Wedding planning can be overwhelming. Even when you’re only a few miles from your venue, finding the right vendors can get confusing and and sometimes downright scary. Doing that long distance can get even harder. Here’s what we recommend:
Envision your perfect wedding
Before you hop on the web and start making inquires, figure out what it is you really want for your wedding day and how you’d like the planning process to be. If you already know exactly what you want and you are a DIYer, skip ahead, you’ve got this covered. If you’re like most people, and you’ve got a good idea, but aren’t quite sure how to get there and might not have a ton of time, you’ll want to find a planner first. Being a planner myself, I can tell you there are TONS out there that are very capable of making you wedding dreams come true. Find one you can trust, one that will be your advocate, and that meshes well with you and your fiance’s personalities. It really is OK to talk to several different planners, and pick the one that you feel will be the best fit for you. There is not a one-size-fits-all option here. I promise. If they are not local to you, Skype to make sure they have a professional appearance (trust me, this is important). Read the reviews, look for those key descriptions (reliable, trustworthy, responsive, energetic, professional, etc). Ask questions. Find out exactly, and I mean EXACTLY what you can expect from them. How involved are they? What’s included in the price?
How to find the right photographer
If you’ve found yourself a planner, he or she should be able to make recommendations based on the vision you have for your wedding. If you’re on your own, you’ll want to start by asking yourself what style of photography you are looking for. See this guide for helpful clarification. Once you’ve found your style and the photographers you’ve discovered to match, start asking the questions. Again, I recommend having a chat via Skype if they are not local to you. If a photographer refuses to talk by phone or video chat, I would steer clear. Email is great, but please make sure you’re getting an actual human. Some questions to ask are, what is included in their destination package? What are you required to pay for outside of the actual wedding photography? Do they have backup equipment? What is the plan for if they get sick?
If you are getting married at a resort, chances are that you won’t need to hire a caterer, florist or cake designer. If you find your self needing to hire these, the same general principal applies as above. ASK QUESTIONS (again, preferably by phone or Skype at least once). What EXACTLY is included? What EXACTLY will the price be? What expectations do they have of you? Do they have reviews/ client references?
I hope this helps to get you started in the selection of your destination wedding vendor dream team. You deserve the very best for your special day, so don’t settle!
Contact us if you’d like more information or would like to see if we would be a good fit to help you plan.