Wednesday, November 25, 2020

LUXURY IN WEDDINGS

 

Luxury. That attractive word that has slipped into every pore of our lives - and found a way to slip into weddings as well. At the last year's congress where about two hundred exclusive event planners from all over the world gathered, every workshop and every panel had a common phrase - luxury. There was so much talk about luxury in weddings that I was a little tired of that word if you will be honest. On the other hand, I’ve met colleagues who don’t talk to clients at all if their wedding budget is under a million dollars. And that's what they say without blink of an eye. One of these same colleagues recently organized a wedding for the sister of a Qatari sheikh, and although we were unable to find out the budget itself (this is highly confidential information at these levels), we saw a five-minute video showing the lapse of building a 15,000-square-foot village that lasted six months and the results of that project was a wedding dinner on the glass floor while a cold river flowed beneath the guests- which in hot sandy Qatar was an inconceivable challenge for the planner and an absolute attraction for guests who are incredibly hard to impress. The walls were surrounded by jewels and with literally tens of thousands white orchids while guests were served filtered gold water with gold particles. Well, we could definitely call that a luxury wedding!

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After all - what does a luxury wedding mean and what does it have to have in order to be considered as a luxury? There are as many answers to this question as there are people in the world - because for each of us, luxury is something different and just like beauty, in the eyes of the beholder. This definitely does not simplify things for us, but we are going to think the most general we can, Truth or Lie, and try to figure out the characteristics of luxury weddings.

Truth or Lie?

For a wedding to be luxurious, it must also be extremely expensive. To be honest -true. By some international standards, if we are not talking about hundreds of thousands of euros, a wedding is not categorized as a luxury. With this, we close the topic of the expected. Let's go into a little detail now .

 At luxury weddings flowers must be at every corner, to say it in the simplest way. I dare to say - a lie. Although, if you type "luxury wedding" into Pinterest, you will get hundreds of pictures with floral installations that give you a headache, but a bunch of flowers does not necessarily mean luxury. Of course, at most lavish weddings you will have incredible amounts of flowers at every corner, including toilet décor to emphasize luxury, but I would say more attention is paid to details in the décor, such as silk, hand-drawn tablecloths specially ordered and designed by Japan conceptual artist from which Donatella Versace orders silk for her brand. That's the luxury at a wedding. The point is not that it costs unimaginable lot that is for us, ordinary human beings, out of the budget, but the point is that it is difficult to obtain and has a story to tell.

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A luxury wedding is mostly held in unusual, exclusive and preferably unique location. A hundred times true! By default, such locations cost a lot, but the point is that it is "hard-to-get" – by no means hotel, possibly a palace where no one has managed to get married so far (I'm just waiting to see when we will have our first space wedding and how that wedding dress will look!) and preferably a private island where each guest has their own villa with a butler. The trend of weddings, which has been popular for the last few years where newlyweds rent a whole cruise ship where each guest has two cabins - one for sleeping and staying and the other for luggage is now a slight passé, not to say shabby because it is a wedding which you will have to set aside several million euros. The point is to be first and original. This is, in the circles of the real rich, the definition of luxury.

 

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At luxury weddings, guests are provided with an experience or service that they would not normally imagine at a wedding. Absolutely true! Anyone can have fireworks or lobster on the menu. I will also give you an example. Recently, one of my former clients was at a five-day wedding in Mallorca, where every morning, together with the breakfast of a king, they had a pagoda in which nurses from a private clinic gave a cocktail infusion of electrolytes and vitamins that eliminate hangovers in 15 minutes so guests may continue to party. I'm telling you most seriously. Well, it’s a luxury at a wedding.

 

      
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At celebrities and other luxury weddings, privacy is valued above everything else. Absolutely true! The trend of taking a mobile phone at the entrance to a wedding ceremony and returning it only on departure has become more and more present at luxury weddings. Yes, there will be a time when the newlyweds will post pictures of their special day, but on the wedding day itself they want their guests to relax and have fun without scrolling and posting. And do you know who will be most grateful for 10 hours without a cell phone? Those same guests. It's a luxury.

 

 

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I could write to you about luxury at weddings until tomorrow. But the point is that luxury is a very relative term, so those from high society will consider, for example, a menu with organically grown meat and home-grown vegetables very luxurious because it is "hard to get" for them, while for us it is completely normal. So, don't bother too much with the definitions of luxury in wedding - you can bring a touch of luxury with personalized gifts, top Croatian wines and a slightly different menu. And I don't mean grilled steak or shrimp – few years ago, for one of my richest clients with the very exclusive venue we served - a hamburger and French fries for a dinner. All the food was homemade and organic, that was the only requirement. So now you say- who's crazy here?

