I had a great meeting with a lovely couple this weekend, to help them plan their destination wedding and they asked me how many weddings I’d actually planned...
I hadn’t even thought of this, so when I got home, I got out my ‘special’ suitcase. It’s a case full of thank you cards, letters, photos and postcards from weddings I’d planned. I calculated that I have actually planned over 500 weddings!
It really doesn’t feel that many, considering that every single one was an absolute pleasure.
From intimate beachside weddings for a couple, to elaborate premier league footballer events with over 1000 guests, every single wedding I organise is special to me and wonderful in its own individual way. I’ve laughed until I’ve cried at fabulous speeches, the antics of tiny page boys and bridesmaids; cried at a bride’s emotional speech, asking everyone to enjoy her wedding day and not be sad for the aggressive cancer she was fighting.
When you organise your wedding with me, you don’t just get me, you get a whole team working to ensure every single minute is special: we have a team at Travel Counsellors Head Office, the co-ordinator in resort and the hotel team. My only requirement of you is that you enjoy every single minute of your special day and leave all the stress of organising it to me.
I know I’ve said it before, but this isn’t a job for me, it’s my passion. I even have been invited to their wedding as a guest and many of my clients have become good friends.
I’ve followed their life journey through to their first anniversary, the birth of their beautiful babies and even arranged renewal of vows a few years down the line.
Here are my top 5 FAQ’s asked by couples who want to arrange their perfect destination wedding:
1. When should I start planning my Destination Wedding?
The simple answer to this is, the sooner the better. This gives you time to organise your budget, documentation and also ensures you get the destination and venue you want.
2. How do I stay organised?
If you're planning your Destination Wedding as a couple, then whoever is more organized should keep track of the bookings.
This person doesn't have to do all the work, but he or she should organize all the information you need for your wedding. Staying organized will help reduce the stress because information will be where you need it, when you need it.
3. Do I have to set a budget?
The number one cause of wedding related stress is money. Don't rack up credit card debt to have your perfect destination wedding. If you plan carefully, you won't have to stress.
4. What is a Wedding/Honeymoon Registry?
If money is a concern for your Wedding/Honeymoon and if you would just prefer the most memorable experience to a kitchen full of duplicate appliances you'll never use, or even more linen, sign up to this Registry. Friends and relatives can contribute to this and this will help your budget to find that perfect destination wedding.
5. Why should I use a professional destination wedding planner? I’ve booked holidays before!
This is the biggest of all special occasions and there are many pitfalls that can be encountered. I have done this for a long time and with the support of my company we have come across every single question and problem that a couple could come across. Nothing is a too big a problem to sort. All my clients are VIP’s to me so you everyone gets the very same level of service and knowledge.
If you're looking to plan your destination wedding, or know someone who is, please feel free to refer them to me in confidence. I'll look after them as if it was my own wedding. :-)