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If you have ever dreamed of a destination wedding in an international location, but are confused about how to pick the vendors to execute your vision, you're not alone. This task prompts a lot of questions: Should you work with local vendors who can be reached in the same time zone, but who might not have an intimate knowledge of your chosen locale? Or should you consider vendors who are local to your destination, despite a few barrier like different time zones or even languages?
Aviva Samuels, the planner and owner of Kiss the Planner, a wedding planning company that focuses on luxury destination events, helps explain the steps you need to take to select the best vendors for your international celebration.
"This is the great wedding planner debate," admits Samuels of staffing oversea events for her clients. "It's so helpful to be able to work with vendors you know inside and out—the ones that will bend over backwards for you because of [your relationship]. On the other hand, they may not know the venue or the destination—and they may not be armed with the same resources and knowledge that a vendor who works at that destination has," she says.
For Samuels, that means dealing with every destination wedding on a case-by-case basis, and reviewing the celebration's individual needs before choosing the best vendors. "Couples planning a wedding on their own without the help of a planner need to decide how important it is to be able to meet with their vendors face-to-face," she says.
If planning a destination wedding virtually—through online meetings or phone conversations—is not a concern, a couple can consider vendors located at the destination. "It can be comforting for a couple to pick vendors at that destination, since they themselves are far away and may be glad to have a representative there to support them," says Samuels. "For other couples, being able to choose someone close gives them more comfort." In other words, there are pros and cons on each side—and every duo needs to decide what works best for them.
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