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TOP 3 reasons why you should get married in Dubrovnik in Spring

Spring wedding

The answer “I mean it’s spring” does speak for itself, we know 🙂 . But we have concrete reasons as to why you should get married in spring, so stay tuned!

Spring is literally the most beautiful period of the year if you observe the nature. No more boring looking, dull, weak, hanging branches of trees. No more grey days, no more low heavy clouds (or much less that usual), no more shivering because of cold (but you can still find the excuse to hug & cuddle your significant other). No more winter easily said 😊.

What also changes besides the nature, are the people’s mood & behavior. You kind of get up easier from that bed in the morning, isn’t that right? People are more positive, bright, happy and enthusiastic (maybe because they just had their coffee while soaking up the sunshine). Either way, there is a visible change in people’s lives as well as the nature. And for the better, that’s for sure.

When it comes to having a wedding, besides these two general facts that we shared, there are (well, at  least!) 3 more reasons we can think of when choosing to have your Dubrovnik wedding in spring!

Let’s dive right into them

1.The temperature – Dubrovnik, being the city on the south of Croatia, is known for having good weather. Winters are not too harsh, summers are not too hot to handle, definitely bearable. But in spring the temperature is just right. Ranging from 15 Celsius to around 20-25 Celsius as the summer starts to approach. Think of it this way, your makeup will not glide right off (although it never will because we have an amazing makeup artist). You and your guests won’t have to sweat, you can dance all night long without having to use a napkin. Sure, it can potentially be slightly chilly when the sun falls under the horizon, but nothing a glass of champagne or some good dance moves under the stars can help with!

2. It’s a bit more private– meaning that wherever you go in Dubrovnik you will not be bothered by any crowds. You’ll be able to walk down the main street without bumping into tour guides and their groups. And that my friend, is a major reason for getting married in Dubrovnik in Spring, trust us on that one! Another plus of having the city almost all to yourself are the wedding photos. You and your loved one will have the most amazing locations ready for you to pose. Creating intimate atmosphere without almost anyone photobombing the experience 😊

3. Ceremony/reception venues – along with nature, they wake up and get that certain charm. Spring charm. They transform, they’re more vivid in the pictures. The venues bloom, they’re more green, more colorful and scentful. It’s not just that the view spreads over the old town (for example) and the island of Lokrum in front of it; you’re standing and looking at it from the place that’s covered in rosemary bushes blooming little flowers of purple. Contrasting the white pebble paths and the blue sea underneath. Yes, it sounds wonderful, but it doesn’t have to end there. Everything described can be your wedding location. Not to mention endless possibilities of flower arrangements & décor options.

The world becomes a better place in spring. (I’m not saying it because I’m a spring child, I’m saying it because it’s true.) Dubrovnik is a unique city; we can all agree on that. It is divine during any period of the year. But spring… spring it makes it more special. The venues bloom and so will you! 😊

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Photo by: Nina Anić
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Photo by: Mihoci

5 tips on how to make your place cards stand out 

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You’re planning a wedding. And there’s oh so many important decisions to make! One detail such as a place card might not seem like something that is of higher significance now, right? Let me show you that having a unique place card can make your beloved guest feel sooo special. How? Let’s examine how you can make this often-neglected detail a show stopping one.  

Place cards are an important part of your wedding stationery plan- they indicate a certain person’s seating spot at the table. But they don’t just do that, trust me on that one! Table plan, flower arrangements, centerpieces, the whole table setting is very important when imagining your wedding reception. But so are the table cards! Every individual guest on your wedding day is unique and plays a huge role in your life- otherwise they wouldn’t be here, is that right? Why don’t you pay tribute to them by making their place card unique & memorable…. 

