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Title: wedding in Dubrovnik
Post by: jane on November 06, 2004, 09:38:53 pm
we are hoping to get married in dubrovnik in june.  Can anyone recommend a nice restaurant for reception to cater for 20 people, overlooking the sea.
Title: wedding
Post by: rob on November 27, 2004, 10:20:10 pm
hey, we are thinking of getting married in dubrovnik as well! Have you found much out about it at all, we are just setting out our ideas.
As far as a resturant goes we had an excellent meal in Proto, no sea views but the food and service is excellent. If you want a seaview then there is a resturant just outside the city walls. I think it is called Atlas Club Nautika. It has an excellent reputation for food (the pope ate there on his visit to croatia) and has a sea terrace.
Both these restuarants have a reputaion as being amongst the best in town but don't think this imediately means a massive expense or snobby atmosphere. 2 of us had a 2 course meal and cognac etc in Proto and it came to about £50 for the both of us!  
The Phone number for Nautika is 020/44-25-26 or 020/44-25--73 You will bneed to croat international code as well.
restaurant.nautika@dubrovnikportal.com is the e-mail addy.  
Title: wedding
Post by: darren frankland on December 08, 2004, 10:42:14 am
Hi Guys,
We too are exploring the idea of getting married over in Dubrovnik in late summer time 2006 (a little while off yet) ..... however we are quite clueless as to how everything actually works!
What is the general procedure for foreigners marrying over there ie. Can we have a church wedding? Do we need a seperate blessing? Will it be a fully 'lawful' weeding? .... sorry for the ignorance but we don't really know where to start!!

Also ... is there any information available about Churches/Chapels that would carry out a wedding service??

I'd reallyappreciate some good advice, and really good luck with the weddings.

Cheers
Darren.
Title: wedding
Post by: Snack Cakes on December 23, 2004, 02:42:38 am

Hello. We're getting married in Dubrovnik in May (assuming the paperwork goes through, fingers crossed!). We're having a civil ceremony which, from what I can tell, is less complicated than having a religious ceremony, though that can be arranged as well.

If you're looking for a wedding planner, I wouldn't recommend gloria-weddings, though that's the only one people seem to know about. I contacted her and found the woman to be unresponsive and pretty disinterested in arranging a small, inexpensive wedding (she also told us we had to handle our own paper work - hello! what exactly is a wedding planner for if not to help you with such things?) A friend who is also getting married in Dubrovnik contacted her as well and she quoted her an outrageous price for her services, something like 19,000 euros.

In the end, we decided to get married at the Pucic Palace, which is apparently the only hotel inside the old walled town. The rooms are very expensive but they don't charge a fee to get married there during the day, and the woman I'm dealing with there has been extremely helpful and attentive to details. So far the service has been excellent!

As for restaurants, my friend who's getting married there went on a trip to arrange things and said the Atlas Nautika and Proto are both very good.

Good luck!!  :D  
Title: wedding
Post by: darren frankland on January 19, 2005, 10:25:57 am
The Punic Palace does indeed look a great venue for a wedding .... Last year we had a peep in there and it was superb.
We too have been liasing with the (very helpful) Punic Palace, but we are probably just looking to have a daytime ceremony on the terrace there, and are unsure about going 'the whole hog' .ie. staying at the Hotel, full dinner, decorations, string quartet etc etc ............. it could then also become a very expensive weddng - and we are looking to get away with it being inexpensive!
What services have you opted for at the Punic Palace (if you don't mind me asking!)? Have you been given a special deal on staying at the hotel?
If possible i would like to just have a 'buffet' & drinks on the terrace immediately after the ceremony, and then have the meal @ a different venue later in the day, however they do not seem to have a 'buffet' option.
Any ideas?
many thanks
Darren
ps. It would be great if you could leave a message after your wedding to say how well things went. :)
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Anna Burlow on April 11, 2005, 10:40:38 am
Hi All,

I am writing an article about getting married in Dubrovnik for a UK magazine called 'Croatia Exclusive'. I would be very grateful if those of you planning a wedding in Dubrovnik or those who have had a wedding in Dubrovnik could take the time to email me at annaburlow@yahoo.com.au, with your thoughts and opinions on how your wedding planning has progressed? Why did you chose Dubrovnik as your venue? How have you found the bureacracy, as a foreigner getting married in Croatia? If you have successfully held your wedding in Dubrovnik, I would be interested to know how the wedding was? Did the service providers live up to your expectations? Did the city as a venue live up to your expectations?

Thank you for your time and effort.

Kind regards,
Anna Burlow.
Title: wedding
Post by: Daniela on April 22, 2005, 10:53:28 pm
Hello,

I'ver just found this site and I immediately felt relieved. I would be real grateful if more people shared their experiences.
I am Croatian that never actually lived in Croatia.  I recently moved to London from Denmark as I am engaged and marrying an Englishman. My family doesn't live in Croatia either so planning a wedding in Dubrovnik would be a bit difficult from here.
Actually, we want a big summer party in Dubrovnik next summer. However, we are officially getting married on May 25th this year in Scotland. We are plannng on going to Dubrovnik this summer and get an idea of how things look over there.

Thanks a lot, and best of luck to everyone,
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Mel and Jim on April 26, 2005, 03:47:54 am
We are looking to get married in Croatia this September, but have just began doing some research to plan this.  We specifically need some help with learning about the paperwork involved and also about different locations.  Last summer we visited Zagreb, but have not been to Dubrovnik (though we have heard is very beautiful).  
If anyone could give us some recommendations for a small civil ceremony location (perhaps a beach), and for any contacts to assist us with the documentation, this would be wonderful!

Cheers!  :rolleyes:

Mel and Jim
Title: wedding
Post by: nibo on May 17, 2005, 03:03:43 pm
Hi everybody.

I am living in Dubrovnik since December last year. Some friends of mine asked me whether I knew somebody to help them, since they wanted to come down and get married here. I suggested the only wedding planner in town> Gloria weddings. Bad idea! She was very unhelpful and very expensive, so it seems. So then I tried to get information through a Croatian friend…but we found it all soooo expensive here.
As soon as people see you are a foreigner… they overcharge.
It is a shame, because this way people will be put off and will not come to this beautiful town. And beautiful it is. Dubrovnik has it all.
We solved the issue by organising the wedding ourselves. I helped them selecting the photographer, hotel, car, reception venue… and they saved a lot of money.

My friends inspired me to start up my own business here. I am still thinking about it. If some of you want more information about the town… beaches, restaurants, prices… I might be able to help.
Maybe I can help you too and that way I’ll get an idea if starting up my own company is feasible. That way we both win.
For those who are doubting beauty of the city of Dubrovnik... don't. It is the perfect location for a romantic wedding or honeymoon.
For information, write me a mail: ninabs64@yahoo.com
Title: wedding
Post by: CB on June 03, 2005, 07:00:12 am
I'm from the US and my fiancee is from Croatia. She's Catholic and I'm not (I'm not even a baptised Christian). We live in Pakistan, where we do NGO relief and development work.  In order to get married in the Church, I believe I need to be baptised Catholic.  Does anyone know whether that's all? Or do I need to go through Confirmation and First Communition as well?  

Also, to get married in the Catholic Church one needs to take the pre-wedding marriage course.  Does anyone know if it's possble (allowable) for us to do the course in another country and then have the wedding in Croatia, or is it obligatory that the course be held in the came country/diocese/parish as the wedding?

Also, does anyone have experience having a Church wedding in Croatia with a priest who can celebrate in both English and Croatian?  (We'd both like our families and friends to understand the wedding service, but if it's only in Croatian language then half of the guests won't know what's going on.)

Finally, how about some weather advice.... We'd like to have our wedding when it's nice outside but we probably can't realistically get back to Croatia for this till the fall.  What are the odds of good weather in Dubrovnik in late October through mid November?  What are the odds of rain?

Thanks everyone!
 
Title: wedding
Post by: pre-wedding course on June 05, 2005, 08:57:40 pm
to CB:

I can only ensure you that in the catholic church you can take the pre-wedding course anywhere, and they seem to be quite flexible about it. I got married in Split, Croatia, and for the course I went to see several times a catholic priest in Stockholm (Sweden) while my husband took a pre-wedding course in Slovenia. You get a kind of certificate in latin  :)

Otherwise, if one of you is a catholic, the other one doesn't need to be it for the churcg wedding. Of course, the ceremony is in this case different, depending on whether you are a christian, some other religion or an ateist...

The best is to have someone who can contact a local priest at the place where you want to get married and discuss the matter. When we came from abroad to Split, few days before wedding we went to meet a priest who married us, and he talked briefly with us both but separately. My husband was even married once before, but it was in the church.

Good luck to you and I hope you manage to arrange a nice weeding!

 
Title: wedding
Post by: P on June 20, 2005, 04:30:59 pm
Hi all,

I am from Ireland and am getting married in Dubrovnik next May.

We will have a party of about 40 to 50 people and would like to reserve a section in a restaurant for the evening, on the terrace if possible. As it is a wedding party we would like to stay late if possible. We've heard that restaurants stop serving at 11 but presume that they'll leave us stay on if we're drinking. Nautica are charging 200 euro per hour after 11pm to stay open.
 
We're looking for a restaurant that-
is lovely,
in the town centre,
has a terrace with views,
good food service
and reasonable prices.
will stay open until 1 or 2am (just so we can remain there, don't want food after 11pm).

We're planning to get married in St. Blaise's church.
Hotel- we don't have anywhere booked yet. We're seen brochures for the main hotels (argentina etc.)The Pucic Palace looks lovely but prices are too expensive.
Anyone recommend somewhere?

 
Any other information that would be useful would be much appreciated. I am visiting Dubrovnik this autumn to plan the wedding want to know what places to check out.
Cheers,
P
Title: wedding
Post by: kiki on June 21, 2005, 11:14:21 pm
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Hi all,

I am from Ireland and am getting married in Dubrovnik next May.

We will have a party of about 40 to 50 people and would like to reserve a section in a restaurant for the evening, on the terrace if possible. As it is a wedding party we would like to stay late if possible. We've heard that restaurants stop serving at 11 but presume that they'll leave us stay on if we're drinking. Nautica are charging 200 euro per hour after 11pm to stay open.
 
We're looking for a restaurant that-
is lovely,
in the town centre,
has a terrace with views,
good food service
and reasonable prices.
will stay open until 1 or 2am (just so we can remain there, don't want food after 11pm).

We're planning to get married in St. Blaise's church.
Hotel- we don't have anywhere booked yet. We're seen brochures for the main hotels (argentina etc.)The Pucic Palace looks lovely but prices are too expensive.
Anyone recommend somewhere?

 
Any other information that would be useful would be much appreciated. I am visiting Dubrovnik this autumn to plan the wedding want to know what places to check out.
Cheers,
P
P, you should check out hotel excelsior's taverna rustica. See http://www.hotel-excelsior.hr/home.aspx?PageID=6 (http://www.hotel-excelsior.hr/home.aspx?PageID=6)

You can have your wedding on the terrace of the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, Lovrijenac fortress. All of these venues require catering as they are not restaurants. Also, they are obviously more expensive.

Also check out the newly opened Hotel Hilton Imperial on Pile.

Another place that I thought of is a restaurant that recently opened a bit above the parking lot by Pile. It is above the Capitano Bar. You will see it when you go this autumn. You can inquire by them. I havent been there, but the terrace looks lovely. Another place you can check out is the Labirint restaurant http://www.labirint-dubrovnik.com/ (http://www.labirint-dubrovnik.com/) within the old town, but towards Ploce, and the East West Club restaurant on Banje Beach (between old town and hotel excelsior). http://www.ew-dubrovnik.com/ (http://www.ew-dubrovnik.com/) I think having the reception at the East West Club on the beach would be absolutely gorgeous with views of the old town, sea, and lokrum. I think you would be able to get a good deal at one of these places.

Please update us. I plan on getting married at St. Blaise too. Only, I am having a lot of people so I might have to get married in the cathedral (its behind St. Blaise).

Which hotel should you stay at... Pucic Palace is way too expensive. Stay at Hotel Excelsior, Argentina, or Imperial. They are the closest to the old town, to your church and reception place and 5 star. Still too expensive? How about Hotel Stari Grad? If you want to venture out further from the old town of dubrovnik check out hotel dubrovnik palace.
Title: wedding
Post by: Mel and Jim on July 04, 2005, 03:47:59 am
Many thanks to kristina for the information on the  website.  I am working with a very helpful lady who is offering us various wedding packages and locations.  This seems like a good company.  Has anyone worked with this company to plan a civil wedding ceremony?  I have heard of Gloria weddings, but have not heard any feedback (or mention) of this group - Travel House.  Please pass on any information that you may have.

Also, some of the locations that we are looking to hold the ceremony are the Villa Ariston or Villa Astra.  Any feedback on these two villas would be very much appreciated!

Thanks!!
Title: wedding
Post by: mari on July 05, 2005, 11:24:35 am
"Villa Ariston or Villa Astra"  I have never heard for that villas in Dubrovnik
Title: wedding
Post by: HF on July 07, 2005, 05:05:06 am
Mel and Jim,
Travelhouse charge a flat fee for services, paid by comission, hourly pay or how? I know all wedding agencies charge differently so I wonder how this one makes its money. Does anyone know how the other agency that has been mentioned gloria-weddings charges?

