When the British winter closes in, I'm sure quite a few couples are thinking "why don't we skip the traditional UK wedding and jet off and get married somewhere warm?"
Not a bad idea, for sure, as long as you consider all the pros and cons.
A destination wedding can actually be a cheaper option. Usually you won't have anything like as many guests, simply because of the expense and distance to get there. So if you prefer a more intimate event (and are confident that the key people will be willing to travel) then getting married overseas can work very well. You will be right on the spot and won't have to stir from your deckchair to go on honeymoon!
Destination weddings - something special!
When I lived in Turks & Caicos we were mostly shooting weddings for people from outside the country, and typically they had around 20-30 guests. We did occasionally shoot bigger weddings with upwards of a hundred guests, but sometimes it was literally just the couple, the minister, the wedding planner, and myself. I've signed the register to witness countless weddings!
Destination weddings are often popular with older couples who want a quiet, low-key event, or those getting married second time around. The ability to get married on a secluded beach with nobody else around is often an attraction. Or it may be that you have friends and family all over the world and bringing them together in a central location makes more sense than having many of them fly long distances.
Of course you may have to arrange the event from afar, including the minister, official paperwork, and reception arrangements, but that's not normally too difficult. And if you want to make sure everything will be to your liking you can always fly out for a "location recce" beforehand. Or get married somewhere that you have visited previously on holiday and enjoyed.
Whatever you decide, read my destination wedding planning tips - it's full of helpful ideas to make your special day go smoothly.
From the photographer's point of view, shooting destination weddings can sometimes be a challenge. There are the inevitable hassles of travel to contend with, and often working in an unfamiliar location. This is why it's important to hire a photographer who is experienced in working overseas.
I do enjoy destination weddings as there is always a buzz of excitement about the event. The guests have made an effort to be there so they really enter into the spirit of the occasion.
Travelling for a wedding overseas
Whenever I shoot a wedding outside the UK I always arrive at least a day early just in case of travel delays. I bring as much backup equipment as I can feasibly manage within the limits of airline baggage allowances. Having a camera break down on a Caribbean beach and not having a spare is not an option...
Tropical locations present their own challenges in terms of heat, humidity, and light. Having lived and worked in the Caribbean for seven years I am used to dealing with those on a daily basis.
So if you feel like making your wedding especially unforgettable, let's have an informal chat so that I can find out what you have in mind for your wedding, and how I can help you.
Please call me on 01483 600412 or 07584 290590, or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org - and let's set up a time and place to meet!