Post # 1
My fiancé and I are looking to have a destination wedding in Hawaii in Sept or Oct 2015. The ceremony will either be in a hotel or church (yet to be decided) but the reception will be at the hotel. We have seen a lot of hotels doing wedding packages with it’s own coordinator but am wondering what is the better option: complate wedding planner or hotel coordinator.
We are just starting our planning process and am completely overwhelmed by the various options! Any help/advice would be grately appreciated!
Post # 2
We were married at a sandals and we used the provided wedding coordinator. I would see what services the wedding coordinator at your hotel handles and then go from there
Post # 3
LoveLikeCrazy: thanks! Were you primary in the resort?(ie both ceremony and reception)?
Post # 4
We’re using the hotel coordinator… it’s free and our wedding is going to be small.
Post # 5
akp2015: we used the resort wedding coordinator for our wedding in DR and couldn’t have been happier. I would suggest looking for former brides who were married at the same resort, on Trip Advisor or many times there are FB groups, as then you’ll get firsthand information.
Post # 6
akp2015: A wedding planner. There is a common misconception that the hotel or venue coordinator will be sufficient. It’s important to remember that the wedding coordinator is supposed to be an advocate for YOU and making sure your wishes and what you want is accomplished. A venue planner/coordinator is always going to be looking out for the venue first, you second.
Post # 7
akp2015: We hired an outside photographer on our own and the wedding coordinator handled the iteams at the resort such as ceremony, cake, etc etc.
I think its different at other resorts where you are using outside vendors for everything. I use tripadvisor a lot, so i would def second the prev poster who suggested checking out what prev brides have done.