(Closed) Planning a wedding in FL from JAPAN?!?!

posted 7 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee

My advice is to get a local wedding planner. I got married in DC and I live in London. There is absolutely no way we could have had our wedding without having a planner who knew the area, the vendors, etc. By The Way our wedding was awesome– so it can definitely be done!!!

Post # 4
5183 posts
Bee Keeper

Yes it is possible.. it might also be pretty stressfull (more than a normal wedding). I am planning my CO wedding from FL and its a headache, I can just imagine for you! I agree with the PP about hiring a wedding planner! You are going to need one for sure! But it is totally do able. Maybe you can try taking some space available flights when possible to come and do wedding stuff?

Post # 5
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Despite the fact I’m doing all my wedding planning locally and by myself (ok, with my FI’s help, lol) I HIGHLY recommend getting a wedding planner!!!

He/She would know the area and be able to tell you the venues that are in your budget EASILY.  They also know the vendors better than anyone else.  

Also, have your mom and step-mom be involved with the vendor, that way they won’t see it as you thinking they’re not helpful/taking away their job.  They also would probably have a better feel of what you would like/wouldn’t like more than the planner…. plus, they’re in the same time zone 😉  AND your mom and step-mom can do tastings for you!

good luck and it’s totally do-able!!!! 🙂

Post # 7
53 posts
Worker bee

@MattandKristin: I don’t know about Florida, but my planner was Pavaune Pearson of Invited. (http://www.invitedeventdesign.com) You could contact her and ask for a referral for a Florida planner, she might know someone and I really trust her. Tell her Rachel in London sent you. She had several packages. We went with the full package, which was based on our budget– but we told her our budget in advance and we were never pushed to go above. We met once in person, had most of our meetings via skype, and then met once again before the wedding for some final food tasting, etc. To be honest, I didn’t feel like I was relinquishing control– I just felt like I was relinquishing all of the crap of speaking to people who weren’t going to work out. We still made the final decisions. She did all of the negotiation and the crap stuff that you can’t do anyway because you’re out of the country. I think we went through something like 30 photographers before we saw one we liked, but the key was that Pavaune did all of the research and sent us lists to go through (like 5 at a time) so we could narrow it down. It was so worth it. I told everyone I was outsourcing my worry.

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