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How to Plan a Destination Wedding – Part 2: Sharing Your Vision With Your Vendors
How do you share your vision with your wedding vendors? In this 3 part blog post series, we look at how to plan an intimate wedding from afar and how you can create your unique and perfect wedding day when you work with international vendors that you only meet on the day of your wedding.
In addition to that, every vendor needs more specific details that are only relevant to their services.
Expert Tip: Never assume! When communicating with vendors, always be as specific as possible. Because “beautiful, modern, small, lush, vintage” mean different things to different people. Especially when you are having a destination wedding, styles differ from country to country. A modern, small wedding bouquet might look completely different, for example, in the Middle East than in Central Europe or the US.
Now, let’s have a look at the individual vendors:
Hair and Makeup (hamu) Artist
Ask your hamu artist if it’s possible to have a virtual trial. During a virtual trial, you already get to know each other. You will discuss your preferences and what’s important to you. Also, your hamu artist gets an impression of your skin tone, hair color, texture, and length. Based on that, they can suggest different looks.
If a virtual trial isn’t possible, share an image of your hair and face and briefly explain your hair texture and skin condition.
Share images of hairstyles and makeup looks you admire and explain what it is in particular that you like about the pictures. In addition, it’s equally crucial that you share images of looks you dislike. This gives your hamu artist an excellent overview of your preferences.
Communication is everything when it comes to creating your wedding look. Therefore, explain your vision in much more detail instead of just saying that you want to look beautiful and natural or glamorous.
Here is an example of how you can share your vision with your hamu artist in more detail:
I’d love to have an overall [modern, bohemian, glamorous, elegant, classy, romantic, whimsical, dramatic, natural] hair and makeup look. For me, this means that I would love to have:
In order to share your vision with your florist, send them inspirational pictures of bouquets, centerpieces, or ceremony decorations you adore. Explain what you like about it. Is it the colors, the form of the bouquet, the specific greenery, or the long romantic silk ribbon? Be as detailed as possible.
More information your florist needs:
What and how many floral arrangements do you need? E.g., x wedding bouquet(s), x boutonniere(s), x flower crown(s), x centerpiece(s), x bridesmaid bouquet(s), flowers for the cake, floral ceremony decoration (e.g., arch decoration, chair decoration)
What are your favorite flowers?
Are there any flowers you don’t like?
Do you have any floral allergies?
Do you already know the wedding bouquet style you are drawn to? E.g. round bouquet, biedermeier, pomander, posy, hand-tied, cascade, freeform, or nosegay?
What are some keywords that best describe your floral vision? E.g., lush, modern, extravagant, colorful, organic, wild and unrefined, delicate, classic, simple, cultivated, whimsical, fresh, bright
How relevant are florals for your wedding, and is there anything else you would like your florist to know? Try to be as specific as possible. For example, you could say something like: “Floral decoration is [not that important, quite important, crucial] for us. This means we’d love to have [simple and minimal, lush and extravagant, truly unique, breathtaking] floral decoration. Our florals should be [understated, the main highlight], and we would love to incorporate [a lot of greenery, the latest floral trends, pampas grass] into our decoration.”
Will you bring other props, such as a “we eloped” sign?
Photography Shot list:
Every photographer works differently. Some love to get photography shot lists from their couples, while others don’t work with them at all. Either way, ensure your photographer knows if you have any photos that are particularly important to you, e.g., a picture just with you, your mum, and your grandma, or a photo of your wedding heels.
Share your guest list with your photographer and let them know your VIPs so they can make sure to capture them in their best light.
You can also share some inspirational pictures of poses or shots you love. This can help your photographer to get a better sense of what you like.
I hope this was helpful and that you are now prepared to share your vision with your wedding vendors successfully! Stay tuned for the final part 3 about how to pick your wedding venue for your destination wedding without visiting it first.
If you have any questions or feedback in the meantime, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact meright here or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.