I took a look at my portfolio the other day and thought to myself, “when did I become a destination planner?” Last year alone I designed and planned three destination weddings in North Carolina and South Carolina. Sounds glamorous, right?
It is awesome and I love the venues my brides and grooms have chosen, but it does come with its own set of challenges. I wanted to share a few of the tips/tricks I’ve learned along the way (with many more to learn I’m sure):
- Bring your own vendors if you are able! Of course budgets are necessary on this one, but I find that being able to travel with your own floral designer and rental company is a huge plus. You feel better prepared and organized knowing your A Team is on your side.
- Do not assume all venues and towns have the same standards and rules as your hometown planning spot. This one goes for permitting, general timeliness and communication. I’m big on detailed timelines and this has fared me well in cities where I lean on new vendors.
- Vet all vendors carefully if your particular option is not able to travel with you. I check references, reach out to local planners in the area and ask other vendors who is the best _____ . Most people are super helpful and will guide you in the right direction.
- Do not feel guilty for over communicating and double checking. I stress this because while you might be new to a particular partner in the destination spot you are not a rookie! Be the seasoned professional you know you are and do not let “this is the way we do it” stand in your way. I’m a big “why” person, so I consistently find myself pushing limits to bring my ideas to life. Certainly be kind and respectful but ask questions and be bold. This one is harder than you might think!
Have a great week!
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