding vows. This is something best done in the comfort of your own home, when you can minimize distractions and your best men aren’t a few doors down begging you to come out and place some pool basketball (which is awesome, by the way!) This also applies to anyone who has some public speaking to do, don’t leave it until the last minute if you have a big speech to read during the reception!
Have a strong understanding of how the day will flow
In this day and age we can do so much communicating through email. There is literally no excuse not to have every detail of your wedding day ironed out before the wheels of your jumbo jet even touch the tarmac of that beautiful ocean paradise you are headed to. This makes the entire time leading up to your wedding so much easier. Seriously, this is important. While I’m on this topic, we should talk about speeched. I alluded to them in the last paragraph but you should really put some thought into who and how you are going to play out your speeches. It’s easy to allow an open mic but I can attest (as can anyone in the industry) that alcohol, speeches, and vacations are usually not a good mix. I always love to see only a few speeches by only the closest to the bride and groom. This limits the time the guests have to wait but also allows for more meaningful speeches by the most important people. People listen when they know it’s not going to be an hour long!
Follow this, love lots, and make use of pros!
There are people out there (believe it or not!) who make a living in the wedding industry. I am one of them! Leave it to the pros and make sure you are able to get the most out of your wedding day. If you are having a wedding in the Dominican Republic you should really go with a destination wedding planner. You can rest easy knowing your best day is in the hands of someone competent and proven.