And here’s how you can make that possible… 

  1. Make a short/sweet personalized note – just a simple “Welcome” in the corner can make a difference. It doesn’t look like an ordinary place card anymore. You can even write person’s nickname, that would be such a personalized touch. It shows that you care about them, not everyone calls you by your nickname that’s for sure! They’ll love it. 
  1. Hand written place card – It will definitely take a bunch of time but it’ll be worth it. Imagine if you’re good at calligraphy, how amazing would the letters look like. Either way, it will look as though you left a part of you on that piece of paper/material. Every person has a strong attachment to their name, it is part of their identity. When you write it by hand it shows that you care about your guests. So much so, that you wanted them to see how their name looks like when you personally write it. It will make them feel appreciated and important to you. At least that’s what I would feel like. 😊 
  1. Think about your wedding theme – Don’t make the place cards black & white. (I mean by all means do so if it suits your wedding colors/theme). Place cards give you so much room to be creative and fun. If you have a Mediterranean theme wedding and you’re using different greenery- why don’t you incorporate that cute little olive branch into your place card? Or a lavender flower. It creates such an effortless flow into the whole wedding and leaves an impression that you cared about the slightest details. And let’s not forget how great it looks on the photos too! 
  1. Different shapes/materials – who said it has to be a rectangle? Be different, do a circle! Just kidding. Think out of the box and make things more memorable and unique! This little place card is such a great opportunity where you can use it and do a subtle “Wow effect”. Why not?  
  1. Think out of the box – Let them have a double purpose, make them as a little gift to carry back home from Dubrovnik. Do glass place cards. Do stone place cards. Shells from the beach. Edible place cards.  Or drinkable (everyone loves a mini Dubrovnik grappa bottle with their name on it)! Make place cards out of wire. Lemon. Yes, the fruit. Lemon can be a place card. There are really numerous ways how to make this little detail stand out. 

I think you got the idea… It is a detail that should not be neglected. Provides so much room to play with. And yet, can make a big difference and be a detail that your guests will talk about many years later. Thank you, dear reader, I wish I could know your name. 🙂 

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Photo by: Veronica Arevalo

10 questions to ask your artist during the makeup trial 

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What is the first thing you think of when you imagine a Bride? Ok, after the dress 🙂 ! Her beautiful, perfectly made up face. Right? 

Every bride wants to look the most beautiful version of herself on her wedding day. That’s why you should always be open and honest with your artist. Let’s look at some questions that may be useful to ask during your Dubrovnik wedding makeup trial. 

But before we jump into this Wednesday’s topic, I’ll take this opportunity to congratulate women around the world. Happy (belated) International Women’s Day ladies! Be fierce, strong and independent as you are.  

Remember that we are all beautiful without makeup! But 🙂 … 

Makeup is an important part of the routine most women have. There’s something therapeutic when we’re putting on makeup in the morning. It relaxes us while the end result makes us more confident. But it definitely enhances the features we love on our faces.  

You’ll agree with me, having your makeup done by someone else is truly an experience. The soft brush strokes… oh so calming. But, even if you’re an introvert please talk to your artist during the trial, you’ll be less worried and the artist is there for YOU!  

Be open to discuss things and ask them questions like… 

  1. Is wedding makeup your specialty? 

There are many different kinds of makeup artists- some are more art oriented, while others are doing fashion shows and are used to unusual requests and abstract work. It is important to know what can you expect and look for from the artist. Of course, if the artist has a lot of experience in wedding makeup, they will be able to recommend you some looks that you maybe haven’t thought of yet. 

  1. Do you also do wedding hair? 

It’s very convenient when the same person (or even better a company) does both your hair and makeup. You become used to them, you feel at ease to ask anything and therefore making your look just how you wanted.  

  1. Do you charge makeup trials? 

Knowing what’s included in the price will help you to manage other possible expenses of your wedding day. But the artist that we work closely with doesn’t charge the trial in case you do one.   

  1. How long a makeup trial lasts? 

The more time they have for you the better! So, you can chat about how you want to look like, what features you want to enhance etc. If you have prepared a Pinterest board of ideas it can serve as a huge help for the artist to envision your ideal look. If you know approximately how long the trial takes, you can save some time to explore our beautiful city of Dubrovnik. Do keep in mind most makeup artists will do half face trial only if it is free of charge. 

  1. Can you use some of my personal makeup products? 

If you are someone with sensitive skin you’ll know what I am talking about. Some foundations tend to be very disruptive to the skin barrier. Brides can prefer having their own derm-approved foundations with them on their special day. Please make sure to bring it with you on the trial as well so the artist can see how it works with the rest of the makeup. 

  1. What kind of products will you use on me? 

This is a very useful info. Some brands are maybe not suitable for you, resulting in skin reactions or redness/ irritation. If you are aware of that, please ask the artist to show you their products so you can decide together what’s best for you as an individual. We for example promote clean beauty and choose artists that have an array of clean and low tox makeup options.  

