Seven Can’t-Argue-With Reasons to Hire a Destination Wedding Planner
You’ve decided to get married somewhere tropical and now you’re working on all of the details that will make your day memorable and unique to you. But where to start? From venue to catering to professional services, you’re facing language barriers, blind trust in reviews, and limited logistical knowledge. How can you be sure all the pieces will fall together when you finally arrive for the biggest day of your life? Simple. Hire a destination wedding planner.
Working across time zones and (sometimes) oceans, you can get wrapped up and overwhelmed in all the to-dos. Collaborating with a planner brings tons of benefits that you’ll be thankful for.
#1: Network of Vendors
It’s easy to go online and search “wedding venues in Mexico,” but a professional destination wedding planner can help you find a venue and other wedding-day services that are more unique than oft-booked all-inclusive resorts. You are an individual and your wedding shouldn’t be a cookie cutter day crammed in between other cookie cutter days.
Professional planners have years of experience that have allowed them to build great relationships with trusted, high-class vendors to fill every need for your wedding. They know who makes the best cake,
whose flowers are freshest, and which venues will perfectly fit your vision, guest list, and budget, and will match you to their most trusted wedding specialists to create your wedding day dream-team. Living and working in the area, reputable planners will have great relationships that allow them to take the lead with your vendors in communicating your vision – which leads to…
While it’s becoming more and more common to know more than one language, you don’t have to be conversational in Spanish if you’re working with a planner. With those previously mentioned relationships, your planner has perfected their communication skills with everyone who will have a part in your day. Your unique wedding vision won’t get lost in translation when you allow them to do the talking.
Professional planners have years of knowledge and experience under their belts, and minds for wedding planning like no other. After just a few conversations with you, they will develop a feel for your personality, quickly fall in line with your vision, then create a unique experience that will stand out to you and your guests. Having the opportunity to see so many weddings carried out, planners have the unique opportunity to pull tid-bits from their idea catalogue and combine them with your adventurous, romantic, or quirky desires to make your wedding a perfect reflection of you and your love.
What’s more, they can help create a full wedding experience for your guests (as opposed to just a wedding day). With their local knowledge and great connections, many planners will work with their couples to develop itineraries of activities their guest can participate in during their time away, helping them make the most out of their vacation. Whether a second, less formal group dinner, or a list of places
to see authentic sights, a planner will think of ideas you would have never considered and help weave them into your planning for an unforgettable experience.
#4: Legal Information
A wedding planner can work with you to know what needs to be done in your selected location to ensure your wedding is legally binding (something many couples overlook until it’s too late). If you’re not going to have a civil ceremony before or after your wedding day in your home country, you can depend on your planner to offer advice and pointers on the steps you will have to take for your marriage to be legally recognized after your destination nuptials.
#5: Built-in Big Day Assistant
On the day of your wedding, the last thing you want to do is deal with minor questions and menial tasks. Having a planner on-hand who has worked closely with you throughout the planning process will ensure someone in attendance is checking every single detail. Your planner will coordinate day-of logistics and will be there to ensure there are no hiccups in all the hard work you have done together. They can also take care of those last minute “oh-shoot-I-forgot!” things that will inevitably pop up on the big day and can use their network of resources to solve problems quickly.
#6: Knowledge of the Area
Planning a wedding in a location unknown to you can cause more stress than you need. Destination planners are pros when it comes to the lay of the land. They will know exactly where you can go to get those perfect “only-ones-on-the-beach” photos and can point out to you hidden gem locations that make perfect photo ops. A planner will also be able to give you perfect directions as you navigate unfamiliar streets, recommend the best local grub spots, and utilize their knowledge of the town to point you to the least tourist-flooded cultural attractions as you celebrate your marriage.
#7: Worry-Free Support
Your planner will sweat the small stuff so you won’t have to! Every detail is in their sight lines to be executed perfectly and from day one, they will take the lead on booking services, signing contracts, and managing your budget. On those days that you’re freaking out over guests lists and seating charts, a quick call to your planner will ease your nerves and reassure you that your day will be perfect curated and executed at the highest level of service.
When considering a destination wedding, it’s easy to pump the breaks for fear of unmanageable details. Don’t let your dreams go just because of a little distance! Partner with a destination planner that sees you, understands your goals (and budget), and is ready to take on the corner of the world where you will start your new life – you’ll be so glad you did.