1Why should we hire a Destination Wedding planner?
Because planning a destination wedding is a big project that takes times & expertise. The plethora of information out there is oftentimes confusing and also very time-consuming to go through alone. You need someone with not only wedding planning experience but also travel experience, hospitality industry knowledge & connections and most importantly knowledge about your destination.
2How do we know if you are the right planner for us?
We are the right destination wedding planner for you if, you are allergic to stuffy ballrooms, you value experience and quality, you want your event to feel spontaneous and effortless even though it is meticulously planned, you love intimate hideaways, untouched wonder and overlooked beauty, you want something that is unique and true to your style, you love a good party and thoughtful details, you are adventurous and like to follow your own path, you are not drawn to super traditional touristy destinations, you love authenticity, culture and consider yourself a foodie, you value your time and want a stress fee, no fuss planning experience
3How can we be sure that our wedding will turn out the way we want even if we are planning from abroad?
Reviews of our past couples are a great place to read about first-hand experiences, so be sure to check out our reviews page! We care a lot and we are in this business because we are fueled by the happiness of others and believe in creating happy memories. That may sound cheesy but it’s real. Our main focus is for you and your guest to have an epic experience that is authentic, so we pride ourselves in delivering and executing the vision that you have. We have created a planning system that is personal and streamlined. We spend time getting to know you and understanding your vision. During our process we maintain a close relationship and communication with you to keep track of your details. You will receive a private log in to your planning portal where you can find all your planning documents and more. We also maintain a close relationship with our other local creative partners in order to ensure that they know the details to help us bring your dreams to live. Trust us, when we say we handle the details while you enjoy the cocktails, we mean it!
4What’s the difference between your bespoke services and the all-inclusive resort destination weddings?
All-inclusive resort weddings are often times set packages with little room for customization. At Resorts you are often times tied to only working with their select group of vendors and your ceremony may also not be entirely private due to the amount of other resort guests. All-inclusive resorts have to focus on volume to survive so they may not always have the room for personal details. The benefit of hiring a boutique destination wedding planning company like us is that you will get an experience that is immersed in the local culture, as we will work with you in an attentive way to create unique experiences tailored to you and your guests. Also, for our intimate weddings we do offer a package that includes everything you need! So just because you are picking a bespoke experience does not mean that it doesn’t include all the elements you need for your wedding, call it a more personal elevated all inclusive. Depending on your chosen destination your guests may still opt to stay at an all-inclusive resort, however with boutique hotels or villas guest can also often times have a more private and local experience.
5What’s the difference between you and a Destination Wedding Travel agent?
Usually Travel agents mostly work with resorts and booking all-inclusive destination resort weddings. They focus on finding your resort and handling the accommodation and travel part only. We offer a full bespoke experience, from all the elements of your wedding day to other activities and events during your wedding week or weekend. Because of our experience in the travel industry we can also help with finding accommodation for your guest and acting as your travel agent and concierge if that is something that you wish to add on. We help you find and plan your destination wedding in unique locations and with unique accommodation options, not just your main resorts. What’s the difference between you and a Venue coordinator?
6What the difference between you and a Venue Coordinator?
Having worked as a venue coordinator and an in-house wedding sales manager at a resort prior to starting Atlas Affairs we can tell you firsthand that there is definitely a difference, and one does not replace the other. Couples oftentimes may think that if their venue already has a coordinator, they do not need a wedding planner, but this is, unfortunately, a misconception. Your venue coordinator is only responsible for overseeing things that relate directly to the venue such as cleanliness and set up or food & beverage if that’s included. As a wedding planner, we are hired by you directly and therefore our main focus is you and the entire scope of your event and vision. Some small examples of details that we help with which aren’t part of the scope of work from a venue coordinator are making sure your wedding party is all gathered for pictures and helping your photographers with the group combinations you wanted, making sure whoever holds your rings has these, did grandma need a specific seat reserved? We got you.
7Why should we work with you instead of a planner in our specific destination?
We definitely don’t discourage people from working with a specific local planner if that’s what they wish and if they already picked their wedding destination! As a matter of fact, one of our values is to collaborate with local creatives. One of the main differences is that with us if you are not sure about where you would like to go, we can help you exploring different destination options. But even if you have already made up your mind about your destination; one of the reasons to work with a US based destination wedding planning company is that we can be the bridge between you and the local creative team. Nothing will be lost in translation. We understand both you as a cosmopolitan couple as our local creative partners. We understand the ‘western’ traditions and how to translate this into what is possible and available in your local destination. We offer the best of both worlds; we have the foreign hospitality and serenity but being in the States we work with the ‘western’ response time you are used too.
8What is your pricing?
Our pricing is based on many different factors and we create custom made proposals for you based on your wishes. Some of the factors that influence pricing are the number of guests, logistics (whether or not you have different locations for different events, or perhaps non-traditional venues where we are building things from scratch) time of year, and the different services that you may need or wish. However, as a point of reference, our wedding management service starts at $ 1897 and our intimate wedding packages start at $ 2500
9Do you work with LGBTQ couples?
We wish this didn’t have to be a question, but absolutely yes! We welcome all couples and we believe in marriage equality; inclusivity and that love is love and is meant to be celebrated! We have a strict nondiscrimination policy for us and our staff and vendors we collaborate with. In order for us to grow and learn more we have also invested time in getting a certification in LGBTQ weddings from the Equality institute. Not all destinations are LGBTQ friendly unfortunately, but the destinations we specialize in are actually LGBTQ friendly and we are happy about this, and hope more and more destinations evolve as well!
10What’s the average budget for a Destination wedding?
Talking about ‘average’ or ‘common’ destination wedding budgets without context is dangerous, because a 15K wedding for 80 guests versus a 15K wedding for 40 guests look very different, even though both weddings have the same budget. It is best to go by a number per guest and even this is very hard to just tell you an average because it varies on many factors like the type of food you’d like, the type of experience you want to create, to what type of chairs etc. We feel it is a disservice to just spew out a number, instead we say that one of the first things you should do is determine what your financial comfort number is. You need to figure out first what you are comfortable to spend and save for as well as determining the amount of guest you potentially want to invite. Once you know that you can divide your total amount by your total desired guest count and based on your vision, we can tell you what the possibilities are within that. This is one of the topics we tackle on a consultation with you, so you are well informed and prepared.