If you’re planing a wedding, especially a destination event where you and your guests must travel, it may be prudent to engage the services of a knowledgeable wedding planner.
We spoke to one who offerd plenty of advice.
“The couple wanted a Joan Rivers drag queen. So we found one and she went around insulting the guests. The couple also wanted an alligator, so we had to hire an alligator handler.”
With 20 years of experience, Southerland offers advice aplenty for couples planning to marry.
First: engage a planner.
“It’s insurance,” she says. “A planner knows the vendors that match your style and budget. And she knows who’s reputable. You won’t have to worry about who will disappear or disappoint.”
To find a planner comfortable with gay weddings she suggests checking rainbowweddingnetwork.com and a poster with the handle “Gay Weddings” on Twitter. Two other websites, perfectweddingguide.com andweddingwire.com review wedding planners.
Southerland advises couples to select a venue that reflects their personalities.
“The Hard Rock Hotel Orlando is great,” she says, “if you love that rock and roll feel. Take the whole wedding party on the honeymoon, a cruise or a hiking trip.”
A good planner, she says, will be sure everyone is comfortable from the get-go.
“I’ve had occasions when one or both parents won’t come to the ceremony. I reassure them this is a celebration of a solid relationship and that’s what everyone should be concentrating on, not what other people think of what they’re doing.”
Originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com.