  1. How can you ensure a long-lasting look? 

It is good to know all the tips and tricks that makeup artists have. We can learn so much from them and use their advice in the future. This question also ensures that you will feel more calm knowing that she did certain steps to prevent makeup from melting of your face. Which is possible during summer in Dubrovnik but not with our makeup artist! 

  1. What kind of a wedding makeup look would you recommend me? 

Sometimes artist’s vision can end up being better than the one you imagined. Ask the artist what suits you the most according to your facial structure, cheekbones, hooded eyes etc. After all, they are professionals. Listen to their advice and then bring up yours. Together you can create magic! 

  1. Do you have any pictures of your work? 

It is crucial to get actual wedding references from your Dubrovnik wedding makeup artist. I remember when I was a child my hairdresser had multiple photo albums on the coffee table at the salon. When we were waiting for our appointment me and my mum would go through these photos together. It’s so nice to see what the artist is capable of. But now, of course, we have Instagram where you can have a proper glimpse of their work. 

  1.  Lastly, question for yourself “How does this person make me feel?” 

Your makeup artist has a very important role on your wedding day. You’ll probably be under “a bit” of stress, very excited or maybe slightly bit anxious (which is all completely normal to go through). Hence, the artist needs to be able to calm you down, to have a meaningful chat with you, to help you enjoy the process etc. You can determine all of that when you meet your lovely makeup artist on your trial. 

Remember, don’t be afraid to ask any questions. It is YOUR destination wedding. Be open for suggestions, have your own ideas, communicate! Say no, don’t be shy, you won’t hurt anyone’s feelings. It’s always better to say everything that’s on your mind now than having any regrets later.  

 

Fun cocktail hour ideas for your guests

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Tell me – do you know ANYONE who doesn’t like a good cocktail? I didn’t think so! Which is an even better reason to pay more attention to your Dubrovnik wedding cocktail  hour details.. So let’s start! 

Cocktails are a work of art, don’t you think? The bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts really do need to have some skills in order to perfect the art of making cocktails. It is not just about combining spirits with juices, syrups and creams; it has to look appealing and colorful but also taste delicious. Looking at a bartender making cocktails is a true show for a guest. The way they move, how they carve the ice blocks, how they put herbs and spices and citrus peels is a show stopping art form.  

But even though it is called a cocktail hour, your wedding drink reception doesn’t have to be restricted to cocktails only (even though they come in handy on a summer’s day in Dubrovnik). There are numerous alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages that you can incorporate in your wedding day. Hence, putting your guests in a good mood, making them more relaxed and comfortable to talk to each other and celebrate the act of you two stepping into marriage together. 

The most important question is: what do you think your guests enjoy the most? You know them best and it’s likely you partied with them at some point of your life, so what cocktail type you think your friends and family will enjoy?  

Don’t forget those who don’t drink hard liquor or alcohol! Mockup cocktails are a way to go here too as an option and for all those beer lovers out there, you can also have a variety of craft beers ready for your guests to try. It is an amazing idea to familiarize yourself with some exquisite local/regional/national all Croatian beers. And we do have lots of them, Croatians love their beers believe me.   

For wine drinkers, keep wine wine, or go with champagne cocktails. Who doesn’t love a good champagne cocktail? 

Next question is when and where to hold your wedding drinks reception?  

Cocktail hour can be held at the same venue as your ceremony or it can be at the beginning of your wedding reception, it is up to you to decide, and you may have tons of questions before planning your wedding day and that’s completely normal. Your Dubrovnik Wedding Planner is here to help you!  

You can also include some activities during the cocktail hour… For example… 

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a polaroid photo station, where your guests will be able to enjoy their drinks (of course) but also spontaneously take pictures of themselves and put them on a board, they can also write a note on an empty space under the pic? Perfect for capturing happy moments worth remembering! 

You can also have fun, quirky signs that guide your guests and indicate the place where the fun is at. As well as having live music play in the background, while you’re having a drink and chatting with the rest of the guests, sounds like a perfect way to start the wedding reception. 

And how about a totally personalized cocktail? During your cocktail hour you can serve your signature cocktail, the one you’re known by. You can also have His & Hers, two personalized drinks that your wedding guests can choose from.  

And then gin! How well does it sit during summer nights, so refreshing and it doesn’t even feel like an alcoholic drink. Am I right? So, you can have Gin O’clock idea that can be used as a sign to guide your guests towards a gin station. 

