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Planning a destination wedding

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

When planning a wedding abroad, one thing to keep in mind is that it is going to be harder to control every aspect of your wedding day than if you would plan your wedding at the chapel next door. Two good things you can do are get an independent wedding planner who knows the location and have him or her do the organization on location and find a wedding photographer you like.

Why Find An Independent Wedding Planner

Why an independent wedding planner? Simply because he or she is not paid by a certain resort and is not going to tell you anything you like to hear just to get you book that certain resort. Of course, you will have to trust this person; it is a good idea to wisely select a wedding planner who you are going to let plan your wedding. The upside is that you have one person who you trust and is on location and who will give his or her best to get the day the way you want it.

One problem of not being there in person all the time is that certain things have to be decided only by imagining how they might be or become. For example,  you get an image of a flower arrangement and you want it just like that, but you can not see-touch-feel the flowers right away. So it always helps to have someone you can trust on location when it comes to makiong decisions.

Wedding in Camp de Majorca

Considerations When Choosing Your Wedding Photographer

While this it true for decoration, flowers, table arrangements, etc., different rules apply for photographers. As the photography of your big day is going to be the lasting memory of all the effort you put into planning that day, and all the emotional moments that will happen, only trusting other people’s opinion will not do the job. With photography, it is very much about how well the photographer and the client can connect. Especially with wedding photography, where it comes to capturing intimate moments full of true love, you don’t want to have somebody close to you who you just can’t stand. The key to truly emotional shots is that you feel comfortable with the photographer.

You can tell if a bride felt happy in every single picture by simply looking into her face.

So just booking the resort’s standard photographer because they say he or she is good most of the time will not make you happy. It’s all about building trust. You should ask yourself is: What happens if the photographer loses a memory card? Who is responsible for that? The resort? The photographer you don’t even know the name of? And if you can not answer these questions are you willing to trust somebody you do not even know?

As you can see, selecting the right photographer is a very important decision to make and for that it is important that you, first of all, like the images that a certain photographer takes. Because it might be lots of fun to shoot with a certain photographer but if the results are not good, it won’t help either.

Wedding at Grand Tirolia Golf & Ski Resort Kitzbuhel

Pros and Cons of Booking a Local Photographer at Your Wedding Destination

When you work together with a wedding planner you already trust, you can certainly ask for an host recommendation and then check out their website, blog, and whatever you can find to get an impression of what the work of this photographer looks like. By taking a look at the website, you might already get an impression of the photographer itself. Is there anything personal about him or her on the page? How old is he? What does he or she like or is passionate about? Do you think it might be a good fit?

If you have a good feeling and like the work, the next step would be to get in contact. Maybe you can do a phone call or even better do a Skype session so you can see each other, get a better feeling, and check out if you might be a perfect fit or not. Of course this it not easy over distance, considering different time zones, etc. but modern technologies like FaceTime or Skype have made this process so much easier. So if a photographer is not willing to do a video call with you – they might not be the right one for you. Think about how you are going to talk about the final images, maybe an album, prints, etc. afterward. If you don’t have a good feeling while communicating beforehand it might not get better later.

Wedding in Tyrol

Why Not Bring Your Preferred Photographer From Home to Your Wedding Destination

Another possibility you should definitely consider is taking a local photographer from where you usually live with you. A big advantage of this scenario is that you are able to build up trust rather easily. You can visit the photographer at his studio, talk about your expectations, get a feeling for each other, take a look at recent work in albums, see-touch-feel everything right away before you make a buying decision. The downside to this might be additional costs like traveling fees and accommodation for the photographer.

Depending on your wedding location, this could also be an advantage due to different price levels. For example, if you are from Europe and you are going to marry in New York, you might save a serious amount of money by bringing your own photographer of choice. So if you already found a photographer whose work you love, you feel comfortable with and who can assure you to be professional and flexible enough to shoot at a location he or she has never been before, it might be the best idea to stick with him or her and talk about the travel costs.

Wedding in Philadelphia

One more thing to consider when planning a destination wedding is that this is a once in your lifetime opportunity to generate unforgettable images. You decided to have your wedding at an outstanding location that is special and means something to you. There are possibly hundred sof small things that all contribute to the perfect overall look and feel. So, with that in mind you might consider having a second photographer booked for your special event.

A big advantage is that one photographer can document the getting ready of the bride and the second one can be with the groom. In addition to that, at every single step of your way to the altar, at the ceremony, the beach, wherever, two lenses see more than one. So this is a unique opportunity to capture more moments, more emotions and more unforgettable memories on your perfect day. You chose to have a perfect wedding at a special location, so complement that with enough potential to capture all these wonderful moments that you prepared.

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Wedding at St Anton & St Christoph Arlberg

BIO: Article by Nina Hintringer Photography – Nina Hintringer Photography is an Austria-based, internationally experienced husband and wife wedding photography team with a passion for details. We – Nina and Phil – love weddings all over the world! We have traveled to the United States, Mallorca, Dubai, Italy, Switzerland and Germany to name just a view countries, but we also have captured beautiful destination weddings from international couples celebrating their big day in our home country Austria. We are happy to create images that tell the complete story with all the emotions of such a unique day from beginning to end. So let us create your personal fairy tale together!

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

How do you ask your gal pals to be your bridesmaid?

