When Alan and I did our first destination wedding it was for family in the Berkshire’s. The Berkshire’s is a country setting in Massachusetts. We went for the weekend. We covered the rehearsal and the wedding and we managed to have a great time with the family.
Since then we have traveled to Kaui, Arizona, and Annapolis Naval Academy to name a few.
***The reasons we learned for couplies choosing a destination wedding is because their families are spread out across the country.
A 3 Day Wedding gears everyone into having a great time. The couple doesn’t feel rushed and the guests are truly engaged.
Sometimes a destination wedding can cost less than a high end venue or a golf course or country club wedding.
Our wedding was set in St Thomas on the beach. We booked a cruise invited family and friends and planned for our day in St. Thomas. The cruise left from San Juan with the first stop being St. Thomas. We reached out to the St Thomas community and found a Justice of Peace, Flowers, Limo, and one of our guests was a professional Photographer. After the beach ceremony we headed to the Ritz Carlton for lunch before getting back on the cruise ship. Not counting the cost of the cruise our wedding cost us less than $2000.00
Our guests felt our wedding was an exotic stop on their vacation.
Many All Inclusive Hotels offer wedding packages. That way your guests are likely to enjoy themselves and stay on a few days. We recommend Anna’s Adventures for inquiring about a destination wedding. https://www.facebook.com/annasadventurestravel/?timeline_context_item_type=intro_card_work&timeline_context_item_source=1417731446&pnref=lhc
Booking the photographer for a destination has two options. Booking at the location, (this can be expensive), bring one from home. Some photographers will charge extra for travel and hotel. Do your research, many photographers are eager for destination wedding business and they may not up-charge as much as you would think.
Sechrestphotos was kept very busy this October and November taking family portraits. I have a few tips for the families thinking about using a professional photographer.
- Discuss with your photographer the location. Families can choose locations that may not produce the best result. If the location has sentiment the photographer can make it work but if your goal is awesome photos let the photographer choose. The family can lead with park or country settings, beach, or city.
- Wardrobe can make or break your family portrait. Speak to your photographer with your ideas and listen to suggestions. If someone in the family is a rebel and wears plaid while everyone else is in white that family member will be the focus in the pictures.
- Time of day. Schedules often dictate the family availability but being a little flexible can make a big difference in the light and the final product.
Finally have fun. A good photography will be able to relax the family and capture the love relationships family members share.
Alan and Ina