I have looked at the two villas you mention online when thinking about honeymoon. They look both look lovely, so I dont know what to tell you. Consider the location - I believe one is in more rural area, the other in a town. Try to visit beforehand.
Title: wedding
Post by: Michelle on July 09, 2005, 06:24:22 pm
Hi Everyone,
I too am looking to get married in Dubrovnik but I can't find any information about how long you need to be in the country before you can marry. For e.g. in France you need to be in the country for 2 months and in Italy it is 4 days. If anyone has any information that would be great thanks. :)  
Title: wedding
Post by: help pls on July 11, 2005, 06:28:43 am
I am looking for a good wedding photographer and videographer in Dubrovnik area. Any suggestions?  
Title: wedding
Post by: Michelle on July 12, 2005, 08:12:31 pm
Hi
I am wondering if anyone can help me I am having great difficulty finding out how long one has to be in the country prior to a catholic church wedding. I have rang all the embassys and spent hours on line but to no use. I have heard 5 days but I have also heard 28 days. I cannot proceed any further with the planning unless I know how long I need to be in the country. If anyone has any details I would be very grateful. Also does anyone know how much it costs to hire Rectors palace terrace as I am having difficulty finding this information also.
We are both Irish citizens.
Thank you for any help. :)  
Title: wedding
Post by: Mel and Jim on July 13, 2005, 10:40:37 pm
Dear HF,

Travel House helps you to design a wedding package according to your needs.  They then quote you a flat-rate price for these services.  The full amount is due 30 days prior to the wedding date.  I have had very good luck with this company so far.  They have assigned us a personal planner to work with and the service has been very good.  The prices do not seem to unreasonable either.  Thank you for your advise on the Villa.  Any other information anyone has on the Villa Ariston in the town of Opatija is appreciated!

Thank you once again Kristina for the information on this legal website!

Cheers,
Mel and Jim
Title: wedding
Post by: To mel and jim on July 14, 2005, 02:59:52 am
Bit of common sense - dont pay the full amount up front. Where is there motivation to do good job? Compromise with agency, say youll pay cetain portion in advance and the rest at the end of the wedding day. I think 50% in advance is plenty. Also, make sure you have a contract stating precisely everything included in package. I am confident this agency will make your dream wedding, however my interests would be in making sure everything runs smoothly during the day. Also, if anything that is in contract is not done correctly or provided for on the wedding day you will be able to deduct that charge instead of them already having the money. This goes for all wedding agencies in general.
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on July 22, 2005, 04:56:21 pm
We are getting married on the 19th August in Dubrovnik - this year. So will keep you posted.  We are from Aust. and New Zealand and it has been a little hard but we are also using Ana @ Gloria Weddings - she has been great
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on July 22, 2005, 04:59:51 pm
you don't have to be in the counrty before you get married - just have all your documents verified, completed and filed with the Dubrovnik registry min 30 days before.

You will also require an aposteille with your birth certificate.  If you are Australian this can be done with the Australian embassy in zagreb.  They have been great!
Title: wedding
Post by: e on July 29, 2005, 12:12:04 pm
HI P,
 I AM ALSO FROM IRELAND AND GETTING MARRIED IN DUBROVNIK NEXT JUNE. WE ARE STAYING IN THE DUBROVNIK PALACE AND HAVING THE MEAL THERE. HOWEVER WE WOULD LOVE TO DO SOMETHING SPECIAL FOR OUR GUESTS  THAT NIGHT eg. A NIGHT CRUISE OR SOMETHING SIMILIAR. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS?
Title: wedding
Post by: Fran on July 29, 2005, 02:02:12 pm
Hi everyone,

Can anyone tell me how many days you have to be in Dubrovnik, Croatia before a Catholic Wedding Ceremony is allowed.  About to start organising my wedding there for next June, but this is the one question I can't seem to get any answers to.

Thanks,
Fran.
Title: wedding
Post by: Heather on August 08, 2005, 12:05:55 pm
Hi,
We are from Ireland and want to have a small wedding in Dubrovnik.
We have contacted Gloria, Travelhouse, the posted email on this forum from nibo and the tip we received on this forum about Zeljana.
These are our impressions....
Gloria> her ideas were unoriginal and expensive. She was not helpfull about the documents either. When we found out she does not even come to see how the wedding day evolves (she sends a young hostess) we decided against her.
Travelhouse> they seem a good company but they are not based in Dubrovnik, they are depending on someone local which did not give us much confidence to proceed. Also... when going into detail they needed time to find out the information which confirmes us that they are better at organising weddings in their region.
Nibo> she is new to the wedding business but had good ideas, she has send us many emails with information and pictures and was clear about local procedures. Her advice is structured and to the point, our impression was immediately good.
Zeljana> she is very friendly but is employed by the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, hence only organises weddings when you want to have your wedding dinner at the hotel. This does not interest us since we want to elope and have an original wedding day.

Result> we decided to go ahead with option 3, Nina. Our wedding will be in a few weeks. I will let you know how it all went.
Heather.
Title: wedding
Post by: Fran on August 08, 2005, 12:22:03 pm
Heather,

The very best of luck with your wedding.  I hope it goes well for you.  I have been in contact with a lot of people, and have a friend who got married over there (civil).  So I have decided that I am going to go to Dubrovnik and make the arrangements myself, based on advice I have been getting.   Please let me know how your wedding goes, and any tips.  Also let me know where your reception was.  

Fingers crossed for you that you have the day of your life.

Regards,

Fran. :D

 
Title: wedding
Post by: joan w. on August 12, 2005, 01:39:17 pm
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Heather,

The very best of luck with your wedding.  I hope it goes well for you.  I have been in contact with a lot of people, and have a friend who got married over there (civil).  So I have decided that I am going to go to Dubrovnik and make the arrangements myself, based on advice I have been getting.   Please let me know how your wedding goes, and any tips.  Also let me know where your reception was. 

Fingers crossed for you that you have the day of your life.

Regards,

Fran. :D
Hi there,

I am having a wedding next year at Dubrovnik Palace Hotel and this lady Zjelana is doing everything for us.
I am glad to hear that she has good comments regarding her work since I have been a little bit nervous about having it done at a foreign country. I also got information from my friends' colleagues at work who got married at Palace that she is highly professional so I hope it will work out  fine...so far I am happy with how everything is going. we are slowly going through everything and I will be coming to Dubrovnik this winter to personally take a look at the sites and so on. never been there, but I have heard it is great...
how are the music options in the city? music is very important to me and I do not know what to expect?  
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest_Fran on August 12, 2005, 03:20:03 pm
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Heather,

The very best of luck with your wedding.  I hope it goes well for you.  I have been in contact with a lot of people, and have a friend who got married over there (civil).  So I have decided that I am going to go to Dubrovnik and make the arrangements myself, based on advice I have been getting.   Please let me know how your wedding goes, and any tips.  Also let me know where your reception was.  

Fingers crossed for you that you have the day of your life.

Regards,

Fran. :D
Hi there,

I am having a wedding next year at Dubrovnik Palace Hotel and this lady Zjelana is doing everything for us.
I am glad to hear that she has good comments regarding her work since I have been a little bit nervous about having it done at a foreign country. I also got information from my friends' colleagues at work who got married at Palace that she is highly professional so I hope it will work out  fine...so far I am happy with how everything is going. we are slowly going through everything and I will be coming to Dubrovnik this winter to personally take a look at the sites and so on. never been there, but I have heard it is great...
how are the music options in the city? music is very important to me and I do not know what to expect?
Hi Joan,

It's all very exciting isn't it.  My friend who got married there last year moved around a lot just the day.  They had a drink's reception first in one venue, the meal/reception in another, and then moved onto a small restaurant to finish the day off.  They had a jazz band (which the restaurant owner organised), which she said were good and kept everyone happy.  I saw her wedding album, and the setting is amazing.

I have heard quite a few recommendations for your wedding organiser, do you mind if I ask you how much she is costing you.  Does she just look after weddings in the Palace  Also is she looking after all the documentation eg. church/civil, interpeter etc.

When are you getting married :lol:  We are nearly ready to book it for the 1st June.  Just a few more little details to tie up.  

Best of luck,

Fran.
Title: wedding
Post by: peter on August 22, 2005, 03:07:02 pm
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Hi Guys,
We too are exploring the idea of getting married over in Dubrovnik in late summer time 2006 (a little while off yet) ..... however we are quite clueless as to how everything actually works!
What is the general procedure for foreigners marrying over there ie. Can we have a church wedding? Do we need a seperate blessing? Will it be a fully 'lawful' weeding? .... sorry for the ignorance but we don't really know where to start!!

Also ... is there any information available about Churches/Chapels that would carry out a wedding service??

I'd reallyappreciate some good advice, and really good luck with the weddings.

Cheers
Darren.
It's quite difficult to find information regarding wedding venue's in debrovnik, especially if your clueless......
Title: wedding
Post by: peter on August 22, 2005, 03:08:28 pm
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Hi Guys,
We too are exploring the idea of getting married over in Dubrovnik in late summer time 2006 (a little while off yet) ..... however we are quite clueless as to how everything actually works!
What is the general procedure for foreigners marrying over there ie. Can we have a church wedding? Do we need a seperate blessing? Will it be a fully 'lawful' weeding? .... sorry for the ignorance but we don't really know where to start!!

Also ... is there any information available about Churches/Chapels that would carry out a wedding service??

I'd reallyappreciate some good advice, and really good luck with the weddings.

Cheers
Darren.
It's quite difficult to find information regarding wedding venue's in debrovnik, especially if your clueless......
have you tried venues in bognar?????it's alot easier to find?????
Title: wedding
Post by: David on August 25, 2005, 11:04:28 am
Heather,

thanks for the tip! You are right, that lady Nina is really good. We have send her a simple request and we received a detailed list of all venues (and pictures of each venue). She included technical details of the venues which makes it all so much easier to understand. There are so many beautiful places to get married in Dubrovnik. Unbelievable.
You did not mention it, but the company name is Dubrovnik Riviera weddings. We are taking a civil ceremony package on location because we would like to have the ceremony on a boat. But we thought to arrange the dinner afterwards ourselves. I understand they are ok with that. Did you take a package too? Did you take other services through her?
It is all very affordable, so I might have some extra cash left to splash out at the casino!! Dubrovnik, here we come!!!!

David
Title: wedding
Post by: Kate on August 25, 2005, 11:37:58 am
Hi all,

we would like to have our wedding in Dubrovnik, in june 06. We visited the town a few weeks ago and it is really fantastic. The first 4 days we did nothing else then searching for the suppliers but is was not al all easy. We want a wedding on an island beach so that involves much more organisation. At the end my fiance got fed up with all the hassle and we decided to meet with the wedding planner from Dubrovnik Riv. weddings. (Gloria sounded very uninterested) After one meeting we new all we needed. How easy that was! She is very kind and comes accross as very helpfull and professional. We almost immediately felt at ease with her. She brought us to see several suppliers and arranged meetings at venues for us. In the evening she showed us two live bands and one was exactly what we need. It saved us a lot of time. After seeing her prices we decided to let her do all the work, as of now, we are going to relax.
We have chosen a beach wedding at an island followed by a boat reception and a dinner party at the beach club.  I have a feeling it will be great.
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest_Fran on August 25, 2005, 05:16:31 pm
Can anyone give me the contact details of Nina in Dubrovnik Riveria Weddings and a rough guide of what she charges.

Thanks,

Fran.
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on August 26, 2005, 10:53:06 am
Fran,
have a look at the forum Zeljana service... someone wrote about this
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest_Fran on August 26, 2005, 12:43:19 pm
From reading above, Zeljana works for the Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, and I don't really want to be tied to one spot.  I have most of my venue's picked out, but there is a few little bits I am having trouble with.  I would like to get in touch with Nina and see if she can help me.

So if anyone has contact details for Nina - they would be much appreciated.

Fran.
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on August 27, 2005, 04:36:50 pm
Fran,

we are in contact with her at the moment. Her mail is ninabs64@yahoo.com. We also have a good idea of the venue and other services, but we need someone to coordinate everything and we needed good advice on photographers and music. Friends of ours got married in Dub, they did everything themselves but many things went wrong on the wedding day (photographer was late, menu was not as agreed, they had to stop playing loud music beause they did not have a permit for that...). Surely there will be many flaws on our wedding day as well, but we want someone else dealing with that.
Her help has been great, she will be coordinating our wedding day. You can see some of her prices on the forum called zeljana service. But if you do not like a package, like us, you can agree with her who will organise which services.  We will have our wedding reception at the Rectors Palace and dinner at a beach venue.
Title: wedding
Post by: Mel and Jim on August 29, 2005, 07:46:40 pm
We have been working with Jelena at Travelhouse for the past few months now, and have found this company to be very prompt with their responses and helpful in assisting us with the wedding.  We have scheduled the ceremony to take place in Opatija (Northern coastal area) at the Villa Ariston.  The pictures look beautiful, although we have never been to this region.  Is anyone familiar with this particular area?  If anyone would like further information regarding Travelhouse, I can certainly provide this.  Otherwise, I will be sure to post how the wedding ceremony turns out this October.

