There is nothing quite like the excitement of a destination wedding, and that excitement shouldn’t be dampened by the logistics and planning process. A non-negotiable for a successful destination wedding is to hire a destination wedding planner. One question that we frequently get asked, is whether it’s better to hire a planning company close to home, or rather one which is based at the actual destination of the wedding. Let’s look at the pros and cons of each option…

 

Hiring a destination wedding planner close to home

 

Pros
  • They speak your language: Miscommunication and challenges with a language barrier can be avoided when working with a company who speaks the same first language as you.
  • In your (time) zone: Having your destination wedding planner in your home country means no 3 am video calls or virtual site inspections with your planner on the other side of the world.
Cons
  • Travel expenses: Having your wedding planner with you before your wedding and on the day is imperative. This is an additional expense to factor in, but most reputable planning companies offer certain reimbursements and discounts to keep the expense manageable.
  • Local knowledge: A destination wedding planner may not have ever even been to the country you’re having your wedding in! It’s important to work with a company that understands your chosen destination and has an established network of local vendors.

Hiring a destination wedding planner based at your wedding destination

 

Pros
  • They speak your language: Miscommunication and challenges with a language barrier can be avoided when working with a company who speaks the same first language as you.
  • In your (time) zone: Having your wedding planner in your home country means no 3 am video calls or virtual site inspections with your planner on the other side of the world.
Cons
  • Travel expenses: Having your wedding planner with you before your wedding and on the day is imperative. This is an additional expense to factor in, but most reputable planning companies offer certain reimbursements and discounts to keep the expense manageable.
  • Local knowledge: A destination wedding planner may not have ever even been to the country you’re having your wedding in! It’s important to work with a company that understands your chosen destination and has an established network of local vendors.

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