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The Menu.

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Good Morning Wedding Lovers!

We continue with another week of yours truly giving you valuable tips and tricks of the trade.

Your wedding day is a celebration of love, and every detail should reflect your unique style and personality. When it comes to planning your wedding, the menu is an essential aspect that deserves special attention. Presenting your menu in a creative and visually appealing way can elevate the dining experience for your guests and add an extra touch of elegance to your special day.

Now, let us give you some pointers to help you make your mind up, closing down to your wedding day. When designing your menu, try to keep close to your personal style as a couple because it will feel much more familiar and emotional to you. Also think about the food you will be serving, the shapes, the colors and find something that will suit it best. Lastly, try in some way to incorporate the wedding venue, keep in mind that Dubrovnik has a lot of traditional and romantic venues that could be presented on the menu.

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Types of menus differ in a lot of ways, the way you display them to the way you design them. Some types are:

Customized Menus – One of the simplest yet effective ways to present your wedding menu is by designing custom menus that match your wedding theme and personal decor. Consider incorporating your wedding colors, motifs, or even monograms into the menu design. You can print individual menus for each guest or display a large, beautifully framed menu at the entrance of the reception area for everyone to see.

Interactive Displays – Engage your guests with interactive displays that allow them to explore and choose their desired menu items. Create a visually stunning wall or board with different food options and accompanying descriptions. Using decorative pins or magnets, guests can select their preferences. This adds an element of fun and encourages conversation among guests as they discuss their choices.

Tabletop Displays – Incorporate your menu into the table setting by using unique presentation methods. Place individual menus inside elegantly folded napkins or attach them to creatively designed place cards. You can also consider using edible menus, such as personalized cookies or chocolate bars with the menu details engraved on them. These edible delights not only serve as a delightful surprise but also act as a sweet treat for your guests.

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Interactive Digital Menus – Embrace technology and create a digital menu experience for your guests. Set up interactive screens or tablets at each table, allowing guests to browse through the menu options, view food photos, and even read chef’s recommendations. This approach adds a modern touch to your wedding while providing an immersive and personalized dining experience.

Multi-course Surprise – If you want to add an element of surprise to your wedding menu, consider presenting each course in a unique and unexpected way. For example, you can serve an amuse-bouche as a pre-course palate cleanser in small, decorative shot glasses. Another idea is to serve a signature cocktail as an intermezzo between courses, refreshing the guests’ palates and enhancing the overall dining experience.

Themed Food Stations – Create a culinary journey for your guests by setting up themed food stations that reflect your favorite cuisines or destinations. Use decorative signs and props to indicate the different stations, and include small menu cards at each station describing the dishes and their ingredients. This interactive approach allows guests to explore various flavors while immersing themselves in the ambiance of each culinary experience.

Your wedding menu is an opportunity to showcase your personal style as a couple and give people some insight into who you will be as a married couple…it will surely delight your guests and make for a memorable dining experience. As we love seeing people entry their married life together, we have seen a lot of personal styles coming together which makes it so much more special seeing it come to life. Dubrovnik gives that special “umf” to your style, the tradition and pure natural beauty makes everything shine better.

That’s it for now dear reader… cheers to love!

When to schedule speeches?

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The moments that can get quite emotional after you two saying “I do”. Yes, those are the speeches. Your father, husband and his best man are usually those who hold a speech most of the time. But when is the best time to schedule them? Where here to help you incorporate those into your wedding dinner.

Long and emotional or short and quirky, speeches are there to remember all the fun times you had with each other. It’s the time when you thank people you love, you share stories, and you say what is on your mind and in your heart. (Prepare the tissues and raise your glasses).

Your guests are seated and are having fun while waiting for the lovebirds to enter the dinner venue. You came all happy, your fave song is playing in the background as your MC announces your grand entrance. You two sit down at the top table and the time starts now.

Usually, we really recommend having your speeches right away, meaning, before the dinner starts. You want the people who are holding speeches not to feel nervous. The nervousness is likely to happen when they have to wait for their turn to hold the speech. That’s why it is better to have your people speak right away, not in between meals. They will not enjoy their food as much if they have to wait, their nervousness will only build up etc. Basically, they will not be able to enjoy the moments in the same manner as they would if the speech is done and already said.