Cheers,
Mel and Jim
Title: wedding
Post by: betsytom on August 29, 2005, 08:39:45 pm
Any Americans out there who have gotten married in Croatia, and managed to organize it from the U.S.?  I want to get married in Dubrovnik, but I understand you need affidavits from the U.S. embassy in Zagreb stating that you are free to marry, then those affidavits need to be authenticated by the foreign ministry in Zagreb.  How does one go about getting this done ahead of time . . . without a separate trip to Zagreb, some time in advance?  As of right now, we're planning on gettiing these docs the day before we head to Dubrovnik . . . but obviously that's not ideal!
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest_guest on September 21, 2005, 05:13:29 am
I don't understand what is so hard to understand about zeljana. She is the banquet manager for dubrovnik palace hotel and organizes weddings (and other events) held there - reception, service, decoration, transport, NOT wedding ceremonies. She is not a wedding coordinator, but a banquet manager. Where is the confusion?
ps. I am having my wedding at the palace, and zeljana has been amazing at helping with the organization of the reception. I have a separate wedding planner, however.
Title: wedding
Post by: Catherine on September 26, 2005, 10:05:26 pm
Hello,

We are a couple from the Uk who are planning to get married in Croatia. Can any of the people from the Uk or Ireland on this forum tell us how they went about sorting out their documents/which website they used. We are not going to use a wedding planner so are interested in finding out information from people who sorted out their documetns through the British/Irish embassy in Zagreb. We especially want to know how the living in the country for 21 days policy operates, as on the British embassy website it says you have to, but on this forum people have said you do not have to.....


Thanks for any help you can give!!!


Catherine and Ewan    :P  
Title: wedding
Post by: Dermot on October 13, 2005, 02:28:02 pm
For anyone in Ireland who wants to get married in Dubrovnik,  there is a travel agency in Dublin called Croatia Tours who assist with organising weddings in Dubrovnik.  They helped organise Anne Cassin's (newsreader on RTE) a couple of years ago!!  We went to Dubrovnik at Easter with them & met their rep over there.  She was very nice & showed us a couple of restaurants, St. Blaises' Church, the florist & samples from their photographer.  They have an admin fee of about €300 and so far have been very helpful & friendly.  They have told us precisely what paperwork we need, when we need it and what we need to do with it when we get it and they organise an English speaking priest.  They have told us that we need to be in Dubrovnik for 4 days prior to getting married and that it will be much easier for us if we have our Civil Service here in Ireland (about 4/6 weeks) before the wedding.  We are just waiting for confirmation from the Labirint Restaurant for our reception before we book our flights and accom for June 2006.  Has anyone had any experience with the Labirint Restaurant as a venue for their reception?  We had a meal there at Easter & it was beautiful.  The restaurant has a terrace overlooking the marina and a night club which opens til 4/5am and is literally 5 minutes from St. Blaise's Church & the Irish pub so it seems ideal for us!!

I hope this is of some assistance to some of you & I would really appreciate any feedback concerniing the Labirint Restaurant.  
Title: wedding
Post by: Mel and Jim on October 20, 2005, 12:55:51 am
Dear BetsyTom,

My husband and I are also American citizens and were just married in Northern Croatia 2 weeks ago.  As I understand, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy and the Foreign Ministry in person to obtain these documents.  Please keep in mind that the Embassy stops American citizen services at 3:30pm and the Ministry only operates these services from 9:00am to noon.  I suggest you get this paperwork done in Zagreb and take a quick flight down to Dubrovnik to relax for your wedding.  If you do not have a wedding coordinator yet, we used Jelena and she was wonderful at helping us with paperwork and planning the wedding.  Good luck.

Mel and Jim
Title: wedding
Post by: gh on November 04, 2005, 05:39:23 am
Can anyone tell me more about Labirint. Dermot what prices are you getting and for how many people.  
Title: wedding
Post by: Dermot on November 07, 2005, 01:34:36 pm
gh, we were quoted €60 per person based on approx 70 people.  We're not 100% sure if we'll go ahead with the Labirint as the menu we received is only ok - about 6 fish dishes on it (I know Dubrovnik is by the sea but neither of us are huge fish eaters!!).  They didn't indicate whether this price included any drinks, but I doubt it.  The agency we are using are not sure if they will allow us to change/substitute some of choices so we are investigating an alternative venue, through a friend of a friend.  She got married last year in Dubrovnik (her brother is getting married there next year and is using the same restaurant) but we dont know the name of the restaurant. When I find out I'll let you know! :)
Title: wedding
Post by: Dermot on November 11, 2005, 03:35:18 pm
I emailed the Labirint 3/4 times in the last couple of months but did not receive a reply from them.  :angry: !!  The venue that we were investigating turned out to be the Dubrovnik Palace.  Their menu's are a bit cheaper that the Labirint (based on last years prices) and they have a much better selection for their buffet.  I think we will have our reception there instead.  I have been told that you do not have to stay at the hotel to have a reception there but if you do they offer a room for the couple free of charge for the night & discounts for guests if they stay there too. They actually have a co-ordinator who can help organise reception/band/djs/flowers etc.  
Title: wedding
Post by: Katrien on November 13, 2005, 10:47:09 pm
Hello all,

I just wanted to say we have been helped in a fantastic manner by Dubrovnik Riviera weddings. The lady is called Nina and she speaks also German, which is great since my the family of my future husband only speak German!
I have also received references from her previous weddings, the couples I have spoken with spoke very well about her. I hope this can be of help!
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on November 14, 2005, 11:43:09 am
Dermot - we are an Irish couple also hoping to get getting married in Dubrovnik next summer (July 2006) and are considering Labrinit for the wedding reception.  We've spent our last 2 summer holidays in Dubrovnik and both love the city so I've no doubt it is the place we want to get married but I'm completely torn over venues!!  
* I've had several lovely meals in Labrinit and Nautika - so both those are contenders (although the niteclub in Labrinit may swing that choice - our gang will be on for a big night out!).  Our numbers will be somewhere around 50 - does anyone know how many the terrace in Nautika will take?  From memory I can't imagine that it will take more than 30 / 35 guests?  

* We stayed in The Palace for 2 weeks this summer and really enjoyed it so I'm considering their VIP beach club as a possible venue.  
One tip on the Palace - make sure you request a bedroom as near to the top floor as possible - the hotel advertises that all rooms have seaviews, which they do, however our room was on the 5th floor and the sea view was totally obstructed by some very large trees!  Also, the bedrooms are quiet basic - not what you'd expect of a 5 star property - the Argentina bedrooms are far more plush (we stayed there summer 04).  However, I think the pool area, spa and general facilities in the Palace are nicer than the Argentina and regardless of where we have our wedding meal we will stay in The Palace - they have a fab swim up bar at the pool that I know our guests will LOVE!

* I believe the Sponza and Rectors Palace are 2 lovely wedding venues also.  Has anyone used either of the Palaces for a wedding and if so do you have any comments / feedback?  I think you have to pay a venue hire charge in addition to food and drinks - approx €1000 for 3 hours I'm told.

Does anyone have any suggestions for something nice to do for your guests the day after the wedding - maybe a boat tour around the islands?  Any ideas on how much this would cost?  

I've spoken to Croatia Tours and also Nina from Dubrovnik Weddings - I think Nina ideas are more origional and she offers more for your euro.  Having said that it is comforting to be able to pop down to Croatia Tours offices and speak to someone face to face so I'm not sure yet who will we go with to coordinate the wedding.

Will be glad when all these details / logisitics are sorted and we can start to look forward to the big day!


 
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on November 16, 2005, 01:30:44 am
Wouldnt you be more comfortable knowing the person you are working with is actually in Dubrovnik? ... just a thought
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on November 25, 2005, 01:37:13 pm
Dermot,
The sponza palace will not rent their facilities if you do not have a registered company in Croatia. We tried when we were there, they were very unkind. We are planning to have a boat trip the day after as well, I think the best is to go and see the 3 islands. I have received prices from 3 companies between 225 and 250 kuna p.p. We first tried to organise it all ourselves, but I start to believe it is better to go through an agency.
We have been talking to a company called travelhouse, they organise weddings in Croatia. Very nice lady! However, they are quite expensive when you choose Dubrovnik, for other destinations their prices were very good though. Our second contact was dubrovnik riviera weddings. They are cheaper and I really like their ideas. I have the impression they are flexible and very well organised. If the references will be fine, I see no reason not to work with an agency in Croatia.


 
Title: wedding
Post by: Dermot on December 08, 2005, 05:49:33 pm
We have decided on the Dubrovnik Palace for our reception & we are going to stay there also.  We got some great references from some people who had their wedding there and so we've booked the VIP beach/terrace.  Buffet, band/dj then hit the night club in the hotel!
For anyone considering using Croatia Tours - they work with a travel agency in Dubrovnik & we met their rep when in Dubrovnik earlier this year.  A very nice lady, as were all their staff, and so far we have had no problems.
Title: wedding
Post by: Guest on February 14, 2006, 11:23:50 pm
Can someone who used this board to plan their wedding update it with how things went?
Title: wedding
Post by: carlos on February 20, 2006, 08:35:49 am
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Hi all,

I am from Ireland and am getting married in Dubrovnik next May.

We will have a party of about 40 to 50 people and would like to reserve a section in a restaurant for the evening, on the terrace if possible. As it is a wedding party we would like to stay late if possible. We've heard that restaurants stop serving at 11 but presume that they'll leave us stay on if we're drinking. Nautica are charging 200 euro per hour after 11pm to stay open.
 
We're looking for a restaurant that-
is lovely,
in the town centre,
has a terrace with views,
good food service
and reasonable prices.
will stay open until 1 or 2am (just so we can remain there, don't want food after 11pm).

We're planning to get married in St. Blaise's church.
Hotel- we don't have anywhere booked yet. We're seen brochures for the main hotels (argentina etc.)The Pucic Palace looks lovely but prices are too expensive.
Anyone recommend somewhere?

 
Any other information that would be useful would be much appreciated. I am visiting Dubrovnik this autumn to plan the wedding want to know what places to check out.
Cheers,
P
hi, i'm also planning to organize a wedding in dubrovnik.  have you decided on nautika? i was curious to find out how flexible they are about having music...i emailed nautika about reserving one of their terraces and they had quoted extra cost of reserving the terrace.  i wasn't quite sure if they were giving me the tourist price..my feeling was the cost of the menu should be the flat rate...no extra cost for the space...any suggestions would be helpful!
Title: wedding
Post by: carlos on February 20, 2006, 08:47:47 am
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Dermot,
The sponza palace will not rent their facilities if you do not have a registered company in Croatia. We tried when we were there, they were very unkind. We are planning to have a boat trip the day after as well, I think the best is to go and see the 3 islands. I have received prices from 3 companies between 225 and 250 kuna p.p. We first tried to organise it all ourselves, but I start to believe it is better to go through an agency.
We have been talking to a company called travelhouse, they organise weddings in Croatia. Very nice lady! However, they are quite expensive when you choose Dubrovnik, for other destinations their prices were very good though. Our second contact was dubrovnik riviera weddings. They are cheaper and I really like their ideas. I have the impression they are flexible and very well organised. If the references will be fine, I see no reason not to work with an agency in Croatia.
do you mind sharing who you got your quotes from - assuming this is for the island trips for the wedding guests?

i'm trying to get an idea how much things are supposed to cost over there? for instance, if i have my wedding dinner at sponza...what is the estimated value?
Title: wedding
Post by: Felixespixie on February 23, 2006, 10:41:07 pm
Hi

I am planning a wedding in Dubrovnik for June 2007, I have come across 2 companys in ireland that organise weddings over there, one been Croatia Tours and the other irishweddingsabroad.ie, both were very helpful and I have not decided which to go for at the moment,

I have contacted both the croatian embassey here in ireland and the Irish consulate in Croatia and they have told me it is 100% legal to get married in dubrovnik and there is no time limit on how long you need to be there beforehand, the croatian consulate, even said to let them klnow of the date and they would like to come down and say hello, which i thought was a nice touch.

I found Nautika very expensive in comparison to other restaurants for the meal in which they offer but the East west beach club looks fantastic and has fantasic views of both the sea and the old town,

if anyone can share some information regards flowers,photographers, music for the afters etc, i would greatly appreciate it, and I will try to help with any of the imformation that I can share!

Best of luck everyone! Hope its the day you always dreamed of!
another thing, never tell the restaurant that its for a wedding, just say its for a group, as all places seem to see the $$$$ signs! :D
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Anne on February 27, 2006, 08:25:53 am
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For anyone in Ireland who wants to get married in Dubrovnik,  there is a travel agency in Dublin called Croatia Tours who assist with organising weddings in Dubrovnik.  They helped organise Anne Cassin's (newsreader on RTE) a couple of years ago!!  We went to Dubrovnik at Easter with them & met their rep over there.  She was very nice & showed us a couple of restaurants, St. Blaises' Church, the florist & samples from their photographer.  They have an admin fee of about €300 and so far have been very helpful & friendly.  They have told us precisely what paperwork we need, when we need it and what we need to do with it when we get it and they organise an English speaking priest.  They have told us that we need to be in Dubrovnik for 4 days prior to getting married and that it will be much easier for us if we have our Civil Service here in Ireland (about 4/6 weeks) before the wedding.  We are just waiting for confirmation from the Labirint Restaurant for our reception before we book our flights and accom for June 2006.  Has anyone had any experience with the Labirint Restaurant as a venue for their reception?  We had a meal there at Easter & it was beautiful.  The restaurant has a terrace overlooking the marina and a night club which opens til 4/5am and is literally 5 minutes from St. Blaise's Church & the Irish pub so it seems ideal for us!!

I hope this is of some assistance to some of you & I would really appreciate any feedback concerniing the Labirint Restaurant.
Dermot,

Best of luck with the planning, I too have booked our wedding with croatia tours, they seem to know there stuff, i am hoping to visit in June of this year to check out whats available to us as regards restaurant, florist, cake, muscians, photographer etc, I would be greatful to hear how you get on??

