We asked Croatian wedding planner Renata Alujevic to explain why she set up as a wedding planner and why
Croatia, specifically Dubrovnik, makes a perfect wedding abroad choice. How did you decide to become a wedding planner? / What
inspired you to start your business?
A wedding planner is the
most beautiful profession, what can be better then to work with people
planning the happiest day in their life. Newlyweds are happy, their family
are happy, friends are happy, so much love around and so much joy and
laughter. . . it is really a dream job.
Ever since I was a child I was organising everything and everyone
so it was a natural progression for my career to work within events and
promotions. I worked within the Mayor's office in the City of Dubrovnik,
where I was Head of Protocol and International Relations Department. Working
there I had the opportunity to gain an enormous amount of experience in
organizing various events for high end delegates that visit Dubrovnik from
rest of Croatia and all over the world. I have experience in organizing
official lunches and gala dinners for over 500 people, interior design,
transportation insurance, accommodation etc. After that experience, I made
decision to open wedding agency and I am very happy with that decision.
What's the best part about being a wedding planner?
Each wedding is totally unique, and feeling the excitement of a Newlywed
is the best feeling in the world , especially the bride as she has probably
been dreaming of this day since she was very young and the fact I help this
dream come true is extremley rewarding for me, it is a fantastic experience
The planning of the wedding day is very interesting as each one is very
different – we have different cultures from all over the world who wish to
marry in Dubrovnik – and I particulary enjoy helping them bring a touch of
their culture to each wedding.
At the end of each wedding it is an
undescribable feeling when we see that newlyweds and guests are so satisfied
and happy.Which areas of Dubrovnik do you enjoy
organising weddings in, and why?
The whole Dubrovnik is unique
and I enjoy working everywhere, but the old city of Dubrovnik for me is
really magical. We have beautiful palaces, highly elevated forts, renovated
villas and the famous city walls – all of these are reasons why a wedding in
Dubrovnik really is a fairytale wedding.What's the most beautiful wedding
This is a really difficult question. Each
wedding is very beautiful, and we organise them specifically to the newly
weds' vision and dream – some like beaches, some like the historical buildngs
And some like simple weddings – but at the end of the day its planning the
wedding in perfect detail in line with what the newly weds want that is
important. I have a wealth of knowledge through my years of organising
weddings that I am able to advise on what looks good and what can be
achieved and offer suggestions – I always respect their decisionWhat's the
most popular type of wedding you organise?
wants to have a ceremony or reception, or both overlooking on the sea.
Luckily, in Dubrovnik there is enough hotels and restaurants with nice
terraces , beautiful views and overlooking the sea so there is plenty of
choice. I think that it is really magical to say "Yes I do" near the sea,
around people who you love and who loves you.What advice would you give couples
wanting to get married in Dubrovnik?
I would advise all couples
wanting to get married in Dubrovnik to use a Wedding Planner, our laws and
systems can be different to their own country therefore using a wedding
planner can cut out the stress. The wedding planner will also draw up a wish
list with you and will be able to match venues for both ceremony and
reception to your specific needs so that you do not waste a lot of valuable
time. They work with partners in Dubrovnik and able to get you better deals
then if you went direct.
I welcome them to Dubrovnik, which is a remarkable city
where the population are very friendly and kind and at the end of your
wedding Dubrovnik will always have a special place in your heart.
'Those who are looking for paradise on earth should come and see
Dubrovnik' George Bernard Shaw
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