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Destination Wedding - Meeting with the Hotel Management to see property

Hi, My finacee and I are taking a trip in about a month to see properties and talk with the hotel staff.  How long should I expect to spend at each property to see the spaces?  Also are there any questions I should ask while I am there or is there anything I should be looking for while I am there? 

I have been contemplating hiring a wedding planner, since this is a destination wedding and I will be flying in for the wedding.  Should I interview them while I'm down there or should I have one picked out before hand, having them escort me to the venues? Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.  Thanks :)

Re: Destination Wedding - Meeting with the Hotel Management to see property

  • Come over to Destination Weddings. There are lots of people who can help.

    That said, I am also doing a destination wedding. Are you looking at hotels or resorts? What kind of destination wedding are you having? Most resorts require you use their planner and their photographers, so keep that in mind.


    These are from another site, but they are questions I used:

    Rooms--do we and/or the guests get upgraded because of the wedding? If guests are not staying at the resort, is there a fee for the day of the wedding (daypass)?

    Private Functions--how can we do a welcome dinner, rehersal dinner, farewell brunch? Do we reserve tables at a restaurant or do we pay per person for a private event?

    Photography--how long does it last, can we see examples of photogs work, how much is an extra hour? can we ask for specific shots (first kiss, ring exchange, etc)? When do we get the pics back?

    Music--what is included with the dj (dance floor, lighting)? is there music playing before ceremony (while guests are being seated)? do you provide a sound system for the ceremony (incase its hard to hear over the wind/waves)?

    Flowers--what is included in the package? when/how do i pick the bouquets? when are they delivered? can you design my bouquet from an inspiration pic?

    Ceremony--What is the wording? is it in spanish or english? can we change the wording or make our own? can people hear the ceremony at the location we choose (sound system)? is the location closed off or can other resort guests come and go as they please? how is the site decorated..flowers, flowy fabric, what type of chairs are used? Can I supply my own decorations?

    Reception--What is on the menu? Can we change or modify items? Do we do a tasting? Can we choose the cake flavor, decoration, style? What locations are available for the reception? How is it decorated (flowers, lighting, table linens, centerpieces)? How many people per table/logistics? Where are the bathrooms? Is this a private area..wedding guests only?

    Beauty--What are the spa prices? Do we get a group/bridal discount? How far in advance to we schedule appointments? how many girls can you accomodate at a time?

    Wedding Package--can we exchange things (no video for extra photog time, etc)? do we get credit for things we dont use? can we bring outside vendors? is there a fee for this?

    RAIN PLAN--Make sure they SHOW you the different location options you can use if it rains. This was a deciding factor when we where choosing between 2 resorts!!!

    "There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness." -Friedrich Nietzsche, "On Reading and Writing"
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