A destination wedding is always a great idea! There’s no denying the appeal, whether you’re dreaming of tropical beaches or a snowy ski town destination wedding in Colorado. Whatever the location, it’s a unique opportunity to celebrate your love with your dearest ones in a magical, memorable place. However, planning a destination wedding can also be complicated and stressful. A remote location adds an extra layer of difficulty to the usual challenges, especially if you’re working across time zones (and sometimes, oceans). That’s why hiring a specialist destination wedding planner who knows the location and can be your eyes and ears on the ground is a must. Here are some of the ways that a destination wedding planner can help.
A wedding is a major event and you’ll need more than a working knowledge of a place to avoid potential logistical pitfalls. A destination wedding planner has access to information and insights about their specialist region that you won’t be able to find on Google. They have the inside track on everything from local wedding venues to the weather. And, since a destination wedding experience is about more than the day itself, they can also help you plan activities, events, and excursions to keep your guests entertained throughout the weekend. I love to share these little nuggets of local information with my clients and they often lead to the best moments and memories!
When you’re planning a wedding at home, you may have the benefit of recommendations from friends and family for venues, caterers, florists, cake designers, etc. However, for a destination wedding, you’re often reliant on what you find online. A professional destination wedding planner already has a whole network of fully vetted local vendors. They know all the right people to make your dream wedding a reality. From the hair and makeup artist who will make you look like a movie star, to the DJ who will keep the dance floor rocking all night long, their little black book will have all the best contacts.
Destination Wedding Planning Experience
Being a successful destination wedding planner isn’t just about knowing the area. It’s also about having a specific set of skills and experience. Destination weddings have unique requirements, from coordinating travel, transport, and accommodation to managing guests’ comfort. Although we specialize in Colorado destination weddings, we’ve planned amazing celebrations all over the world. That experience means that we’re ready to hit the ground running, no matter the location. And should a last minute emergency rear its head, we’ve got it covered!
No one ever has enough of it – least of all engaged couples! There’s so much to take in and plan for your new lives together. Having a trusted destination wedding planner means that you don’t need to sweat the small stuff or sit up until 2am each night doing research through bleary eyes. When you have a question, your planner is there to answer it. And on the wedding day itself, they’ll be right there to hold your hand and make sure everything runs like a dream.
The Boring Stuff
Whether you’re planning your destination wedding in a different state or another country, each place has its own legal requirements for marriage. A destination wedding planner can walk you through the process and make sure you have all the documentation you need. Your planner can also help secure any permits you might need. For example, if you’re planning a mountaintop wedding ceremony or photoshoot in a national park, you will need to have your paperwork in order beforehand.
Ultimately, a destination wedding planner will help save you time, money, and – most importantly – a whole lot of unnecessary stress. Leaving you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the whole experience, just as you should!
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