I have only seen the labrinit while on holiday last year and at that stage a wedding wasnt on the agenda, but it does look a fantastic venue, with excellent views, and a late bar, from looking at the web i have my eyes on east west beach club for the reception, although i have never actually seen it, (hence the trip in june 06),

Id love to hear how the planning is getting on and your impressions of everyone whom you met at easter,

thanks

Anne
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Claire Omand on March 10, 2006, 03:50:46 pm
Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your info.  I am in the initial stages of planning a wedding - a bit tricky because you don't know how many people will make the big hike abroad.  

I have to say I didn't think much of Labrint when I went there for a meal - overpriced and poncy.  I think we might book Puic Palace for a meal straight after and then I'm also considering the East-West club.

I would really apprecaite any suggestions about flowers, music and photographers - I really want a decent photographer.  

Thanks,

Claire :blink:  
Title: wedding
Post by: Anne on March 10, 2006, 04:01:04 pm
Hi Claire,

I have just booked for june 07, I am taking a trip this may to have a look at the photographer flowers venues etc, so i will update you after that, have you booked you day and if so are you going through a traavel agent or a planner??

I got very good feedback from people as regards croatia tours so i chose to book with them, again, I will let you know how i get on but to date they have been fantastic, I love the look of the East west beach club on the internet but i havent actually seen it yet,

Anyway, keep us up to date on your planning and i will do like wise,

Most people that i have invited are jumping at the chance to go away for a wedding, so you should put the word out to get a fair idea of who will travel and then you can book venues to suit the size of your crew,

All the best

Anne
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Sanela & Steve on March 11, 2006, 04:59:14 pm
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Hi Everyone,

Thanks for all your info.  I am in the initial stages of planning a wedding - a bit tricky because you don't know how many people will make the big hike abroad.  

I have to say I didn't think much of Labrint when I went there for a meal - overpriced and poncy.  I think we might book Puic Palace for a meal straight after and then I'm also considering the East-West club.

I would really apprecaite any suggestions about flowers, music and photographers - I really want a decent photographer.  

Thanks,

Claire :blink:
Dear Claire :)
We are a couple recently married and living in Dubrovnik.Sanela is Croatian while Steve is originally from the U.K.Having been through the process ourselves we decided to set up a company Weddings in Dubrovnik to help couples from the U.K& Eire to arrange their wedding and other special occasion in Dubrovnik Croatia. If you would like more information on how we might be able to help you, or would simply like to ask us a question please log on to our web site:

www.weddingsindubrovnik.com

We hope you find our site informative
                   
                 Regards Sanela & Steve :)  
                     
Title: wedding
Post by: ? on March 12, 2006, 02:43:18 am
I am looking for a wedding coordinator in dubrovnik. All I am finding is people who want to put together a "package" which obviously has their mark up over the cost of the package items (flowers, photographer, etc.) I would like to be able to pay a wedding planner a flat rate for their time and service in organizing my wedding, and not a "package" price, with their fee hidden within it. I want to meet with each vendor my wedding coordinator advises and personally arrange a price with them. That way I know how much I am paying to whom and for what. I need a coordinator to help me out on the day of the wedding (paid for her time) and during my visit before the wedding to help me choose vendors (again, pay for her time). I dont like not knowing how much someone's fee is.  
 
Title: wedding
Post by: Claire Omand on March 14, 2006, 07:12:34 pm
Hi Again,

Thanks Anne - please let me know how you get on in May.  I haven't booked anything yet.  I've taken tips from everyone on here and sent a couple of emails.  My fiance still has to sort out whether it is a church do' or not (he's catholic). As I mentioned, photographer and flowers is one thing I think about - am sure we'll get a good reception.  

Sanela & Steve - I did try to contact you through the website, but it didn't seem to work... could you just pop your email address on here  - am sure will improve your buisness.  Like the previous post, I'd like help, but would rather not have a wedding planner as such - more someone on consultant basis, but having Sanela on day might be very useful.  At the moment, there are no definates - but I'm keen to find out more about it all.

Thanks,

Claire :)  
Title: SV: wedding
Post by: Dermot on March 29, 2006, 01:37:31 pm
Hi Anne,

We're getting married on June 7th in St. Blaises' Church so if you are around Dubrovnik at that date feel free to drop by for a look!! It is really worth making the trip to meet with the Croatia Tours rep in Dubrovnik - we felt a lot more relaxed about the whole thing after meeting her.  She brought us to the florist, a few venues, showed some samples of the photographers work, booked the old timer car to bring the bride to the church, etc.  We looked at the Labirint got our reception but we didn't like their (buffet) menu so we opted for the Dubrovnik Palace instead.  They have their own co-ordinator who is extremely helpful (Ines Presecan - ines.presecan@dubrovnikpalace.hr).  She has helped us organise the reception (cake, drinks, decorations, menus, etc).  Pretty much anything we have wanted she has been able to do for us.  We are paying our deposit (25% of estimated costs) and we have to sign a contract so its all legal and above board.  2 people that we know of (a friend of my fiancee's cousin) got married in Dubrovnik.  One had his reception at the Palace and another one had hers at the Nautika and both had great days.

Croatia Tours have helped book the church, priest, band etc and have been helpful too.  We're just waiting to pay for our flights & accom.  We have about 50 travelling over too so it should be great craic (hopefully!). 
Good luck with the planning - its been much easier to organise than I imagined!!  ;)

Dermot
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Sarah on April 04, 2006, 03:47:47 am
Dermot, who is your florist, band, photographer? if you know
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Dermot on April 04, 2006, 10:34:06 am
Hi Sarah,

The band we have booked is called 'Taliri'.  We have been told that they usually play for
5-6 hrs for €900.  They play on arrival at the reception, play instrumental music during the meal and play pop/dancing afterwards with some breaks during and after dinner.  Croatia Tours booked them for us and the hotel has told us that they are 'wonderful' and have played for many weddings at the hotel.  Croatia Tours' rep company (Globtour - €300 fee) in Dubrovnik use the same photographer (€500 for 200/250 photos, 2 albums, all photos on DVD/negatives) & the same florist for all the weddings they organise but I don't know what their names are.   Flowers for the bride & bridesmaid are approx €150 and flowers for the church are approx €150.  Organist/singer for the church is €200 and document fee is €60.  Croatia Tours & Globtour can also organise transport for the bride/groom and guests to & from hotel/church/reception.  Bus is €200 and open top old time car is €200.

Hope this helps!
Dermot
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: jane on May 15, 2006, 11:49:57 pm
we are also getting married in dubrovnik - july 2006. as yet we are still trying to decide on a restaurant with sea views. I have mixed reaction about labyrinth (is it too expensive and posh for what you get????), or is nautica a better option? any ideas?

jane
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Lana on May 23, 2006, 01:44:51 pm
Hi everyone,
I just wanted to let you all know I am a Canadian photographer with roots in Dubrovnik. My mother was born here and I spent many a summer vacation in my grandmother's house in the old city. I know it like the back of my hand. I'm here now in fact. Normally I trapse around the world photographing everything from Afghan women (spent two years in Afghanistan) to refugees in Sudan for magazines like Time, British Marie Claire and Canadian Geographic. Recently I've been thinking of filling a void here - shooting weddings. Please feel free to have a look at my website: www.lanaslezic.com. You won't find any wedding photography but you'll see my style which definitely lends itself...I had an exhibition here in fact last September in Sponza palace - there was a wedding there the other day too! Good luck with all your plans and let me know if I can help at all photography wise...
Best,
Lana
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: ruth on May 25, 2006, 11:39:36 am
I have read all ur fab wedding plans for croatia but they were 2 -3 years ago could i please get any updates on how it went what 2 do and not 2 do? as im from cork, ireland i dont have a clue about the paper work ect.

Thanks


Hello,

We are a couple from the Uk who are planning to get married in Croatia. Can any of the people from the Uk or Ireland on this forum tell us how they went about sorting out their documents/which website they used. We are not going to use a wedding planner so are interested in finding out information from people who sorted out their documetns through the British/Irish embassy in Zagreb. We especially want to know how the living in the country for 21 days policy operates, as on the British embassy website it says you have to, but on this forum people have said you do not have to.....


Thanks for any help you can give!!!


Catherine and Ewan    :P  
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: hellokitty on May 25, 2006, 11:47:57 am
How did it go? im thinking about it 2 for next summer from cork? about 100 ish of us? any advice would be great.

Ruth



I am from Ireland and am getting married in Dubrovnik next May.

We will have a party of about 40 to 50 people and would like to reserve a section in a restaurant for the evening, on the terrace if possible. As it is a wedding party we would like to stay late if possible. We've heard that restaurants stop serving at 11 but presume that they'll leave us stay on if we're drinking. Nautica are charging 200 euro per hour after 11pm to stay open.
 
We're looking for a restaurant that-
is lovely,
in the town centre,
has a terrace with views,
good food service
and reasonable prices.
will stay open until 1 or 2am (just so we can remain there, don't want food after 11pm).

We're planning to get married in St. Blaise's church.
Hotel- we don't have anywhere booked yet. We're seen brochures for the main hotels (argentina etc.)The Pucic Palace looks lovely but prices are too expensive.
Anyone recommend somewhere?

 
Any other information that would be useful would be much appreciated. I am visiting Dubrovnik this autumn to plan the wedding want to know what places to check out.
Cheers,
P [/quote]
 P, you should check out hotel excelsior's taverna rustica. See http://www.hotel-excelsior.hr/home.aspx?PageID=6 (http://www.hotel-excelsior.hr/home.aspx?PageID=6)

You can have your wedding on the terrace of the Rector's Palace, Sponza Palace, Lovrijenac fortress. All of these venues require catering as they are not restaurants. Also, they are obviously more expensive.

Also check out the newly opened Hotel Hilton Imperial on Pile.

Another place that I thought of is a restaurant that recently opened a bit above the parking lot by Pile. It is above the Capitano Bar. You will see it when you go this autumn. You can inquire by them. I havent been there, but the terrace looks lovely. Another place you can check out is the Labirint restaurant http://www.labirint-dubrovnik.com/ (http://www.labirint-dubrovnik.com/) within the old town, but towards Ploce, and the East West Club restaurant on Banje Beach (between old town and hotel excelsior). http://www.ew-dubrovnik.com/ (http://www.ew-dubrovnik.com/) I think having the reception at the East West Club on the beach would be absolutely gorgeous with views of the old town, sea, and lokrum. I think you would be able to get a good deal at one of these places.

Please update us. I plan on getting married at St. Blaise too. Only, I am having a lot of people so I might have to get married in the cathedral (its behind St. Blaise).

Which hotel should you stay at... Pucic Palace is way too expensive. Stay at Hotel Excelsior, Argentina, or Imperial. They are the closest to the old town, to your church and reception place and 5 star. Still too expensive? How about Hotel Stari Grad? If you want to venture out further from the old town of dubrovnik check out hotel dubrovnik palace.
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Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on May 25, 2006, 10:59:55 pm
Hi

I am just back from dubrovnik this week, I was there to start planning for our wedding which is June 07, we are expecting approx 70 people and we are getting married in St Blaise church, the church is fantastic, but at the moment there is scaffolding on the front and the side, they cannot say if this will still be there next year so fingers crossed it is.

As regards a reception, I wanted a restaurant with a view of the old town, that would allow me to have a band or some music and allow us to stay there after our meal for drinks but there was no where that would allow this near the old town. We went to the dubrovnik palace then and although i didnt want it that far out i feel in love with it immediatly, the views are spectacular and the hotel is fantastic, it will allow me a separate terrace where i can have a meal and music for the evening / night, there is also a bar, so hopefully now we can book the place in the next few days,

I have booked the wedding with croatia tours, and so far everything has been great, they recommended places for me initially but i had my head set on east west beach club before coming out, then when i saw east west, i realised that it was on a public beach and they couldnt close it, and i wasnt keen on the idea of having loads of topless women in front of us while we ate. I soon found out why craotia tours recommended some of the venues and didnt encourage me with my own choice, but they left me to figure it out myself when i was there (im strong minded!!!) so i viewed my choice of venues plus theres and i went for theres in the end,

For the price i am paying for a planner i think its worth it as i dont have to worry about it at all on the day, its alot cheaper than expected and considering i am planning it from ireland i know the person who is doing the organisation for me and feel very assured after meeting her that she will do exactly what we both want,

they showed me the photographers work and its fantastic and brought me to the florist, but its not like at home that u have to choose your flowers etc months in advance, you choose them a few days before your wedding when you arrive in dubrovnik and there is a fantastic range to choose from,

as regards paperwork and documentation, i was told by the croatian embassy that we have to be there one month in advance of a wedding, but the irish embassy (or consulate i think it is) told me i dont have to be there in advance at all. when i spoke to croatia tours they suggested i had a civil cemony here first before a church blessing in dubrovnik, it is far more straight forward, and there can be no hiccups, I still have to do the marraige course here and get my church documents sent to the bishop of dubrovnik.

If i can be of anymore help let me know, and i would be delighted to hear what other people are doing, or what they have found out,

I am looking for favours for my guest tat the wedding, I would like it to be something of dubrovnik, has anyone any suggestions????


Thanks
Anne


Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Donna on May 26, 2006, 10:34:59 am
Hi Everyone

We are an Irish couple getting married this summer in Dubrovnik.  We have been to Croatia for the last few summers and love the place so decided the old town of Dubrovnik is the perfect location for our big day.