Let’s talking serving ideas! 

How about serving drinks in a mason jar? Sounds unique and creative but a bit quirky as well and it will most definitely be a cool cocktail hour statement. Also, very Instagram worthy, the pictures of mason jar drinks will flood your social media. 

Let’s not forget the little ones. Having an iced tea or a lemonade stand or even a popsicle stand will make them happy and satisfied for sure! Kids also need to be entertained on a cocktail hour, even though they often times know how to entertain themselves on their own. 

Those were some ideas that could be incorporated in a cocktail hour at your destination wedding in Dubrovnik. Imagine your guests chatting during a sunset, while the sax player is playing in the background and they’re enjoying a glass (or few of them) of your favorite drink. Looks good, doesn’t it? 

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Photo by: Libre Comme L’Art
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Photo by: Mihoci

  Why you should sneak away for sunset pictures

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Sunset pictures are extraordinary! Oh, mesmerizing sunset and the color palette it produces each and every time differently… They don’t say “A picture is worth thousand words” for nothing.  

But, let us take a step back for a moment. 

Among all other requirements that need to tick the boxes, locations where you can take your wedding pictures can play a huge role when deciding where to have your destination wedding. They say the more the merrier but, in this case, we support choosing quality over quantity for sure. For your destination wedding you may choose a city you like; it doesn’t have to strictly be somewhere urban of course, but you are probably choosing it based on your personal preferences or maybe you’re emotionally attached to a certain place. 

You’ll agree with us on this… 

Photographers nowadays are playing a very significant part on a couple’s wedding day. It goes without saying that they always were important, but, today more than ever before, couples pay a lot of attention to which photographer suits their vision the most, based on different characteristics of the photographer’s work. They truly are artists of some sort, aren’t they? It takes some skills and talent to produce a wedding photo that is able to induce feelings and emotions long after the moment is gone. That’s why we opt for photographers in the first place; so we can cherish and experience beautiful moments over and over again. (Posting pictures on your social media accounts and making other people jealous is a reason good enough too 😊 ) 

You’re probably reading this blog and wandering around our web page with a purpose to (hopefully) have your destination wedding in Dubrovnik. That’s a right decision and we entirely support it! There are numerous reasons why couples choose Dubrovnik for their destination wedding and we absolutely cannot blame them. Dubrovnik truly is a “pearl of the Adriatic” as they say.  

It combines history, culture, gastronomy, the sun and crystal-clear sea. You’ll feel a certain way when you see the city from afar as well as when you enter the city gate for the first time.  

Did you notice that I’ve mentioned the sun?  

It’s because you can see the horizon spreading in the distance from almost every part of the city. Making numerous locations ideal for taking sunset pictures. Sunset really produces unimaginable colors sometimes, but we believe that in Dubrovnik sunset pictures are something special and more unique than in any other place in the world. And it happens almost every day differently so having an amazing sunset is inevitable for your wedding day too.  

Sunset pictures hold a WOW factor. When you scroll through different wedding day pictures, they are so romantic and elegant, timeless… Beautiful couple walking through the picturesque small alleys in Dubrovnik, through the main street or somewhere more secluded. And then the sunset pictures appear near the end and you just gaze at them in awe. That’s the reaction that sunset is able to bring out from us. 

While your guests are having the time of their life at the reception venue; while they’re mingling around, we encourage the newlyweds to take the opportunity that’s been given to them from the sky above. Sneak away together. It is an amazing chance for you two to have some alone time, in which your love will definitely show through pictures. You are married now, if you were stressed out before you’re probably not anymore, you feel relaxed and happy next to your loved one. You’re together, somewhere peaceful, listening to the sounds of waves and the rhythm that your hearts produce. You can imagine this picture and it looks (and feels) amazing. Right?! 

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Photo by: Iva&Vedran
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Photo by: Veronica Arevalo
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Photo by: Tomi Kriste
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Photo by: Fabijan Drnas
Dubrovnik Event Wedding - sunset
Photo by: Veronica Arevalo
Dubrovnik Event Wedding - sunset
Photo by: Veronica Arevalo

        Wedding cake trends picked by Dubrovnik Event team

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I dare you to find me a person who dislikes cake in any shape or form (or flavor). There’s a saying “there’s always room for dessert because it doesn’t go to your stomach; it goes right into your heart!” Even though if you are not a person known for its sweet tooth; still, there’s definitely something that has sweetness to it that you are often craving (could be an apple).  But for example, wedding cake can be of those things that you have to try. It is not possible to reject a piece of cake that a happily married couple cut a few moments ago while holding the knife together, smiling and looking at the marvelous tiered creation. Impossible, I’m telling you! Perhaps you didn’t want to eat it but now you will, and it’s delicious admit it!