 


Wednesday, November 11, 2020

10 MISTAKES THAT BRIDES MAKE REGULARLY AND HOW TO AVOID THEM

 

I know I know, you’ll say - I am getting married for the first time, how do you expect me to do everything perfectly right away?

I don’t know about you, but Pinterest doesn’t help. It's just all over the place. And all those gazillion options. It's easy to forget why we're doing this at all! Ah, yes! Love, the crown of a relationship between two people. But even the most organized among us get lost someday. There are too many choices, too many expectations. Things are actually very simple and don't forget the important thing – you’re marrying the man of your life. The One. Everything else is like a bow on the gift box. They may be used, but not necessarily.

So, let's start! Read this through and learn on other people’s mistakes.

1.      You don’t put your and your fiancé’s priorities first. Wait, whose wedding is it anyway? So, who should decide then? And don’t let yourself get lost right away, set a guiding thought that will be your main wedding planning direction. When you have a direction, it’s easy to go forward.

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2.      You forget about your guests. Not literally, but if you expect your dear wedding guests to walk around the grass gardens or sand in suits and heels at 35 degrees Celsius in the shade just for the sake of that perfect photo you saw at someone else’s wedding, you are not being a very considerate host, are you? Or that they will walk from location to location all day because you couldn't decide between the three options, so you opted to spend part of the day with the whole wedding party at all three locations. Think about the comfort of your guests - they are there for you and they have invested both time and money to share your wonderful day with you in the best possible way.

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3.      Buying a wedding dress before choosing a date. Need I say more? A light silk dress at -15°C or a luxurious multi layered crinoline with a bolero at plus 40°C? Not ideal, is it? Plan! That’s why it’s called wedding planning. A wedding dress is one of the most essential elements of your wedding. You will be in it all day, walking, dancing, sitting and eating. Trust me, you better be comfortable with it. Otherwise, you’ll curse it and the day you chose it before the main course is presented on the table.

 

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4.      You forget planning /ordering food for the people working on your wedding. What are you like when you are hungry? Guess what? Your photographer, who’s been with you since dawn and hasn’t had a bite since is like that as well. And that singer too that has been rehearsing and doing sound checks all day. Nobody is happy when they’re hungry. That’s why a word Hangry came in, perfectly suited! And if you want to be happy that day, trust me they have to be happy too. Feed them for God’s sakes! Arrange in advance a table for the people working at your wedding - the planner if you have one, the band / DJ, the photographer and the cameraman are usually at the "staff" table. Musicians from a ceremony, for example, or a florist are not standard on that team.

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5.      You have all your single friends at one table. You are not fair, point. Sort people according to common interests, hobbies, similar jobs, but forget on relationship status and table for ‘singles’.

 

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6.      Power of paper is always underrated. Yes, paper. I know everything is digital these days, but a handwritten thank you note, guest names or a menu that you can frame in super cool picture frames and put on the table as a decoration are priceless. You don't have to go so far to scribble something with an ordinary pen, consult with professional calligraphers, include your design and theme and enjoy. Old school never goes out of fashion! Especially when it comes to personalized details. And if you use recycled materials, you’re being natured friendly too :) .

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7.      You go OTT with the decoration. know I know, there is so much around and so much of it is just pure beautiful! Trust me I know! But that doesn't mean you have to have all- both metal lanterns and those hanging Chinese paper and old school bulbs and Edison bulbs and shabby chic picture frame and modern photo booth- I'll say it again- set a theme and stick to it- the golden rule of wedding planning- it saves not only time but also money. And for God's sake, make sure that the people at the table see each other from that splendor of flowers. There is nothing worse than when you spend all that huge money on a table decoration and good old Uncle Frank, visibly annoyed because he can't talk to his neighbor Joe, puts your magnificent decoration on the floor. Or worse, under the table.



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8.      DIY takes you over.  I know it's a tempting idea to make flowers with friends and ask a cousin who handles his Iphone camera well to do some shots, but hey - it's not a random birthday or a house party, it's probably the most important day of your life so far when  a) you want to be relaxed and know that you have booked professionals to do the job properly and  b) you do not have time to tie the laces and buy additional ribbons for bouquets / vases and so on. A good florist can be paid, your precious time and a calm head do not.


