Planning a destination wedding has all the fun of planning a local wedding, but with added travel excitement!
One of the questions that we receive most often is: how do couples work with Elite Escapes?
Here are the details that you need to know in how Elite Escapes plans a destination wedding with engaged couples:
The first step is to have a consultation. Elite Escapes works with couples from all around the United States, so even if you don’t live near us in Southern Indiana, your consultation can be done via phone or Skype. Many questions revolve around your ideas and your anticipated budget. This will give both parties a better understanding of expectations.
Planning a wedding of a large size requires a contract between the engaged couple and Elite Escapes. There are a lot of moving parts to a destination wedding that requires the couple to be mindful of their financial commitment to their vendors. Elite Escapes can provide a contract for review with no commitment from the couple at any point in the consultation process.
Planning a Destination Wedding at an All-Inclusive Resort
All-inclusive resorts have on-site wedding planners. Elite Escapes and the on-site wedding planner works as a team in organizing the package that the couple chooses, blocks out the rooms needed for the wedding party (as applicable), and can act as an intermediary for the couple with the resort. Some couples prefer to talk directly with the on-site wedding planner, and that is perfectly fine. Of course, Elite Escapes handles all of the travel arrangements for each traveler. The fee for this service varies on the amount of guests attending. If there are no guests and this is an elopement then the fee is a flat $250.
Planning a Destination Wedding at an Off-Site Venue
What is an off-site venue? An off-site venue is a restaurant, private beach, private home or estate, or a venue that is not staffed with a wedding coordinator. In this situation Elite Escapes prefers to partner with a local wedding planner in that destination. The wedding planner will work directly with the couple in all the wedding details. Elite Escapes arranges only the travel portion, but talks with the wedding planner often in regards to details of the wedding. This type of planning is more complex and having local knowledge and “ears on the ground” is extremely helpful. The fee to Elite Escapes varies on size of anticipated wedding party and the couple will pay the wedding coordinator and her team directly. If there are no guests and this is an elopement then the fee is a flat $350.
We hope this answers a lot of questions! Please contact us here with any other questions you have!