This is a great article that gives bullet points in favor of hiring a coordinator from your destination vs one from where you live. And while the article gives benefits for both, Choozly agrees that using a local pro who is familiar with your site is definitely the way to go. There are so many variables to consider but think about the real reasons you need a coordinator. Two of the most important functions you need include working with the other vendors you have chosen and to take care of any ’emergencies’ that arrise. A local coordinator will be significantly more qualified for both of those important functions. Especially since their pre-existing knowledge of the location will help you avert many potential hiccups an out of town coordinator would not see coming. Still not convinced? Read both sides of the argument from Sandy and see which is the better fit for you.
How to Choose a Wedding Planner For Your Destination Wedding
Should you go with someone who’s close to home or opt for an expert on the ground?
Originally published on March 18, 2017 by Sandy Malone for Brides
If you’re having a destination wedding and you want to hire a wedding planner, you and your fiancé have probably debated whether to use a “destination planner” from your own area or to seek out an experienced planner based at your actual destination.
Lots of brides and grooms like to use a known quantity, so to speak. They prefer to hire a wedding planner who has been referred by a friend who had a successful wedding put together by that person. Which makes total sense. Unless, of course, the planner you’re considering has never been to the wedding destinations you’re considering.
There are lots of destination wedding planners based in the continental United States who have extensive experience in numerous popular wedding destinations. The trick is finding one near you who actually has experience working in the locale where you plan to get married. Otherwise, you’re creating a “blind leading the blind” kind of situation. The planner is going to have to research the answers to all of your questions about planning a wedding there. And usually, the clients are paying for the planner’s time when she does the research.
See the full article, including bullet point arguments for both sides and learn ‘How to Choose a Wedding Planner For Your Destination Wedding’