Among all the things that a bride and her groom have to decide on, this task has to be one of the sweetest ones. Oh, being able to sit down and have other people bring you multiple pieces of different flavored cakes. Such a sweet suffering. Whether you’ll be having your wedding reception in a garden of a villa, or a stunning location with a view, you’ll also be able to decide which is your favorite cake from the vendors that we work with.

In case you are having a reception in a hotel, the case is somewhat different (no worries you will still be able to have a cake tasting). Then, couples often have both; the dessert from the menu and the wedding cake. We highly recommend having only a wedding cake due to the fact that after dessert people forget that there’s still a cake coming and when it comes there’s rarely room for both left in out tummies. This leads to wasting a lot of the gorgeous, special wedding cake and we think it is better to avoid this situation and exclude the dessert part of the menu.

 From a guest’s point of view as well as the pastry chefs probably; wedding cakes definitely change through years. When I say wedding cake, probably the first thing that comes to your mind is a multiple-tiered, white, simple cake with a small couple on top and maybe some flowers here and there. I mean, it is definitely delicious either way and the design can be used nowadays for sure. But there are some new wedding cake trends of 2022 that are emerging. It is making us feel excited and we’re looking forward to seeing them appear on your already spectacular destination wedding in Dubrovnik.

In 2022, we’re saying goodbye to only white fondant/frosting cake because it is time for uniqueness! Pastry chefs are turning into Picasso’s, Monet’s, you name it. Even though the canvas underneath will most likely remain neutral that’s when artistic designs, mesmerizing brush strokes and delicate flowers pop in. It will seem like a pastry chef borrowed some painting skills and also made it taste delicious. It’s not easy to make it flow seamlessly with the whole wedding menu, in those regards you will maybe need some tips.

Coming up next is boldness. You want your cake to be unique as your whole wedding day. 2022 is the year of “out of the box” thinking and doing something fresh and new. Dubrovnik (for example) is a city of long history and tradition and most of the couples born and raised here will have the traditional cake on their wedding day. But they don’t have to; and you don’t have to. Be creative, unconventional, it doesn’t have to be in a traditional form of a cake; or cake at all. Surprise your guests!

Something that occurred in past years and is transferring to 2022 is the trend of individual cakes. It is more convenient for some; it is something new and cute for others. But you have incorporated a dessert and that’s all that matters. Cupcakes, individual small cakes, different pastries basically more options and versatility while using the surplus of time (saved from showing and cutting the cake) on something else you might do. This may form into a dessert table showcasing different sweets, or maybe a fondue, or an ice-cream station that would come handy on a hot summer’s day in Dubrovnik. You choose!

We adore having flower cakes, pressed flower designs are opted to stay in 2022. Elegant, colorful, so romantic and perfectly detailed; flowers on a cake are a work of art. But why not going the opposite way? Citrus cakes are becoming a trend. Whether being citrus flavored or citrus decorated those cakes will definitely be eye catching and fresh. Such a Mediterranean vibe, don’t you think?

Wedding cakes in any shape or form represent the happy couple. Why not making the best use out of it in 2022. Go for a modern artsy cake, go for a bold colored cake or a sugared orange slice decorated cake; go for no cake at all. But, don’t forget to include something sweet you’ll be remembered by!

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Foto by: Nina Anić

The different types of chairs you can rent

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Hey future bride! It’s nice to have you here, seems like you would like to know more about types of chairs that you could have on your Dubrovnik wedding day; good thing you encountered us!

Among all the things necessary for arranging the wedding ceremony/reception setup, chairs hold a significant part in the visual impression of the venue itself. Don’t you think so too?! Unfortunately, chairs, in any shape or form, are often being neglected and looked over. Often times, brides (and grooms) think that chairs represent an additional cost to their budget so they end up not willing to incorporate them in their wedding venue. Most of the hotels in Dubrovnik provide regular covered chairs complimentary while rest of the chairs need to be rented for the big day.

