With destination weddings growing in popularity, many resorts have put together wedding packages that give couples tools and tips to help jump-start the planning process.
But there’s so much more to a destination wedding than just the ceremony, and it helps to have a pro or two on your side. Couples in-the-know, looking for both the perfect getaway and stress-free planning, are combining the knowledge of a travel agent with the resources of a wedding concierge. Between the two of them, they not only take care of the happy couple, but their guests as well.
Wait, what’s a wedding concierge?
A destination wedding concierge is your go-to person to assist with all the details of your dream destination wedding.
- They’re a travel coordinator, wedding planner and more all rolled into one person.
- They’ll work behind the scenes to make sure everything will be perfect in paradise, from save-the-date all the way through the honeymoon.
- They make sure you’re never spending hours on hold checking reservations, missing messages from resort wedding planning staff or being shuffled back and forth by airline customer service representatives.
You deserve more than just a pretty beach.
There are hundreds of resorts in Cancun and Riviera Maya alone that all promise beautiful beaches and personalized service. As destination experts, your travel agent and your wedding concierge will know which beaches are picture-perfect and which are just washed out.Once you work with your travel agent to zero in on a destination and resort options, your concierge can recommend resorts that not only make for great vacations, but are also a match for your dream wedding. That way, you can avoid the ones that promise more than they deliver. (Yes, that’s a beautiful wedding gazebo, but does the photo of crop out the kiddy pool within splashing distance? When they say their wedding packages are customizable, does that just mean the color of your cake frosting, or can they help create a wedding that truly reflects the personalities of the bride and groom?)
Most couples who choose destination weddings will get legally married at home, then have a symbolic ceremony in their destination of choice. But few couples realize that you can save some time by asking a wedding concierge to handle navigating all the regulations and requirements for holding a legally binding ceremony in a foreign country.
Not just a wedding, not just a vacation.
With a wedding concierge to help craft the perfect celebration, a travel agent can focus on making the experience perfect for the wedding guests. Travel professionals can set up custom event pages through which guests can make their reservations online, and set up transportation so grandma won’t getting taken for a ride by a shady taxi company.With guests arriving at different times, from different locations, there’s bound to be a bit of confusion. Because your travel agent and wedding concierge have contacts at the resort and back-up from in-destination teams, the happy couple won’t have to waste time putting out fires at the reception desk.
Bride’s gown is wrinkled and the groom’s luggage went to Albuquerque? Not a problem. The concierge is already on the phone with the airline and their in-destination support team is hunting down a steam iron for the dress and a tux rental for the groom. Meanwhile, the girls are getting mani-pedis while the boys are going tequila tasting.
A destination wedding planning team can fill the wedding week with extra activities and adventures that turn the “big day” into a “big week” that’s memorable for everyone: a group surfing lesson for the wedding party, a taste of local culture with a city tour for the guest, and new in-laws getting to know each other over a game of beach volleyball.
Here’s some more good news: many resorts offer extra perks for destination weddings—free rooms or room upgrades for the wedding couple, room discounts, even complimentary events, depending on the size of your group. These perks vary by resort, and aren’t always advertised.
Together, a destination wedding planning team can save dollars—and lower stress—for both the happy couple and their guests.
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