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If you’re planning a destination wedding, you may be thinking about hiring local wedding vendors (i.e. vendors who are local to your chosen venue). Although I work internationally myself, I can recognise there are certain advantages to hiring people based locally. However, there are a few key questions you should ask before booking local vendors for your destination wedding.

Destination Wedding Planning - 3 Things to Ask Local Wedding Vendors

If you’re planning a destination wedding, you may be thinking about hiring local wedding vendors (i.e. vendors who are local to your chosen venue). Although I work internationally myself, I can recognise there are certain advantages to hiring people based locally. However, there are a few key questions you should ask before booking local vendors for your destination wedding.

May 09 2022


We’ve all heard the phrase ‘your wedding, your way’. Personally, I’m thrilled to see more and more couples abandoning convention and planning the wedding they want rather than the wedding tradition dictates. One option that’s becoming increasingly popular, especially for destination weddings, is the symbolic ceremony.

Why a Symbolic Ceremony Might Make Sense for Your Caribbean Destination Wedding

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘your wedding, your way’. Personally, I’m thrilled to see more and more couples abandoning convention and planning the wedding they want rather than the wedding tradition dictates. One option that’s becoming increasingly popular, especially for destination weddings, is the symbolic ceremony.

Apr 07 2022


If you’re getting married in Barbados, you’ll want to make the most of the island while you’re there. If your guests are treating your wedding as the perfect excuse for a holiday, they’ll be looking for inspiration too. My family are from Barbados, so it’s a destination close to my heart.

6 Things To Do In Barbados

If you’re getting married in Barbados, you’ll want to make the most of the island while you’re there. If your guests are treating your wedding as the perfect excuse for a holiday, they’ll be looking for inspiration too. My family are from Barbados, so it’s a destination close to my heart.

Feb 18 2022


Even before I fell in love with organising luxurious weddings throughout the Caribbean and around the world, destination weddings and elopements had my heart. Watching a couple get married is always special but celebrating with them in an incredible location takes things to another level.

Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?

Even before I fell in love with organising luxurious weddings throughout the Caribbean and around the world, destination weddings and elopements had my heart. Watching a couple get married is always special but celebrating with them in an incredible location takes things to another level.

Jan 26 2022


Exchanging vows on the sand is seriously dreamy, but planning a beach wedding isn’t without its challenges.

7 Top Tips for Planning Your Perfect Beach Wedding

Exchanging vows on the sand is seriously dreamy, but planning a beach wedding isn’t without its challenges.

Feb 22 2018


Last month I had the pleasure of attending a familiarisation trip to the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The perfect destination wedding planning fact finding experience.

Destination Saint Lucia - Beautiful Beaches, Breathtaking Mountains and So Much More

Last month I had the pleasure of attending a familiarisation trip to the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. The perfect destination wedding planning fact finding experience.

Dec 18 2017


Jetting off ahead of your destination wedding should be a time of overwhelming excitement and joy. Arriving at the other end to discover your dream dress has become a crumpled heap of satin, or even lost luggage, will kill your travel buzz in no time at all.

The Dos and Don'ts of Travelling With Your Destination Wedding Dress

Jetting off ahead of your destination wedding should be a time of overwhelming excitement and joy. Arriving at the other end to discover your dream dress has become a crumpled heap of satin, or even lost luggage, will kill your travel buzz in no time at all.

Jul 06 2017


Saying 'I do' in a dreamy overseas location is incredibly romantic, but there's a lot more involved in planning a destination wedding than simply booking flights and choosing a nice hotel.

5 Top Tips For Planning a Destination Wedding

Saying 'I do' in a dreamy overseas location is incredibly romantic, but there's a lot more involved in planning a destination wedding than simply booking flights and choosing a nice hotel.

May 23 2017