This might be one of the first questions you ask yourself after your honey has popped you the big question himself. Because after you’ve said “yes!”, chances are, you’ve bought dozens of bridal magazines and have been scouring Pinterest for the dress. But who will you share all of your ideas with? Who will you want with you when you find the dream dress? Your bridal party of course, and that means deciding who your bridesmaids will be.

Perhaps you’ve had your “list” for a long time, but how do you go about asking them? You definitely want it to be memorable! After all, this is a big moment and you only plan on doing this once. So let’s go ahead and get right down to it. How are you going to ask your best gal pals, the girls who have been with you through thick and thin, to be one of your bridesmaids? Well, you are in luck! We’ve got 8 oh-so-awesome ideas we can’t wait to share!

 8 Awesome Ideas On How To Ask Your Gal Pals To Be Your Bridesmaid

 1.) Name It!


Whether presented in a group setting, or individually, handing a little white box with a bow over to one of your bffs is a very sweet gesture. Even better when opened and it’s a necklace made with their name. At first, she may look a little confused as to why she is receiving such a sweet gift, but we are sure she’ll put two and two together, especially when you ask her if she’s doing anything on the date of your wedding. She’ll be jumping for joy, and every time she wears it, will be reminded of the special occasion.

2.) Just A Little Trip…


Speaking of using their name…Perhaps you’ve planned a girl’s trip. Just a quick getaway for the weekend, and you’re holding onto a few more bags than expected. Everyone gets to the house and you whip out monogramed totes packed full of your girl trip necessities. If you’re going to the beach, pack beach essentials, i.e. sunscreen, a small bottle of Evian spray water, and the latest Cosmopolitan. If you’re in wine country, pack up a wine score card, a few granola bars, and maybe a little travel bottle of ibuprofen. Either way, and based off of whatever theme of little girl’s trip you choose, have a little card in there as well asking them to be your bridesmaid. Your girls would be incredibly surprised, and now these totes have so much more meaning!

 3.) Sweet Sayings


That card that was put into the monogram tote or even attached to the little white box holding a necklace, can be one with a unique saying of your own and made on Etsy. For those of us who still put pictures up on the fridge, your bridesmaids will be able to put up their own sweet card, along with some darling words written by you, on their fridge for all to see. In today’s world, we might forget the power a thoughtful card has on us, and with this charming gesture, we are certainly reminded of it. Simple, sweet, and definitely tried and true.

4.) Cup Of Coffee?


We are definitely lovers of coffee over here at Lulakate, and when popping the question to a friend if they’ll be a bridesmaid, coffee seems like a great idea. Meet your gal pal for a coffee, but while she isn’t looking, hand the barista your hand painted coffee cup with the words “I can’t say ‘I Do’ without you!” and when they call her name, she is totally blown away.

 5.) Picture This…



It is known that memories can be shared by taking pictures. Our thought would be to have a double picture frame with only one picture of the two of you inserted, leaving the other frame empty. Why you ask? And we are hoping your gal pal asks this too. Handing a picture over to her, a look would come across her face, slightly confused as to why only one side is filled. This is when you get all giggly and ask if she’ll be one of your bridesmaids. Then, the other frame can be filled with this exact moment of her saying “duh, of course!” or of the two of you on the wedding day in your pretty dresses.

 6.) Throw A Brunch


Party time! Find a day when all the girls you want to ask to be your bridesmaid are available. Design and plan a special brunch for them posing as a fun girl’s brunch. Can be at home in your backyard or in a restaurant, your choice, as long as you’re able to surprise them with a fully stocked mimosa bar! As everyone is getting to know each other and mingle with their mimosas in hand, have them sit down with a envelope with their names on their plate. Ask them to open their “Will you be my bridesmaid” cards and continue the party with a cheers to your bridesmaids. A great way for everyone to get to know each other and start sharing what your ideas are for the big day.

 7.) Pop The Balloon



You see DIY boxes made for bridesmaids all the time, but this idea is super unique and fun. Definitely memorable, your future bridesmaid actually gets popped the question with this DIY Pop the Balloon Kit! Customize by choosing your colors and what you want your secret message to say. Very easy to make and quite inexpensive.

 8.) Lovely Labels


Let’s get the party started with these custom labeled champagne bottles! Even if you’re just casually meeting up with your girl and hand her this bottle, you can still make it a special moment by sharing in the fun by having a glass of champagne to toast. She can then keep the bottle if she likes and perhaps use it as a flower vase.

With all of these ideas, we are 100% sure, that whomever, and however, you ask your gal pals to be your bridesmaid, they will be grateful and so excited to participate in making all of your bridal dreams come true. We only hope to have inspired you to make this a special moment you and your bffs can treasure for many many years to come.

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Credits on Lulakate Bridesmaids Lookbook:

Lulakate Bridesmaids Lookbook:

Photography by Kat Harris

Styling by Beth Chapman Styling

Florals by Hana Floral

Hair & Makeup by AbpMakeup

Bio: Lulakate is a bridesmaid brand with a modern twist on classic styles. Made in the USA, we are founded by Katherine McDonald, owner and founder of our big sister, Kate McDonald Bridal. We believe in love, happiness, and lots of color. It’s not about following the trend, but establishing the new classic. It’s about dressing your best friends in something happy. It’s about being surrounded by love and friendship on your wedding day. It’s about finding the perfect bridesmaid dress.

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