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It’s almost spring time (it definitely feels like it!) and we’re excited to start finalizing all 2020 wedding plans – first wedding of the season takes place in less than 2 months! Bring on wedding season 2020!

Hello 2020

Dubrovnik Event Weddings Hello 2020

And before we knew it – we’re in 2020! A whole new year and a whole new decade- surely as you as well, we cannot wait to see what it unfolds! Did you know that January is one of our busiest months wedding planning- it feels like both our clients and us woke up after a relaxing holiday season and eager to specify as much as possible. So if you didn’t already, email us so we can do another tick off the list. And Happy New Year and Happy Planning 🙂

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Planners Xtraordinaire Show

Dubrovnik Event Weddings - Planners Xtraordinaire Show 2019

We at Dubrovnik Event strongly believe in power of constant education and lifelong learning. This is why we never stop attending professional workshops for those of our kind- planners and the like. Stay tuned for what we picked up at the latest Planners Xtraordinaire Show in stunning Georgia!

Bring on your wedding dress

Dubrovnik Event Weddings bring on your wedding dress

Some of our favorite time of the wedding planning is when our Brides send us photo of their wedding dress – are you already working on this?

And when you email us with it, don’t forget to take off your better half from the email thread 🙂

October weddings coming up

Dubrovnik Event Weddings october weddings coming up

Even though it’s October, we still have three weddings to go!

Excited for these fall beauties, stay tuned to see their bespoke wedding stories 🙂

Let’s start planning your perfect day

Dubrovnik Event Weddings lets start plannig your perfect day

Did you know this is slowest period in wedding planning?
Take advantage of that and contact us to schedule a skype call or update your Pinterest board and send us a link so we can start working on the design of your most special day!

True destination wedding of Jon and Safa

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I really do get spoiled in my work. I get to meet so many incredible people, I get to organize the most special and happiest time of their lives, I get to share it with them. Sure some days are tougher than others, but when it all unrolls, only the brilliant moments stay.
Jon and Safa were definitely one of those people you never forget- happy, charming, beautiful inside out- funny, open and simple. They wanted to make a three day destination wedding in Dubrovnik and capture the best of it. Jon is American while Safa is Indian. It was a dream come true for a wedding planner! Let me tell you their wedding story….

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I first met Jon and Safa just about a year before their wedding. We made so many scenarios and so many plans it got me excited from the very beginnings of the wedding planning. We spent a year planning every little detail of their wedding which turned out to be one of the most amazing wedding affairs I have ever been involved in, and I cannot thank them enough for taking me aboard this special journey.
About 3 months prior to the wedding, Jon and Safa called to say Jon had a sports injury and might have to be in cast even during the wedding. But their attitudes showed the high spirits and belief in fabulous events no matter what.

Day 1 – Henna day. My favorite part of the Indian weddings. A beautifully set Abacus terrace of the stunning Excelsior hotel overlooking the old town looked especially cheerful that day. Girls were gathering while Safa had her manicure and pedicure done by our nail wonder ladies- Jasna and Alma. Tina, the mehendi artist travelled just for this event from Slovenia and we couldn’t love the styles she did more.

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A tasty buffet was laid out on the terrace and the day was just perfect, slightly cloudy with sun peeking out every now and then, letting us be comfortable this hot September afternoon. Champagne was flowing, guests were coming in and out (most guests stayed at Excelsior which made it easy for the events too), mingling and the ambiance was set better by the minute.
A perfect intro for the next day- hen and stag parties.
Day two was a relaxing beach day and most guests gathered on Banje beach for a swim followed by cocktails and some good music. In the evening girls headed to the beach club while the guys went to Buza bar, Dubrovnik’s hipsters venue.

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Around midnight, girls and guys got together to enter Dubrovnik’s famous club- Culture Club Revelin, one of the world’s top 100 clubs! No photos from here, and none needed. Let me tell you, Jon’s cast didn’t stop him from being a man of the week on the dance floor : )

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Day 3- hangover and happy, a fabulous day on the island. Weather forecasts wasn’t our friend, but luck was, which was more important.
Meeting in Dubrovnik old town harbour at 11 was early enough for most of the guests who partied the day before but it was a set off to one of the most beautiful days of the year. I also loved the fact that Jon and Safa decided to book a professional photographer Sinisa Stambuk for the day, when you have such a fun filled day, Iphones just don’t do justice 🙂
This time we made sure water was flowing instead of the alcohol, but this too changed soon 🙂

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Villa Ruza restauraunt and lounge bar on island of Kolocep was a perfect venue for a day like this. Sound of crickets in the trees along with waves hitting off the rocks was just ideal before the Indian music started. You could feel the groove in the air, I assure you of this!

