When considering a destination wedding or an event in the Dominican Republic, probably the first thing you need to do is look for a good local planner.
Yes, we know there are a lot of travel agents and planners in your own country that visit the Dominican Republic once in a while and offer packages for this destination, but here are three reasons why hiring someone local to take care of your event is way better!
Reason One: They live there full time!
A local planner knows the place first hand. It’s their home.
Think about how important it is to rely on someone that actually calls home the place you’ve chosen to celebrate a significant moment in your life.
Sure, asking somebody who’s been there a couple of times can be helpful, but an actual person that lives there 24/7 will give you much better advice and even take you places.
Remember – planning a destination wedding or an event is very different than planning one back home.
A great local professional planner/coordinator will not only use their knowledge to give you the dream celebration you want, they will also give you advice on things to do and see while you’re there.
Moreover, they can recommend restaurants, nightclubs, excursions and so much more to guarantee an unforgettable experience in the DR.
Reason Two: They know what can (and can’t) be done!
It’s a fact: You’re going to another country with a different culture and that’s really the beauty of it. People act and do things differently than what you’re used to.
It’s not worse or better – just different.
Some items and services are simply non-existent at some destinations and that’s totally ok. There may be times when something you want done is very hard or expensive to do in the DR.
For example, I once had a client asking to rent a casino equipment for cocktail hour – extremely costly in Punta Cana and it would have eaten up all their budget planned for entertainment.
A great local planner will work and find a way to replace something that can’t be done (or costs a lot to be done) with something similar. Or maybe add something even better than what you first had in mind!
They will also explain why, for instance, cost for catering can be very high in the Dominican Republic, but finding a beautiful venue within your budget is a piece of cake!
Reason Three: They keep the balance between “right away” and “tranquilo” !
We know you’ve chosen to celebrate your wedding or event in the Dominican Republic because of the breathtaking nature but more so – the warmth and hospitality of its people.
Chances are your local planner has an attitude that reflects those traits too!
Living in paradise and having the “tranquilo” mindset is very helpful and reassuring when it comes to dealing with the stress of planning. Your local planner will know you need things done right away. They will also help you understand that people in the DR take their time.
They most definitely have the experience of dealing with both sides: clients demanding solutions right now and the tranquil way locals choose to live on this beautiful island.
It’s a great tool that helps them manage vendors and create timelines according to the client’s wants and needs, but at the pace of the hard-working people that will help put everything together.
To sum up:
Getting married in Punta Cana? Planning a birthday party in Samana? Celebrating your anniversary in La Romana? Eloping to Isla Saona?
Find and hire a great local planner!
You’ll be thanking yourself when you look back to your wonderful experience and realize all the difference it has made!