I often receive direct messages and emails from new or aspiring destination wedding planners asking me advice on how to plan destination weddings or how to get into international work. For a couple of years now I have shared my knowledge freely, and so recently I thought: “Hang on a minute – a lot of planners seem to be in need of advice. Perhaps it’s time to put together a workshop on how to become a destination wedding planner…” A few chats later with some of my colleagues and the UKAWP‘s director, and here we are: my first workshop is scheduled!
So if you’re thinking of becoming a destination wedding planner, but you don’t know where to start, or how to go about planning a destination wedding, my next Destination Wedding Planning workshop, hosted by the UKAWP and run by me, is the perfect place to kick start your new venture.
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is for new or aspiring destination wedding planners, including established UK planners looking to expand into international planning. It is designed to help you get a thorough understanding of how to approach the destination wedding market, survive the first year as a destination planner, and gain an understanding of how to plan a wedding abroad, from enquiry to delivery.
However, this is probably not for you if…
- you’re an established destination wedding planner with good experience of planning weddings abroad, as we’ll be going through the foundations of destination wedding planning, covering aspects you’ll already be familiar with.
- and sadly, it’s also not for you if you have no knowledge of wedding planning at all, as we’ll be discussing topics that someone without training or experience would not be familiar with.
Our workshop will cover:
- An overview of destination weddings: what is a destination wedding and is there a typical destination client?
- Your first year challenge: get laser focused on what’s driving your desire to become a destination wedding planner (“I fancy some of that glamorous jet-setting lifestyle” isn’t ‘it’), so you start attracting clients that have affinity with you and don’t question your ability to deliver,
- starting out: Must Dos that will help you feel more confident as you’re starting to sell destination, plus a discussion on the challenges you’re facing,
- best practices on:
- handling destination enquiries and doing consultations
- questions you should always ask a destination couple
- dealing with clients that want help with legal paperwork and how to handle religious ceremonies
- proposals and calculating fees that really do cover all your work
- ensuring your contract is watertight
- hiring the services of local planners,
- planning the actual wedding, including where to start from, setting up a budget breakdown that takes into account spend in a foreign currency, conducting venue search abroad and booking venue scouting trips, Dos and Don’ts of booking destination suppliers, dealing with the usual out of scope requests destination clients tend to make, what to do when you arrive in the country on the days prior to the wedding,
- and lastly, your questions!
You will leave feeling more confident and ready to branch out to international work, having clarity on how to handle destination enquiries from enquiry to delivery, build a support network in the countries you’re planning to offer to your clients and feel at ease with the whole process of planning a destination wedding.
I so hope I’m going to see you there! We have a very limited number of attendees, and the majority of seats have gone! So if you want to secure your space, book now before it’s too late!
See you soon!
Photo credits: Nora Photography