Post # 1
Just wondering how everyone is going to plan over the distance… or if you are going to hire someone?? I’m undecided. I have 2 years, so I have plenty of time, but not sure if I need someone getting everything together down there!
Post # 4
I didn’t, but my reception had a coordinator that helped me out some, so that was good. Also my FH’s cousin did a lot of leg work for me too. I guess it really depends on where your wedding is. Since ours is in my FH’s hometown, we were able to rely on family to help us out.
Post # 5
Yes, I’m am going to hire a day of coordinator. If the venue offers a coordinator, I’ll use her for the long distance planning. Otherwise, I’m doing most of the designing and planning.
Post # 6
I’ll probably hire a wedding coordinator that specializes in Indian weddings, mainly so that they can help me with some items like getting a grey or white horse for the groom’s procession (baraat), a mehndi artist, pandit (priest) who can conduct the ceremony in English and Hindi/Sanskrit, and any other such things required for an Indian wedding.
Post # 7
We are planning for Key Largo, Florida. We are in Ohio. Don’t know anyone in that area, and have only visited once. I was thinking of making a trip down there to check out the vendors. We will probably be renting a private home for the ceremony, so no coordinator included in that…
Post # 8
I considered hiring a day of coordinator but once I called for quotes, it was not in our budget. Our reception location will have someone to help us once we’re there so that made us relax a bit, and our church has a wedding coordinator, so we will hopefully get the help and support from our wedding party.
Post # 9
I live in Los Angeles and my wedding was in San Juan, Puerto Rico and I did not hire a planner, so it can be done! That being said, I had been there before and knew exactly which hotel I wanted to get married in. The hotel did have a coordinator that handled all of the catering, alcohol, linens, chairs, etc. And she did help on the day of, but I researched and booked everything else from flowers to music to cake, etc. Also, my (now) sister-in-law offered to be a day of coordinator and did an amazing job at it. As a sidenote, my job is very similar to event planning, so hiring a planner just didn’t make sense for me.
If you’ve never been to the destination, then I would probably recommend hiring one, because I feel like choosing the venue is half the battle, especially with a destination wedding. Also, once you do choose the venue, it may actually come with a coordinator to help you.
Post # 10
I wish I could afford a wedding planner but realistically thats out of the question
Post # 11
You can check out Simply You Weddings…which is out of Key West. She may go as far north as Key Largo and her work is amazing!
Post # 12
We have a coordinator on board for our DW and it has really taken the stress out of planning. It probably depends on how in control you want to be. Personally, I didn’t feel the need to interview numerous florists, officiants, cake bakers, photographers, musicians, etc. I just told our coordinator our budget, vision and prioritization of these pieces and she took it from there. She knows who is good – and dependable – in the area. And I figure vendors are going to have more vested in keeping HER satisfied than some out-of-town couple they’ll never see again.
I’m actually only visiting the city twice prior to the big event – and it’s not a city that I knew AT ALL prior to deciding to marry there. The first time I visited, my mom and I went and my wedding coordinator had set up appointments ahead of time with 10-12 venues, for my wedding and reception. She drove us from one appointment to the next, kind of like a realtor showing hosues. It was really nice! My FI and I are headed back next month (Jan) to do our final planning for our March wedding. I know she’s going to be a life-saver the day of, as well. Hope this helps!!
Post # 13
Not totally sure yet. I’m thinking we won’t since I will be done with my coursework for my PhD and on a ‘break” before starting my dissertation. I’m hoping that with my friends and family’s help I should be ok. I’ve already got the majority of the big stuff done. So I think I should be ok with out a coordinator.
Post # 14
Wedding Coordinators are a great away to alleviate stress.. but they can also add it, if they are not good….
I would not like to post any names here but I could help so just send a message…
Im in the circuit of destination weddings so I can help with who is good and who is not!!!
Post # 15
Our venue has a wedding coordinator, so we haven’t hired anyone extra. We still have to organize things that aren’t venue-related, like the cake, flowers, transportation for our guests, etc. But it’s nice to know that everything on-site will be taken care of on our wedding day by our on-site coordinator.
Post # 16
I’m not.It doesn’t make sense to since we are getting married in FBIL’s backyard. = )