DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Jetting off to somewhere fancy and fabulous for your wedding? Awesome! I’ve photographed overseas weddings across the globe, from the heart of London to idyllic European locations and beyond.
Here’s some friendly planning advice, plus tips on booking an overseas wedding photographer:
Choosing the perfect location: Where you decide to marry will have a big impact on the style of your wedding, travel arrangements and overall budget.
Wherever you choose, make sure it reflects your personal style – if your heart belongs to nature, how about a romantic outdoor wedding in the Tuscan hills? Or a safari wedding and lavish lodge party in Africa? If a sunny beach location is your idea of paradise, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Barbados offer perfect white sandy beaches and lush tropical garden backdrops. For a stylish city wedding, nothing beats New York or Paris.
Take a trip: To ensure your overseas wedding is as perfect as you imagined, it’s advisable to check it out in person. This way you can ensure there’s no hidden surprises (‘that waste plant next to the hotel wasn’t mentioned in the brochure!’) and how easy it is to reach the venue from the main airport and travel hubs. It’s also a good chance to scope out the venue’s wedding facilities and packages. For example, some hotels offer discounts if guests stay a certain number of nights.
Timing: Although the weather is usually best in summer, this is when prices are at their peak and hotels and towns are likely to be heaving with tourists. December is also a popular wedding month so expect prices to match peak-season too. Booking off-peak in Spring and Autumn means that the weather will be less predictable but your accommodation, venue and flights are likely to be cheaper.
Send out invites sharpish: Inviting guests to a UK-based wedding two months before your nuptials is fine but if you’re planning a wedding abroad it’s important to give your guests ample notice. As well as cost implications, friends and family might need to book time off work, make travel arrangements and, if during term-time, speak to their children’s school or arrange childcare. For these reasons, send out a ‘save the date’ as soon as you know when and where you’re getting married and official invites at least four months in advance.
Give guests as many details as possible: Logistics are more complex so keep guests up to speed with travel and accommodation bookings – if guests are booking their own accommodation send them a list of the nearest hotels. It’s also a good idea to provide guests with a brief itinerary of the day before and after the wedding day so they know what’s going on and where the wedding party will be.
Selecting an overseas wedding photographer: Tips for booking a destination wedding photographer include:
- Book your photographer ASAP – Photographers specialising in overseas weddings are likely to get booked up several months in advance.
- Think about how much coverage you want – If you want your photographer to capture a special pre-wedding meal the night before or a group activity the next day remember to book them for the duration.
- Arrange to meet your photographer face-to-face – This allows you to get to know them before the day. You can also go over your wedding plans in detail and logistics such as where you’re staying and travel plans.
- Camera equipment – Overseas wedding photographers usually carry heavy, expensive equipment – if you’re booking your photographer’s flights, check the airline’s policy regarding camera gear, weight limits and what they can carry on the plane.
If you’re planning a wedding in a sunny or distant clime, as an experienced destination wedding photographer I can capture your day beautifully and honestly.
To check my availability or talk through your wedding plans, please contact me here.