Destination Weddings: Finding a Wedding Planner?

Q: How do I find a wedding planner who specializes in destination weddings? How does the planner charge for her services? Do I have to pay for her travel expenses?

A: Viewing a consultant's portfolio is crucial in determining if he/she specializes in destination weddings -- an experienced destination wedding consultant usually has at least a dozen far-flung weddings under his/her belt. When looking for a wedding planner, it's helpful to look for someone who specializes in weddings at your specific location, so ask if and how many weddings the consultant has done at your intended destination.There is no uniform charge for consultant services. Some wedding planners charge a percentage of the total wedding cost, others charge a flat rate, and some charge by the hour. This is something you should ask each consultant you consider. The consultant's travel expenses are usually not included in his/her fees, so you should ask about that before hiring too.To locate wedding consultants in your area, check out the Association of Bridal Consultants or the Association of Wedding Professionals . Additionally ask your reception site manager for the names of planners they've worked with who've done a good job.-- JoAnn Gregoli

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Q&A: Invitations: Destination Wedding Etiquette?

My fiance and I are getting married in Maui and know that not all the 200 guests we would like to invite will make it. When we come back home, we are going to have a reception for everyone not able to make the trip. I've read that when getting married away and returning home to a reception, you should only send out wedding invitations to those you know can and will attend the wedding, then send out separate invitations for the reception. We both feel very strongly about sending invitations to everyone and then including (at the bottom) that a reception will be held in our honor when we return. We are afraid that if we follow etiquette, we will hurt people's feelings. Do we follow the rules or do what we feel is right?

by The Knot