There is so much excitement when it comes to planning a destination wedding. Thinking of creative ways to bring friends and family together whether it's on the slopes in Aspen or the tropical rainforest in Australia. One of the biggest challenges when it comes to hosting your wedding internationally is finding the right vendors. You want to choose vendors that fit your lifestyle and personalities. We want to share with you our 5 Tips on How to Choose Vendors for a Destination Wedding.
5 Tips on How to Choose Vendors for a Destination Wedding
1. Local vs. International Vendors
First on our list of 5 Tips on How to Choose Vendors for a Destination Wedding, is deciding whether you want to work with local vendors or international vendors. If you have vendors that you have worked with locally, you may choose to hire them because you know their work ethics and that they would provide the type of service that you are looking for. On the other hand, deciding to hire an international vendor may be more to your liking because you would rather work with someone who is familiar with the destination that you are hosting your wedding. An international vendor would be familiar with the venues and vendors and could give you recommendations from experienced wedding professionals.
2. Do Your Research
Just like with any other aspect of your wedding, you want to begin by doing your research on vendors whether you choose someone locally or internationally. We recommend hiring a professional wedding planner especially since you have chosen to have a destination wedding. Some wedding planners, although local, specialize in destination wedding planning and have traveled to many places and established a rapport with vendors all over the country and abroad.
3. Vendor Referrals
Also, on our list of 5 Tips of How to Choose Vendors for Your Destination Wedding, is asking for vendor referrals. If you have attended a destination wedding or know someone who has hosted a destination wedding, reach out to them for referrals for your own wedding. Many wedding planning professionals travel, such as wedding planners, DJs, videographers, and photographers. We recommend reaching out to vendors sooner rather than later to make sure they have your date available for your destination wedding. In addition, you can ask the venue for vendor referrals. They may have a vendor's list or may be familiar with local vendors in the region.
4. Communication is Key
Communication is everything when it comes to hosting a destination wedding. Once you decide on the vendors you will use, determine how you will be corresponding with them whether it's email, zoom, or phone calls.
5. Meet With Them Virtually
Also, on our list of 5 Tips on How to Choose Vendors for a Destination Wedding, is to meet with the vendors virtually. We highly recommend hosting a zoom meeting. This way you have the chance to "virtually meet" the vendor face to face, ask plenty of questions, and most importantly to see if their personality is a good match for you and your fiance. You can see if the vendor is an attentive listener, taking notes, or if you feel comfortable with them.
If you would like to learn more about our Tips on How to Choose Vendors For a Destination Wedding, contact us to speak to one of our destination wedding planners.