How do I find a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings? How does the planner charge for her services? Do I have to pay for her travel expenses?
Viewing a consultant's portfolio is crucial in determining if he/she specializes in destination weddings -- an experienced destination wedding consultant usually has at least a dozen far-flung weddings under his/her belt. When looking for a wedding planner, it's helpful to look for someone who specializes in weddings at your specific location, so ask if and how many weddings the consultant has done at your intended destination.
There is no uniform charge for consultant services. Some wedding planners charge a percentage of the total wedding cost, others charge a flat rate, and some charge by the hour. This is something you should ask each consultant you consider. The consultant's travel expenses are usually not included in his/her fees, so you should ask about that before hiring too.
To locate wedding consultants in your area, check out the Association of Bridal Consultants
or the Association of Wedding Professionals
. Additionally ask your reception site manager for the names of planners they've worked with who've done a good job.
-- JoAnn Gregoli