You said YES to a Destination Wedding!

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So… where DO you start?

What you really need to do FIRST is discover the perfect wedding style & location that fits with your personalities. Then you can avoid all the confusion and stress of trying to figure out where to start & who to trust so that planning your wedding is easy AND fun! Check out my 5 quick steps below to get started!

Then connect with me and learn how to plan a wedding that’s really you! You’ll learn exactly where to start planning and how to choose a destination. You’ll learn what to do about that pesky legal paperwork, and you’ll be able to find the best venues & professionals so that you can celebrate your love, toes in sand, surrounded by your closest family and friends.

Just a quick chat or short meeting will ease your mind and let us know if I’m the right match to help make those wedding dreams come true.

Give me a call at 1-888-849-2789, or schedule a quick consultation with me today. Request Appointment Check my calendar for availability

  • Here’s 5 Quick Steps to get you started!

    Step 1. Set your budget! I suggest you set a budget for your wedding festivities, as well as a budget for your travel arrangements, keeping your most-important guests in mind. Not sure how to do that? Check out more tips here on my blog.

    Step 2. Start thinking about your guest list. You don’t need to have a final confirmed list, but I suggest doing up a quick draft as this gives us a rough estimate of how many guests you can expect. This will be helpful when choosing a location, and working with your wedding budget. As a general guideline, I find most couples have 50-60% of invitees confirm.

    Step 3. Do you want a legal wedding, religious, or symbolic? Do you know the difference?  In  most cases the simplest locations to get married, paperwork-wise, are the English speaking destinations. Keep in mind previously married couples, or some Spanish speaking destinations will require extra documentation which will incur extra fees. And if you are thinking of a Catholic wedding, keep in mind that not all properties can offer this as you need a Chapel sanctioned by the Church, and you’ll need sufficient time to complete your pre-wedding classes at home.

    Step 4. Think about your wedding style. Are you a laid back, toes-in-sand kind of couple? Do you want to WOW your guests with extra events and amazing add-ons? Do you want your wedding to be eclectic & one-of-a-kind? Thinking about a theme? What are your favourite colours? Are you foodies? Have a favourite past time or hobby you’d like to incorporate?

    Step 5. Create a list of “MUST” haves, and a list of “WOULD LIKE TO” haves. For instance, are you inviting children? If so, then a family friendly resort & venue are a must. Is your group big on dancing? Yes? Then you likely will want to add an on-site disco to that must-have list.  Think swim-up bars are fun? If it’s not a make or break, then this could go on the would-like-to-have list. The more you details you have on your list, the easier it will be to find the perfect fit.

  • As your destination wedding planner, I will be available from start to finish. I will provide all the choices and suggestions you could possibly need and will then execute your instructions down to the last detail. My goal is to make your wedding day the happy celebration that you envisioned!

    Get all of these services FREE!

    • Assistance in selecting a destination location if you have not already chosen one. I will also recommend venues and resorts I feel best suit your interests, budget and travel dates.
    • I will obtain group quotes from our preferred suppliers, and provide you with a detailed quote sheet including price, as well as any “perks” available for your group.
    • Once you’ve chosen your resort, I will handle reserving your wedding date and time, before any travel arrangements are made.
    • I will forward ceremony packages as received from the onsite wedding coordinator. Should you require assistance with choosing a package, deciding on venue options, reviewing menu plans, or more extensive pre and post planning assistance, please see my comprehensive “concierge” plans.
    • I ensure you are aware of the documentation requirements for legal ceremonies in the destination you’ve chosen.
    • I will provide you with a personalized wedding webpage, as well as an online booking form for your guests that includes all pertinent travel details and resort information. (See example here; www.a-destinationwedding.com/juliaandmarcin)
    • I will provide you with a toll-free number as well as an email for your guests to contact me for questions, and make arrangements to join your group.
    • Regularly check pricing on your group departure in order to apply the one-time price adjustment, if offered by your supplier.
    • I will assist non-local guests in securing reservations to join your group, regardless of their home base!
    • I will forward you an updated rooming list as guests confirm their attendance.
    • I am happy to give Air Miles on all my Destination Wedding groups!