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9.      Exaggerate with spray tan and / or makeup. I have seen this too many times. Yes, you definitely want to be at your best on your wedding day, but you also want to stay true to yourself and want your future husband standing at the end of the altar when you enter the church recognize you. And you don't want to laugh at yourself 20 years from today when you look at the pictures and say to yourself – good God, what did I mean when I  even walked out of a room like this! Beige lipstick is not the happiest solution, in the pictures especially, but don't overdo it with tribal colors on your face either.


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10.   You leave the “small things" to do on your wedding day. For example, printing guest names on cards. Or typing menus. Or assembling a cake box. You need to get married on your wedding day. Wake up, smile and tell yourself- today is my day! Do all the work before the wedding day, the day before go through all the details once again with your godfather / mother / sister to make sure that everything is under control, and on the day you get married - enjoy, you deserve it!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

WEDDING MENU TIPS & TRICKS

 

The third question I ask all my new wedding clients, after I ask them where they met and how they got engaged, is the one related to their wedding priorities. Everyone has their own - for some it is décor and flowers, for some it is cars in which the bride will come, for some it is music and for others it is lighting. I remember exactly when I got married and made a list of priorities for our wedding, food and wine automatically took first place unquestionably, a couple of spears ahead of everything else. For my wedding bouquet, for example, the florist was horrified when I told her to just grab everything from that bucket with the rest of the daisies and wrap it with rope. And the bouquet was perfect!

But for food, eh it was already another pair of sleeves. The owner of the restaurant in a rural household where our wedding dinner was held, said that only after our wedding  he can take his vacation! And he took our wedding menu extremely seriously 😊, which we tried four times! Yes, you read that right, four times, and we don’t even live in the city where we got married. Even today, many years after that very happy day, when I remember food, there's not the slightest detail I would change.

Given that my two passions are weddings and food, today we're going to chat about a few tips on how to create an ideal wedding menu. So, let's go!

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1. TIMING - It is never too early to start organizing a wedding. Do you have a date? Make sure that even your most important suppliers, those at the top of your wedding priorities list, are booked a maximum of one month after the engagement, even if you plan to have a wedding in the next two years. The location and catering company must be determined at this stage. As well as (of course) a photographer, band / DJ and decorator and definitely additional locations if you are planning to have a day before and/or day after the wedding. It didn’t happen once that we changed the wedding date because the priority supplier was busy. Therefore, get to work – the sooner the better! When vendors are confirmed, then you have some time to relax. 😊

2. LOCATION – with the location, things get complicated immediately, but still at solvable levels. You love a restaurant but not their food, or vice versa - a place with your favorite food also looks like a slightly better fire station? There is a possibility to have the best of both worlds and it is to have a wedding in a location where you'll be allowed to bring your own catering or at least, chef per your choice. In Croatia, these concepts are still in their infancy, but they are developing slowly and safely. Good chefs are more and more willing to work with restaurants where they are not employed and restaurants are flexible to bring a part of the team, so they together make a menu from your vision. And if none of that is really feasible and the location is fixed with your team, do it like me - try the menu until you bring it to perfection, but always stay realistic! Don’t expect or force a team of chefs in a rural household to make emulsions and foams. The wedding should be harmonious, and here the balance of food and location is extremely important.

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3. BUDGET- a good old, ever-present issue of money. Do your homework and gather as many offers as possible from various locations to have a clear picture of the market and the prices of wedding menus. Be realistic, how much can you set aside from the wedding budget for food? And calculate that you will spend on average at least 10% more on everything related to weddings, including food. Almost never less. If food is your priority, and the menu you like costs more than you can afford with the current guest list, reduce the number of guests! The perfect excuse for your wedding to be exactly as you have always dreamed of it - with really your loved ones (ok, and mother-in-law, you can't help but invite her to the wedding ;) ).

