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The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Wedding Planner

At some point in everyone’s life, the thought of getting married has come across their mind. Within the LGBT community the thought of having a wedding presents unchartered challenges in this new age of acceptance. Some thought it would never be a possibility, but there were those who have fought long and hard for marriage equality. I myself have always believed that this right should be afforded to everyone. As the mother of two gay children myself I have witnessed the strides that we have been taking towards true equality where marriage is in question, and we’ve certainly come a long way. I’m impatiently looking forward to planning my own children’s weddings in what I hope to be the near future. (Grandkids soon to follow).

Weddings are a great opportunity to bring families together and to express the love and joy of a committed couple. Gay, straight, bisexual or transgender a wedding is a lot of work from day one of planning to the moment vows are exchanged. Taking on the challenge of planning your own wedding is not an easy task. Therefore, hiring a wedding planner will save you from a lot headaches and heartbreaks.

Here are some of the benefits of hiring a planner.

  • Wedding Planners are trained professionals who are available to help you with all of your planning needs from beginning to end.  They are experienced and have the knowledge to make your day come together so that you and your guest can sit back and enjoy.
  • Planners do all the legwork for you, from finding your venues to choosing the vendors that best fit your needs and budget.
  • Planners help you score the best rates available therefore saving you money.
  • Planners schedule all of your appointments and act as the liaison between you, your vendors and venue, all you have to do is show up for the appointments.
  • Planners are there to provide a wealth of ideas, designs and information which in turn will save you time.
  • Planners help create and design your day, deal with all of the back end details on the day of to make sure your day is flawless.

When hiring a Planner –

Make sure your planner is involved with a professional organization and has professional credentials. Here are a few organizations you may want to research when choosing a planner:

  • National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP) There are various chapters nationwide, so search the chapter in your city or city you will be getting married in.
  • Association of Bridal Consultants also a national organization where you can find reputable consultants.

Having good chemistry with your planner and feeling comfortable is key, since you’ll be spending a lot of time together, and they will basically become your best friend for the length of your planning, so feeling at ease is definitely a must.

I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner for your special day, whether it’s full, partial or day of planning. A planner will save you money, time, and reduce stress so that you are able to truly enjoy your day. “We bring your visions to life!

Bobbie Outerino
Fortuna Event Management & Promotions

Love is in the Air

It’s no secret that destination weddings offer you a way to combine your love for one another with your love of travel. Destination Weddings allow you to have a family and friend reunion as well as a more affordable grand event* (compared to the average hometown wedding).

If you are interested in a cruise or resort-style wedding, you’ll want to ensure all your needs, traditions, and wishes are honored. You want to make sure that your special day is handled by people who are knowledgeable in the LGBT industry as well as knowledgeable in emerging wedding trends.  It’s your special day, and planning it should be a breeze for you.

As you push full steam ahead on your wedding plans, make sure the specifics are being handled such as legal marriage license details, venue location, wedding meals, design, photography, favors and more. Plus you’ll need an experienced travel advisor to help you find the perfect venue and location as well as your transportation and accommodations – you can fly or sail.

Finally, the big day! Make sure all pre-event planning and day-of-event-coordination is handled by a professionally trained and certified wedding experts.

  • You want your special day to be stress-free.
  • If family and friends have to travel, why   not travel to a beautiful destination? Work   with your travel advisor to find the perfect   location for your special event.
  • Combining a wedding and a honeymoon is cost-effective. On average, a destination wedding currently costs $20,890 vs. over $30,000 for a traditional wedding.

Whether it’s an intimate celebration for just two or a grand ceremony and reception for 150 guests, together there is a perfect destination for your event.  Whether you desire a sandy beach in the Caribbean, a glacier in Alaska, or a castle in Ireland, a destination wedding offers you the opportunity to do something extraordinary while saving money, escaping stress, and enjoying a vacation with family and friends. Don’t forget about vow renewals, birthdays, anniversaries, and more for destination events!

Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, partners with Imagine Weddings and Events to provide the “Sea of Love” destination weddings program, a full service program designed to be a one stop shop for you with featured exotic and picturesque venues worldwide – all in either legal or LGBT friendly symbolic locations.

Contact your Cruise Planners Travel Professional today to get started. We look forward to serving all of your destination wedding needs.

Cruise Planners