Dubrovnik is one of the most famous and romantic cities in Croatia and we have covered it on many topics. Although we are wedding photographers, we do a lot of collaborations with planners and this post will be about our experience and why we believe that hiring a Dubrovnik wedding planner is a good idea.
It’s also a unique insight into a wedding planner job since we spend a lot of time with them and know a little bit more than regular folks. We have also dealt with many weddings that were organized without wedding planner services and we could easily draw a line and compare these weddings with weddings that include wedding planner services.
After all, apart from the wedding planners, a wedding photographer is a person who spends most of their time with the bride and groom, we’re the ones who know their feelings, eventual struggles, and so on. So be assured that we know what we are talking about when writing about wedding planners.
Dubrovnik wedding photographer and videographer
Love and Ventures are Andrea and Mario, a wedding and elopement photographer and videographer, based in Croatia. With years of experience shooting elopements and intimate weddings in all kinds of landscapes, we decided to create this guide to serve you as a good starting point for planning your elopement or wedding in Dubrovnik.
What is a wedding planner?
You probably know what a wedding planner is, at least in wider terms. It’s a person who will help you organize your wedding. That simple explanation is enough for the start. A Dubrovnik wedding planner is a person or a group of more persons who take care that every aspect of your Dubrovnik wedding is organized in the best way possible.
A wedding planner is not with you only on your wedding day, but also during all other stages of planning and organizing your most special day. Wedding planner in Dubrovnik knows all the best vendors and take responsibility for making your wishes come true. He/she contacts all the vendors and takes care of proper communication with them at each stage of your wedding.
Our experience and the reason why we suggest you hire a Dubrovnik wedding planner
Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive wedding locations in Croatia and many weddings are organized in this city throughout the year. Dubrovnik wedding season lasts for most of the year and we suggest you start planning yours as soon as possible. Each wedding has many vendors that are included during the wedding day so it could be a real challenge to direct them according to your wishes, especially during the wedding day. Trust us, it’s not something you want to take care of during some of the most special moments of your life.
Dubrovnik’s wedding industry is very developed and there are many things to take care of. Choosing the right location, right and reliable vendors, communicating with everyone involved… All these things can be very stressful at moments and really have the potential to make a charm from any wedding. Sometimes it’s hard to organize everything even if you live in Dubrovnik, just imagine how harder is to do it when you live in another country.
And that’s the main reason why we suggest you hire a Dubrovnik wedding planner when organizing a wedding in Dubrovnik. Make your life easier and your wedding day as good as it can be. Of course, the services of a wedding planner will cost some money (more about it later) and, finally, it’s you who have to decide whether to use their services or not.
Here are our top reasons why we believe you should think about hiring a Dubrovnik wedding planner.
A wedding planner helps you in all phases of your wedding
People usually think that the job of a wedding planner is done only during a wedding day. The most visible part of the job is being done during the wedding but the job of a Dubrovnik wedding planner includes so much more. They are included in all the phases of your wedding, starting with booking Dubrovnik wedding venues, proposing the best accommodation for you and your guests, suggesting a timeline, etc.
All these tasks are done according to your wishes. Usually, newlyweds who plan to have a wedding in Dubrovnik have a video call with a Dubrovnik wedding planner during which you both meet each other and you present your ideas about how you want your wedding to look like, what vendors and services you want to have on your wedding day, etc.
After that, a wedding planner will start preparing everything for your wedding in Dubrovnik and contact you and update you accordingly. Consider a Dubrovnik wedding planner to be your inside man for your wedding in Dubrovnik and the only person you need to be in contact with.
No stress on your wedding day in Dubrovnik
One of the most important tasks of the Dubrovnik wedding planner is happening during a wedding day. We did numerous weddings so far and noticed that most of the stress that newlyweds are going through comes from worries connected to wedding organization. We have seen many brides spend so much on the phone on the wedding day that we felt truly sorry for them. It’s something that nobody wants nor needs to do on their wedding day in Dubrovnik.
Hiring a Dubrovnik wedding planner can make your wedding day stressless since they are the ones in charge of everything right now. They are the ones who will be on the phones, busy with all the organization, while you can just relax and enjoy the moment.
Organizing and communicating with all vendors
Most of the weddings include many wedding vendors such as photographers, florists, and musicians… It’s simply too many people and things to take care of. Imagine for a moment that you have to communicate with them all and guide them through your wedding. It’s possible but very exhausting.
