Planning for a wedding is an incredibly exciting time – few other events in our lives are filled with as much joy and celebration. However, there are a mind-boggling number of detailed plans that go into making a once-in-a-lifetime event run smoothly. With a busy career and personal life, it can be challenging to find the time and resources needed for such a herculean task.
Couples planning destination weddings have added challenges trying to locate the most reputable venues and vendors, handle the countless details for themselves and their guests (in a foreign country, no less) and try to manage the stress that arises throughout the planning process.
Most couples report that hiring an independent wedding planner was the best wedding-related investment they ever made.
Here are a few Q & A’s that help you understand the role of an independent Cabo wedding planner.
Q: What exactly does an independent wedding planner do?
A: Independent wedding planners have the freedom to work with all venues and vendors in the area.
The plans they put in place make sure every person, vendor, flower, item, is at the right place at the right moment. They are the middlemen who worry about vendors setting up, centerpieces arriving on time, directing guests, and setting up everything so you don’t have to.
They organize timelines, budgets, VIP photo, and song lists; they keep track of vendors and their contact information. They see the bigger picture. When planning a wedding, it is so easy to become overwhelmed with the tiny details, that sometimes the bigger picture can get overlooked. “OMG, I was so focused on the decorations, I forgot to order the cake!” Wedding planners are here to help you take a step back while they focus on the details as well as the bigger picture.
They are your risk mitigators. Every couple should be able to relax and enjoy their wedding day, and especially be able to enjoy one another. It’s much harder to do that when you have a million people running up to you with questions and mini-disasters when all you want to do is soak up the happiness and enjoy yourselves. The planner’s job is to handle the questions and mini-disasters for you and make sure you have as many happy moments as humanly possible.
High-level, well established independent wedding planners have access to the best vendors in the region. You may think, why would I hire a wedding planner to contact this vendor when I can just do it myself? The answer is simple. Vendors need referrals (just like anyone else in the service industry), and some are even willing to offer you a discount for those referrals. With the money you save on the discounted photography package or floral arrangements, or even just the time saved in calling around, comparing prices and checking availability, hiring a wedding consultant practically pays for itself!
Wedding planners keep your best interests in mind. Worried the rainy weather ruin your beautiful outdoor setting? The planner already had a detailed option in place to move it indoors if necessary. Did a bridesmaid’s hem come loose? The planner will pin it into place in seconds. Did you forget to buy a knife and server set? They’ve got your back no matter what calamity comes up.
Q: What types of weddings or unity ceremonies can be done by independent wedding planners in Cabo?
A: There should be no type of wedding that a good independent Cabo wedding planner can’t manage. Del Cabo Weddings are highly skilled at planning celebrations ranging from religious, legal, symbolic, eco-friendly, green, LGBT, South Asian, Jewish, Muslim, vow renewals, and many more.
Our innovative team are great listeners who will help translate your vision into the magical wedding of your dreams. We have many hundreds of mind-blowing weddings of every imaginable style and culture under out belt. Why? We travel the globe attending industry events immersing ourselves in art and style. We are more than on top of trends, we are setting them!
Q: What wedding-related services do independent wedding planners offer?
A: Del Cabo Weddings is a full wedding planning, wedding design, and wedding rental company, with multiple a la carte services including hourly consultations.
The extent of our customization abilities is completely unmatched on the Baja. We can provide stunning and creative effects from lighting to installations and decor no matter the event location. Our staff includes highly skilled designers, professional lighting & staging techs, architects, landscapers, planners, and carpenters. This makes us custom fabricators who can build bespoke furniture, staging, installations or any unique items you desire for your magical event. Oh, and did we mention our in-house floral design studio?
We have long-standing relationships and an impeccable reputation with industry leaders and suppliers and are accustomed to working seamlessly with venues in Los Cabos and around the globe. We know the very best resources to help create your magic and can easily adjust quickly to last minute changes or problems.
Del Cabo Weddings are passionately committed to the most fundamental principles of freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity. We welcome business from and employ people of any race, age, culture, ability, ethnicity or nationality, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, spiritual affiliation, and socioeconomic status.
