Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot in Florence, Italy on the 24th of May in undoubtedly one of the most lavish wedding of all time. Held in historic Forte di Belvedere to the tune of $2.8 million Euros, details include a decadent meal catered by Galateo Ricevimenti, a towering 7 foot cake by Galeto, a giant wall of flowers and performances by Lana Del Rey, David Blaine as well as Andrea Bocelli among many others.
A wedding is like real estate – location, location, location. A destination wedding is a possible consideration for many wedding couples. Jet setting couples ditch the local wedding venues for more exotic locales, making for a truly one-of-a kind wedding
Here are the top 5 considerations for destination weddings
1.Trusted professionals equals minimum fuss
You want to leave it to the professionals especially when planning a destination wedding. Having a local team, in your country of residence that work well together with minimum fuss is imperative. Being in a foreign land with limited knowledge and limited immediate access of tried and tested services, logistics can quickly become a nightmare. You want to enjoy your wedding and spend time with love ones, not waste precious moments tearing your hair out!
View a video of a Koh Samui Wedding here
A good idea is to head for a wedding boutique in your country of residence and check out their photography, wedding wardrobe selection, hair, make up services among others. Opt for a wedding boutique that has comprehensive services and cater for destination weddings – not all of them do. This will minimize the need for juggling multiple vendors and allow you to focus on looking and feeling your best.
2.Location, location, location
Say I do in a white chapel that floats on stilts or engage a baby elephant to give a Thai blessing in Phuket. Walk down the aisle to a drum procession, a customary water blessing and flying paper lanterns into the night sky at Koh Samui. Enjoy a sunset garden banquet overlooking the Indian Ocean with three-piece Balinese Gamelan orchestra in Bali. Take a magical seaplane ride over the most spectacular scenery in the Maldives, watch schools of Dolphins, Manta and Stingrays, and schools of fishes as they cavort in the crystal clear waters.
3.Show me the money
You might think a destination wedding would be out of your budget but you forget the magic of currency exchange. You will be able to stretch your budget more than you think. $1 in let’s say – Singapore, will buy you more in other more affordable locations. What you save on catering, land transportation and location rental might just cover the travel expenses and make it worth your while. You can also arrange for group travel or accommodation discounts as well.
View a Bali wedding at the exclusive Bvlgari Resort here
4.Affordable local alternatives
Your trusty family members or friends will be able to help bring decorations, wardrobe or additional supplies in their luggage as well. If they intend to arrive a couple of days earlier, they can help source for affordable wedding favours or decorations at the local markets. Balinese aromatherapy, Thai handcrafted bowls and seashell candles from the Maldives will add to the ambience. If you are the creative sort, DIY wedding décor that is transportable will pull everything together.
Spas and nail art at a faction of the cost are also a must-have for many travellers. Treat yourselves to a before and after wedding day spa and nail art for optimal relaxation.
5.Destined for destinations
What better way to refresh your memories of collective travels and enjoy your commitment to each other at the exact location? Having stunning photos of an alternative romantic location doesn’t hurt as well.
Fret no more, we have done a lot of the homework for you! Some exciting locations that La Belle Couture wedding photography brings you to are:
Hong Kong for stunning urban landscapes and night views of the Victoria Harbour
Macau for the many European style buildings and Portuguese streets
Yunnan, China for stunning views of the Tiger Leaping Gorge and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as well as nostalgic UNESCO Old Town in Li Jiang
Malaysia for the rich culture of Malacca and horseback riding on the beach in Desaru
Krabi, Thailand for the floating village and island hopping
Anywhere you want to go in the world for your memorable wedding photography, drop us a note and we’ll help you do the planning!
All these locations will make a wonderful backdrop for photography.
Another benefit is that you can combine your wedding and honeymoon in 1 full swop. Get married there and start your honeymoon ASAP, why not?
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