International Photographer Christina Craft has been traveling once or twice a month to photograph weddings in Barbados, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Antigua, Guatemala, Saba, Aruba and Mexico. Recently, she has discovered Costa Rica and got hooked on the wildlife and the lifestyle there. Now, she began to focus her energy on making a home there in the winter months and photograph about 20-30 destination weddings a year in Central America & the Caribbean.
With her vast experience on destination wedding, she has shared with SGWeddingMall various invaluable tips for organizing a destination weddings in the tropics.
Here are THREE TIPS for getting prepared for your destination wedding in the tropics.
- GET MARRIED AT A VILLA. I know a lot of people like to choose all-inclusive resorts because they seem easy. But some of the best weddings I’ve seen have been at villas. You can host 10-20 people, usually have a private chef for all your meals throughout the week, not just the wedding for about the same cost (or less) per person than an all-inclusive resort. Plus, you get the entire place to yourself – no gawking tourists in their bathing suits watching your ceremony, AND you get to have the party last as long as you like. Most all-inclusive resorts will shut your reception down at around 9pm because of noise.
- HAVE YOUR CEREMONY OFF THE BEACH. Unless you are on a very private beach, most tropical locations attract a lot of tourists. Weddings on the beach mean tourists WILL stand in front of your alter and take pictures of you… and may not move from their lawn chairs while you say your vows. An ocean-view garden wedding is sometimes a better idea to avoid the crowds.
- HAIR & MAKEUP SHOULD BE HUMIDITY-AND-HEAT PROOF. The styling techniques you use at home may not work in the tropics. Several times I’ve seen a stain in bride’s foundation because of tears (joyful tears) and this is because makeup wasn’t humidity-proof. Most tropical vendors will have hair & makeup products that will stand up in the heat. Get a trial run first so you can give feedback and get it perfect on the actual wedding day.
Christina’s work can be found at http://funkytownphotography.com/blog/ and Some of her Video Works can be seen here: https://plus.google.com/+Funkytownphotography/videos