But! (There’s always a but.)

Even though chairs are just a type of furniture, they don’t deserve this type of treatment and lack of hype. Chairs have the ability to lift the entire ambiance and elevate the feel that you have right at the moment when you step into that venue. Maybe you didn’t thought about it, but for example just look at how just their colors significantly impact the entire look/feel of the venue. If you choose to go with lighter/brighter color of the chairs it will give the venue an elegant and airy feel to it. It looks prominent, luxurious, classy and on a whole another level. Whereas darker tones are chosen to emphasize more of a rustic feel to the venue itself. Some Dubrovnik venues, such as Sponza Palace are versatile and any type of chair fits well into the venue and space, while some venues require a specific type of the chairs. Sometimes you don’t need to go over the top with the table arrangement when you have the chairs; chairs will lift up the whole design of the table and add specific touch to the décor. We’ve hopefully caught your attention and made you think of incorporating unique looking chairs on your wedding day too. It may demand for an extra ‘space’ in your budget but we definitely think it’s worth it in the end. To balance it all out, you are able to save on some other aspects of the wedding day preparations.

We have decided to have four types of chairs in our offer that you could rent on your most special day. Having any of these four will make your wedding photos most definitely stand out! (You’ll thank us afterwards 🙂 )

  1. Louis chair – antique looking, timeless, woven back, leaving you with very French and posh vibes. Very classy and elegant, great fit for traditional as well as modern types of weddings. It holds a lot of character, versatility so they could be beautifully incorporated to any setting that you choose.
  2. Chiavari chair – They’re named after a small town in Italy. See, we’ve mentioned France, then Italy, we’re already travelling and it’s not even your wedding yet! Italians are being known for their distinct taste and fashion sense. They also haven’t made a mistake with chairs. They have a simple design, are lightweight and probably remind you of bamboo tree joints. These chairs became prevalent after being seen at Jackie and John Kennedy’s wedding. Chiavari chairs are the most popular chairs mostly because they fit with any and every wedding theme – you name it, they’ll fit into it!
  3. Cross back chairs – could be used in both rustic and elegant settings.   It leaves an overall impression of warmth as well as formality. Just one additional tip: these chairs could be mixed with Louis chairs for a unique looking venue. We think it is very creative and will definitely make your wedding guests glance at them more than once!
  4. Chameleon chair – These chairs are something new and fresh on the wedding charts. Very appealing, modern and stylish. Interesting design for sure. Could be a great fit for your special day plans!

We’ve hopefully proven to you that a chair could be much more than just a piece of furniture; it could bring your wedding to the next level. After all, you’re not getting married every day! Don’t be afraid to stand out, even with the simple use of chairs.

DWP Congress in Greece: Wedding trends of 2022

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Kalimera !, from Rhodes, Greece, where the seventh congress of destination wedding organizers recently took place – the largest B2B networking platform of the global wedding industry, where finally, after a break of almost two years – gathered over 350 participants from almost 50 countries. Croatia was one of them.

This is my fifth participation in a congress like this and I will tell you that this is a gathering that really everyone from the wedding world wants to go to and not just now in COVID time when we are so desperate for socializing and traveling that we are able sit in the car and drive to Neum (at least in our case in Dubrovnik) just to get a personal or even better at the border, bring a passport and come home with the stamp of another country, even if it was BIH.

The motto of the Wedding Planners Congress is “Work hard, play harder”, so we just hung out on the first day. It started with a noon party at the hotel pool by the beach (hotels that are a kind of host of this congress are always on your bucket list if you travel to these locations, believe me- this time the host was Mitsis Alila exclusive all-inclusive resort located at miles long sandy beach of sunny Rhodes – see us walking barefoot and frescoing in the Aegean Sea before the lecture?), continued with a tour of the old town of Rhodes and just sailed into the first party of the congress.

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Photo by Dimitris Giouvris

It is a congress where we meet new people and connect in ways the Internet will never be able to connect us, on the other hand, it is a place where we learn minute by minute from colleagues from different countries, connect cultures in the most beautiful ways and not just exchange experiences and talk about trends- here we create trends. This is going to be our topic of the day 🙂

Wedding trends of 2022!

So the first panel of the second day of the congress was held on The Future of Weddings in Times of Instability where speakers were people we don’t need to represent much in our ranks-  like Bob Conti, JoAnn Gregoli and Koby Bar Yehuda, and we expressed the future through trends.

