Bridezillas, beware: If you’re planning a destination wedding in Costa Rica, or any distant locale for that matter, you will need to enlist the services and expertise of someone capable to help with pre-arrival logistics, day-of coordination and numerous other tasks. An accomplished wedding planner can wear many hats and shoulder the burden of securing reputable vendors (particularly when language barriers may be present), dealing with caterers and putting out any last-minute fires that invariably creep up.
To ensure your special day goes off without a hitch, here are five important considerations for selecting a dependable Costa Rica wedding planner.
Local connections are invaluable
Always entrust your nuptials to a professional planner who resides in the wedding destination and speaks your language. Why? She will know the ins and outs of the region, the culture, the language, and most importantly, how to plan a fabulous wedding in Costa Rica with the most reputable vendors available. Having well-developed relationships with local florists, photographers, chefs and suppliers has enormous advantages.
Communication is key
In most scenarios, the bulk of communication between couples and their Costa Rica wedding planner will be accomplished through email chats and Skype calls. Thanks to modern technology, plans and details can be hashed out on your iPhone, mobile device or laptop, with the occasional in-country visit to confirm arrangements. Make sure you establish communication guidelines, with weekly or bi-weekly check-ins for progress.
Understanding your vision
When interviewing perspective wedding coordinators ask yourself if the candidate really “gets” your ideas. Do you feel like he or she understood your vision and theme? Did they ask appropriate follow-up questions regarding budget and timeline? Did your personalities mesh well? It’s essential that you are completely honest and up-front about your expectations and feel confident they will be met (or exceeded!)
Go with experience
Whether you’re inviting a small group of family and friends or are hosting the gala of the century, you need a professional who is well-versed in all aspects of weddings in Costa Rica. From rehearsal dinners and reception to event transportation, each facet must be organized meticulously by a seasoned pro. Your planner should have a good support staff to successfully handle all travel details, legalities and vendors on your special day. You are encouraged to ask how long they have been working in the wedding industry, and what kinds of events they have planned in the past.
Discerning newlyweds aren’t too quick to compliment, so glowing reviews or recommendations from past clients is definitely promising. Remember, your wedding planner is someone who should be able to take your concepts– from décor to venue – and enhance them with their own, to orchestrate the ceremony you’ve always dreamed about.
For more information about a destination wedding at Casa Fantastica in beautiful Manuel Antonio, please contact us online or call 1-888-818-2097.