“A destination wedding offers couples the opportunity to immerse their guests in an experience, rather than just a celebration,” shares event planner, Michelle Rago of renowned Michelle Rago Destinations. She adds, “We encourage couples to choose a destination that means something to them that can be shared with their closest family and friends.”
At PartySlate, we always suggest hiring an experienced planner for your wedding — but when it comes to a destination wedding, that recommendation is more of a rule. A destination wedding planner will help you navigate the logistics of planning a celebration in another location with potentially different customs and languages.
But should you hire a wedding planner where you live who has experience planning international weddings, or a planner who lives in your destination spot? Rago shares, “More often that not, a couple is choosing a particular destination for their love of that culture and community. With that comes a responsibility in the planning process to be respectful of local vendors and protocol. We believe that, as long as a producer has the affinity for collaboration, a good planner can produce anywhere in the world.”
Below we’ve rounded up the best destination wedding planners in your city — as well as in popular international wedding locales — to help in your selection process. We chose planners who have showcased multiple real weddings from international destinations on their PartySlate profiles. When you see a planner whose work you like or who has worked in your preferred destination, you can reach out to them directly from this article or click through to peruse even more of their work on their profile.
*Planners in alphabetical order by last name within each locale…
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN CALIFORNIA
Michelle Garibay of Michelle Garibay Events produces weddings that are a mix of romantic visions and unexpected details, all balanced with elegance. Garibay’s team knew that the opulent venue for this Florence destination wedding needed only subtle, classic touches to bring the celebration to life.
International wedding locales include: Florence, Italy; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Debbie Geller of Geller Events bills herself as a “partner,” and her clients agree with that description, adding that the planner is talented and fun — and produces flawless, on-schedule weddings and events. This destination wedding in Mexico featured an enchanting design with lush greenery, boho wicker chandeliers, and plenty of luxe lounge areas for gathering.
International wedding locales include: Budapest, Hungary; San José Del Cabo, Mexico
Shadi Hashemi of Everly Rose Events curates lavish and memorable weddings (as well as social and corporate events) for her clients through her visionary full-service event planning and design company. This glamorous and elegant Vancouver wedding featured whimsical wisteria and a wedding cake that needs to be seen to be believed.
International wedding locales include: Vancouver, Canada
Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events makes even the grandest of weddings feel intimate and warm — and totally memorable. This destination wedding in Sardinia featured a beautifully tiled dance floor, rustic tablescapes, and a clear view to the Italian night sky.
International wedding locales include: Sardinia, Italy; Nusa Dua, Bali
Allyson Joseph & Katie Pincus of Bob Gail Events (which boasts 40+ years in business) reliably produce stunning personalized weddings with every detail considered; they are also affiliated with an entertainment company, Bob Gail Music, for ease. Their team curated this destination wedding in Los Cabos, Mexico, with a romantic floral archway, waterside views, and dreamy tablescapes.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Rome, Italy
Charley King of Bluebell Events is as kind as she is talented, making her a dream partner for couples across the globe. This destination wedding in Fiji required attention to detail throughout the entire celebration, from the romantic reception entrance for the bride and groom to the coordination of the stunning fireworks display to end the magical evening.
International wedding locales include: Nuremburg, Germany; Fiji
Jenn Pablo of TwoFold LA secures and maintains long-lasting relationships with her clients, often planning multiple milestone events for the same family over the course of many years — a testament to her talent and temperament. Few locations offer a backdrop as romantic as Thailand, and this destination wedding on the beach in Krabi Noi was absolutely stunning.
International wedding locales include: Reims, France; Krabi Noi, Thailand
With a career that spans from beauty and fashion to events, Aliana Rubins of Aliana Events, is perfectly positioned to produce glamorous and memorable weddings, inspired by art and the runway. This Cabo San Lucas destination wedding featured a stunning and unique asymmetrical arch composed of dreamy baby’s breath flowers for the nuptials which were followed by a luxurious beachside reception and fireworks finale.
International wedding locales include: Goa, India; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
San Francisco & London
Bruce Russell of Bruce Russell Events produces weddings that are creative, colorful, and uniquely curated — and we love the way he partners with designers and fellow vendors to create completely unexpected moments. The pops of purple at this dreamy Italian destination wedding are anything but predictable (and we won’t soon forget this stunning design).
International wedding locales include: London, England; Marrakesh, Morocco; Bracciano, Italy
Sharon Sacks of Sacks Productions works with her high-profile clients and couples to create completely original, yet customized, weddings. The progressive experience of this destination wedding in Cabo is a perfect example: a wedding that begins with an all-white ceremony, then ends with a fuchsia-infused reception, complete with a corresponding fireworks display.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Punta Mita, Mexico; Turks and Caicos Islands
With over 30 years of experience curating some of the most beautiful events all over the world, David Tutera of David Tutera Planning and Design is skilled when it comes to planning and executing destination weddings. For this destination wedding in the Bahamas, a clean color palette was the perfect complement to an already-stunning tropical backdrop.