As my dear colleague and world-famous event designer, Eddie Zaratsian, said: “I don’t like the word trend because it gives the design a time limit and it’s really not necessary, especially for personalized events we deal with”, let’s go through what the big players from the world of weddings predict are upcoming, let’s call them- popular practices.

1. COLOR.

How long have we been waiting for that trend to come back to life! Let me hear you, who got tired of the terms “blush” and “white wedding”? I would like some green and white… Well let’s spice up a few things! Finally, that carousel spun and I can’t hide my enthusiasm for this announced trend! We’ll see what Pantone will choose for us as a color in 2022, but as long as we speak the language of bright colors through weddings and express our characters through color and dynamic concepts, I am an advocate of this trend. Colors can not only show how fashionable you are, but also elevate the whole design, location, speak a language that has been forgotten – the language of love!
Come on white, green and pink, go get some sleep! Red, yellow and coral – welcome!

2. EXCLUSIVITY.

I do not mean the obvious luxury that the word exclusive imposes. I think that the trend of exclusive rentals, ie the privatization of hotels, villas, B&B, farms – whatever the newlyweds find a way to make their guests feel safe and protected. COVID has brought us that awkward (not to say damn) sense of insecurity when moving in our own lives. Believe me, in the world of destination weddings it is more than noticeable – for example, the weddings of most of our American clients, which were supposed to be a hundred people, and were postponed to 2022, by default were reduced to at least half fewer guests who decided to travel despite the chaos we find ourselves in. And yes, I’m not mistaken, we are talking about 2022 – many people believe that weddings will recover only there around 2025 when we hope that this whole story will be behind us and travel will again become a completely normal and integral part of life. So for those who decided to get married next year, and according to the announcements we are talking about the largest number of weddings since the early 80’s, many are considering exclusive leases of hotels, complexes, more villas in one place and islands where somehow by default people they feel more detached, and so in the new age, unfortunately, more secure. In any case, the more private and exclusive, the more interesting, at least that’s what the announcements for next year say …

3. SUSTAINABILITY.

I can’t tell you my enthusiasm for this finally current trend in the world of weddings and events in general. Paying tribute to Mother Nature and thinking about what we use when planning our wedding – from materials, choosing locations and suppliers to recycling flowers, has finally taken the deserved and necessary throne we have been waiting for forever – ignoring is never cool and especially ignoring the alarming world “Trends” that concern us all, such as global warming, a drastic reduction in the number of bees and air pollution, which we are witnessing on a daily basis reading world reports. It was high time that this worrying reality was addressed in the world of weddings as well. So we, for example, held an entire three-day event for 350 people in wonderful, chic, organic tents. Yes, you read that right, organic tents. Feel free to Google “Organic Concepts”, a company from Belgium that was one of the congress partners and set up 4 tents handmade by nautical tailoring companies from proven, sustainable and organic materials. Waterproof, windproof up to 170km / h, extremely aesthetically attractive and absolutely in sync with all the postulates of sustainability. That is the future of events. This is a trend that we do not want to have a time limit. Ask yourself- how can I make my wedding more sustainable? Some of the ideas are reusing flowers, using live flowers in bunches (think rosemary, lavender, etc.), but add a little color to the world), renting a flower truck with additional florists who will make your guests a bouquet of the remaining flowers and give a bouquet on your behalf. What they like- the idea is a million, you just need to see how best to incorporate them into your wedding. And don’t hesitate to talk about it out loud – it’s a voice that needs to be heard far away!

In the end, I will agree with my colleague Eddie about the practical dislike of trends, but at the same time I will tell you- some new kids have arrived in the world of wedding design and thank God they did! Sustainability and respect for nature are more than welcome!

Wine charity auction at MIVA wine gallery

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Dubrovnik Event planned & organized a wine auction to raise funds for the purchase of musical instruments needed for students of the Luka Sorkočević Art High School last Thursday at the Miva Wine Gallery. The initiators of this praiseworthy action are the owner of the wine shop Tin Sentić and the Dubrovnik pianist Ivana Marija Vidović. This idea came through a friendship with the Vidović family, with Mrs. Franica Krampus Vidović and her daughter Ivana Marija Vidović.