In terms of paper work (civil / religious) for Irish citizens - first port of call is The Dept of Foreign Affairs for the civil side (tel: 01 478 0822 and ask for Barbara O'Leary ).  Barbara will send you (a) Questionnaire to be completed by Irish citizen seeking "Certificat de Coutume" for marriage board and (b) Statutory Declaration by Irish Citizen seeing "Cert de Coutume" for Marriage Abroad.  You complete both these, get a solicitor or Comm of Oaths to witness and submit them to the Dept of FA with long birth certs approx 4 months before the wedding (can't do it any sooner unforunately).  FA will put a stamp apostile on these, you then send them off to the civil authorities in Dubrovnik and you can have your civil ceremony in Croatia the day before your religious wedding (we are getting married on a Mon and are looking after the civil side on the Fri before).  Your marriage will be legally recognised in Ireland if it is civilly registered in Dubrovnik.  Croatia Tours had suggested that we have a civil wedding in Ireland first before travelling to Croatia but we felt this would "dilute" the whole wedding as we'd technically be married before heading over so I rand FA myself to find out the story - absolutely no need whatsoever to have the civil ceremony in Ireland first - it can all be done in Croatia.

You need to speak to your parish priest about the religious side of things.  He completes paper work with you, looks for baptismal, communion and confirmation certs and sends this off to your bishop, who in turn sends the paperwork to the Bishop in Croatia.

The paperword side of things does seem a bit daunting at first but once you get your head around it and speak to FA and your local parish priest it actually is quiet straight forward.

We are getting married in St Blaises, drinks reception on a boat (Tierena), dinner in Labrinit Restaurant (we have organised a band that will play til 2am) and then there is a nite club for those who want to party til dawn.

We opted to use a local wedding planner, Nina Bos, and she has been fantastic.  We met with Croatia Tours as I've booked our last few summer hols through them and they have looked after a lot of our guests travel for this summer but I felt that it would be better to have local coordinator.  I suppose because I am very familiar with Dubrovnik I had very set ideas on the venues we wanted use.  Nina is a star, she sourced the band, florist, photographer, boat, restaurant - nothing is too much trouble for her.  Her email address is ninabs64@yahoo.com

Over the years I've stayed in The Argentina, Excelsor and The Palace.  We're staying in The Palace for the wedding as I think it is the nicest in terms of views and facilities (great spa and swim up bar!) - it is however 5km out of town so if you want to be closer you should stay in The Argentina which is also a fab hotel.  The Hilton is nice but it does not have an outdoor pool and the (pebbly) beach is a walk away - not fun in the height of summer!

Hope this info is of some help - I'll let you all know how we get on this summer.  Good luck with all the planning!
Title: Photographer - Dubrovnik wedding
Post by: Glamourgirl on June 18, 2006, 05:47:33 pm
Hi,
I am planning a wedding this September in Dubrovnik. I would be so grateful if someone could recommend a good photographer. We would only need him to take pictures of the ceremony and after the ceremony. It will be a small civil wedding on the beach...
Thank you...  :-*

Glamourgirl
Title: Re: wedding - MAKE UP?
Post by: Glamourgirl on June 18, 2006, 06:10:35 pm
Dear all,
Could someone recommend a good make-up artist that is not too expensive? Also, I was planning to do my hair in the Hotel Excelsior hair-dresser shop. Is that a good idea?
Any advice / recommendations? Many, many thanks!

Glamourgirl
 :-*
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Leonie Mc Nabb on August 01, 2006, 07:45:28 pm
Hi

I was delighted when I found this sight.I am planning to get married next June in Dubrovnik.I have spent the last six months totally frustrated waiting on Irish Travel Agents to get back to me with details.Now I am going to do it myself.So if anyone can help I would be so grateful.

My first obstacle is 170 guests.I know the Dubrovnik Palace will cater for this amount,I am looking into the Excelsior also.Has anyone used these hotels?I am also bringing over my fiances cousins band. We hoped that going abroad would be cheaper but with such large numbers I'm not sure(unfortunately they are mostly my parents friends so I have no choice!!) I was quoted 47euro a head minus winre in the Dubrovnik Palace.Has anyone used traditional Croatian dancers?

If anyone can help it would be great
Many Thanks
Leonie
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Koala on August 13, 2006, 01:21:59 pm
Hi,

We are travelling to Dubrovnik in September to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary and are staying at The Amoret Apartments. I was wondering if anyone could suggest a location to renew our wedding vows? I am not sure what I want (it is to be a surprise for my husband), but I do know that we would like something very simple in a beautiful location. It may be as simple as arranging access to an amazing location for an hour for a bottle of champagne before dinner? I had thought we would find a suitable restaurant ourselves in the days before the anniversary but we’d be glad for some suggestions. I don’t think we need a celebrant as such but I would be open to advice.

Thanks!
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Zip on September 12, 2006, 07:02:39 am
I've enjoyed reading through these postings.

Can anyone tell me realistically how difficult it is to arrange a wedding in Dubrovnik? And are there lots of hidden costs involved in going through an agency?

Also, does anyone know approximately how much a wedding/room/music/etc costs at the Pucic Palace?
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Helen on October 21, 2006, 12:57:31 am
Thanks to everyone for sharing all this information. My fiance and I are hoping to hold our wedding in Dubrovnik in Sept 2007 and are headed there next week to check out venues and talk to planners. I'll share any insights following our trip.
Title: Re: for Aussie
Post by: rene on November 04, 2006, 03:15:44 am
Hi Aussie,

i don't know good online translator but there is a very good online dictionary which might help

http://hren.stillo.biz./search.php


Anjele.... is when someone call you an angel

bye
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on November 25, 2006, 02:56:01 pm
Hi,
can anyone recommend a good hair dresser?? and a place to get fake tan done, im getting married over in dubrovnik next June!

thanks

Anne
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: mares30 on December 02, 2006, 02:16:36 am
sorry anne, I can't be of help re: hair and tan - but would appreciate tips when you do find them - i'm getting married in dubrovnik the month after you!

we're just about to make final decision re: dinner reception venue - having not been to either the palace or labirint - we're struggling to decide (last time we were in dubrovnik was 2003) - any tips from folk who have experienced both?  we'll marry in st. blaise church, with drinks reception after at sponza palace - so advantage of labrint is that we can walk there - but if Vala beach club at palace is truly great we would make the effort to get guests there by boat.

ADVICE PLAESE!!

Thanks, mares30
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: mia0514 on January 12, 2007, 11:41:58 pm
Hello everyone,

My husband and I are from New York. We were married last August in Dubrovnik – it was one of the best decisions of our lives.

Following a trip to the Caucasus last spring, we decided on a destination wedding.  As a child growing up in the former Yugoslavia, I vacationed in Dubrovnik several times and remembered it as a fairy-tale town. After looking at various websites, virtual tours and pictures of the city, my husband became equally excited about a Croatian wedding.  The planning process was somewhat demanding, but also fun. If you are considering a wedding in Dubrovnik, do not fear. You can do most of the planning yourself, but if you need help, you have an option of contracting one of the local wedding planners for the more challenging aspects of the ceremony and/or reception.

After days of looking at different venues in Dubrovnik, Nautica, Dubrovnik Palace, and Labyrinth came out as our leading choices. We contacted all three venues via email to get a better sense of their organization and prices. We were very perplexed with Nautica’s pricing system, but the restaurant looked very nice on their website. Moreover, the sales representative at Nautica seemed somewhat unprofessional in her manner and did not inspire much confidence. Labyrinth also looked inviting, but the price there was 6,700 Euro minimum, which was on the steeper side considering that we were to have no more than 50 guests.

After reviewing all the comments and this board (very helpful), we also contacted Dubrovnik Palace. We didn't like the fact that it was several miles away from the town, but we thought we would give it a shot. The Dubrovnik Palace representative, Ines Prescanin, is an extremely able and competent wedding planner; she responded to all our emails almost immediately. She sent us dozens of pictures, menues, etc. We felt that the planning would be a breeze if she were to help us. The cost of food was also quite affordable at about 60 Euro per person. Most importantly, pictures of the Vala Beach Club looked great. We were quite confident that Vala would be a perfect place, but we thought we would not make the final decision until we saw all the venues in person.

A month later, we were on the plane to Croatia. We took 10 days off work with the goal of finalizing our choice of venue and finding and contracting various vendors. We first flew to Zagreb, where we got the necessary documents from the American Embassy (papers certifying that were not already married and that our marriage would be recognized in the United States) and afterwards we went to the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where we obtained a special stamp for the papers we received from the embassy. This whole process took us only 3 hours and we were able to catch a flight to Dubrovnik that same afternoon.

On our first day in Dubovnik we went to visit Dubrovnik Palace. We thought it was very nice and Vala definitely would have provided a dramatic setting for the wedding. Nautica was just too small and not as nice as pictured. Labyrinth was also quite attractive; however, after we saw Hotel Excelsior’s Palm Terrace, we knew that we found our dream site. The terrace is situated right on the sea, with a spectacular view of the old town. The hotel, although not as modern as Dubrovnik Palace, was old-school elegant. The following evening, we had dinner at Excelsior (Taverna Rustica) and just loved the food. We met with Ivana, Excelsior’s wedding coordinator, and found out that Excelsior was only slightly more expensive than Dubrovnik Palace. Ivana invited us to take a peak at the wedding they were organizing that weekend (you have a decent view of the Palm Terrace from the Piano Bar, also in the Hotel). What we saw that evening exceeded all our expectations. Later in the week, we met with Ivana again and learned that, in addition to the food, Excelsior would provide basic decorations, print out wedding menus, and seating arrangement charts for free. In addition, we would get a free suite on the night of our wedding. Pretty cool…. We would only need to provide table flowers/decorations or, alternatively, Excelsior could do it for us for an additional fee.

With the dinner venue taken care of, we redirected our energy to finding a ceremony site and booking vendors. One day, by accident, while visiting the Lokrum Island (a beautiful natural preserve, only a 10-minute boat ride from Old Town), we stumbled across a wedding ceremony in their gardens, only meters away from the sea. The ceremony and decorations looked beautiful – flowers and white covered chairs among impressive Roman ruins. We discretely observed from afar; we knew we found a perfect spot. However, after a careful consideration, we realized that planning a ceremony on the island meant that we would have to get someone to decorate the site, bring chairs and covers from Dubrovnik (the only establishment on the island is a small casual restaurant), organize boat transportation for our guests, etc. It would have been too much…So, we hired Nina Bos of Dubrovnik Riviera Weddings to manage the ceremony part. She was very professional and having already organized a wedding on the island, she knew what needed to be done. We still would handle all paperwork, arrange for the city registrar and translator (as required per Croatian law).

By the time we returned to the States, we had already completed the necessary paperwork, found the venue for the ceremony and dinner, florist, contracted the band, and also found accommodations for most of our close friends and family. We found most vendors via word of month, by talking to the locals, and we actively asked everyone we met at different venues whom they recommended (Dubrovcani are exceedingly friendly). At home, we printed the invitations, set up our wedding website, decided on a specific flower design, menu and drinks. We decided that our wedding day would unfold like this:

4:00pm: Guests meet at the port in Old Town for boat transportation to Lokrum
4:30pm: Wedding Ceremony
5:00pm: Champagne and canapés reception (wedding party takes pictures around the island)
6:00pm: Boat takes guests back to Dubrovnik
6:30-7:30pm: Cocktail hour at the Piano Bar terrace (wedding party takes pictures in Old Town)
7:30-1:00am: Dinner, dancing at the Palm Terrace

We arrived to Dubrovnik five days before the wedding, took care of some last minute details (submitted the original paperwork to the city registrar, as opposed to the faxed copies we initially sent, hired a court translator, and sent the seating arrangements to Excelsior). We also had the rehearsal dinner and planned some pre-wedding activities for our guests.

The wedding day was just gorgeous: sunny weather, spectacular settings, and excellent service at Excelsior and also by Nina on the island. Now, five months later, our friends and family still talk about it as the best wedding they have ever witnessed. And my husband and I are certain that it was the best and most memorable day of our lives.

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While we were in the planning stages, we were most curious about the prices for each vendor. I hope you will find this list helpful:

Food: We had a 6-course meal at Excelsior for 75 Euro (their menus start at around 60 Euro)
Drinks: We bought wines from Nina Bos (6-9 Euro) and Excelsior charged us 5 Euro corkage fee per bottle (7 Euro for sparkling wines). This way we saved significantly. Soft drinks were provided by the hotel at about 1.5 Euro per glass.

Band: We hired a 5-member band called Dariva and paid 1000 Euro. They played from 8:30pm until 12:45am. They were great performers and entertainers, knew a lot of songs (both American and former-Yugo). Whatever our guests requested, they were able to play well!

Flowers: 50 Euro Bride’s bouquet, 35 Euro bridesmaid’s bouquets, 40 Euro flowers for each table at Kike flower shop in Old Town. The flowers looked very nice, however, the arrangements did not look much like the pictures from the magazine which I provided to the florist beforehand. More generally, bouquets and table arrangements start at around 15-20 Euro and depend on the type of flowers requested. If you choose to mix various green fillers with flowers, you can save significantly (for example mixing roses and baby breath can lower the price by 10 or more Euros per bouquet/table arrangement)

Photographer: 600 Euro – he took pictures of the ceremony and dinner. Between the two events, he took pictures of the bride and groom around the island and in the Old Town. The package included a 70-page album and picture CD with about 450 shots. He did an excellent job and everyone raves about our pictures. We only wish that he took a few more creative pictures during dinner and dancing.

Videographer: 400 Euro – he is the photographer’s brother. He is quite talented, but I think he is still learning about wedding videography. We are happy to have the video and the price was very good. However, he did not capture some important aspects of the event (grooms’ father speech, for example).

Boat: Nina Bos hired an attractive oldtimer boat -- which could seat 53 persons -- to take the guests to the island and back. The boat cost us 700 Euro.