If you hire a Dubrovnik wedding planner, they are the ones responsible for the complete organization of your wedding. If you don’t like something regarding your wedding, just tell them and they will make sure to correct it. By hiring a wedding planner in Dubrovnik, you get only one person who will solve all eventual problems that can arise during your wedding day. And the wedding planner is all yours on the day of your wedding with his/her main task being your wedding organized in the best way possible.
Planners are usually locals and know all the tips and tricks of their job
A wedding planner in Dubrovnik is usually a local who has devoted his/her life to making other people happy. If somebody is local it usually means that he/she knows all the best places and all the relevant wedding vendors that could help you make your wedding a dream one. Dubrovnik wedding planner usually has a list of vendors they collaborate with and these are usually the people proven to be good and reliable in their part of the job.
Dubrovnik wedding planners will also know all the best venues for your wedding in Dubrovnik. If you want a sunset wedding or wedding by the sea, just let your wedding planner know and soon enough you’ll get a list of possible locations. Wedding planners in Dubrovnik have helped in the organization of numerous weddings and they know everything there is to know about wedding organization.
Time is money
Cliche, but a true one. How many times have you heard this one? The organization of a wedding can be stressful and usually takes a lot of time, depending on the size of the wedding and the number of people involved. Contacting all the vendors that are going to be part of your wedding will take you a lot of time if you choose to plan and organize your own wedding. You can expect to make a lot of calls, e-mails, etc.
It’s true that in the modern world it’s easy to find all the information online. But still, it’s good to have someone on the site when you are organizing a wedding. The usual problem is that not all the vendors are so punctual, somebody won’t even respond to your e-mail and all that can lead to some unnecessary stress.
If you book a Dubrovnik wedding planner, all your troubles and questions become their job. Sort of. They spend their time and you have more time for yourself and the things you love. Of course, you pay them for their service, but as we mentioned in the title of this section – time is money.
Dubrovnik wedding planner cost
You are probably very interested in the Dubrovnik wedding planner cost and how much are you going to pay them for your services. First of all, it depends on the size of your wedding, the number of vendors included, and your wishes. For example, a wedding planner service for a small wedding ceremony (up to 10 guests) with a florist, wedding photographer, and symbolic wedding officiant will cost you somewhere around 1000 to 1400 Euros.
In a case of a larger wedding, the usual price of a Dubrovnik wedding planner is in the range of 1800 to 2500 Euros. The price varies according to your wishes and the number of vendors you want to include in your wedding.
Elopements have become very popular in Croatia in the past few years. They are usually much easier to plan and organize, but still, they can include many vendors too, usually photographers, florists, musicians, and so on. You can expect a wedding planner for your Dubrovnik elopement will cost somewhere in the range of 800 to 1200 Euros, depending on your wishes and preferences.
There is another option too, and that is to hire a wedding planner only to coordinate all the vendors during your wedding day. In that case, you plan and organize everything prior to your wedding, but on the wedding day, a wedding planner is the one responsible for everything to run smoothly. You can expect this Dubrovnik wedding planner service to cost you around 1200 Euros.
Finally, if you want a wedding planner who will just help you find vendors such as florists, photographers, and others, but you don’t want them to coordinate them on your wedding day, you will pay it somewhere from 700 to 900 Euros.
In what cases you can organize a wedding without a wedding planner?
Although we always suggest hiring a wedding planner if you plan to have your wedding in Dubrovnik, there are still some cases where you can do all the planning and organizing by yourself or with a little help from somebody in the wedding industry. We are wedding photographers and in the case of really small and simple weddings or elopements, we can help you find the best locations and vendors for your wedding or elopement.
Our helping with Dubrovnik wedding planning is done prior to the wedding day and we usually send our couples a guide with all the information and vendors we suggest to them for their wedding or elopement. We are not doing any kind of coordination on a wedding day since we do our main job which is wedding photography and cinematography.
If your wedding or elopement is small enough and doesn’t include so many wedding vendors then it’s completely possible to plan and organize it on your own. Elopements are the easiest form of the wedding to organize since they usually consist of only a couple and no guests.
Having any additional questions, we’re here for you
Although we are wedding photographers and not wedding planners (in the full sense of this term), we will gladly help you with any questions you might have regarding weddings in Dubrovnik or anywhere else in Croatia. We are collaborating with wedding planners in Dubrovnik and we can give you some suggestions.
In case you are planning an elopement in Croatia, we can also help you with sharing the best locations and vendors, all according to your wishes and vision of your elopement.
Feel free to contact us in any case.
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