I think we all agree that you want all your guests to feel comfortable and with ease. Scheduling the speeches before the dinner starts is the best way to make sure that all of them will be performed in the way they wanted to. Relaxed and content. Without any stress involved. It is not easy to hold a speech and stand up in front of everyone. For some of them it is probably the first time they have to speak in front of a larger group. Of course, It can be nerve wracking. So, it is better to get on the speeches right away and get it over with.

That way you’ll make the best scenario possible for your people who hold the speech to enjoy their dinner and the rest of the night to the fullest. Making your wedding more enjoyable and comfortable for everyone. It shows that you care for them and how they feel in specific moments that put them in the spotlight. It’s the slightest details that matter and make your most special day flow how it is supposed to.

Soooo, the speeches should be scheduled first. At least that’s what we kindly recommend, it is your wedding after all, you choose! 🙂

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Do you need live musicians at your wedding?

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It really depends on what you prefer as a couple. Remember, only listen to yourselves, not your aunts, cousins, friends etc. It is YOUR wedding, and you should decide whether to have live musicians or not.

Music is a very important factor at a wedding, it really follows all stages of a wedding day. And it should be like that! The music is created to put people in better mood, to keep them moving, smiling, dancing, boosting their Serotonin levels up! And we do want them to enjoy, they’re your favorite people in this world, celebrating your most special day in Dubrovnik with you.

Starting with the obvious, ceremony music. Where we have the live cello/violin or even piano players, playing (or singing) your favorite song as you walk down the aisle. Putting everyone in their feels, they’re getting a bit emotional and so are you… Stop it…You’re going to mess up your makeup!

Anyways, yes, back to music!

You can have live musicians on the boat cruise in between your ceremony and reception. How amazing is that? I’ll tell you. It will wow your guests, they will be talking about it years and years afterwards. The boat cruise on its own it something that brings joy and pleasure to the guests, they are more relaxed now, the sun is shining, you’re having a drink (or two) and you’re cruising on the most gorgeous Adriatic Sea. What a day so far, ha? Love it.

The boat cruise was delightful, the light breeze from the sea is something that they didn’t know they needed. The mood is set, your guests are approaching the reception venue.

Their energy will get even higher if they see a band or a live musician playing. They’ll always keep the dance floor full, that’s a guarantee!

The next option is having a great DJ plus a sax player. Oooooh! Yes, it does sound good. Nothing better than the sax player performance and the sound that perfectly contributes to the summer feel as you’re having your cold drink. That’s heaven right there, and you’re living in it.

Either way, having some sort of music is mandatory, we can agree on that. But live music adds to the experience. Whether you’re having them play your favorite songs or you hired a traditional Linđo ensemble to surprise your guests with music and dance closely linked to this region.

When having live musicians, they contribute to your overall experience with their performance and their individual and personalized approach. Each concert is unique, and we know that. Whether it is a sax player accompanying the DJ or the entire band in front of you. It will be a wedding to remember!

P.S.

You can also have just a DJ on the boat cruise (and reception) or you can put your own music on the speakers. Do as you like. We’re not here to persuade, we’re here to inform 😊But, hire a band or a live player. Just to see how sweaty they can get as they perform. Lol.

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Traditional vs unexpected songs to walk down the aisle to

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Ohhh, the moment we’ve all been waiting for. You, my dear, are walking down the aisle towards your man. But hey! You’re not walking down in silence (thank God), you’re walking along the sounds and rhythm of your favorite song. Whether that is something traditional or something more unique and not seen (heard) before. Music sets the mood of the event. It’s easier for your guests to burst in tears (haha), it really contributes to people getting more emotional. We can all agree that soundtracks in movies lift the whole scene up to another level. It just seems like a background noise but it’s something worth paying your attention to.

Let’s face it, it will give you more confidence as you are walking. Maybe you’ll get a better posture. Shoulders back, chin up! And from the inside you’re thinking “Yes, I’m beautiful. I have my hair and makeup done. My dress is gorgeous, and this is my time to shine.” It’s like on the show Dancing with the stars but this time you’re the star! (Ask your dad, he’ll confirm) 😊

If you prefer songs that are more traditional. Hence make you more confident and are aligned with your preferred vibes. Here is the list of songs you might consider.