String quartet: 400 Euro for about 2 hours (ceremony and reception cocktails). The players were the lead violinists from the Dubrovnik Symphony and did a superb job.

Cake: Our very delicious cake was made by Excelsior pastry chef for about 2 Euro per person. Excelsior does not offer hard marzipan cakes in extravagant shapes, but the presentation is still very dramatic as the pastry chef wheels it out on a cart with sparklers.

Hair and make-up: My bridesmaids and I did our hair, make up, and manicure at the beauty studio Ana (tucked away in a small alley about 50 meters away from Pile Gate – just ask for directions any woman who works around there). The cost was about 100 Euro per person; we were all very happy with the final product. Make sure that you book your appointment several weeks in advance. I have heard that the hair salon at Dubrovnik Palace is very good, but I haven’t tried it.

Finally, if you publish your email address on this board, I would be more than happy to send you a link to our website where we posted all of our wedding pictures.

Good luck!
Sanja
 
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: mares30 on January 13, 2007, 08:27:17 am
Thanks so much sanja - that's really helpful.  we will marry in july 2007; we have almost fully decided on labirint restaurant - but i'm getting swayed a bit towards palm terrace........i think the factors which favour labirint are the fact that it's within walking distance of st blaise nad sponza palace, and that guests can continue to party at the nightclub (my younger brothers in particular will want somewhere to go post midnight!!) ; however, the lay out of tables etc looks much nicer at the palm terrace..... decisions, decisions!!  we'd really appreciate a look at your photos if you don't mind.  our e-mail is mari.justin@hotmail.com.....  we are working with nina and finding her most professional and helpful; but all input and guidance is most appreciated; so sincere thanks once again.  mares30
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: chemaine on January 13, 2007, 09:54:36 pm
Hi Sanja

I am getting married in June 2007 in dubrovnik

I would love to see your photos, your email was most helpful

Thanks
Chemaine
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: chemaine on January 13, 2007, 09:59:19 pm
hi Sanja, again!

My email is chemaine.grindon@irishferries.com

Thanks
Chemaine
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: hokey32 on January 16, 2007, 02:56:57 pm
Hi Sanja,

Thanks so much for your post - very informative and helpful.  I'm getting married in Dubrovnik in August 2007 and have also more or less decided on the Labirint because of it's proximity to St. Blaises church.  I would love to see your photos, it would give me an idea of how ours will turn out - hopefully!

My email address is: hokey25@yahoo.com

Regards,
Helena
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on January 16, 2007, 08:12:08 pm
HI Sanja,

Your day sounds fantastic! we are marrying in June in Dubrovnik, We would love to have a look at your Pictures and the all the tips you have given us are fantastic!
my email is aquaine@gmail.com

Anne
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Shelly H on January 23, 2007, 05:29:08 pm
Hi Sanja,

Wow, your wedding day sounded absolutely amazing and your post was so helpful. We also fell in love with Dubrovnik after spending our holidays there in 2005. We will be getting married in Dubrovnik in September 2007 at St. Blaises church. We were also looking at the Palm Terrace as a venue for our reception but I think your email may have just confirmed that for us!
I was beginning to wonder where we would get our hair and make up done, so thank you so much for the tip about the beauty salon Ana.
I would love to see your photos, if you don’t mind. My email address is <michellehynes05@hotmail.com>
Thanks again for all the information!
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Chuds on January 25, 2007, 11:07:50 pm


I hope to marry in Dubrovnik in Oct 2007, I think we have a lead on most aspects of the day, however - operating from a tight budget means our guest list may be decided by the cost of catering. It would be greatly appreciated if anyone were to have any advice/contact with regard to this. if a full meal is very costly we are happy to go with buffet/snack option. Any help would really be welcome...Many thanks
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Ann-Marie on February 04, 2007, 07:18:56 pm
Hi Sanja,

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your wedding experiences with us. We too are getting married in Dubrovnik in Sept. Haven't yet looked into venue's for reception, better get our skates on! Would be very greatful if you could also forward me a link to your wedding photo's.  My email address is peaburke@yahoo.co.uk.
 Thanks again.

Ann-Marie
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Daria on February 06, 2007, 12:28:13 am
Hi Sanja,

We are getting married in Dubrovnik this September and would love to see how your wedding pictures turned out.

It sounds like you had a beatuiful wedding and your email was full of information.

Can you please send me a link to view the pictures.

Thanks,

Daria
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Ivvy80 on February 09, 2007, 01:00:31 am
Hi Sanja

We are getting married in Dubrovnik in August this year and have booked the Palm Terrace and also the boat cruise to Lokrum after our church ceremony. We are also working with Nina Bos who is fantastic.

I would love to see your photos if you could send them to my email which is iradas@internode.on.net.au

I look forward to seeing your photos

Thanks
Ivka
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Ivvy80 on February 09, 2007, 01:06:50 am
Sorry Sanja

I do apologise - my email address is iradas@internode.on.net and not the one I listted aove. Just drop the .au.

Thanks again
Ivka
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: spcshaye on February 13, 2007, 08:02:56 pm
Hi Sanja

Please send me the link for your wedding info

thank you

soozi   -  s.hayes1@lancaster.ac.uk
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: jenster3010 on February 15, 2007, 02:30:20 pm
Hi Sanja

I am getting married in June 2007 in dubrovnik

I would love to see your photos, your email was most helpful

Thanks
Chemaine

Chemaine,  I too am getting married in Croatia in June 07.  Where are you getting married?
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on February 15, 2007, 03:18:22 pm
HI has anyone heard anything about the Irish wedding tourist ban in croatia??

Title: Re: wedding
Post by: mia0514 on February 15, 2007, 06:33:55 pm
HI has anyone heard anything about the Irish wedding tourist ban in croatia??



Hi Anne,

I read Croatian news every day (I work as a human rights analyst for the Balkans), but have not come across this info. What is your source?

Cheers,
Sanja

p.s. Thanks everyone for their comments on my wedding pics:)
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on February 15, 2007, 08:04:30 pm
Hi Sanja,

Seemly the irish media has been reporting that there may be a ban on irish tourists getting married in croatia, due to the fact many tourists are going to Dubrovnik unprepared with paper work and they are not dressing apprioatly for the Church.
here is a link which you will need Media player to hear a radio discussion on RTE the main broadcaster. this braodcast is from the 14th of February, you will have to scroll down and select the link regarding Croatia.

http://www.rte.ie/news/drivetime/

Now here is an article which was in the Irish Independent today the 15th of February, it looks like there is not yet a Ban, but that the bishops are advised to discourage irish people travelling abroad for weddings,
I can completly see the point in which they have.


AN IRISH Catholic bishop has ordered his priests to clamp down on couples getting married abroad.

His action follows complaints from Croatian bishops about their behaviour in church.

Croatian church officials sent bishops here a scathing letter criticising the behaviour of Irish "wedding tourists" - and especially the women's "inappropriate" clothing in church.

The letter, from the Diocese of Dubrovnik, also hit out at Irish people travelling to Croatia for church weddings who never attend confession or have no contact with their parish priests back in Ireland.

It appealed to Irish bishops to "discourage" Irish couples from going to Dubrovnik for weddings.

The main complaints concerned:

* putting Croatian priests "under a lot of pressure" to get married at short notice;

* couples not having the proper papers;

* little or no preparation by the couple and guests;

* lack of awareness and respect for rules on receiving communion;

* people, mainly women, wearing inappropriate clothes in church.

The Irish Independent has learned that one Irish bishop has already responded. In an edict issued to his clergy, Catholic Bishop of Meath Michael Smith expressed his concern about the growing number of couples who go abroad to get married.

Priests were worried about the number of people going abroad to get married, the document said.

They feared that couples were concentrating on the trimmings and not putting sufficient planning into the marriage ceremony itself.

Tightening diocesan rules governing such marriages, Bishop Smith's directive calls for foreign wedding arrangements to be made only when a couple have met their parish priest and started pre-nuptial discussions.

Discourage

The priest should commence the wedding papers only after receipt of a letter from the priest abroad stating his willingness to celebrate the sacrament.

Papers must be sent to the bishop's office in Mullingar at least three months and preferably six months before the proposed marriage, accompanied by €100 to cover expenses.

The Croatian letter, details of which were revealed in 'The Irish Catholic' newspaper, was sent to Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Dr Sean Brady, urging the Irish bishops to actively discourage such marriages.

A spokesman for the Catholic bishops confirmed that the Chancellor of Dubrovnik, Monsignor Ivan Simic, who signed the letter, insisted there was no pastoral reason for weddings in Dubrovnik.

These weddings were clearly advancing "the touristic promotions of certain wedding agencies".

Monsignor Simic also complained that Croatian priests had been put under a lot of pressure to marry Irish couples at short notice and without the proper papers.

Disturbed

He said that "very often wedding candidates put our parish priests under a lot of pressure arranging wedding ceremonies and booking plane tickets and hotels before getting all the necessary papers done".

According to the chancellor, in some cases marriages had been conducted with little or no preparation by the couple and guests.

The Croatian clergy had been disturbed by a lack among Irish couples of awareness of and respect for rules on receiving communion.

Dr Brady has passed on the letter to his fellow bishops. The matter will be discussed at the hierarchy's general meeting in March.

However, Bishop Smith has moved to crack down on abuses associated with weddings abroad ahead of any decisions that might be made later by the bishops. [/
b]

I have contacted my agent who is organising the wedding and she has assured me that eveything will be ok as i have carried out the correct procedures in regards to paperwork, our marraige preparation course and our meeting with the priest here in Ireland to ensure all documents etc are in order,

I hope this is of some help to everyone,
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Catherina on February 21, 2007, 12:00:23 pm
Hi Sanja,

We are getting married in Dubrovnik in Sept/Oct 2008. The information you provide is very helpful.

Can you please send me the link to your wedding site. My email address is cunninghamcat@yahoo.ie.

Thanks,
Cat.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Jack on February 26, 2007, 03:31:38 pm
Do anybody know of wedding suit hire comanies in the dubrovnik area? It would be great to hire the suits over there if possible.....
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: mia0514 on February 26, 2007, 05:01:35 pm
Do anybody know of wedding suit hire comanies in the dubrovnik area? It would be great to hire the suits over there if possible.....

Unfortunately, there are no tux/suit rentals in Dubrovnik. My husband and I looked quite extensively into this, asked the locals and Nina Bos, only to discover that Croatians perceive the idea of renting a suit a bit weird.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: IvanaDBK on March 28, 2007, 01:13:14 pm
I must tell you my story about Dubrovnik weddings ... My Grandparents are originally from Dubrovnik I was born and raised in Australia. I visited them there a few times and I fell in love with the place. It is a beautiful place. So 2 years ago when i got engaged I wanted to be married in the Cathedral in the old town of Dubrovnik. All the planning was great. I thought everything was under control. My fiancé and I planned everything (well actually I planned everything) We made reservations for private accommodations for the family and friends to fly up together and we were to arrive in Dubrovnik 1 weeks before the wedding. Everything was great we arrive I was walking around like a chicken with her head cut off but everything was under control until I realize with all the commotion going on before we left. I forgot my beautiful wedding dress in Australia. Not only did i forget that... NO ONE REMINDED ME!! So after crying for about 3 hours straight i had a new mission find a wedding dress. Now that was amazing so i find out the have 2 places in Dubrovnik for wedding dresses. The first place I was able to rent a dress which i really wasn’t too comfortable with.... But as a last reserve what are you going to do. So i went by the other bridal store and I was able to purchase a great dress at a reasonable price and I must admit it was nicer than the one I left at home. The staff was great one of the girls even came to my room before the wedding to help me get dresses. The girls at the bridal store even gave me some great tips. They saved me... So the moral of this story make sure you don’t forget your wedding dress even though I am happy it turned out that way because the dress was gorgeous!
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Nicola Fitzpatrick on May 11, 2007, 11:06:09 am
Hi Sanja,

Your day sounds fantastic! I am just starting to look into a venue abroad for our weddinjg and Croatia looks fab, We would love to have a look at your Pictures and the all the tips you have given us are fantastic!
my email is nicola.fitzpatrick@gs.com

Thanks
Nikki
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Rachel on July 24, 2007, 06:07:49 pm
Dear Sanja,

We are getting married in May next year and would love to see your photos is they are still available. It sounds like you had a fantastic day. My email is rachelandmikewedding@yahoo.co.uk.

Thank you

Rachel
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Elaine on July 27, 2007, 12:01:02 pm
Hi Sanja
We have just hired a wedding planner in Dubrovnik and plan to do almost exactly like you did.  Your price guide is great, I think we have been given the same band (not getting a choice I dont think) so thats reassuring to know they are good.

I would love to see your photos if I could. 
Also how late did they allow you to stay on the terrace and do they let you stay in the hotel bar later then if you want ?  We have a few die hard party animals who will want to stay up all night..........

Thanks again
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: james on August 21, 2007, 05:06:00 pm
hi Sanja,

wow, thanks for all the info in your post, great place to start, i'd love to have a link to see your photos, we're quite interested in an island wedding and love to know how much the boat trip improved your wedding, did all you guests and yourself enjoy it, it just seems to bring something a little different to the day.

with the islands did you find that it seemed more private?
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: jana on August 23, 2007, 09:07:13 pm
Dear Sanja

Thanks for the helpful info. Sorry about the jutarnji thing!
Please e-mail me your wedding site address - really wanna see the pics (gmirjana@gmail.com)!

