Destination Wedding Planner author Alison Hotchkiss


Courtesy of Chronicle Books

Get the dirt on planning a destination wedding—from hidden costs to finding vendors to what you have to provide for your guests—from event coordinator and Destination Wedding Planner author Alison Hotchkiss. —Cari Wolfert

How does planning a destination wedding differ from planning a wedding locally?

There are so many more logistics involved. The first is travel—you will most likely have to fly and could even end up taking a second flight, a boat or a bus to get to the final destination. The next is importing/exporting everything you need for the wedding as you often have to clear those items with customs. Language barriers and local business customs in other cultures can also pose a big difference.

How can brides find great vendors if they won't be able to meet them until their wedding day?

Research and word of mouth is the best way to go. When asking for referrals, start with one vendor whom you have a connection with and get a good vibe from and then trust their suggestions...

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