4. SERVICE STYLE- everyone has a ready answer to this question- served menu or buffet option? What is your choice? Why not a combination? People love dynamics in food. For example, a buffet with homemade prosciutto, Pag cheese, vegetable fritters and a lot of condiments such as olives, spreads and sauces, various cakes and crackers while guests mingle and enjoy the evening in front of the restaurant, then 2 served courses (ideally warm) and finally dessert at the buffet. Midnight buffet with mini burgers and barbecue sausages with warm bread also at a couple of stations. And you covered everything! Unless, of course, you have imagined a wedding very formal, without too much dancing, then treat your guests with seven course menu . This is ideal for smaller weddings, say up to 30 people, when the emphasis is on hanging out at the table rather than having fun. There is a solution for everyone 😊



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5. SIMPLICITY IS THE KEY – even if your chosen menu is one with a few buffet stations or with seven courses, believe me when I tell you that simplicity is the key and for a very simple reason- people are very sensitive when it comes to food. So, shoot to the simple, universal and diverse. Don’t complicate but also don’t repeat the foods on the menu. Choose the battles that matter to you! If you really want the most perfect macaron cake in seventy-three colors instead of the standard chocolate with whipped cream, then compromise with your parents and let it be prosciutto and cheese as an appetizer. After all, it is both simple and universal and very acceptable to most. Just let the food be top quality and you’ve scored!

6. YOU WILL NEVER PLEASE EVERYONE WITH YOUR CHOICE - related to item number 5, know that you will never, but never, delight everyone. You may think you would, but it is simply impossible. Unless you're just the two of you at dinner (which, now that you're reading all this, you probably think it's not a bad option :D ), there will always be someone who won't be pleased, and  that's just fine! Accept it from the beginning as something that goes "by default" and don't get provoked.

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7. KEEP VEGETARIANS AND OTHER 'TEAMS' IN MIND - good old saying says- everyone knows best for themselves! Don't judge, be those cool friends who will make sure that people with special dietary requirements are well taken care of, so much so that (and believe me when I tell you this!), after your wedding, they will walk around and talk about how well you have taken care of them. And that's such a cool thing.

8. CHOOSE LOCALLY AND SEASONALLY- especially when it comes to fruits and vegetables- you don’t want to be served a Caprese salad at your January wedding, do you? Talk to the chef of your catering company or restaurant and don’t be afraid to ask where they get fresh groceries from, including meat. After all, it’s about your wedding, which is very likely only once in a lifetime and you absolutely want to know not only what you will pay for, but exactly what you and your guests will eat. To the last detail. And then include that in the written menu on the tables - for example Drniš prosciutto, Pag cheese or Baranja kulen - people love such things and at the same time you promote the most delicious delicacies of Croatia. Food experience guaranteed!

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9. HEALTH IN FRONT OF EVERYTHING- yes, we know that sushi station with a Japanese master who throws knives is a big hit at events, but are you sure you want to serve raw fish at your summer wedding? Leave those extravagances for a hen or stag party, and for your wedding menu think carefully about food preparation techniques and whether there is any and the slightest possibility of poisoning. Remember that wedding when two hundred people became infected with salmonella? You remember. Me too. And everyone else probably. You don’t want to be a part of that statistic.

10. TRY YOUR MENU until you are completely satisfied. And don’t settle for mediocrity or excuses that something is now unavailable or out of season- there are ways to make things right if you try, we all know that. You are their clients and you have the right to try your wedding menu to the last detail. If you choose the buffet option, have them show you pictures of their previous performances and ask them to make the presentation as authentic as possible to what you liked about the pictures. Also if you have chosen the served menu, there is absolutely no reason why the presentation of each of the plates would be any different from the one at the wedding itself. Make sure that the menu tasting setup is identical to the one that will be set up for you and your guests at the wedding reception itself. And don't be afraid to try more things - that's what tastings are for- to find the best option that you will be satisfied with, the guests will be delighted and the restaurant is sure that it can execute with perfection.

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That's it -  ten tips that could help you choose a menu. And you thought that was a simple part?

Good luck and bon appetite!



Monday, November 2, 2020

COFFEE WITH THE BRIDE: Lorraine Dolan

Starting from today, Coffee with the bride represents our monthly topic and it will be published every first Monday of the month - our brides will share their insights of the wedding process of planning and wedding day itself. We believe these information will be helpful to any bride-to-be!

Lorraine is our bride of the month, so, let's dip into her story!


How two of you meet each other? What is your engagement story?

We met at a university in London. We were both there to complete the same 1-year course. We were really good friends for about 4 or 5 months and then we started going out. We stayed in London for 2 more years and then decided to move to the Middle East together. We got engaged in the Maldives. We went there to celebrate my birthday and Kevin surprised me on our second night there with a letter and a ring on the deck of our water villa.

How you decided to have a wedding in Dubrovnik? How your friends and family reacted when they heard about your wedding location?

