5 Tips for Perfect Croatia Engagement in 2023

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There’s no other reason you might stumble upon this blog post unless you are searching for tips on how to propose your partner. First of all, congratulations, it’s a big step, we know, and we are here to help you with a few tips in case you are planning your Croatia engagement.

Engagement is the kind of event that you really want to be a memorable experience as it is your first official step toward planning your life together. When it comes to Croatia, it’s a popular country for anything related to love – engagements, weddings, elopements… There are many great spots where you can propose to your partner and later in the article, we will mention some of them.

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Croatia engagement photographer

We are Andrea and Mario and we are Croatia engagement photographers. In fact, we document all kinds of events related to love – adventure elopements, intimate weddings, big weddings… We also write a blog with much useful information about all aspects of wedding or elopement planning, you can check it too because you know what comes after the engagement. That’s right.

So far we have documented numerous engagements in Croatia and we know all those small details that you should take care of. If you choose to hire us as your Croatia engagement photographer after you see our photography style presented in this article, feel free to contact us anytime.

‘I asked Andrea and Mario to capture a proposal on a photo, without being seen by my girlfriend. They did a fantastic job. But the reason why I would highly recommend Andrea and Mario is the clear and fast communication and the help with the entire preparation of the proposal.
They were even able to arrange a musician and a bottle of champagne!
They also thought very carefully about the location for the proposal.
All in all a great experience!’

Thommy

Our 5 tips for your perfect Croatia engagement

Choose a secluded location, stay away from the crowds

First of all, you need to think about the preferred location where you would like to propose your partner. Will it be by the sea, in a forest, underneath high cliffs, in the mountains… Croatia is full of great engagement venues and people usually choose one near the location where they are staying when visiting Croatia.

The single most important thing regarding your engagement in Croatia is to find a secluded and empty location. Depending on the time of the year in which you are visiting Croatia, this might be easier or harder. For example, July and August are the most crowded months in Croatia and it’s a bit harder to find empty locations during that period of the year, especially if they are in popular tourist destinations such as Dubrovnik. We don’t need to mention why you don’t want to propose to your partner in a place full of people, right? It’s simply not ‘that’.

But worry not, because even in the middle of the summer, it’s possible to have great engagement in a secluded place. The next paragraph will give you some additional information on how this might be possible.

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Choose the right time of the day

Most, if not all the engagements we had in Croatia were during the sunset hours. That’s totally logical, romance and sunsets go hand in hand. But you know what else goes hand in hand with sunsets in Croatia? A bunch of people want to enjoy the sunset, maybe right from the location where you intended to propose to your partner. What then? There are things you can do even in this situation, and having a backup location in the area is definitely one of them.

Mornings and sunset periods are the best times of the day to propose to your partner in Croatia. That goes for cases in which you want to hire an engagement photographer to document your proposal. If this is not the case and you want to do it completely alone, then there are basically no limits.

Mornings in Croatia are beautiful and easily the quietest part of the day and we are not sure why more people don’t want to propose to their partner during the early dawn. Think about it, be different, sunrises are just as cool as sunsets, and most places are empty in the early morning.

Hire a professional engagement photographer

That’s us. We are a bit biased here, we admit it. It’s completely up to you if you want your engagement documented or not. But we do know a few cases where people regretted not hiring a professional photographer for this kind of situation.

Let us tell you how this usually works with us as Croatia engagement photographers. You contact us and we secretly arrange everything without the knowledge of your partner (proposals are secret in most cases). We then arrive at a location and wait for you and your partner, not in the exact spot but somewhere in the area. You and your partner then proceed to the engagement spot and we use telephoto lenses to capture the moment. We never come close to you and usually, people notice us only when we start walking toward them and the proposal is over. Then we leave you in privacy for a while and have a short photo session after that.

Basically, everything is customizable in regard to your wishes and vision of your engagement in Croatia.

Make it more than just the engagement

People usually tend to oversimplify it. For example, they drive to a certain location for half an hour, arrive there, propose their partner and that’s it. What to do now, head back or go somewhere else? Try to incorporate some additional things in your Croatia engagement, picnic for example. Picnic is a great add-on for any event and we always recommend it as a part of the engagement.

Then, we had a few engagements which included the musician, usually just one on the acoustic instrument. This is also a great option and can be easily arranged. The musician usually plays just a few songs, but sometimes it can really make a difference.

Champagne is a must when having an engagement in Croatia, make sure it’s cold too, and that you have proper glasses. Usually, we are the ones bringing the cold champagne to your engagement venue since it would be too obvious if you bring it.

Don’t let the nervousness ruin the perfect moment

Nervousness ruins everything and it’s very easy to be nervous before your engagement. But try your best to overcome it. Go together for a few shoots somewhere. Just to relax and have a nice time together. There’s really no real reason to be nervous at all. You’ll be alone with your partner and we are sure she (because all of our engagements so far were like this) will say yes. Relax and enjoy the moment!

The most popular Croatia engagement venues

There are really no rules when it comes to engagements in Croatia. Each region has many nice places and it’s easy to find a great proposal spot regardless of where you are staying in Croatia. However, here’s the list of the engagement venues that couples choose more than some others.

Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is considered the most romantic city in Croatia. It’s also the single most visited location in our country. There is a high chance you might hear of it or you are planning to visit it when visiting Croatia. Dubrovnik is located in the south of Croatia and some of the most popular engagement venues in Dubrovnik are Mount Srđ, Lokrum island, and the old city core (only early in the morning)…

Check out our ideas for your engagements in Dubrovnik

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Hvar

Hvar is one of the most popular Croatian islands and another frequent choice for engagements in Croatia. It’s also a very beautiful and very visited place and some of the best Hvar engagement venues are St. Nicholas peak, Veli Kamik islet, and Paklinski islands…

Split

Split is the second-largest city in Croatia and the largest city in the Dalmatia region. Similar to Dubrovnik, Split has a very rich history and it’s among one of the most popular tourist destinations in Croatia. Some of the most popular Split engagement venues are Marjan hill, and Park Sustipan…

Makarska Riviera

Makarska Riviera is considered to have some of the most beautiful beaches in Croatia. It’s located just between Split and Dubrovnik. There are many secluded beaches in this area and any of them is perfect for your Croatia engagement. Apart from the sea, there is one of the most stunning Croatian mountains rising above Makarska Riviera and it’s called Biokovo. It’s a nature park and a perfect location if you want mountain-themed engagement with some of the best views you can imagine.

Croatian national parks

Croatian national parks are yet another popular location when it comes to engagement in Croatia. Some of the most popular ones are Plitvice national park, Krka national park, Paklenica, and Mljet national park… Each of them is great for proposals, just make sure you visit outside of the rush hours for maximum privacy.

Neretva river delta

Neretva river delta is the sandy paradise of southern Croatia. Nowhere in Croatia will you find such vast sandy beaches as here. It’s also one of the most popular places for kitesurfing in Croatia. Neretva delta is located near the city of Ploče, just in the middle of Split and Dubrovnik. Make sure you visit it if you are traveling through southern Croatia.

Korčula island

Korčula island is the final engagement venue we’ll cover in this article. It’s located in southern Croatia and it’s believed to be the birthplace of the famous explorer Marco Polo. The most popular Korčula engagement venues are Korčula town, Badija island, and Vela Špilja cave…

Have any questions or need help in planning your Croatia engagement?

Feel free to reach out if anything from the headline applies to you. Whether you like to hire us as your photographers for engagement in Croatia or you just want to clarify some things, we’ll gladly help you in any way we can.

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