International wedding locales include: Jakarta, Indonesia; Freeport, The Bahamas
From Vietnam to Lake Como, Lisa Vorce of Lisa Vorce CO caters to a roster of clients and couples who take her talented team all over the world. We especially love this destination wedding in Mexico, where a traditional mariachi group surrounded the newlyweds for a beautiful and sweet first dance.
International wedding locales include: Cần Thơ, Vietnam; Lombardy, Italy; Mexico; Marrakesh, Morocco; Tuscany, Italy
Barbi Walters of The Lynden Lane Company works with her daughters Lyndsey and Layne as a dynamic team who exhibit exquisite style in the curation of every one of their weddings. No detail was too small — from suspended pampas grass centerpieces to hanging place card displays — at this on-trend, breezy destination wedding in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.
International wedding locales include: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; San José Del Cabo, Mexico
Mindy Weiss of Mindy Weiss Party Consultants has worked with her fair share of high-profile couples, but each of her clients gets the same level of attention and devotion, no matter who they are. Mindy brought modern romance to a traditional beach venue at this destination wedding in Cabo, which included a day-to-night igloo structure and more glorious pampas grass than we’ve ever seen at one single event.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Anguilla; Jalisco, Mexico; Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN FLORIDA
With a background in fashion design, Oniki Hardtman, of Oh Niki Occasions brings a unique eye for design to all of her weddings and events. This destination wedding in Jamaica was set in a beautiful lush garden, which was perfectly complemented by green, white, and peach décor accents throughout the celebration.
International wedding locales include: Hamilton, Bermuda; Montego Bay, Jamaica
As the daughter of an interior designer, Annie Lee of Daughter of Design developed an eye for design at a very young age — a quality she now infuses into each of her weddings. This timeless destination wedding in Lake Como is a perfect example: sparkling chandeliers paired beautifully with minimalist tapered candles to create an utterly romantic atmosphere for the newlyweds and their guests.
International wedding locales include: Campagnia, Italy; Como, Italy
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN GEORGIA
In addition to her wow-worthy Southeast Asian weddings, Nirjary Desai of KIS(cubed) Events has become renowned for all event types, including destination weddings for which she leverages her rich experience in the hospitality and travel industries. This destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico complements the beach’s neutral hues with a vivid, eye-catching palette.
International wedding locales include: London, England; Mexico City, Mexico; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Manuel Antonio, Mexico
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN ILLINOIS
Christina Currie of Christina Currie Events, Inc. has been a leader in events for more than 20 years, and she continues to build her company’s international business one stunning wedding at a time. This South Asian destination wedding in Playa del Carmen spanned more than five days, with multiple ceremonies and celebrations — all of which featured vibrant décor that paired perfectly with the tropical location.
International wedding locales include: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Florence, Italy
Michelle Durpetti of Michelle Durpetti Events offers a high level of personal service with a sense of fun and thoughtfulness balanced with a strong detail orientation and sophistication. This magical destination wedding in Italy was perfectly placed in an 8th-century monastery with a reception in a dreamy courtyard reception that featured long wooden king’s tables and delicate florals.
International wedding locales include: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Umbria, Italy
Brianne Garritano of Michigan Avenue Events offers a specialized, boutique approach to large-scale event planning for weddings both at home and abroad. This destination fusion wedding in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico was a beautiful blend of vibrant culture and modern influences, with a memorable yellow color palette to tie all of the elements together.
International wedding locales include: Nayarit, Mexico; Cancun, Mexico;
Lisa Jaroscak of Elegante Weddings and Events, and her team, collaborate with each of their couples to customize wedding celebrations that perfectly represent who they are and what they love. Take this destination wedding in Italy: The floral arrangements are as vibrant and unique as the couple, and we love how they complement the table design with its unique china and glassware for a cohesive vision.
International wedding locales include: Rome, Italy; Como, Italy; Umbria, Italy
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN MISSOURI
Kate Turner of Kate & Company dreams big on behalf of her client — a quality any couple would want in a wedding planner who is responsible for curating their big day. This jewel-toned destination wedding in Riviera Maya, Mexico included an intimate ceremony featuring the couple’s most important guest — their son, who stood at the altar and held hands with his parents during their vows.
International wedding locales include: Riviera Maya, Mexico; Cancun, Mexico
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN NEW YORK
Having lived and traveled all over the world, Guerdy Abraira of Guerdy Design pairs her global expertise with her keen fashion sense (which is always on full display on “The Real Housewives of Miami”) to produce one-of-a-kind chic celebrations. Her unique design aesthetic is evident at this tropical destination wedding in The Bahamas that features a statement-making striped tent and a surprise headline performer.
