Steps to Planning a Destination Wedding

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Wedding specialist Taryn Stark Wyant of "Platinum Weddings & Events" shares the steps to planning an unforgettable destination wedding.

Destination Wedding, Maui, Hawaii

If a bride is looking for a wedding that will be forever rememberable, a destination wedding to Maui is on the top of the list.

A destination wedding can be complicated because of the distance. Therefore, the first step would be to research and select a wedding planner. A good wedding planner is priceless for a destination wedding. This person planner has critical on-island knowledge.

Wedding and event specialist Taryn Stark Wyant presents the following steps for planning a destination wedding to Maui.

With the selected wedding planner, create a budget based on the estimated guest count. This is essential in the process of selecting the venues and vendors.

Discuss the desired of wedding ambiance with the wedding planner: understated elegance, a modern affair or maybe rustic elegance. Then create a list of possible dates that the wedding planner can work with to coordinate the ceremony and reception location. One way that a bride could save money is by selecting a time frame during the least expensive traveling times to Maui. Because there is less traveling in May and October, a bride can save money on hotels, flights and some of the other wedding detail expenses.

Once the date is confirmed with the wedding venues, it is wise to reserve a wedding room block location. A wedding room block is a great investment. By securing a block of rooms at a hotel or resort, the bride can ensure that the guests stay together with lowest rates possible.

With a date confirmed with all venues, the next step will be to research and select the wedding vendors. These vendors will include catering and bar service, photography, videography, florist, favors, rentals, lighting, musicians, bakery, officiants, hair and makeup, and salon services. Sign required contracts and create a payment schedule, it is better to finalize all payments prior to the wedding day.

With the wedding planner, the next step will be to create a wedding timeline and to communicate this timeline with all of the vendors and attending guests. The wedding planner will then confirm all of the vendors and be the main contact person for the vendors on the wedding day.

Be sure to finalize payments and then enjoy the special day.

Taryn Stark Wyant is the owner of “Platinum Weddings & Events” on the beautiful island of Maui. She has served as the Wedding Manager at the beautiful Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa for nearly two years refining her skills as a detailed event planner, before starting Platinum Weddings & Events.

“Platinum Weddings & Events” is available to brides hoping to exceed all of the expectations for that ‘special’ wedding or attention grabbing corporate event. Alongside the top wedding professionals on Maui, it is her goal to ensure that the big day runs as smoothly and flawlessly as possible, surrounded by laughter and love.

From Maui’s finest beaches to the most exclusive estates, Platinum Weddings & Events offers a wide variety of locations and services to suit the specific tastes of any individual.

Taryn has unique connections for all of the wedding or special event plans, including catering and dining, photography, videography, florist, musicians, live entertainment, bakery, officiants, hair and makeup, salon services, decor and accommodations.

For more details about planning a destination wedding to Maui, visit, or contact Taryn by email at taryn(at)platinumweddingsmaui(dot)com or by phone at (808)283-6513.

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