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Upon arrival, everyone was served a shot of homemade local limoncello to start with. enough with the water right? 🙂
After a relaxing lunch full of local delicacies such as shrimp tempura, beef tagliata, homemade fish and eggplant pate and their signature desserts served with fresh ice cream, it was time to hit off to the well known Dubrovnik galleon- Karaka for some Aperol and jumping off the boat!

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Can you imagine this day getting any better? Hard to believe, but it did. Afternoon was spent in such a relaxing mode even our team enjoyed a drink or two. People were laughing, swimming, sunbathing, drinking and nibbling, and at moments it felt too good to be true.
After the boat some well needed rest time came before the first formal event of the wedding- Indian wedding ceremony and dinner, hosted by Revelin bistro and their fabulous Chef Zoran. Zoran and Safa’s mum spent months emailing and talking to each other to plan a perfect Indian dinner. It took us some time and efforts to order everything needed, but with good will everything is possible. The treat guests were up to was unbelievable and Safa’s mum spent days in the Revelin’s bistro kitchen to assist in creating a true Indian dining experience.

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Just as Safa was finishing her hair and makeup done by our amazing beauticians Dube and Barbara from our fav Dubrovnik beauty salon “UP” and Jon and guys were meeting up on the bar for some pre event cognac, drizzle started. I can’t say it wasn’t at all in forecasts but we truly hoped it would stay away. Over 100 guests came from literally other side of the world, we wouldn’t let this all efforts go to waste.  Again, luck was on our side as was the giant pine tree hovering over the restaurant’s terrace which managed to keep guests dry despite the drizzle that continued to fall during the night. I couldn’t believe our luck, if we were anywhere else we’d have to go indoors. I just knew Jon and Safa did good stuff in their lives to earn this. They had to.

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The rain didnt stop all evening long yet it didn’t stop anyone from having a time of their lives. We brought extra parasols from the hotel to help which were used by guests as umbrellas on their way home. Taking about reuse 🙂
It was hard to believe that the wedding didn’t happen yet, and what we had tomorrow was best yet to come….

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Day 4 The Day. Morning of the wedding. Jon texts me to say one of his groomsmen suitcases was lost in flights and in it were hankies for the guys. It was Sunday which meant an extremely limited number of shops were open but in the end we improvised with a high quality restaurant napkin. They looked smashing, and nobody could tell, thankfully they all stayed in otherwise the magic would be broken 🙂
Next text was to get a nice card for Safa, as Jon wanted to write personal message to her on the morning of the wedding. This was a bit easier for find and in Croatian which was a special touch as their wedding was in Dubrovnik and not their homeland.

With it, I delivered to Safa the biggest and most beautiful bouquet of all times, it was challenging to take it in the elevator I tell you! Now that’s what I call a caring groom, a man she knew was the One, if she ever did need encouragement. Love truly is in the details…

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Once all the preparations were done, makeup on and hair set, dress perfectly fitting, it was time for ceremony. It was a symbolic one, performed by one of their friends. So personal, touching, emotional and funny in the same time. Trust me, it’s not easy to have a ceremony with all of these factored in. But again, they did it.

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And there they were again- rain clouds and thunders behind the mountain. After three days of great luck, I knew we were in good hands of Lady Luck. So we simply went on, without even looking at the clouds. After the beautiful wedding ceremony overlooking Dubrovnik’s magical old town, guests were ushered to the sea view terrace of Hotel Excelsior while Safa and Jon went to old town with Sinisa for some photos. Again, his cast made no difference and he walked and psoed like a groom champ 🙂

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As the night was approaching, dark clouds were clearing up and we knew we are in for one incredible night. After each guest was seated, they were presented a Licitar heart, personalized by Jon and Safa’s names, to serve as a local favor and a memento of their beautiful Dubrovnik wedding. Indulging in a fabulous 5 star meal was our next task to be followed by madly fun and personal speeches, first dance, father daughter and mother son dance and cake cutting. In between courses, guests had fun while playing Jenga on which they added personal messages for the couple to hold on for years to come when they will play the game in the warmth of their own home.

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Just before the party hit off, a spectacular wedding fireworks were set off as a crown to this incredible Dubrovnik wedding week of Jon ans Safa. It truly was a night to remember.