At first, I had wanted to get married at home in Ireland, as we're always away from our family and friends and I thought it might be easier. We looked at a beautiful venue and provisionally booked it. Kevin however, had other ideas. He wasn't interested in getting married at home at all! His eyes would glaze over with boredom at any mention of it. But when I talked about a wedding abroad, he was straight on his phone looking up places. Eventually, I gave in and never looked back. We chose Dubrovnik because it's absolutely stunning and not many of our friends or family had been to it. So we thought a new/different location would make it more memorable. We're also big Game of Thrones fans, so that kind of solidified the decision for us.

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What was the most stressful thing about your wedding planning?

Helping our family to book flights and accommodation. It took some people a while to realize that it wasn't a typical package holiday destination.

What was your 'must have' for the wedding?

The ship from Old Town to Cavtat. It was unbelievable! It's all the guests talked about and they couldn't believe how brilliant it was. It really was worth the extra money and it was a great way of cooling down from the heat in Old Town.

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How did you feel just before you walked down the aisle?

I was 100% fine going to the church, but as soon as the doors opened and everyone turned to stare at me, I started to cry! I'm not normally an emotional person, but I'm also not comfortable with alot of attention, so I think it all just hit me at that moment. I think it was just overwhelming that so many of our family and friends made the effort to come to our wedding (we had 150 guests) and I was just so grateful to have them all there.

What worried you the most night before the wedding?

Walking down the aisle.

Looking back, is there anything you would change?

Not one thing! Matea made sure everything at our wedding was perfect and that we had everything we wanted and needed. She made amazing last minute recommendations for the venue that made a huge difference. We just can't thank her enough for what she pulled off.

What was the funniest thing that happened on the day?

I got a fancy little red car into Old Town with my Dad and a crowd of Chinese tourists followed us the whole way and kept taking photos of us. My photographer Vero was hilarious, trying to get them away from us. She was amazing too!

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Photo by Veronica Arevalo, all rights reserved

What 3 advices would you give to other brides planning their wedding?

1. Visit Dubrovnik before you get married. I seen venues online and had more or less chosen the one I wanted. But when we went to see it, I didn't like it at all and ended up choosing a venue I hadn't even considered.

2. Food tasting – don't be afraid to ask the hotel to change the menu up a bit to suit the needs of your family and friends/culture. Our hotel was amazing for this and nothing was too much trouble.

3. Most importantly – get a wedding planner! We would not have been able to do all the paperwork and planning ourselves. I thought it was going to be soo difficult organizing everything but Matea just made every detail and every decision so easy for us. I couldn't recommend Dubrovnik Event enough!

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 Photo by Veronica Arevalo, all rights reserved
                                                                              


You may check wedding gallery of Lorraine and Kevin on our Pinterest page here.

For more questions, answers and information on your Dubrovnik wedding, we cannot wait to hear from you at info@dubrovnikevent.com

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Lorraine Dolan + Kevin Mossey

WEDDING PLANNER: Dubrovnik Event

CEREMONY VENUE: St. Ignatius church

BOAT: Tirena galleon

RECEPTION VENUE: Spinaker, hotel Croatia

PHOTOGRAPHER: Veronica Arevalo, Svadbas photography

VIDEOGRAPHER: DT Studio 

FLORIST: Vrtlar



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Interview with a Bride who had to Postpone her Dubrovnik wedding due to Coronavirus

If things were normal, today Matea and I would be meeting Sorcha and Dan for their pre wedding meeting. We'd go to the registry office around 10am and then sip coffee in their wedding hotel and discuss their wedding timeline, meet their wedding vendors and around noon we'd likely switch to Gin and Tonics. But this scenario will have to wait a bit...
Oh how I love pre wedding meetings. So much emotions about them. And can't wait when this will actually happen! I remember when they visited Dubrovnik to check on their wedding venues last year, they met with Matea and she absolutely fell in love with them. I also remember her saying how they will be a perfect beginning of the season. Little did we know...

Sorcha and Dan during their Dubrovnik visit for pre wedding site inspections
I don't need to tell you much, Coronavirus affected every pore of our everyday lives and so it did the same to the wonderful world of weddings and even more so- destination weddings. All of a sudden, nobody knew what is happening and what will happen. Virus spread in a way we never expected it to in the world we live in and then - it was the end of the world as we knew it.... Soon enough, it was obvious that our May weddings are questionable. And Sorcha and Dan won't be opening our 2020 Dubrovnik Wedding Season in May. After a few long and reasonable emails, a postponement decision was a logical one.
Instead of bothering you with info you may already know, here is a first interview I ever made with a Bride, on how her world changed with the arrival of the little bastard known as COVID-19.