     

    Cost – Complimentary when arranging your travel with A-Destination Wedding.

  • It’s not uncommon to feel a little overwhelmed by the multitude of options when booking a Destination Wedding. In fact, one resort I recently visited offered 4 different wedding packages, 6 different wedding venues, plus the option to customize each! If the thought of fine-tuning all those details alone is just too much, perhaps one of my “Concierge” packages may be for you.

    What the Package Includes

    (Approx. 15-20hrs of wedding planning, research & consultations)

    • All of the inclusions from my “FREE Services” tab, plus the following…
    • Up to 3 in-office or Skype planning sessions to discuss your wedding events, including all aspects of planning your ceremony and reception, as well as any extra events you would like to arrange.
    • Converse with the local wedding vendors on your behalf should you prefer, saving you the stress of a potential language barrier.
    • Discuss the venue options for ceremonies, and provide assistance selecting a location based on your vision for your day. Advise you of the potential pros and cons of each based on your group demographics. Once decided, I will confirm your ceremony venue, help with paperwork if required, and forward any required necessary deposits on your behalf.
    • Create and send an electronic invite/save the date to your guests emails, linked to your wedding webpage for details, that will allow us to track RSVP’s. I’ll send you the RSVP list once per week, if changed.
    • Provide guidance and suggestions for your reception, including but not limited to: choosing a location, discussing private versus semi-private events, review menu plans, collect & arrange for allergy or dietary requirements from your guests, discuss optional upgraded décors, music, photography and floral choices, and confirm those decisions with the vendors in destination.
    • I can suggest and help co-ordinate any pre or post events, such as welcome parties, rehearsal events, group tour excursions, or farewell brunches.
    • Provide you with my preferred vendor links for the best local and in-destination photographers, as well as links to reliable suppliers for paper invitations, discount decor items & favours.
    • Assist you with controlling the budget by providing money saving tips in regards to ceremony & reception, decoration, flowers, etc.
    • Mail each guest a personalized luggage tag for your group departure.
    • Provide a wedding week itinerary for your guests outlining all pre-booked events and activities, including the wedding day schedule
    • Provide a fully customized itinerary for you and your guests, including not only the required travel information, but also travel tips, dress codes, and any optional excursions or pre and post events you have planned for the week.
    • Include with your documents a detailed spreadsheet showing all confirmed aspects of your ceremony and reception to bring to your onsite meeting, including final cost. You can rest assured everything will be in order when you arrive.

     

    Concierge Plan – $399.00 valid until 31Mar2017.

  • Would you like your own personal Superhero? Someone who will be with you every step of the way, take you by the hand, someone to bounce ideas off, and someone to interact with your group to build excitement leading up to your wedding, right up to your departure day? Then this is for you!

    What the Package Includes

    (Approx. 30-40hrs of wedding planning, research & consultations)