  1. Ave Maria – Schubert
  2. The Wedding March – Felix Mendelssohn
  3. Bridal Chorus – Richard Wagner
  4. Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel
  5. Can’t help falling in love – Any version
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach – Air on G String
  7. The Four Seasons: Spring – Antonio Vivaldi
  8. Cello suite No.1 – Bach
  9. The swan – Saint-Saens
  10. Water music (Air) – Handel

 

If you’re leaning more towards the modern side or want to walk down the aisle with a song that will be an unexpected little surprise. You might take a look at these:

  1. Make you feel my love – Adele
  2. Elton John – Your song
  3. Time after time – Iron & Wine
  4. La Vie En Rose – Emilly Watts
  5. When you believe – Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
  6. When a man loves a woman – Percy Sledge
  7. Bloom – Paper Kites
  8. Crazy love – Michael Buble
  9. Somewhere only we know – Keane
  10. Latch – Sam Smith

 

 

It doesn’t really matter which type of a person you are as long as there’s beautiful music following you as you walk down to say, “I do”. The soundtrack of your special day, or of your movie should I say?

 

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Dubrovnik – your event home.

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“I had my wedding in Dubrovnik, it was all I ever imagined and more.” This sentence doesn’t have to stop there. And that’s why we’re here. Did you ever consider making Dubrovnik your event home? SO many of our clients are doing exactly that lately! Planning not only their wedding anniversaries but their newly arrived kids parties, birthday celebrations or simply life celebrations with friends. Let us tell you why Dubrovnik is a perfect event home for you…

City of Dubrovnik is truly an architectural and historical masterpiece. That’s easy to explore online. But all those information come to life when you enter the Old Town. When you feel the city vibe personally. When you breathe the fresh air and hear the seagulls and sea bouncing off the city walls. You may think that there’s a huge fuss going on about this city, it’s too popular and not worth paying a visit. Sorry, but you could not be more wrong 😉

The city is more than special, and I’m not saying it because I live and work here. It holds certain power inherited from centuries ago. Whoever has been here will tell you the same. The main street, the narrow alleys, flowerpots, clothes drying on the ropes above your head, the stone, orange brick roofs, the pigeons, sea, sunsets, city walls…. I can go on and on… You’ve probably experienced all the above when you were here on your wedding day. How about experiencing this again, in an even more relaxed tone?

Being in the event planning business for over a decade now brings us the joy of meeting people from all over the world. Making their special day as memorable as it can be. But not only their wedding day! What is truly making us incredibly honored is having a repeated customer/client lately more and more. The real beauty of this is that we don’t see you as customers or clients, we’ve created a friendship by now. Those are life goals really, don’t you think? It serves as a recognition to our work and dedication that is being invested throughout the years.

So what can you actually do here after you have done your wedding here already?

  1. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY- obviously :D. You can have your 5 or 10 (+) years anniversary in Dubrovnik. In the same venue you had but this time more chilled, relaxed, calm, less people and more intimate (or not). Or, you can choose another venue that you maybe wanted to have in the first place and now is your chance to make it happen!
  2. Vow renewal- somewhere in the nature, secluded venue, just the two of you and the sound of birds and waves. Dubrovnik truly has it all!
  3. YOUR KIDS PARTIES: You have a family now and we could not be happier for you. How about organizing a Christening party for your kid or a bar or bat mitzvah in Dubrovnik? Did you know that Dubrovnik is a home to the oldest synagogue in this part of the world?
  4. BIRTHDAY PARTY (if not yours, maybe that of of your kids, parents, friends, cousins…) on a location that’s overlooking the Old Town like it’s on a palm of your hand.  Let’s face it, we got you intrigued, right?

It is rewarding to see our friends coming back and entrusting us with another celebration/event that they want us to organize. Our hearts are full. It is a feeling that cannot be explained. Is it because of Dubrovnik or is it because of us? We hope it’s both. We are a match made in heaven, aren’t we? 😊

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Dubrovnik Event - Birthday party
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