Deciding whether to have a destination wedding can often be influenced by how much planning and organization you feel comfortable to take on for your special day.
Your planning capabilities.
How do you feel about planning events? Do you love the scheduling of tasks and thrive on the multitasking to make it happen as planned or are you more a cooler of drinks, pot luck dishes, enjoy the moment type of couple or somewhere in between?! The type of wedding location and venue you choose (at home or a destination) needs to be a well-researched decision. When you consider a venue always find out if there is any coordination help included. If the answer is yes really nail down the limits of this service. Often venues will have a planner on staff but their coordination may be limited to booking your date for the venue and providing the bar staff and stock, so more coordinating the venue and not your wedding details at all.
If you choose a local wedding you will certainly be closer to repeat visit your locations and service providers in the run up to your wedding but seriously consider if you want to be doing that yourself. If you have an organised and willing bunch of friends definitely pull I their talents in the run up to your day. Assign tasks and specific jobs to each (reliable!) person but remember – on the wedding day you and your whole wedding party do not want to be the ones having to check for the flower delivery or if the band have set up yet!
Whatever type of wedding you decide on I would recommend you hire wedding planner. You can then deal with one person for all the planning, reduce your stress levels and you and your friends and family can ENJOY your day. Even if you are a highly organised, detail oriented person/couple and are nervous about letting someone else organise and schedule your day and details I recommend giving it a try. We have planned weddings for several wedding and corporate event planners! That seems strange right? I think probably better than anyone they appreciate what it takes to organise a wedding and they don’t want to be working on their own special day!
Destination resorts often have a wedding and events coordinator on staff. Sometimes it is a dedicated events coordinator and sometimes for smaller resorts it will be a member of staff who has events as part of their job. Ask the same in depth questions when considering a particular resort. Speak with the wedding planner and make a connection. You will be working with this person and relying on them a lot, you need to make sure you feel comfortable with them, that they go into the detail you require and that you are happy with the depth and promptness of their answers when they are emailing you. I have certainly had a lot of calls subsequent bookings over the years from stressed, unhappy brides who have booked their resort wedding but as they approach their wedding date are not happy with the lack of detail and response time of their planners. Don’t get caught in that trap!Find a planner that is happy to give you the level of attention you need to be able to relax knowing your day will be perfect and just as you have imagined.
Another route is connecting with your travel agent if they also specialise in destination weddings. They can be an invaluable source to linking up with the perfect location and coordinator at your destination. Make sure you are offered a wide range of options don’t forget resort weddings are not the only choice. If your wedding vision and style is a more unique, private and experience of the destination your travel agent will be able to link up with an independent local planner who can arrange this for you and show you all the choices.
Research is key but also applying that research carefully to make sure your end result is easy stress free wedding for you and a planner you can rely on and trust that they are as invested in the perfect outcome of your wedding as you are. Ask lots of questions at the beginning and armed with all that information you will be able to make an informed decision and enjoy every moment throughout your planning process and wedding.