Many thanks and regards!
J
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: JCH on September 21, 2007, 04:56:41 pm
Hello,

My partner and I are gettin married May 08, at the Sponza Palace and the Taverna Rustica. Has anyone been to the Taverna, and also has anyone heard the guitar player recommended by Nina Bos?? I am completely lost on what music to walk down tpo??
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: bride2beireland on September 27, 2007, 11:34:43 am
Hi Sanja,

Your wedding day sounded just perfect!  I am currently in the middle of organising my wedding for June 2008, and would really appreciate if you could pass on your website address so I could view your photos.  We have been looking into holding the reception at the Dubrovnic Palace, but may change my mind now from reading your post.  My e-mail address is leane.grahame@hotmail.com

Many Thanks,  :)

Leane.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: loopylocket on October 24, 2007, 08:11:03 pm
Hi Sanja
We're hoping to get married in Dubrovnik in 2010 (we got getting engaged at Krka Waterfalls in Croatia this summer) - we'd love to see your photos if you couls email me the link

loopylocket@sky.com

Thank you so much
Loopylocket
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: melissa on November 19, 2007, 12:16:55 am
Hi Sanja,

We will be working with Nina for our upcoming wedding in June 08.  Would love to see your photos! My only concern is the photographer.  I really want to make sure they capture our wedding memories adequately. 

Thanks and take care,

Melissa
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Ingvild on December 06, 2007, 09:26:36 pm
Hi everyone,

Thank you for all your help and advice - this is a great source for hints and tips. Can anyone tell me how much they spent on a wedding i Dubrovnik in total? I'm on a tight budget and it would be great to get an idea of the final figure... (Fr=ingers crossed it's not too high!)

Best wishes,
Ingvild
Title: Saint Blasius
Post by: Kat on January 08, 2008, 09:24:18 am
Warning:  for those of you planning to marry in St Blasius it will be underoing renovations lasting until October 2008.  All weddings have been rerouted to the cathedral.  Just found this out for my Sept wedding-  bit bummed, byt the cathedral is pretty as well.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Pea on February 17, 2008, 10:52:20 pm
Hi Melissa,

We got married in Dubrovnik last September and I'd highly recommend Nina's photographer. Our photos were fantastic. However the videographer wasn't so good. We had our reception at the Vala Beach Club at the Dubrovnik Palace hotel and it was the most beautiful setting. Have fun!  :)
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: debs72 on February 26, 2008, 12:04:52 am
Hi I was wondering could anybody help me Im  looking for a wedding planner in croatia and i have been emailing Anita from weddingsincroatia.net. she seems really nice but I cant find anybody who has used her before. Can anybody recommend her
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: nella on February 26, 2008, 08:59:56 pm
Hi debs72, she's got loads of v. good testimonials on her website, did you ask her to put you in touch with previous couples?
I don't have a coordinator yet, but I've set my mind on the Bellevue beach venue and they are very keen to help me with everything, did anyone work with them before?
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: SarahRo on March 05, 2008, 09:01:10 pm
Hi, I'm looking to hire a simple summer wedding gown, can anyone send a link where to start looking?
Much appreciated,
Sarah
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Joanne on July 03, 2008, 02:33:19 pm
Hi All,

My Fiance and i are currently in the process of arranging our wedding Dubrovnik for September this year.  We have been dealing with Nina Bos - and she has been extremely helpful so far both over the phone and via email, however i would appreciate if someone who has already used her services could give us some feedback on how it all went on the day.

After much consideration, we have decided to get married in a civil ceremony in Villa Banac, Cavtat on the terrace with views overlooking the sea.  Our guests will then be transported by boat back to Dubrovnik for the reception which is to take place in Gil's Restaurant within the city walls.

Has anyone visited Gil's before - can you give me some feedback as we were a little concerned that it might be a tad expensive for drinks after the reception and we don't want to be pricing our guests out of having a good time!!

If we do decide that it is too expensive to stay after the meal - can someone recommend a good alternative bar that we can go to where there will be good music for all ages (our age range of guests goes from 10-79......so we need to cater for all tastes!!)

Thanks in advance to anyone with comments!! :)

Joanne

Title: Re: wedding
Post by: VickyA on August 03, 2008, 11:14:21 am
We're getting married in Dubrovnik in May 2009 and I would love to see your wedding pictures as it really does sound like the perfect day! (vickyattwell@btinternet.com)
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Aine on September 12, 2008, 09:23:33 pm
hello everyone,

I have almost ready my wedding for next june, my only problem is the photographer!. I want to have really good pictures in a very relax way. I have been contact few in Dubrovnik and I am not very happy with them. Any good one to recommend?  Please !!!!

Thanks ,
Aine
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: my wedding on October 01, 2008, 07:05:48 pm
Hello,

We got married in Dubrovnik last June. We had booked our wedding with Dubrovnik Riviera Weddings.
I think many of you are wondering what the endresults are of planning a wedding abroad, so here comes our story for those of you that want to hear feedback.

1. the wedding planner: we are so happy to have decided to work with this agency. Allthough at some stages it took a while before Nina replied to an email, it was well worth the wait. She has always been honest, helpfull, direct and had some good ideas of which we never would have thought. She has also surrounded herself with a very reliable team, the price this company charged us is well worth the investment.

2. the ceremony: we decided to have our ceremony at the sponza palace. What a fantastic setting. DRW organised the whole thing: set up, booking, payment, decor, officiant and even helped us to personalise our wedding ceremony. I was happy to have chosen this location, allthough you do not have the sea view. The building is so lovely and in the old town itself, we felt fortunate to say our vows in such a nice surrounding. The pictures we have from the ceremony are absolutely great. We have only one negative point: the officiant! She was dressed like she was going to the market, her hair looked like she just got out of bed and during the whole ceremony she maybe smiled only once! It was not appropriate at all.

3. the dinner: we booked the grand villa argentina to have our wedding dinner outdoors on their terrace. The terrace has a sea view and is located between the hotel building and the sea. Guests from the hotel cannot see you because the terrace is located much lower than the main hotel building, this was an important and decisive factor for us. We were very impressed by the venue, and because this hotel had contacted our wedding planner and asked for some kind of cooperation before, we had the impression they were really keen on the wedding business. We chose the grand villa argentina above the palm terrace because they allowed music until 2am at that low terrace (it is quite far from the hotel building). At the palm terrace you had to stop all music at midnight, we were not interested in that at all.
The start went smooth: DRW booked the date and we started discussing menus. The real surprise came when we went to see the hotel to talk about the dinner details a few months later. We were welcomed by sales representative Sanela, who knew almost nothing and had to check with her boss for every little detail. She also said that the hotel now charged 50 euro per table to set it up at the terrace and 9 euro per chaircover. These were new rules they had implemented after we booked the date. We were stunned by such arrogance. To rent a torch (the metal ones with a real flame) they charged 50 euro rental! We had the impression that this hotel had obvioulsy received several wedding requests and they now thought they can ask for anything. Our wedding planner seemed just as upset as we were. We ended up not paying for these charges but it took a lot of discussion between our wedding planner and the hotel to get to that stage.
After all that came the icing on the cake: the hotel said the beach bar (there is a small bar where you can order drinks and snacks for beach guests) closes at 11.30h, and so no drinks can be served after that! Again... discussion. I could not believe it. The hotel actually made us pay for the waiters just to keep the bar open, when we all know they earn on the drinks consumed! Then Sanela also said music had to stop at midnight when that was a main reason for us to book there!

The whole dinner booking was messy. I do not believe it had to do with our wedding planner, I know she has been in business for a while and we checked several of her previous couples before booking. We saw her twice before the wedding, she is a pro. We found it hard to believe that a five star venue can have such a poor business attitude towards a wedding couple that is spending thousands of euros in one night. Maybe that means nothing to them, but it did mean a lot to us. The dinner turned out to be fine, the food was nice and we ended up staying long past midnight, but the amount of stress they gave us before was just too much.

I would not know what we would have done if we would have had to speak to the hotel directly regarding all these issues. I started talking to them before we contacted DRW but it got me nowhere. Now, looking back, I am so happy I stopped doing that.

Music: we hired a local DJ who was great. Nina put us in touch with each other, he was really nice.

Flowers: all the flowers of the whole day were organised by DRW, we decided upon a theme and they made sure this theme was respected in all venues / details. Easy.

Rehearsal dinner: we wanted something exclusive with excellent food. Nina reccommended Gils. We went there and absolutely loved it. You cannot miss that place!
It is an experience if you are a food lover, like we are.

So, looking back on it all, we did have a dream wedding. It was everything I hoped it to be. I just wished we woud not have had all these issues with the Hotel grand villa argentina. It does give me a bitter feeling at times, but all of our guests did not know and they all said the organisation was flawless.

We are married, that is the most important, and we had  a dream wedding in the end. I hope you will have too! Now, we are off on our delayed honeymoon! Carribean, here we come!!

Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Rozz on November 24, 2008, 11:45:24 am
hello everyone,

I have almost ready my wedding for next june, my only problem is the photographer!. I want to have really good pictures in a very relax way. I have been contact few in Dubrovnik and I am not very happy with them. Any good one to recommend?  Please !!!!

Thanks ,
Aine


Hi Aine,
I have my wedding in Dubrovnik next May and was recommended a fantastic photographer. I have some of her stuff on my email, feel free to contact me at rozzmcg@gmail.com.
Best regards,
Roisin
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: GEORGINA on January 14, 2009, 12:33:28 pm
Hi Sanja,

Could you please send me the photos of your wedding at Palm Terrace as thats we are planing our wedding in Sep 09 and will not get a chane to see the venue before the weding.

Thank you and Regads,
Georgina

Hello everyone,

My husband and I are from New York. We were married last August in Dubrovnik – it was one of the best decisions of our lives.

Following a trip to the Caucasus last spring, we decided on a destination wedding.  As a child growing up in the former Yugoslavia, I vacationed in Dubrovnik several times and remembered it as a fairy-tale town. After looking at various websites, virtual tours and pictures of the city, my husband became equally excited about a Croatian wedding.  The planning process was somewhat demanding, but also fun. If you are considering a wedding in Dubrovnik, do not fear. You can do most of the planning yourself, but if you need help, you have an option of contracting one of the local wedding planners for the more challenging aspects of the ceremony and/or reception.

After days of looking at different venues in Dubrovnik, Nautica, Dubrovnik Palace, and Labyrinth came out as our leading choices. We contacted all three venues via email to get a better sense of their organization and prices. We were very perplexed with Nautica’s pricing system, but the restaurant looked very nice on their website. Moreover, the sales representative at Nautica seemed somewhat unprofessional in her manner and did not inspire much confidence. Labyrinth also looked inviting, but the price there was 6,700 Euro minimum, which was on the steeper side considering that we were to have no more than 50 guests.

After reviewing all the comments and this board (very helpful), we also contacted Dubrovnik Palace. We didn't like the fact that it was several miles away from the town, but we thought we would give it a shot. The Dubrovnik Palace representative, Ines Prescanin, is an extremely able and competent wedding planner; she responded to all our emails almost immediately. She sent us dozens of pictures, menues, etc. We felt that the planning would be a breeze if she were to help us. The cost of food was also quite affordable at about 60 Euro per person. Most importantly, pictures of the Vala Beach Club looked great. We were quite confident that Vala would be a perfect place, but we thought we would not make the final decision until we saw all the venues in person.

A month later, we were on the plane to Croatia. We took 10 days off work with the goal of finalizing our choice of venue and finding and contracting various vendors. We first flew to Zagreb, where we got the necessary documents from the American Embassy (papers certifying that were not already married and that our marriage would be recognized in the United States) and afterwards we went to the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where we obtained a special stamp for the papers we received from the embassy. This whole process took us only 3 hours and we were able to catch a flight to Dubrovnik that same afternoon.

On our first day in Dubovnik we went to visit Dubrovnik Palace. We thought it was very nice and Vala definitely would have provided a dramatic setting for the wedding. Nautica was just too small and not as nice as pictured. Labyrinth was also quite attractive; however, after we saw Hotel Excelsior’s Palm Terrace, we knew that we found our dream site. The terrace is situated right on the sea, with a spectacular view of the old town. The hotel, although not as modern as Dubrovnik Palace, was old-school elegant. The following evening, we had dinner at Excelsior (Taverna Rustica) and just loved the food. We met with Ivana, Excelsior’s wedding coordinator, and found out that Excelsior was only slightly more expensive than Dubrovnik Palace. Ivana invited us to take a peak at the wedding they were organizing that weekend (you have a decent view of the Palm Terrace from the Piano Bar, also in the Hotel). What we saw that evening exceeded all our expectations. Later in the week, we met with Ivana again and learned that, in addition to the food, Excelsior would provide basic decorations, print out wedding menus, and seating arrangement charts for free. In addition, we would get a free suite on the night of our wedding. Pretty cool…. We would only need to provide table flowers/decorations or, alternatively, Excelsior could do it for us for an additional fee.

With the dinner venue taken care of, we redirected our energy to finding a ceremony site and booking vendors. One day, by accident, while visiting the Lokrum Island (a beautiful natural preserve, only a 10-minute boat ride from Old Town), we stumbled across a wedding ceremony in their gardens, only meters away from the sea. The ceremony and decorations looked beautiful – flowers and white covered chairs among impressive Roman ruins. We discretely observed from afar; we knew we found a perfect spot. However, after a careful consideration, we realized that planning a ceremony on the island meant that we would have to get someone to decorate the site, bring chairs and covers from Dubrovnik (the only establishment on the island is a small casual restaurant), organize boat transportation for our guests, etc. It would have been too much…So, we hired Nina Bos of Dubrovnik Riviera Weddings to manage the ceremony part. She was very professional and having already organized a wedding on the island, she knew what needed to be done. We still would handle all paperwork, arrange for the city registrar and translator (as required per Croatian law).

