About Destination Wedding Planner Business

May 21, 2015 at 9:11 am Leave a comment

1437301_92488802The world is your altar when you are a destination wedding planner. Help make dream weddings come true with your knowledge and skills for planning ceremonies. Slightly different from wedding planners, a destination wedding planners assist couples who want to get married in a location that is far away or in another country. Read on to learn more about destination wedding planner businesses.

Demand for Destination Wedding Planners

Destination wedding planners represent a niche market within wedding planner businesses, an essential part of the multi-billion dollar wedding industry. These specialty planners are popular with many types of couples such as the busy pair with no time to plan or the couple who wants to get married at a stunning locale such as a tropical Caribbean beach or Irish Castle. Destination wedding planners provide many valuable services including assistance with the documentation, visas, permits and paperwork required for certain destinations.

1383703_77353170Skills and Knowledge

The fundamental proficiency required for all wedding planners is strong organizational skills, great interpersonal communications, multi-tasking ability and excellent time management. Destination wedding planners may be involved in arranging several weddings at once and across large distances. Personality traits and characteristics include friendly, outgoing and sociable with a willingness to work under pressure and put in long hours. Many destination wedding planners gain experience working as assistants for other wedding planners or as interns in the hospitality field before pursuing their own business. A degree in hotel and resort management or business may prove useful but is not a requirement.

Role of the Destination Wedding Planner




Implementing the wedding plan is the principal role of the destination wedding planner. Most successful destination wedding planners are adept at many different types of functions from organizer to mediator. The destination wedding planner is an expert for the area they plan weddings. One of the most important things a destination wedding planner does is create vital relationships with local merchants and vendors. Duties may include scouting ceremony locations, obtaining permits, making and confirming reservations and appointments, coordinating decorations, managing set-up, consulting with vendors and negotiating contracts. Expect to plan a wedding over the course of many months or a few weeks, each wedding is unique.

Getting Started

Firstly, create a business plan; this will serve as the road map to success for your destination wedding planner business. Obtain all the necessary permits and licenses to legally operate a business in your area. Essential business skills include marketing, budgeting, contracts and accounting.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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