An appropriate music program was prepared for the guests, performed by the winners of this year’s national music competition, also students of the Luka Sorkočević Art High School. Violinist Paula Ćatić, cellist Lena Eva Crnjak and pianist Sara Crnjak performed a program featuring compositions by P.I. Tchaikovsky’s ‘March – Song of the Lark’, C. Scott’s ‘Cornish Boat Song’ and W. Monty (arr. D. Kamber) ‘Czardas.

The auction was led by the best Croatian sommelier Siniša Lasan, and 15 unique wine labels were on biding such as Bibich Bas de Bas Jeroboam, Roxanich Cavarbet Sauvignon 2007. and Korta Katarina Reubens’ private resererve 2009.

Top 10 reasons why get married in Dubrovnik

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1.      Dubrovnik’s beauty has long been inspirationally known and world renowned, even the famous poet Bernard Shaw said it himself: “Those who seek Paradise on Earth, must come to Dubrovnik”. This says it all and surely you will know what he meant once you visit and experience the picturesque sites this amazing city has to offer. You will be enchanted by its clear blue sea, pristine beaches, hospitality of the locals and that familiar feeling like you are at home, at a first glance. You will always want to come back to it.

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2.   Dubrovnik is also known under its alias “Pearl of the Adriatic”, as it truly offers you and your wedding guests absolutely anything you may need and want while leaving you without breath with its natural beauties, rich history, culture and romantic alleys. It has been a vacation getaway location for many celebrities including Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones and Michael Douglas, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Mickey Rourke, Nick Nolte, Steve Buschemi and Roger Moore, to name a few.

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3.   Today, you can directly fly to Dubrovnik for your wedding from most European and world cities, including New York from 2011! You can also fly to Dubrovnik’s local airport from England, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, Switzerland and Austria, to name a few. This definitely saves a lot of time and money for your guests, making it convenient, easy and even more desirable as a destination wedding location.

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4.   UNESCO has placed Dubrovnik and its famous city walls in 1979 as a city under their protection due to its incredibly rich cultural and historical heritage and the preservation of the mentioned. You will surely have lots to do around here- from learning about our rich history and culture, to, for some more fun stuff, such as paragliding, water sports, diving, kayaking, or simply sun bathing with an occasional swim in the clear blue sea. And you wont even have to look very closely to see the fish swimming around you- the sea is just that clear!

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5.   While walking through streets of Dubrovnik, you will be able to pick a lemon for your morning freshly squeezed lemonade, a tangerine to have for breakfast, some pomegranate for snacking fresh and healthy at the beach; and pretty much wherever you go- to a local tavern or your private accommodation Bed and Breakfast, you are most likely to be served mostly homemade and home grown produce. Croatians take pride in this so enjoy the organic fruit and vegetables at your hand’s reach.

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6.  Dubrovnik has 2554 sunny hours per year in average. looking for a sunny destination wedding location? You can’t beat that!

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7. Dubrovnik has been a host to Dubrovnik Summer Festival for over 60 years- concerts under the stary skies, theatrical plays in most amazing lcoations you can imagine and medieval costumed festival on each cobbed corner! Your guests will have loads of options to choose from on their list of “what to do while in Dubrovnik”.

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8. Dubrovnik’s accommodation and restaurant/bar offer reached an enviable assortment of all different kinds and categories of the properties, so you can stay and offer your guests to indulge at a 5 star hotel overlooking the famous Dubrovnik’s city walls while enjoying a relaxing massage with a glass of champagne, or enjoy the authenticity in one of the local B&Bs in the Old Town up in the cobbled streets. Or maybe a Villa with a pool for your guests, there are loads to choose from! Whatever their budget and preferences are, we assure you Dubrovnik has it all. And when it comes to dining and wining in Dubrovnik, you are in for a treat! We will happily send you a list of must visit places to taste the very best of Dubrovnik.

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9. Your guests will be happy to visit a place for your wedding week where they will be able to make a vacation out of it- there is a bit for everyone’s tastes in this beautiful city. Also, Montenegro is half hour away and Medjugorje is only 2 hours away if your family wishes to do a pilgrimage trip.

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10. After a couple of days walking through Dubrovnik streets and visiting local bars, you will feel like home, already getting exciting at the thought of coming back, and you will leave with so many beautiful memories and locals’ contacts who will truly be in touch with you for years to come.
Indeed, Dubrovnik is a very special place for Your very special day.


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We look forward to hearing from you and making your dreams come true!