By the time we returned to the States, we had already completed the necessary paperwork, found the venue for the ceremony and dinner, florist, contracted the band, and also found accommodations for most of our close friends and family. We found most vendors via word of month, by talking to the locals, and we actively asked everyone we met at different venues whom they recommended (Dubrovcani are exceedingly friendly). At home, we printed the invitations, set up our wedding website, decided on a specific flower design, menu and drinks. We decided that our wedding day would unfold like this:

4:00pm: Guests meet at the port in Old Town for boat transportation to Lokrum
4:30pm: Wedding Ceremony
5:00pm: Champagne and canapés reception (wedding party takes pictures around the island)
6:00pm: Boat takes guests back to Dubrovnik
6:30-7:30pm: Cocktail hour at the Piano Bar terrace (wedding party takes pictures in Old Town)
7:30-1:00am: Dinner, dancing at the Palm Terrace

We arrived to Dubrovnik five days before the wedding, took care of some last minute details (submitted the original paperwork to the city registrar, as opposed to the faxed copies we initially sent, hired a court translator, and sent the seating arrangements to Excelsior). We also had the rehearsal dinner and planned some pre-wedding activities for our guests.

The wedding day was just gorgeous: sunny weather, spectacular settings, and excellent service at Excelsior and also by Nina on the island. Now, five months later, our friends and family still talk about it as the best wedding they have ever witnessed. And my husband and I are certain that it was the best and most memorable day of our lives.

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While we were in the planning stages, we were most curious about the prices for each vendor. I hope you will find this list helpful:

Food: We had a 6-course meal at Excelsior for 75 Euro (their menus start at around 60 Euro)
Drinks: We bought wines from Nina Bos (6-9 Euro) and Excelsior charged us 5 Euro corkage fee per bottle (7 Euro for sparkling wines). This way we saved significantly. Soft drinks were provided by the hotel at about 1.5 Euro per glass.

Band: We hired a 5-member band called Dariva and paid 1000 Euro. They played from 8:30pm until 12:45am. They were great performers and entertainers, knew a lot of songs (both American and former-Yugo). Whatever our guests requested, they were able to play well!

Flowers: 50 Euro Bride’s bouquet, 35 Euro bridesmaid’s bouquets, 40 Euro flowers for each table at Kike flower shop in Old Town. The flowers looked very nice, however, the arrangements did not look much like the pictures from the magazine which I provided to the florist beforehand. More generally, bouquets and table arrangements start at around 15-20 Euro and depend on the type of flowers requested. If you choose to mix various green fillers with flowers, you can save significantly (for example mixing roses and baby breath can lower the price by 10 or more Euros per bouquet/table arrangement)

Photographer: 600 Euro – he took pictures of the ceremony and dinner. Between the two events, he took pictures of the bride and groom around the island and in the Old Town. The package included a 70-page album and picture CD with about 450 shots. He did an excellent job and everyone raves about our pictures. We only wish that he took a few more creative pictures during dinner and dancing.

Videographer: 400 Euro – he is the photographer’s brother. He is quite talented, but I think he is still learning about wedding videography. We are happy to have the video and the price was very good. However, he did not capture some important aspects of the event (grooms’ father speech, for example).

Boat: Nina Bos hired an attractive oldtimer boat -- which could seat 53 persons -- to take the guests to the island and back. The boat cost us 700 Euro.

String quartet: 400 Euro for about 2 hours (ceremony and reception cocktails). The players were the lead violinists from the Dubrovnik Symphony and did a superb job.

Cake: Our very delicious cake was made by Excelsior pastry chef for about 2 Euro per person. Excelsior does not offer hard marzipan cakes in extravagant shapes, but the presentation is still very dramatic as the pastry chef wheels it out on a cart with sparklers.

Hair and make-up: My bridesmaids and I did our hair, make up, and manicure at the beauty studio Ana (tucked away in a small alley about 50 meters away from Pile Gate – just ask for directions any woman who works around there). The cost was about 100 Euro per person; we were all very happy with the final product. Make sure that you book your appointment several weeks in advance. I have heard that the hair salon at Dubrovnik Palace is very good, but I haven’t tried it.

Finally, if you publish your email address on this board, I would be more than happy to send you a link to our website where we posted all of our wedding pictures.

Good luck!
Sanja
 Hi Sanja !
We are the company that made the DVD of your wedding. Thank you for your compliment that we're talented but I need to make a few comments myself. I would like to say that we have been involved in video filming for about  twenty years now and with our experience we don't like leaving our customers unsatisfied a one bit. We are a group of people who enjoy in what we do and we do it with love.The reason that we cut off those parts of the speech is that it didn't fit in, by our humble judgement, in the whole mood of the movie. In order to show you that we recorded every important part of your beautifull wedding (including the speeches) we are ready to send you the miniDV tapes and/or DVD's with the raw (unedited) material so you can edit your wedding as you like. We are open for  questions and your suggestions. You can e-mail us on E-mail: vsp-video-dubrovnik@du.t-com.hr
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: chel on January 14, 2009, 09:40:39 pm
hi everyone.
my h2b and me are trying to plan our wedding in dubrovnik for july 2010,would be most grateful for all suggestions you may have. look forward to hearing from you.

bye for now

michelle :)
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Rozz on January 21, 2009, 09:03:59 pm
hi everyone.
my h2b and me are trying to plan our wedding in dubrovnik for july 2010,would be most grateful for all suggestions you may have. look forward to hearing from you.

bye for now

michelle :)

HI MICHELLE!

congrats for your wedding! we are too planning a wedding in Dubrovnik, this year in May (it's getting scarily close! :) and we were recommended (by a hotel we contacted) a local wedding planner- Ines from Dubrovnik event. She used to work at hotel Dubrovnik Palace for a few years before starting her own wedding planning business (there are some good posts about her work here as well, what gave me extra confidence to contact her). You can check them our at dubrovnikevent.com I am sure you'll be happy, as we really are- Ines arranged absolutely everything for us, including accommodation, dinner venue, flowers, photographer, boat cruise after the ceremony, all documentation which I am sure would've been a nightmare for us to do on our own, and pretty much every single detail for our wedding. Now we just pray for nice weather. 8)

To tell you the truth I was a bit skeptic at first as I heard things and people in Croatia take a while for everything, but I was really pleasantly surprised with Ines's prompt and professional replies and detailed offers that were completely matching our wishes. Anyways, all in all, my warm recommendation, I hope I helped.

Wishing you all the fun in your wedding planning! feel free to let me know if there's anything else I can help you with...
Cheers,
Rozz
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Aine on February 27, 2009, 09:44:39 pm
Hi Sanja,

Off all the sites that I have reviewed, your narrative has to be the best and most detailed.  It is so difficult to ask other ladies in a similar situation - how much did you spend on this?  I really did find that part really beneficial and the differences of the restaurants etc.
Is there any chance you could send on some of your wedding pictures! So excited : )

Many Thanks,
Ann
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Fiona on April 01, 2009, 04:22:35 pm
Hi All,

We are looking at getting married in Dubrovnik in May / June 2010 - can't wait!

Sanja - I would also be thrilled if you would please send me on your photos!! (fi.hickey@gmail.com)

Rozz - v concerned about previous messages re. Ines - we are considering using her and are unsure of what to think now?! I contacted Nina about 48 hours ago but have had no response as of yet... Does anyone else know anything about Ines? She mailed me back very promptly and seemed extremely nice and helpful in her mail and has also offered to contact me by telephone to make it easier and more personal. She came across very well in our initial contact.

Alot of people appear to book a restaurant and then a seperate venue. Can I not do all of this in the one place?

I have also been advised to not choose a Sat. wedding due to tourists and other weddings taking place, but flights from Dublin won't allow us to do it on a Friday unless people will fly in on a Wednesday - we're very conscious of asking people to sacrifice holidays for us (many are planning their own weddings and honeymoons for later in 2010!). Is it possible to marry on a Sun? I don't think it is here in Ireland.

We would be delighted to get any feeback!

Thx

Fiona
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Kat on April 12, 2009, 06:33:33 am
This is silly advice.    We had a saturday wedding in the cathedral, it is difficult to get a spot in the major churches but this shouls not be YOUR problem, but the planners.  You might have some gawking tourists, but they are all respectful of the service and if not the nuns will beat them.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Kat on April 12, 2009, 06:39:59 am
To the photographer inquiry on the previous page:   we used a place called "Fotostar" in a section of town called Babin Kuk and a videographer form the same shop.  They were great , as some places will give you the CD with you wedding photos-  but they will protect them by placing the logo all over the picture.   Fotostar did not do any of this nonsense, and they had a few sample shots we really liked and replicated for our wedding.
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Rozz on April 13, 2009, 03:31:25 pm
Hi Fiona,

glad to hear you're planning your day in Dubrovnik as well! I am getting really excited as it's a bit more than one month away! ;D
As for Ines, choosing her as my wedding planner was my best decision, really- from first email she has been prompt, professional and very friendly and has made me very confident about my wedding planning... so i strongly recommend her! She's arranged everything for us with such a good attitude and i have changed my plans quite a few times :)
hope this helps, wishing you great fun and a great wedding in Dubrovnik!
Rozz

Hi All,

We are looking at getting married in Dubrovnik in May / June 2010 - can't wait!

Sanja - I would also be thrilled if you would please send me on your photos!! (fi.hickey@gmail.com)

Rozz - v concerned about previous messages re. Ines - we are considering using her and are unsure of what to think now?! I contacted Nina about 48 hours ago but have had no response as of yet... Does anyone else know anything about Ines? She mailed me back very promptly and seemed extremely nice and helpful in her mail and has also offered to contact me by telephone to make it easier and more personal. She came across very well in our initial contact.

Alot of people appear to book a restaurant and then a seperate venue. Can I not do all of this in the one place?

I have also been advised to not choose a Sat. wedding due to tourists and other weddings taking place, but flights from Dublin won't allow us to do it on a Friday unless people will fly in on a Wednesday - we're very conscious of asking people to sacrifice holidays for us (many are planning their own weddings and honeymoons for later in 2010!). Is it possible to marry on a Sun? I don't think it is here in Ireland.

We would be delighted to get any feeback!

Thx

Fiona

Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Luelly on July 03, 2009, 10:21:28 am
Hi everyone,

I am getting married in Dubrovnik in 2010 and I am looking for a good band. Could anyone recommend a good lively band that would get the crowd going.

Snaja, is there a website for Dariva. Thanks
Lucy
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Orsat Munitic on July 03, 2009, 10:49:48 am
DaRiva Group is on Facebook.

http://hr-hr.facebook.com/people/DaRiva-Dubrovnik/100000006984721 (http://hr-hr.facebook.com/people/DaRiva-Dubrovnik/100000006984721)



Admin
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: Anne on July 07, 2009, 05:05:48 pm
Hi

Its been so long since I have been on this site! I got Married in Dubrovnik in June 2007, we got married in St. Ignatius in the old town, We only found out a few day before our church which we booked st balise was closed for Health and Safety, we then had Our reception in the Dubrovnik Palace. Ines Prescan was our wedding planner from the hotel. She was fantastic, I could not fault her in anyway. I was shocked to read negative remarks about her and her new company, but delighted then when I read on that it was an exposure of another business putting alternative companies down. I believe it shows there lack of professionalism.
Ines was always professional, paid close attention to detail and she never left me hanging around for a response to a query.
Ines recommended a band called Taliri which were amazing, I would recommend people look into them further, as they cater for all ages and genres and really made the day (and night). Ines also recommend a Videographer and a Photographer, They were amazing, we expected fantastic photos but what we recieved blew us away.
I would recommend the Vala Beach Club for a wedding venue. it felt like you were in your own little paradise with your guests, it was private, had amazing views and the Food was incrediable!
feel free to contact me on felixespixie@yahoo.co.uk if you have any questions, I maybe a little slow to respond, (but im not running a business) but i will come back to you.
Enjoy the wedding planning, I wish i was back doing it!
A
:)

Title: Re: wedding
Post by: crobride on July 28, 2009, 11:07:41 am
Hi Luelly,
Just saw that post about the band...
We're organising our wedding for May 2010 and heard a band called Teatar last Saturday. THere's 6 in it..all can sing, girl has FAB voice. They're the sort of band that u cant sit still to. Perfect for us. They have a big playlist including 100 songs in English and some salsa'y latino stuff too. I cant recommend them highly enough. Da Riva were next on our list to listen to..they're suppsoed to be great too but we've decided to go with Teatar.
Title: wedding
Post by: Anca on September 04, 2009, 04:06:53 am
Hello everyone,

I am getting married in Dubrovnik - April 2010. We already booked Neptun hotel's restaurant as a wedding ceremony location. We had lots of trouble finiding a place as a lot of the hotels will be closed that time and we cannot have an outdoor reception that early in the year... Anyone knows how this restaurant is? Pictures look nice but I don't really know if it is as nice as it looks...
Title: Re: wedding
Post by: ericdeko411 on October 06, 2009, 08:15:10 am
Hello everyone,

I am getting married in Dubrovnik - April 2010. We already booked Neptun hotel's restaurant as a wedding ceremony location. We had lots of trouble finiding a place as a lot of the hotels will be closed that time and we cannot have an outdoor reception that early in the year... Anyone knows how this restaurant is? Pictures look nice but I don't really know if it is as nice as it looks...

An outdoor reception is always great in a wedding if the weather agrees.
Me and my wife was able to dine in that restaurant with her family, it was great. The reception, service and the food was good. Me and my family enjoyed dining at that place.