Has anyone used DestinationWeddings.com and would you recommend them?

July 8th, 2011

I am in the begining stages of planning my Destination Wedding for next summer. I was wondering if anyone has used their services before and if you have any advice on what to expect. I did not see a central office (or any office addresses anywhere), were you able to meet with you Destination Wedding Planner in person? If not, was everything done via phone conversations? If so did you use anything except for your personal number (i.e. Skype, Video, etc.)? Again, their site looks good, but – call me old fashion – I would really like to be able to sit and talk to someone in person, get brochures, etc. I am willing to pay consultation fees (I assume that those are standard, but I am still not sure how much I should expect to pay).

DestinationWeddings.com seems credible for the simple fact that they’ve done so many weddings, but I would really love to hear some personal experience and recomendations. If it makes a difference, I am looking at having my wedding in the Rivera Maya or somewhere else in the Caribbean.

Thanks in advance for all your advice, personal experience, and recommendations.
~ A really excited and one lucky Bride.

2 Responses to “Has anyone used DestinationWeddings.com and would you recommend them?”

  1. Finn says:

    No, I’ve never heard of them but I have used a company before for my destination wedding, Castle Farms. I got married in a castle in Michigan & it was the most perfect wedding. I can say that a destination wedding was the best idea for us & I hope you have a blast at yours. Best of luck

  2. Love2Travel says:

    Congratulations on your wedding! That is exciting news.

    I myself am a destination wedding planner and can tell you from experience, unless the company is so big that they have planners near every major city in American, you may not be able to get a sit down meeting with your planner.

    I have taken a look at the DestinationWeddings.com website and it seems like there is a $50 deposit required before working with them, and they do all of their work via phone and email, which is standard these days. My company also does a majority of their work via phone and email as well, though my planners also use Skype to communicate if and when the brides wants to communicate face-to-face. It really depends on the company. If we have a planner that lives near the bride and groom then a sit down meeting can definitely be arranged. But like I said, it all depends on where this company has planners and if they even allow their planners to do a sit down meeting.

    The reason you don’t see an address is because they are an internet based company. There is a main office (which in my case is a home office and may be their case as well) and they have wedding planners who work through them but from their own home offices. It’s like a network, so you won’t have a store front place you can just go to and meet with them. That is why you probably don’t see an address on their site.

    You can check out all the information on their site here: http://www.destinationweddings.com/dw/site/main/faqs.asp?dw_nohdr=1

    My suggestion would be to call up and speak to someone. Get a feel for that person. You want to make sure they are 100% committed to you and if they are doing 100 weddings a year then chances are you’ll be just another number. You want to make sure they aren’t going to treat you like number 101 in their book.

    A good destination wedding planner will be 100% committed to you and your wedding, regardless of whatever else he/she is working on. For example, I just finished working on a destination wedding in Turks & Caicos (coming up in 2 weeks). I’ve taken a long weekend off of work just to go down there and make sure everything runs smoothly. I didn’t have to do that, or pay out of my pocket to do it, but I want to make sure everything is perfect for the bride and groom. That is my job and that is what I am there to do. Make sure whoever you speak to there feels the same way about you…that they’d stop at nothing to make sure you get exactly what you dreamed of.

    Best of luck!

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