Destination weddings have become increasingly more popular here on the iconic California coast. But for many couples, the thought of planning a destination wedding can feel a little daunting. Not only do you have to find the perfect venue, but you also need to coordinate a team of vendors, create a schedule for the day and manage your timeline – all from a seperate location!

With this in mind, working with a local wedding planner is truly one of the best investments you can make to save time and unnecessary stress. If you’re currently planning a destination wedding, keep reading for 3 reasons to consider working alongside a local wedding planner for a seamless celebration.



Behind every memorable wedding is a strong team of vendors, and working with a local wedding planner will give you direct access to their local connections throughout the region. An experienced local wedding planner will have great relationships with trusted local vendors, ensuring the wedding planning process is cohesive and stress-free from start to finish.

From catering and floristry to stationery and transport, a local wedding planner can use their exclusive connections to coordinate a strong team of talented local vendors on your behalf. Not only will these connections save you time on research and communication; it will also ensure the end result is seamlessly coordinated and executed to perfection. 

Something else to keep in mind is the cohesiveness of your site visits. When it comes to things like venue inspections and rehearsals, a local wedding planner can easily do a site visit with no additional fee – while an out of town vendor will likely charge extra for the same service.

Exclusive venue access

One of the most daunting elements of planning a destination wedding is finding the perfect venue from abroad. A local wedding planner will often have direct access to a selection of unique venues you won’t necessarily find with a traditional Google search! Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner, an epic cocktail party or a luxurious long lunch; a local planner will be able to use their exclusive venue connections to source the perfect location to suit your needs. 

Local Knowledge

Working with a local wedding planner also allows you to take full advantage of their local knowledge about the area. A local wedding planner will be able to share all of their insider tips, from accommodation and restaurant recommendations right down to activities and sights to see. 

Remember, a destination wedding is not only about the wedding day itself, but the entire experience for you and your guests. A local wedding pro will be able to answer all of your questions and provide trusted recommendations for even the smallest of details. Whether you’re hunting for the best place to grab your morning coffee, affordable accommodation for guests, or a collection of things to do during your stay – a local wedding planner has all of the knowledge and expertise needed to create the perfect wedding itinerary.

Currently planning a destination wedding in Monterey, Carmel, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach or Big Sur? I’d love to guide you through the journey. Learn more about my personalized wedding planning services right here, or get in touch via my contact form.