Have you ever had the need to hire someone to do some work at your house (plumbing, construction, gardening)? If so, have you hired several companies to do one job? Have you hired one (1) company and that company provides 2-3, or more, workers? Actually, I have a question for all potential Brides…”Have you gone to a certain location and have gotten everything done on you?” For example manicure, pedicure, hair, make-up, massage and a glass of champagne? Wouldn’t that be nice? Not to have to go to 3-4 shops to ultimately provide a complete product? Making you look and feel FABULOUS? It’s complicated but we will answer all these questions and explain why you should and/or shouldn’t hire a Wedding Planner for your Destination Wedding.
Anybody that has hired a Contractor for their house regarding enhancements or simple upgrades knows that the Contractor has a number of personnel that will do the job. Contractors also outsource some of the work to sub contractors when there is something they do not have the man power to do, equipment and/or knowledge. They would hire plumbers, electricians, landscapers and so forth. Some contractors will ask you to hire the Sub Contractors on your own so they can focus on their job and their job only. The idea of one company that provides all those services are very slim (almost impossible). So hiring a Wedding Planner seems to be the best idea so far.
A Wedding Planner is someone that overlooks your wedding, manages, crosses out all tasks that are required in preparation of your Wedding from a list, assists in mainly the Bride getting ready on the day of, sees that all vendors are on time and that the seating arrangements are as planned. A Wedding Planner is your go-to-girl (or boy). You trust this person with the most important day of your life. You hope that this person knows you as much as possible to understand your feelings and mood swings (trust me there will be several mood swings through out the planning of your Destination Wedding) and know your family as well to comply with their needs too. A Wedding Planner sometimes even becomes your Therapist, a shoulder to cry on, your confidant and then ultimately your friend. Wow, come to think of it a Wedding Planner needs to be dedicated, energetic, compasionate, knowleadgeable and be a “jack-of-all-trades” per say. A Wedding Planners job is crucial / instrumental to the success of your wedding. So there is no question, “I SHOULD hire a Wedding Planner for my Destination Wedding…right?”
Now, before I answer that question, let me walk you through what an “i Do” Wedding Travel Destination Wedding Specialist does. On the initial meeting, just like with a Wedding Planner, an iDoWTDWS gets to know you, how you envision your Wedding, your style, your personality and how it will impact your Wedding, how you met, what music you listen to, your family and what they like. The list goes on and on, ultimately an iDoWTDWS becomes a Wedding Planner. The extra bonus is that we’re a Travel Agency too! We will provide you with ALL your and your guests travel arrangements (flights, airport/hotel transfers, hotels/resorts, amenities, tours, excursions…etc). These services, unfortunately, are something that cannot be provided by a Wedding Planner. An iDoWTDWS also can overlook/manage your wedding that he/she has assisted you along the way to set-up. “i Do” Wedding Travel provides various packages that allow for the iDoWTDWS to travel with you and provide these services. Not only do we provide the Destination Wedding Management service but we see that every guest arrives safely, has their airport/hotel transfers, has their room ready, has any pre-booked excursion ready to go and much more.
The best of all this is that when having a Destination Wedding, a TRUE Destination Wedding Specialist, should be able to provide you with all the services that you need. Just like an ideal location to get your manicure, pedicure, hair & make-up, a massage and a glass of champagne. It’s rare but we bet there are places that provide all those services. We provide the ultimate package which is your Destination Wedding, a stress free experience and the opportunity to say, “I DO” without a negative thought or issue on your mind.
After a short period of time, the iDoWTDWS becomes your confidant, your friend and someone that gets to know you and your family. Everyones needs and wants, specific likes and accommodations, taste in music, overall gets to understand you and your guests and becomes your go-to-girl (or boy)! Now, we’re not alone either. When choosing a location, hotel/resort, 99% of the time if they accommodate Destination Weddings they’ll have an on-site coordinator that works side-by-side with your iDoWTDWS creating a higher level of customer service and a SUPER Team just for you!
Ok, so back to the original question, “Should I hire a Wedding Planner for my Destination Wedding”. You should hire a Wedding Planner if you feel that he/she can provide you with something else that an iDoWTDWS cannot. The difference is the feeling of going to one place and getting the best of all the services you require for your Destination Wedding. The difference as well is the price of an iDoWTDWS vs a Wedding Planner. An iDoWTDWS Diamond Package which includes various services and not just helping you plan your Destination Wedding is $7,999 plus travel accommodations (which are discounted at a Travel Agent rate and vary by location). A GOOD Wedding Planner’s price start at $15,000.00 plus ALL Travel Expenses and Accommodations (at a standard/published rate) with a limited amount of services. Less for More, when in fact “i Do” Wedding Travel provides More for less (without jeopardizing the quality of our product).
I hope this provided you with the information you needed. Always keep in mind, “i Do” Wedding Travel…Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, it’s what we do”