Post # 1
We are having a large (150+) destination wedding in Key West FL in December. We didn’t budget for a wedding planner, but are now second guessing it. We are finding that people in KW do things on their own time at their own pace and it is begining to worry us. Just wondering what other people who had destination weddings did? Is a planner necessary? Do we have to have one for the whole year or just the last couple months to tie things together?
Post # 3
I would definitely suggest that you have a planner. I’m planning my sister’s wedding in Jamaica and I’m even working with another planner in Jamaica to get it done from here and its a lot of work. A planner isn’t really necessary but for the number of people that you’re having…I would suggest it so that you can ensure things will go smoothly just the way you envisioned your wedding to be. You don’t have to have the planner right from the beginning if you don’t want to…there are packages or services that planners offer and it can be full wedding planning, partial wedding planning, month of coordination, and day of coordination and etc…..it all depends on the amount of help or type of service you need in order to get the planning done. I hope this helps, feel free to PM me if you have any other questions. Good luck!
Post # 4
in a nutshell, yes! you need someone to be your eyes/ears since you can’t be there all the time, not to mention the planner can be the point person for your guests when they arrive and help ensure the day goes smoothly. I am getting married in the Caribbean and my venue comes with a coordinator, which helps but I still feel like I could have used my own planner as I am dealing with the “island time” issue too…unfortunately, as with all things- you pay for piece of mind.
you could probably get away with a “day of” planner- they usually get involved the last couple of months before the wedding.
Post # 5
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
YES! I am a SUPER researcher and can do most things on my own and we still hired a coordinator. There are just something you need to be there in person for and so she is our eyes and ears.
Post # 6
That’s a great question! I didn’t think I needed a wedding planner, but with 3 months until my wedding, I have a different idea! If I were to do it over again, I would most definitely get a wedding planner. It really helps keep down the stress!
I’m kinda having a destination wedding. I live in Tallahassee and my wedding is in Panama City.
Maybe you can find a planner who specializes in destination weddings in that area!
Post # 7
I say no… I’ve planned the whole wedding myself (with help of Fiance, and family and friend) but I dont think it’s necessary by any means.
DO have a Day of Coordinator. Whether it’s someone hired or a family member. Our MC (FI’s aunt) has offered to be out DOC.
EDIT – I should add our wedding isn’t destination but I have a few friends who did have destination weddings who did not have a planner.
Post # 8
Ditto Sunshine. You don’t need a planner but you will need a DOC. A DOC will contact all your vendors and makes sure everyone works together on a single timeline and that your day goes off without a hitch. You’ll be much too busy to do anything or troubleshoot on the day of, so unless you are going to have friends/families “work” for you on the day (which you should try to avoid), definitely get one.
My wedding will be about 100, but with the ceremony and reception in two locations and making sure there are no issues in either with the set-up, and also getting folks where they need to be, I’m getting a DOC and it’ll be worth every cent if I’m not bothered on the day, except being asked if I need another drink. 😉