Planning a wedding can be overwhelming but planning a wedding abroad really does take the stress to the next level. If you are tying the knot in an exotic, far-flung location you might want to consider hiring a planner to ensure your day is everything you’ve always wanted. If hiring a helping hand is on your to-do-list, there’s a number of things you need to know before you book them to handle your big day. Your planner will need to know the laws and culture of the country, your personalities need to click, and you need to feel like they’ve got it all under control. These are the questions you should always ask any potential destination wedding planners – take note!
Do you take a percentage of our budget or do you charge a flat fee?
This should be at the top of your questions to ask – get it done and dusted as soon as possible so you’re absolutely clear on how the process works. Some planners work within a budget range, so make sure you are always aware of the typical budgets they work with. Don’t forget to ask if their cost is affected by the size of your guest list or the destination. Does this factor in travel and accommodation for the planner and the team?
Have you planned a wedding here before? (At the venue and destination)
This is always important to know, although it’s not integral it is a bonus if your potential destination wedding planner knows the area well, is aware of local customs and can speak the language. If they haven’t planned a wedding in the destination or at the venue, ask if they are clued up on local customs and laws.
Can I see photographs of previous weddings you’ve planned?
Again, this is key! Seeing a portfolio of previous weddings will help to give you an idea of how they work, their style and essentially if you’re on the same page. Team this with reading their reviews and it will help to give you a clear idea on whether or not you are compatible with your destination wedding planner.
What is your relationship like with vendors? Do you have a preferred supplier list?
Get to know your potential destination wedding planner and who they work with. This is your chance to get an idea of their knowledge of the local wedding industry and whether or not they have a good relationship with fellow wedding professionals. If you want flexibility when choosing your suppliers, this is your opportunity to ask!
How much experience do you have as a destination wedding planner?
Have a chat with your potential wedding planner to find out how many years they’ve been working int the industry for and find out how many weddings they’ve actually planned. You want a planner who has a decent amount of experience so they are able to handle any eventuality that may arise.
What do your services offer?
Hopefully the planner will be clear about this from the start but ask about the specifics and nitty gritty details. You can use this time to find out if their service includes picking up items from vendors, honeymoon planning and more.
How does your contract work?
Lots of destination wedding planners will work differently – some will present a plan to you before asking for any deposits / contracts to be signed, while some will wait until deposits have been paid before they put forward any ideas. Ask before you book your planner to avoid any stress or confusion.
If you are currently planning your destination wedding or booking your honeymoon, you can register an account for free by clicking here. In the meantime, find out the pros and cons of a destination wedding here.
Image Credit: Image 1 by John David Weddings / Image 2 by Dawn Photography / Image 3 by Lilly White Photography / Image 4 by Cedar & Pines Photography