by Katy Roberts, VOWS Owner & Maui Wedding Planning Specialist
As a Maui wedding planner, I more than understand the leap of faith needed to plan a wedding from afar. Destination weddings are a true blessing for those looking to get away from the realities of their backyard. It's a freeing and exciting experience, but can also be stressful when you realize you can't control every detail. That's where a good wedding planner comes in.
Sending photos, reviews and reassurances is my first step in instilling a couples' confidence in a destination wedding. A trip to Maui prior to wedding week is ideal if budget and time allow, but not mandatory. Instead, I encourage couples to talk to others that have married on Maui. I connect current and former clients. I offer flexible wedding packages that give couples options on how they would like to work together. Some like to hand over the reins to me while others want to lead the charge with my support. Full planning is most popular and encouraged. Having someone with experience, relationships, and expertise holding your hand along the way is priceless. (See more about my experience and approach at Why VOWS .) A wedding planner is truly an investment in your engagement as well as your wedding day. You want this time together to be fun and stress free.
Another way I help make my clients feel confident in their destination wedding decision is to focus on (and get excited about) their top priorities. I make it my mission to get them beyond right. As a Maui wedding planner, I'm used to driving the island in search of the right venue fit for my clients. I take photos, video, taste and touch on my couples' behalf. My goal is to make sure I have exceeded my clients' expectations when they step off the plane.
Enter the beautiful Karlie & Matt, foodies and cocktail connoisseurs from Seattle. We talked through these top priorities and also their vision for a playful and fun party. You learn a lot about people when you plan their most intimate celebration. Karlie & Matt are huge Elvis fans (our table names were titles of Elvis songs), accomplished ballroom dancers (beautiful choreographed dances wowed and moved guests), and the groom has a fondness for sewing. I had the first ring bearer pillow in VOWS history that was designed by the groom!
For seven months I collaborated with this smart, creative and ambitious couple mostly over phone and email to create their dream wedding in paradise. In the end, like any couple, they just wanted to enjoy their wedding day and focus on their love. The photos and Karlie's words below speak volumes. Mission accomplished!
"Katy, thank you for giving us the best wedding we have ever been to!"