Destination Wedding Vendors

How to Hire When You’re Traveling

If you’re having a destination wedding, much of what you need is not going to be available at home. Since hiring vendors is a top priority for any ceremony, here’s a few pointers on how to get the job done when you’re away.

When looking for vendors in a far-off location, “Ask for recommendations from the venue,” says Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events in New York City. “After that, do your research and look up their reviews.” Bobish also recommends checking out wedding-blog chat boards and getting recommendations from brides who’ve married at your site. There will be many cases in which you don’t get to meet the vendors until you arrive at the site, so it’s especially important that you get as much information as possible.

To save money, and for convenience sake, you’ll want to hire vendors in your location. However, it’s often wise to hire your own photographer or wedding planner, so you’ll have a couple of people who you are familiar with. If you’re dead-set on using your personal hairstylist, bring her along too; just remember how much each additional person is going to cost. “Keep in mind, too, that if you’re traveling to a foreign country to get married, you’re going to want vendors who speak the language,” says Bobish.

To help ease your own concerns, Bobish says you should make at least one-site visit before your wedding, and bring along the wedding florist and planner; some vendors, like the DJ or caterer, don’t need to see the site far in advance. “It’s like building a house,” she says. “You want to make sure there’s no miscommunication.” You should arrange a visit as soon as you’ve picked the site.

Budget-wise, it’s important to remember that, the more you veer off the resort’s plan, the more money you’ll spend. “Hotels do things one way,” she says. “If you want certain foods, or to re-arrange the space, it’s going to cost you.” Bobish says it’s no different from changing a venue in your hometown. “You wouldn’t walk into a loft space and then try to make it look like a reception hall,” she says. “It’s the same thing for a destination wedding.”

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