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1.      When did you decide to postpone your wedding and how long did it take you to make that decision?
We knew that having to postpone our wedding was a possibility since the outbreak of COVID 19, but we were hopeful that things would soon get back to normal and our original wedding date would be ok. In middle of March there came a point where it was no longer going to be possible for us to fly into Dubrovnik in May, so that decision was taken out of our hands and we had to postpone.

2.      When is your new wedding date planned for?
Currently, our new wedding date is planned for August 1st 2020, and we have all of our fingers crossed that it will be possible this time around!

3.      Did cancelling come to your mind at all?
Not at all. We both love to travel, and since our first trip to Dubrovnik in May 2015, Dan and I both fell in love with it. Over the years we discussed having a destination wedding and it was always going to be in Dubrovnik, it wasn't even a question. When we got engaged we didn't even look into having a wedding here in Ireland, just got straight to planning with Dubrovnik Event! So for us, the only choice was when to make the decision to postpone, we never considered cancelling.
#postponedontcancel #showmustgoon

Sponza Palace, Sorcha and Dan's wedding ceremony venue (photo by Mihoci Studios, all rights reserved)
4.      Did you find your wedding vendors supportive and flexible?
Absolutely, every single one! I honestly could not imagine dealing with this whole situation without the amazing support and dedication from both you and the fabulous Matea. We cannot recommend Dubrovnik Event highly enough! All of the hard work and organisation that went into planning the original wedding day has just been seamlessly lifted up and moved to a different date! You both make it seem so effortless, even though I am sure it is a very stressful thing to have to coordinate and always done with such positivity and kindness. We appreciate the flexibility of all of our vendors so greatly and cannot wait to meet those who we have not yet had the pleasure to meet, when our wedding eventually comes around! 

5.      Do you think the virus consequences will influence the number of people to come to your wedding?
Hopefully not, as we were not having a huge wedding to begin with. But inevitably the virus may result in some travel fears or government restrictions that may result in us having a smaller wedding. But we are hopeful that our closest family and friends will still be able to attend. 

6.      Will you do something special to mark your original wedding date?
Definitely! Only today we received two packages in the post from our families, both with "do not open until May 3rd" written on them. So we will enjoy these surprises and open a bottle of bubbles to celebrate together and mark the occasion!

After ceremony cocktails boat for Sorcha and Dan's Dubrovnik Wedding (Photo by Foto Adria, all rights reserved)
7.      Did you put plans on hold or feel like planning these days when whole world is on pause?
Yes and no. Naturally we had to postpone our honeymoon until later in the year, but if all goes ahead in August then we will only be a few months behind with our original life plans, and that is not so bad. Sometimes it is difficult to make plans, but plans can always be changed, and sometimes it is good to have a pause. 

8.      Do you , as a Bride, think COVID and its consequences will influence the world of weddings, budgets, and in general wedding decisions?
I think it will, in the short term anyway. I would say COVID 19 has made a lot of brides and grooms take a step back and realise what is really important to them as a couple. It might make some couples realise they don't actually need all of the things they thought they did to make their wedding day the most special day of their lives, resulting in smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies. 

9.      Do you plan on changing anything from your original date to a new date, like floral styling, décor, music, anything?
Hopefully not, after an entire year of emails back and forth, we could not be happier with the wedding we have planned! So to have all of our vendors available at our later date we are delighted to not have to change any of the well thought out details!

 
Sorcha and Dan's Dubrovnik Wedding Reception Venue, Vala Beach Club (photo by Mihoci studios, all rights reserved)
10.   Anything you’d like to say to all the Brides going through similar situation?
I would just say that whenever your wedding is, don't let the fear or disappointment of having to postpone your wedding consume you. As my family and friends said to me, it is alright to take the time to feel your feelings of upset or disappointment, but then pick yourself up and look forward to the day that your wedding can go ahead, and realise that it will be the most special day whenever that is because you are marrying the person you love, and will spend the rest of your lives together, and that is the most important thing in all of this!

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Hoping this little interview will help you if you're a Bride who was in a similar or even same situation and maybe inspire you to have your destination wedding even if you didnt plan on it. Where better than in Dubrovnik, Croatia- the most incredible wedding destination of the Mediterranean....
Email us at info@dubrovnikevent.com for more information, we can't wait!
Your Dubrovnik Wedding Planners :)
Ines & Matea
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