Why Hire a Destination Wedding Planner

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So you’re planning a destination wedding in Portugal or another exotic location? Congratulations! Destination weddings are a wonderful way to celebrate your marriage with close friends and family in a magical and memorable place. However, they also come with their own set of wedding planning challenges. That’s why hiring a destination wedding planner who knows the location or is based there is a must. As a luxury destination wedding planner based in Portugal, I am my clients’ eyes, ears and hands throughout the process, and can make sure everything comes together smoothly for the big event. Here are some of the ways that working with a professional can save you time, money, and stress!

Knowledge of the Area

When you work with someone who is a specialist in a particular wedding destination, you have access to information and insights that an online search won’t give you. A destination wedding planner knows the ins and outs of everything from local venues and vendors to the weather. They can point out those secret photo locations, or the special details that will make your event even more personal. They also have the inside track on the activities, restaurants, and attractions that you and your guests will love. I love to share my recommendations with clients, so they have the best Portuguese wedding experience!

A Network of Vendors

It’s important to work with a team of suppliers who you trust to create your dream wedding. A professional destination wedding planner already has a vetted network of local vendors. They have experience booking hair and makeup artists, DJs, caterers, etc. They know the hidden gem venues, who makes the most delicious cakes, and which florist’s bouquets will make you cry with joy. Knowing your vision and budget, they can match you up to your dream team, and communicate with them on your behalf.


Of course, not all wedding destinations include a language barrier. However, if you don’t speak the local language, hiring a wedding planner who does is vital. You don’t want to find yourself at the mercy of Google Translate when you’re explaining your vision or negotiating contracts with vendors. Of course, you should also work with someone who speaks your own language well. As a bilingual Portuguese-English wedding planner, I can ensure that nothing my clients want is lost in translation!


Each country has its own legal requirements and a destination wedding planner can help you with these. From ensuring you have the correct marriage licence to securing permits for a ceremony on a beach or at a historic landmark, your planner will save the day. They will also be able to advise you on what you need to do at home in advance, to ensure your destination wedding is legally binding.

Time (and Sanity!)

Planning a wedding is stressful and time consuming at the best of times. Having a trusted wedding planner on board means that you don’t have to sweat the small stuff, or spend hours researching online. They can answer your questions, and help you keep your budget in check. And on the day itself, they’ll be there to make sure everything runs smoothly, so you can just relax and enjoy every precious moment!

If you’d like to find out more about my wedding management and destination wedding planning services,
get in touch. I’d love to hear from you!