    • All of the FREE services, PLUS the following…
    • Unlimited in-office or Skype appointments to plan the wedding of your dreams.
    • Converse with the local wedding vendors on your behalf should you prefer, saving you the stress of a potential language barrier.
    • Discuss the venue options for ceremonies, and provide assistance selecting a location based on your vision for your day. Advise you of the potential pros and cons of each based on your group demographics. Once decided, I will confirm your ceremony venue, help with paperwork if required, and forward any required necessary deposits on your behalf.
    • Create and send an electronic invite/save the date to your guest email list, linked to your wedding webpage for details that will allow us to track RSVP’s. I’ll send you the RSVP list once per week, if changed.
    • Provide guidance and suggestions for your reception, including but not limited to: choosing a location, discussing private versus semi-private events, review menu plans, collect & arrange for allergy or dietary requirements from your guests, discuss optional upgraded décors, music, photography and floral choices, and confirm those decisions with the vendors in destination.
    • A dedicated Facebook group for you and your guests, with regular updates on your location, photos, video, travel tips and more.
    • Shared Pinterest board to discuss your ideas for decor, flowers & unique ideas to personalize your wedding.
    • I can suggest and help co-ordinate any pre or post events, such as welcome parties, rehearsal events, group tour excursions, or farewell brunches.
    • Provide you with my preferred vendor links for the best local and in-destination photographers, as well as links to reliable suppliers for paper invitations, discount decor items & favors.
    • Assist you with controlling the budget by providing money saving tips in regards to ceremony & reception, decoration, flowers, etc.
    • Assistance and creation of a seating chart for your group reception.
      (Private receptions only)
    • Special document with tipping guidelines for your wedding vendors.
    • Mail each guest a personalized luggage tag for your group departure.
    • Guest “Door Hangers” for the morning after your wedding, mailed to each couple.
    • Provide a fully customized itinerary for you and your guests, including not only the required travel information, but also travel tips, dress codes, and any optional excursions or pre and post events you have planned for the week.
    • Provide a wedding week itinerary for your guests outlining all pre-booked events and activities, including the wedding day schedule.
    • Include with your documents a detailed spreadsheet showing all confirmed aspects of your ceremony and reception to bring to your onsite meeting, including final cost. You can rest assured everything will be in order when you arrive.
    • Airport Send Off: Meet your group at the airport on your day of departure, assist guests with check-in, verify luggage allowances, answer guest inquiries, and provide each guest with a “Happy Flight Kit” which includes flight-friendly snacks and useful items for onboard.

     

    Concierge Superhero – $599 valid until 31Mar2017.

     

  • A la Carte Services

    Don’t need a full package but maybe want help determining wedding costs before committing to a location, or add a few special touches to your group departure? Check out these options that can be added to your Free planning services.

    • Budget Assistance & Breakdown
      Price compare wedding package costs for your top three locations, based on your estimated number of guests, and desire for semi-private or private reception dinner.
      (A great way to get a good idea how much your wedding day will cost!)
      Cost – $50
    • Electronic Save the Date Management
      Create and send your guest list an electronic invite, that will allow us to manage your group RSVP’s. Updated RSVP list will be sent to you once per week, if anything changes.
      Cost – $25
    • Social Media Group Teasers
      Create a dedicated Facebook group for you and your guests, with regular updates on your location, photos, video, travel tips and more!
      Cost – $30
    • Event Design
      Work with you to create the overall look and/or theme for your wedding. Create a wedding inspiration/mood board, shared Pinterest board, and table design including two mock-ups with linen options and centerpiece options.
      Cost – $100
    • Personalize your Wedding
      Mail personalized luggage tags and “morning after” door knockers to your group.
      Cost – $50 (Includes up to 50 guests, add $10 for groups over 50)
    • Wedding Welcome Bag Creation
      Assist you with creating wedding welcome bags for your guests. You provide me with a budget for each bag, and I’ll provide you with a list of suggested items based on your location, and will provide you with one sample of a finished bag.
      Cost – $30 + cost of bag items.
    • Airport Send Off
      Meet your group at the airport on your day of departure, assist guests with check-in, verify luggage allowances, answer guest inquiries, and provide each guest with a “Happy Flight Kit” which includes flight-friendly snacks and useful items for onboard.
      Cost – $100 upgrade with Wedding Concierge package.  $150  upgrade with FREE wedding planning.
    • On-Site Wedding Coordination
      Accompany you and your group to your destination wedding location. Attend your onsite meeting with the local coordinator, reconfirm all vendor arrangements, assist with group functions, provide guests customer relations, provide a wedding-day emergency kit, and be on hand for any questions, concerns or issues that may arise.
      Cost – $125 per day + travel costs.

 

 

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