What Is The Difference Between A Destination Wedding Planner and A Local Wedding Planner?
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Thinking of getting wedded abroad? Wanting to hire a planner for your wedding? We’re here today to explore the difference between a local planner, and a destination wedding planner, to assist you in determining what you need, and why!
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Destination wedding planning is mostly about…logistics! That’s right. Understanding the lay of the land, the to and from, managing local service providers, knowing how to navigate the local culture, currencies (where to negotiate!), transportation of products and services, and more.
In an exclusive interview with destination wedding planner, Arun Bablani, Founder of Vivaah Weddings, clarifies the difference between a destination wedding planner and a local wedding planner. “Whilst both local and destination wedding planners have a common goal to bring their couples vision to life, they also have their own unique specializations. Destination wedding planners are masters at managing complex celebrations while being mindful of potential language barriers, time zone differences, and international regulations. Local wedding planners’ strengths lie in their strong knowledge and connections within their own locations.”
Sharon Sacks, Founder of Sacks Productions, explained her perspective on the difference. “Crafting love across continents, being able to adapt to any location and place even when it comes to navigating the unknown seas to deliver our clients’ dreams, by initiating a bond with international vendors based on connection and trust, will establish us as destination wedding planners. Where,as developing a wedding locally for our couple and having our internal contacts playing a big role in making it magical by tailoring it in the most perfect way possible is what makes us great local event planners.”
So, what’s the primary difference between a destination wedding planner and a local wedding planner? We’re going to say, this lies in the scope and expertise of their services.
Destination Wedding Planner: Specializes in planning weddings in specific destinations, often in different countries or exotic locations. They have extensive knowledge of the chosen destination, including local vendors, legal requirements, and cultural nuances.
Local Wedding Planner: Focuses on planning weddings within a specific local area or region. They are well-acquainted with the local wedding industry, venues, and vendors in their immediate vicinity.
Destination Wedding Planner: Has a network of contacts and established relationships with vendors in various destinations. They often work with a mix of local and destination-specific vendors to ensure a seamless event. Bablani encourages destination wedding planners to have a network of reliable and trusted partners. “Should you not have the contacts you need, it is always recommended to reach out to the local tourism board to assist you with this information.”
Local Wedding Planner: Typically has strong connections with local vendors, which can be advantageous for couples who prefer a wedding within a specific community or region.
Destination Wedding Planner: Deals with the additional logistical challenges associated with planning events in different locations, such as coordinating travel arrangements, navigating legal requirements in foreign countries, and managing cultural considerations. “Each and every destination comes with its own set of challenges when it comes to local traditions, etiquettes and norms. It is imperative that the destination wedding planner respects and understands these differences and aligns themselves with the couples vision to ensure a smooth operation” says Bablani.
Local Wedding Planner: Focuses on the logistics within the local area, which may involve fewer travel-related challenges and a more straightforward understanding of the local wedding industry.
Destination Wedding Planner: Possesses cultural sensitivity and understanding, crucial when planning events in diverse destinations. They can navigate cultural traditions and customs to incorporate them seamlessly into the wedding.
Local Wedding Planner: Is well-versed in the local culture and traditions of their specific region, providing insights into incorporating local elements into the wedding celebration.
Communication and Coordination
Destination Wedding Planner: Often relies on effective communication tools and technologies to coordinate with clients and vendors who may be geographically distant. Bablani shares, “From the hotel’s representative to your vendors, regular and clear communication is key to a successful celebration.”
Local Wedding Planner: Engages in more face-to-face communication and on-site coordination with clients and vendors, as they are typically located in the same area.
Destination Wedding Planner: Understands the potential added costs associated with destination weddings, such as travel expenses for the planner and additional logistics. They can help couples navigate budget considerations specific to the chosen destination.
Local Wedding Planner: Has a clearer understanding of the local cost landscape and may be able to provide more accurate estimates for services within their immediate region.
Sacks share 3 skills a destination wedding planner must have:
A dream painter with a unique touch
A networking maestro
Sensitivity and adaptability
Both types of planners play crucial roles in ensuring a couple’s wedding vision comes to life, but their expertise and focus areas differ based on whether the wedding is local or in a destination setting. Couples should consider their preferences, budget, and the specific challenges associated with their chosen wedding location when deciding which type of planner to work with.
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