For over a decade, I have been based in Vietnam shooting in and around the country, as well as tackling assignments in other far reaches of the globe. I have been fortunate to travel the world with my camera, exploring stunning locales and telling stories with my images. A greater part of my visual narrative happens to focus strictly on destination weddings, namely my role in capturing the most important day of a person’s life in their dream locations. Despite the gamut of wondrous places I’ve shot, Hoi An holds a special place in my heart.
Hoi An has it all: you can lose yourself in the memories of yesterday as you stroll down the bougainvillea draped lanes of Hoi An’s historic Ancient Town. 5-star luxury beach resorts share the beachfront with smaller, but no less charming, boutique properties, offering guests unadulterated access to the tranquil waters of Vietnam’s central coastline. On top of that, the cuisine of this region goes uncontested as the country’s best culinary example. Beaches, culture, and history… what’s there not to fall in love with?
And Hoi An is diversity at its best. This is a community where all are invited, bar none. You’ll see foreigners rub shoulders with Vietnamese and other natives with ethnic ties to Japan, China, and France who have come to adopt Hoi An as their own. It’s a location full of enchantment, which is great for the romance factor, but it also offers a sense of comfort and warmth absent in other destination wedding settings. Here are a list of six reasons why Hoi An should be taken into consideration for your upcoming nuptials.
#1: YOU’LL HAVE A MULTITUDE OF BACKDROPS FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSIONS
The muted candy coated building of Ancient Town to the palm fringed shoreline are backdrops with an almost-cinema like caliber. It’s as if Hoi An was made for wedding photoshoots!
Get married along the beach but make sure you take some time to travel into town at sunset for your portrait session. I know it feels counterintuitive to have a beach wedding minus the beach shots, but trust me you will absolutely love having pictures that showcase you surrounded by the traditional culture, colors, and architecture that the Ancient Town has to offer.
#2: THE LIGHTING IS FAVORABLE EIGHT MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR
The typical Hoi An forecast includes warm sunshine interspersed with breezy drafts. Situated in a tropical climate, Hoi An is on average 29 degrees celsius throughout the year. Avoid September to January when the rains come in and the area is prone to flooding. But come February, the sun will be shining in no time. February to May is considered peak season in Hoi An, while the heat (and humidity) skyrockets from June to August.
#3: IT’S EASY TO CARVE OUT SOME ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH YOUR S.O.
Reality check: weddings are normally more high-stress than we’d like them to be. In Hoi An, it’s simple to break away from the demands of such a taxing affair. Take a nice motorbike escapade throughout the neighboring countryside. If you’re worried about operating a motor vehicle, cycling is a good alternative.
#4: GET YOUR DRESS TAILORMADE
Hoi An is synonymous with tailoring. With over 200 tailoring shops in town, you can get every dress in the bridal party custom made and with a minimum turnaround of only two days, this is perfect scenario for any last-minute guest flying in. This all works in favor for the bride if she needs some adjustments day of. Beach location without the loss of a good tailor? This should tick all the boxes on your wife-to-be’s list of non-negotiables.
#5: DEPENDABLE AND RESPECTABLE VENDORS ARE EASY TO FIND
In addition to being a beautiful location, the area has a lot of affordable and top-notch vendors. Hankering for a bouquet that features the indigenous array of flora? Looking to be married under a cascade of painted silk lanterns? A full resource guide to the best wedding vendors in Hoi and the neighboring Danang City can be found here.
#6: YOU CAN GET MARRIED ON THE BEACH
What’s a beach wedding without a little sand and surf? Stage your dream wedding on the beach without a flock of tourists ruining your big moment. You can decide to take your after party to the water if you’d like to as well!
To book us for your destination wedding, please visit our website: www.mottvisualsweddings.com
Justin Mott is the founder of Mott Visuals Weddings, a boutique destination wedding photography and film business documenting weddings worldwide. Justin is also an accomplished photojournalist most notably as a frequent contributor to the New York Times.