Getting Down to Basics
Kerala is today renowned for its majestic wedding locations. The cool heights of Munnar and Thekkady, the beaches of Kovalam and Varkala… boathouses, resorts by backwaters and lakes, you name it and it is all here. One of the leading Destination Wedding Planners in Kerala, Unicorn Wedding Planners now welcomes juniors to learn the ropes of Destination Wedding Planning.
The task of a good destination wedding planner is to organize and coordinate weddings in the home state and across the country as well as abroad. It is about encouraging your clients about conducting their wedding ceremonies in a grand or personalized style in a destination that is special and unique. It is also about creating an event that is singular in every way and a completely memorable event for the couple getting married.
Know What Has to Be Done
Good destination planning does not happen out of the blue. It takes training and learning as well as putting theories into practice. There are ways to learn how a well-designed wedding event is held by being part of the event. It will mean communicating with various vendors and service providers. It will involve negotiation and planning. It will mean time planning and inventory control.
It will mean connecting with creative people to do the designing of the event, discussing how to set the theme rolling, getting production and set design, getting the lighting and sound systems as well as the DJs, dancers and other entertainment ready, it will mean designing the perfect menu and executing the delivery of the dishes and making every single aspect of the event work in perfection. It will also mean hotel bookings and destination tourism itinerary planning like a regular travel agent. It calls for a lot and hence, it needs the right kind of professional training and learning.
What it Takes
To become a really good wedding event planner, it takes a lot of ambition and drive. It will mean having to qualify for multiple roles and getting to be good in multiple specializations. The number of skill sets under your belt will make you a more valuable property in the job market and for the organization you work for.
Destination Wedding Planning is serious business as it is the trend worldwide. Your clients will, of course, be high-end clients as they are the ones who can afford high priced and experiential weddings. As the industry is lucrative, the field is highly competitive and exciting. So you should be ramping up on your abilities and specializations. Only those will make you valuable to your organization and win you the trust of your clients. The more capable and resourceful you are, the more you can place yourself on a higher ranking than your competition.
Getting Away From The Norm
Destination Weddings do not happen in your comfort zone where you have all the players and service providers lined up to be at your beck and call. You will have to find new service providers at every destination and have customized ones too because the challenges and requirements of each event will be drastically different from the previous one you have designed and conducted to perfection.
Today, the trend is that one-fourth of the wedding in the high-end customer class happens at an exotic location. The clients could be people from another place in the country or from abroad too. You will have to take care of the bride and groom who could be foreigners or from another culture and language with whom you will have to communicate and decide on what they want.
The Background Skills
It will be a good starting point if you have Tourism and Hospitality related degrees as well as good proficiency in handling multiple languages including the basic three required in India. A good candidate will already have a couple of years of experience in conducting some of the regular wedding planning in cities for up-scale clients. This means Destination Wedding Planning is not for beginners but for someone who already knows the ropes. A good awareness of all aspects of travel and tourism, including having a list of some fabulous destinations that are linked with hotels or resorts with which you have built a rapport and a working relationship would be great. So, learning every aspect of ticketing cost-effectively for large groups of people coming in from various cities and countries as well as going out will be extremely necessary.
A Rewarding Career
One of the factors that can be in your favor is that the number of guests will be finite and well defined. Every requirement will be decided in advance and all aspects can be arranged. This niche specialization is rewarding and hence lots of Wedding Planners are now taking up learning courses at Event Management Institutions. The best wedding planning firms are the ones providing training in this area too. At Unicorn Event Planners, we have experts in Destination Wedding Planning under whom those with regular experience in handling wedding planning can apprentice and learn the ropes.