Okay, so I've been engaged for 5 weeks now and when we decided on a destination wedding on Maui, I was ecstatic! I'm usually super laid back (one of the many reasons I love Maui), and I'm definitely not normally neurotic, but I just want our day to be perfect... Unfortunatley we are unable to do a scouting trip, and we're on a limited budget, so I'm really having a hard time deciding on a coordinator (or if we even need one?) and vendors, etc. It's a pretty big deal to put SO much trust and money into these people, and there are just SOOO many to choose from.
We've got our venue down since we have rented an estate off VRBO and we're just going to stay there with our friends and have the ceremony/reception there, or on the beach below it... but I'm struggling to find the right coordinator and caterer, vendors, etc. I've been thinking that maybe I'll just hire the coordinator for a lesser cost if I just have her arrange the officiant and organize the licensing, certificate, photographer, etc. and then I can firm up the other vendors... I've been in contact with a few different coordinators now, but I'm getting such varied quotes, response times, etc. I've also heard some catering companies can be super helpful with the reception portion by setting you up with rental chairs, tables, linens, entertainment, fowers, etc. too. So what to do!!?? I guess I just have to make some judgement calls and decide where to spend the money...
This site has already been so helpful, and I really appreciate all the reviews and posts. I sure hope everything works out! If anyone has any advice or comments I'd love to hear them, or if you're going through the same thing maybe we can work together