Del Cabo Weddings are a fully licensed and insured company who are committed to the highest level of client comfort, security, and discretion.
Q: Do independent Cabo wedding planners charge for an initial consultation?
A: The initial consultation is complimentary with Del Cabo Weddings. This is generally a meet & greet to say hello and chat about what your visión is and how we can help. If you then decide to work with us, we request a signed contract and retainer, which is required to secure our services and reserve your wedding date.
Some couples aren’t ready to book a planner but wish to discuss particular elements of their wedding. We are happy to accommodate, and charge an hourly rate for this service.
Q: What is the difference between hotel wedding planners and independent wedding planners?
A: Most resort hotels employ a staff member to help arrange weddings that are being held at their property. The hotels are usually under contract with their own vendors, and if you want any different vendors, you will have to pay a special fee to bring them in. Hotels also typically have limited decor choices and turn to companies such as Del Cabo Weddings to rent unique decor items.
Independent wedding planners also have the advantage of working with a variety of venues and vendors throughout the region and have extensive experience with the pros and cons of each.
Q: How soon should we start planning our Cabo wedding?
A: Although Del Cabo Weddings can and have planned numerous last minute weddings, nine to twelve months before the wedding date is an excellent time to start planning. You don’t want to wait until the last minute and feel overwhelmed, but you also don’t want to be planning for too long. You’ll want to get a contract signed to ensure your wedding planner is available for your wedding date.
Q: Should we hire an independent Cabo wedding planner as soon as we get engaged or should we wait?
A: As soon as you get engaged is recommended. Dates are booked well in advance to ensure you can access the best vendors.
Q: Do independent Cabo wedding planners work with vendors we select or only those the planner recommends?
A: Del Cabo Weddings will absolutely work with your choice of vendors, however, we have a great team of preferred vendors that we like to work with should you need any referrals. This is not due to a financial arrangement for us; we prefer to work with the best whenever possible to ensure our clients are thrilled with the result.
Q: Do independent Cabo wedding planners charge a flat rate for their services or a percentage based on budget?
A: At Del Cabo Weddings we believe you shouldn’t have to pay more for wedding services just because you have a larger budget and always charge a flat rate for our services.
Q: What are the qualities I should look for in an independent Cabo wedding planner?
A: Look for a well-established company who have a team of trained designers, planners, and their own custom rentals. Smaller companies often have only one or two decor styles, and most couples want to customize their wedding to their own style. The planning company should be certified and supported by the best wedding associations and institutions worldwide.
Del Cabo Weddings are a professional company that is supported by more than twelve years of experience in wedding design, decor rentals, and wedding planning. We offer you the most extensive selection of furniture, linens, glassware, installations and more. We are also custom fabricators with an in-house team who can build anything you can imagine!
To give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve, we only take a limited number of events per year. Taking on a limited number of weddings each year gives us the opportunity to focus on you, and you alone, in the months leading up to the big day. We truly believe each wedding is unique and there is no “one size fits all” planning package; that is why each of our services is individually priced and tailored to fit your specific wedding planning needs. We make it a priority to stay up to date on the wedding world, and really listen to and execute our clients’ thoughts, dreams, and ideas.
Genuinely customized destination weddings require the services of professional planners, designers, tech staff, architects, tailors, landscapers, and carpenters, preferably in a one-stop shop like Del Cabo Weddings. Especially when several warehouses filled with customized decor is available, this is the most cost-efficient way to provide stunning, personalized decor, creative effects, and lighting.
Most importantly, we focus on quality – not quantity. We enjoy spending our time working with you while meticulously executing and personalizing your wedding, rather than hurriedly planning dozens and dozens of similar looking events. We feel a deep sense of pride, accomplishment, and happiness when we watch our couples enjoying one another on their wedding day instead of stressing about the details.
Not only does every couple deserve to make their dream wedding into the wedding of their dreams; but they also deserve to enjoy it! The best part of our job is making that happen!