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I can’t think of anything I would add for the wedding of Jon and Safa. They trully pulled it off, and did it all. Personal, happy, adventurous, delicious and fun wedding affair that will leave them and their guests with a lifetime of stunning memories. These photos are here to prove it and so are our memories we cherish onto.
And like weather these days, life is too unexpected and sometimes shows off thunders and dark clouds, but with the right attitude, it’s all a story you look forward to. As we are all creators of our own luck….
Thank you once again dearest Jon and Safa, thanks to your families and friends for being so amazing with us that week and thank you two for your trust and abundance of good emotions and vibrations. Now as we see you as friends, we got a life ahead of us to celebrate.
And that’s a story of the incredible Dubrovnik destination wedding of Jon and Safa. There are so many things I could wrote about more but I think you got the idea. This was one spectacular wedding!

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How to find your true wedding planner – stuff to keep in mind when looking for one

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This last couple of weeks I have witnesses a few occasions where a couple’s wedding vision and the whole special day were compromised to a great extent due to the fact they had no reliable local contact to ensure all of their wedding vendor communication is indeed agreed upon and set in stone. I couldn’t help but think: see, this is exactly why one needs to hire a wedding planner, especially for a wedding abroad.
the questions is- how to find a reliable one, that will indeed work in your best interests and ensure your dreamed of day truly goes as a day of your dreams?

We give you a few tips how to know the professional you hire is indeed an expert professional wedding planner:

1. RECOMMENDATION is the most obvious way to find out if your wedding planner is any good- look for testimonials from other couples and maybe even vendors. Other people’s experiences with the person you are looking to hire to plan the most important day of your lives will help a lot in making this decision. Don’t ask for reference letters only, but contact details of couples as well, especially those who have had similar wedding to what you have envisioned. It will also help get an idea of what they thought of these choices and how the planner contributed to the whole day.

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Ines with Mairead and Neil in front of St Ignatius Church in Dubrovnik, after their wedding ceremony on 20/08/2009
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Ines & Marin as witnesses at St Blaise church to Niall & Olivia, 20/10/2006

2. SAMPLES OF PREVIOUS WORK- we all know that any craft is crafted and perfected with practice, so is the wedding planning. Ask for a brief history of the planner’s company, how many weddings they have done up to date and pictures of previous weddings. Ideally, if you are asking for references, your planner will supply you with a couple of contacts from each of the previous 3 years of business at least. Also, ask for photos and maybe even videos of weddings that have a similar concept to your own to see the closest picture possible.

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Ines & Marin as witnesses to Jessica and Raoul, after their elopement ceremony on Dubrovnik viewpoint on 09/09/2009

3. PROFESSIONALISM, INVOICING AND CONTRACTING- your planner should clearly explain you how the payment and contracting procedure takes place for your wedding and draft you a contract proposal immediately after your date confirmation, outlining all agreed upon segments, cancellation policy, their fee structure and explanation of potential costs that are upcoming. You should also expect from your planner to issue you another annex to the contract closer to the wedding with every single detail agreed for your wedding with all prices and fees agreed upon, leaving no space for misunderstandings or unpleasant surprises. Make sure you check with your planner any potentially unexpected costs at the initial stages and if they would increase their fees if your guestlist goes up or the scope of their work goes wider. Finally you need to expect to receive a receipt for each deposit you make as well as final invoice for your wedding, outlining each and every item of your wedding.

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Aine & Ines, who became very good friends during their wedding planning days, just minutes before Aine’s wedding ceremony in Dubrovnik on 10/09/2010

4. THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING LOCAL can never be stressed out enough. Local people look after each other and will always have a better relationship with local vendors than a foreigner will, and as much as we say this shouldn’t be true, this is an unwritten rule and there are rarely exceptions. By hiring a local wedding planner you will ensure there are no miscommunications either as you wouldn’t appreciate the fact that your flowers came purple instead of pink due to the language barrier. Finally, a local will know and feel the region, venues, possibilities, capacities and “hidden” vendors better than anyone else.

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5. THE FEELING OF TRUST that you won’t miss when you meet your true bound wedding planner. Your personalities will match and compliment each other and you will simply feel like that’s the right person to entrust this important role. Everything about Your wedding should have the right and good feel to it, as does your Wedding Planner. They will become your best friend over the coming period whom you will be in touch with more than with anyone else probably, so it has to be a person you feel comfortable with -sharing your thoughts, feelings and asking any questions that pop your mind.
Your true wedding planner will know exactly how to calm you down when needed or nudge you into being proactive if you are not.
Your true wedding planner will make you feel at ease at any step along the way and will indeed plan and make your dream wedding day your reality.

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Ines with Ann Marie and Killian, after their wedding ceremony in St Ignatius church in Dubrovnik, 01/05/2010

Dubrovnik Event wishes you happy planning!

If you would like Ines & Marin of Dubrovnik Event to be your wedding planners, for your personalized wedding offer please contact us at info@dubrovnikevent.com
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