Vacations by Stacy
11 Heather Lane, Hainesport, NJ 08036
How long have you been planning destination weddings?
I have been planning destination weddings for the last 7 years. Prior to that I was an event planner planning traditional weddings.
Why did you choose to become a Destination Wedding Specialist?
I love their story… I love being a part of the very beginning of when a couple builds their life together. And a destination wedding is so much more than an 8 hour day. It is a 4-7 day celebration of this couple’s new life together celebrated with their closest friends and their families. And I love every minute of building this event.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love working with the couple to make their vision a real “Dream Come True”. A wedding isn’t a story book fairytale… it is your story and your dream to create and I love watching that vision develop over several months and become that couple’s reality. Every couple’s story is different and their fairytale should be their own too… and I love creating this for each couple.
Which destination is your favorite and why?
I haven’t found my favorite destination yet. I love some of the more remote destinations for destination weddings for the privacy they offer. I have toured what might be my favorite destination wedding location for a future wedding… Las Ventanas has a wedding at the top of a hill overlooking the most beautiful views of Cabo. I fell in love with this wedding location. But it comes with a matching price tag and for East Coast travelers, Cabo is not the easiest destination to travel to. Most of my weddings happen to be in Cancun/Riviera Mexico and the DR to maximize the number of friends and family that can attend for varying lengths of times due to the accessibility and direct flights to these destinations. My couples tend to want options for more affordable price packages for family and friends and that seems to override the remote destinations…
Do you have a quick tip for us?
My one tip is really advice to travel agents who say they specialize in destination weddings. Do more than just take room reservations. Become piece of the whole picture. Assist with their wedding planning and offer your services. If you don’t offer wedding services… you are leaving too much up to the resort and you have lost control of the wedding. Being a destination wedding specialist should be more than booking group travel for the wedding attendees. Offer services that show you are an expert… a specialist… help them plan all their wedding details. The onsite wedding coordinator is just a sales person with a specialist title. Own your business and offer unique services to your couples.