(Closed) Planner or No Planner?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I don’t have experience in the region you’re looking in, but I’m also doing a dw and I don’t know how I could do it without a planner!  They have experience with vendors who have done a good job in the past.  All I would be able to do was hire someone off the internet without ever meeting them or seeing their product; which made me really nervous.

Also, for my wedding I have a package that was very customizable.  The package includes certain things (bouquet – I pick they style, boutonniere, champagne, officiant – we can customize the ceremony, etc. ) but other things were very flexible.  For example, I decided to make my own centerpieces, place cards and favours.  I’m also making my own ceremony programs and table numbes.  There are things you can do to put your stamp on it if the venue/coordinator is flexible enough.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I looked in the areas you are currently looking and quickly ruled them out because of price! They are all popular vacation & wedding destinations and the price to go with them. If you’re dead set of getting married there I would definitely shop around for a planner. They may know smaller venues, restraurants, etc. suitable for your events. 

We ultimately decided on a boutique resort in Negril for our Destination Wedding and the coorsinator there has been very helpful. She knows all of the logistics for their site as well as other places for other wedding events.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@JennyG34:  I dont know about the places you are talking about but am planning a Destination Wedding in Thailand without a wedding planner.  The resort I am using has a planner there & even though they have a package, they are quite flexiable and let me swap or change things.  Good luck with your search.

Post # 7
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4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@JennyG34:  The planner that I have works for the venue where I’m having my wedding, so it’s actually included and she doesn’t have a separate fee. 

Post # 8
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1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

as above, mine is too.

Post # 9
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389 posts
Helper bee

Dear Bride:

They get you on the prices because you are having a beach wedding.  They must pay high fees, taxes, maintenance to have their property on or close to a beach, so who pays?  We pay!!!  That’s just the way it is.  I live in NY and it’s impossible to pay less than $125 per person for any beach venue.

A planner in the area may be able to arrange just a wedding ceremony at the beach for you (get permits, pay the fee, set up), and recommend a nearby restaurant (either in a hotel or in a restaurant located there).  I would also recommend that you look into “house rentals” on the islands.  Perhaps you could find something on the beach and do a party there. Most beach houses can sleep 4 and you could stay there for your honeymoon as well.  A week averages about $1100.   A planner could help with putting on a party there and you could find a nearby hotel/motel for your guests.  If you have over $10k for a wedding of 75, I can’t imagine it being an impossible feat to get a successful wedding together.

House rentals:

http://www.vacationrentals.com/vacation-rentals/Sanibel-Island-Florida.html

Planner:

Patricia Slater’s Weddings by the Sea
P.O. Box 672
Sanibel Island, Florida 33957


(239) 472-8712 (Voice)
(239) 472-1889 (FAX)


E-Mail: [email protected]


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