...however, as soon as I began working with Kristina
, I knew that everything would work out. I reached out to multiple planners in Dubrovnik, and Kike was the only one to respond immediately and gave me so much great information that I knew I wanted her to be my organizer. When you're planning something as big as a wedding, and especially from so far away, you need someone who is on top of communications and will get back to you right away, which is exactly what Kike did. Kike Does Everything
Not only did Kike plan my wedding, but she also helped with the rehearsal dinner and planned a party for our guests the day after the wedding as well. She was my point person to all vendors (catering, hotel, music, photography, videography, lighting, decorations, hair/make-up, etc.), which meant I only had to work with one person instead of trying to coordinate with multiple people, which I believe is key to a successful destination wedding. Kike Goes Above and Beyond
We had a Catholic ceremony in the Dubrovnik Cathedral
, and Kike worked with the Diocese in Dubrovnik to ensure all of our paperwork and program was in order. She went with us to meet with the priest a couple days before the wedding and helped us navigate the Catholic ceremony process in a foreign country, which was extremely helpful.
Originally on the wedding day, I was going to be dropped off at Ploce Gate with my bridal party, and we were going to walk to the church from there. However, a couple days before the wedding, I changed my mind and decided that I would like to be dropped off in front of the church. Usually you need to tell the city weeks in advance since no cars are allowed in the Old Town, but Kike was able to get special permission from the city last minute to make this possible.
Furthermore, we were in charge of providing all our own drinks for the reception. While this was a great deal, we were apprehensive about having to purchase and deliver enough water, juice, sodas, wine, and alcohol for 65 people for a 6-hour reception. However, Kike made this process almost too easy for us! She brought us to a wholesaler who helped us pick out the drinks and quantities, delivered the drinks for us, and took back anything unopened. Dubrovnik Knows Kike
When you decide to get married in a foreign country, you need someone who knows the location well. Kike knows the Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik knows Kike. We arrived in Dubrovnik the week before the wedding, and everywhere we went, from the restaurants down to the nail salon and spa, everyone knew Kike and raved about how great she was. Having a network like that is so important. I never felt like we were getting ripped off or taken advantage of because everyone is working for Kike, and everyone loves Kike. We also made a lot of last minute decisions days before the wedding like deciding that wanted special lighting and heat lamps at the reception. Kike was able to make this all happen for us last minute, and I believe that has a lot to do with her strong network in Dubrovnik. Fairytale Wedding
Our wedding in Dubrovnik was truly a dream come true. On the wedding day, I was able to relax and actually enjoy it because I knew everything was being taken care of. We had 65 people travel so far and spend a lot of money getting there, so it was so important to us that they have a good experience. Mission accomplished. As I write this, six weeks have passed since the wedding, and my guests are still talking about the wedding and how much fun they had. From the ceremony in the Dubrovnik Cathedral, to the cocktail cruise in the harbor, to the reception at the Museum of Modern Art, to our second day celebration at Rural Estate Čilipi
, it was a magical experience that was genuinely the best weekend of our lives.