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Guide To Destination Weddings

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If you are planning a destination wedding or elopement you are definitely in the right place! On this page you'll find loads of tips along with my packages and pricing for your destination wedding. When booking with me I am here for you 24/7 up until you full gallery is delivered. 

Need help planning your destination wedding?

Planning a wedding or elopement can be pretty stressful so that's why I've put together a list of where to start with planning your dream destination wedding. Keep reading below to find out more

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Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy Wedding Venue

Here is a quick checklist to help you get started:

  1. Choose your destination: Research potential wedding destinations and decide on the location that best suits your vision and budget. Consider factors such as weather, accessibility, and guest accommodations.

  2. Set a budget: Determine your budget for the wedding and allocate funds accordingly. Keep in mind that destination weddings can be more expensive than traditional weddings due to travel and accommodation costs.

  3. Hire a wedding planner: Consider hiring a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings. They can help you navigate the logistics of planning a wedding in a different country and ensure everything runs smoothly.

  4. Determine guest list: Decide on your guest list and send out save-the-dates well in advance to give guests ample time to plan and make travel arrangements.

  5. Research marriage requirements: Research the marriage requirements for your chosen destination, including necessary paperwork and any legal requirements.

  6. Plan travel and accommodation: Make travel arrangements for yourself and your guests, including flights, transportation, and accommodation.

  7. Plan wedding details: Work with your wedding planner to plan the details of your ceremony and reception, including venue, decor, catering, and entertainment.

  8. Enjoy the experience: Remember that planning a destination wedding should be a fun and memorable experience. Take time to enjoy the process and create lasting memories with your loved ones.

First, consider your budget and the budget of your guests. Some countries may be more affordable than others, but keep in mind that travel expenses can add up quickly. Research the cost of flights, accommodations, and local vendors to get an idea of how much you and your guests will be spending.

Second, think about the climate and weather conditions of the countries you are considering. If you're planning a summer wedding, you may want to avoid countries with high humidity or extreme heat. Similarly, if you're planning a winter wedding, you may want to avoid countries with heavy snowfall or icy conditions.

Third, consider the legal requirements for getting married in the country you are interested in. Every country has different marriage laws and requirements, so make sure you do your research and have all the necessary paperwork in order before you go.

Finally, think about the overall vibe and atmosphere of the country. Do you want a laid-back beach wedding or a romantic mountain retreat? Do you want a vibrant cityscape or a serene countryside? Consider the cultural and historical significance of the country, as well as the local customs and traditions.

How to choose the perfect country to say 'I do'

Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy Wedding Venue
bride and groom at Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy

How to find your perfect suppliers from Florists to Venues, Photographers to MUAs

Firstly, research is key. Start by looking for vendors in the location of your wedding. Check out their websites and social media pages to get a feel for their style and quality of work. Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients to get an idea of their level of service.

Secondly, communicate clearly with your vendors. Make sure you are clear about your expectations, budget and any specific requirements you may have. Ask them about their experience with overseas weddings and what they can offer to make your wedding day special.

Lastly, trust your instincts. If you feel comfortable with a vendor and feel that they understand your vision for your wedding, then they may be the perfect fit for you.

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Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy ceremony set up
Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy Wedding Venue

What exactly is a pre-wedding photoshoot?

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Puglia pre wedding photoshoot
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A pre-wedding photoshoot is a photo session that is conducted before the wedding day. It is a popular trend that has been gaining popularity in recent years.


Couples who are engaged and planning to get married, often book a pre-wedding photoshoot with a professional photographer. The photoshoot is typically done in a location or theme that is significant and meaningful to the couple, such as a place they first met or a location that holds a special memory for them.

The primary purpose of a pre-wedding photoshoot is to capture beautiful and romantic moments between the couple, which can be later used for the wedding invitations, guest books, or even as a slideshow presentation during the wedding reception.


Additionally, the pre-wedding photoshoot also allows the couple to get comfortable with the photographer and learn how to pose, which can help them feel more relaxed and at ease on the actual wedding day.

My Photography Packages For Destination Weddings...

Flights and Accommodation included

Surprises along the way

Full photographic coverage from bridal prep to first dance

700 + full resolution images edited in my signature style.

A free 1 to 2 hrs Pre wedding day destination photoshoot

Photos delivered via online gallery with unlimited digital downloads.

Unlimited phone or skype calls and emails before the big day.

20 fine art prints .

USB stick delivered in a personalised pouch.

bride ad groom at Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy with Wedding car
wedding at Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy


You have questions? I have answers!

What are the benefits of having a destination wedding?

Destination weddings offer several benefits, including the opportunity to have a more intimate and personalized wedding experience. They also allow couples to combine their wedding and honeymoon into one event, which can save money and time. Additionally, destination weddings often take place in beautiful and exotic locations, which can make for stunning wedding photos and memories.

What are some popular destinations for destination weddings?


Some popular destinations for destination weddings include tropical locations such as Hawaii, the Caribbean, and Mexico, as well as European destinations such as Italy, France, and Greece. Other popular locations include national parks, beaches, and vineyards.


How can I plan a destination wedding?


Planning a destination wedding can be a bit more complex than planning a traditional wedding, as it involves coordinating travel arrangements and accommodations for guests. It is important to work with a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings and who can assist with the logistical details. Additionally, it is important to send out save-the-date cards well in advance so that guests have time to make travel arrangements.


How much does a destination wedding cost?

The cost of a destination wedding can vary depending on the location, number of guests, and other factors. However, destination weddings can often be less expensive than traditional weddings, as they typically have smaller guest lists and require less decor and other expenses. Couples should be prepared to budget for travel and accommodations for themselves and their guests, as well as for any additional expenses related to the wedding itself.

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Masseria Grieco Puglia Italy Wedding Venue

Two of my favourite Italian Wedding Venues

Masseria San Giovanni is a historic farmhouse located in the heart of Puglia, Italy. Dating back to the 16th century, this stunning property has been carefully restored to its former glory, while also offering modern amenities and comforts for guests. Surrounded by acres of olive groves and vineyards, Masseria San Giovanni is the perfect destination for those seeking a destination wedding

Masseria Grieco is a stunning wedding venue located in Puglia, Italy. Puglia is a region famous for its beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, and charming countryside. Masseria Grieco provides a perfect backdrop for couples looking to celebrate their special day in a rustic and elegant setting.

The venue boasts a beautiful outdoor ceremony area surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, creating a romantic and intimate atmosphere. The reception area is equally breathtaking, with rustic stone walls, wooden beams, and vaulted ceilings creating a warm and welcoming ambiance.

Puglia pre wedding couple photoshoot


Destination weddings have become increasingly popular in recent years, with more and more couples opting to tie the knot in exotic locations around the world. If you're considering a destination wedding, it's important to plan ahead and take into account the unique challenges that come with having a wedding in a foreign country. One of the biggest advantages of a destination wedding is the opportunity to combine your wedding and honeymoon into one unforgettable experience. However, it's important to keep in mind that destination weddings can also be more expensive and logistically complex than traditional weddings.

If you have any questions about anything at all please feel free to get in touch!

Faye Mendes xxx

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