International wedding locales include: Nassau, The Bahamas
Fallon Carter of Fallon Carter Weddings and Events actually began her event planning career by planning a destination wedding for a dear friend in Paris — and after that first experience, she never looked back. This destination wedding in Tulum is the epitome of rustic romance, complete with a triangular wedding arch for the beachfront ceremony and silver disco balls suspended high above the dance floor.
International wedding locales include: Tulum, Mexico; Venice, Italy
With more than 35 years of experience as a leading wedding planner and designer, Norma Cohen of Norma Cohen Productions knows how to wow with extravagant details. This destination wedding in Cancun certainly does just that, featuring lucite arches and ceremony structures, towering floral centerpieces, and the ultimate ceremony view.
International wedding locales include: Cancún, Mexico; Anguilla
When it comes to producing opulent weddings for some of the most influential couples in the world — including the design and production of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck’s wedding — Colin Cowie of Colin Cowie Lifestyle knows how to create a memorable experience. A castle served as the host venue for this destination wedding in Ireland, and the natural lush greenery paired perfectly with the stunning greenery-forward designs from Cowie and his team.
International wedding locales include: Mayo Abbey, Ireland; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; The Bahamas; Los Cabos, Mexico; Monaco; St. Barth’s; New Zealand; India; Dubai, UAE; Italy; France
New York City
Victoria Dubin of Victoria Dubin Events has a reputation as a leader in events, with a strong team and a deep vendor network who collaborate to produce highly personal gatherings. This Italian destination wedding, produced by Victoria Dubin Events in collaboration with Leslie Mastin Events (who also appears on this top list), features one stunning moment after another — from the stunning aisle that looks as if it leads into the mountains to the epic custom glass atrium-set reception.
International wedding locales include: Lake Como, Italy; Florence, Italy; Israel; The Bahamas; Mexico
New York City
JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli is known for creating one-of-a-kind wedding experiences, as well as her kindness and generosity during the Covid-19 pandemic (and beyond). Unique weddings need a unique location, and that’s exactly what this couple got with their destination wedding in Marrakech, Morocco, complete with floating florals and towering pampas grass décor.
International wedding locales include: Montego Bay, Jamaica; San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; Nassau, The Bahamas; Cayman Islands; Hamilton, Bermuda; Marrakesh, Morocco; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; St. Barts; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
New York City
Amy Katz of Amy Katz Events, and her impressive team, specialize in going above and beyond for each of their couples, whether the wedding celebrations are in New York City or overseas. For this destination wedding in Greece, Amy worked closely with the couple to plan a traditional Greek ceremony, followed by an intimate, romantic reception overlooking the water.
International wedding locales include: Turks and Caicos Islands; Argostolion, Greece
Leslie Mastin of Leslie Mastin Events knows that all events tell stories and, fittingly, her weddings are deeply personal and highly customized, with plenty of thoughtful details and lots of fun. This destination wedding in Italy, produced by Leslie Mastin Events in collaboration with Victoria Dubin Events (who also appears on this top list) featured many memorable moments, from the dreamy and unique rehearsal dinner to the stunning wedding reception that featured a custom glasshouse and memorable entertainment.
International wedding locales include: Saint James, Barbados; Lake Como, Italy
Bryan Rafanell of Rafanelli Events has become renowned for his thoughtful celebrations for celebrities and politicians, but it’s his attention to personalization and a memorable moment that impresses us. See how his team produced this gorgeous wedding in Istanbul that featured repeating epic floral arches, a gilded afterparty, and surprise fireworks.
International wedding locales include: Istanbul, Turkey; Mexico
New York City
Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations has earned a reputation as one of the foremost destination wedding planners in the world; she has developed relationships and resources that span the globe — which she pairs with flexibility and a can-do attitude for stunning celebrations. This breathtaking destination wedding in Lake Como, Italy shows Rago’s attention to every detail, from its truly unique grassy aisle lined with lavender liriope to the Italian gelato service beneath a sky illuminated with fireworks.
International wedding locales include: British West Indies; Anguilla; Nassau, The Bahamas; Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, France; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Como, Italy
New York City
From the first meeting to the final execution, Sonal J. Shah of Sonal J. Shah Event Consultants, and her team of expert planners, leave nothing to chance — they plan for anything and everything. The attention to detail at this destination wedding in Switzerland was absolutely mesmerizing, from the perfectly constructed floral arrangements to the custom monograms strategically placed throughout the reception.
International wedding locales include: Cancun, Mexico; Tulum, Mexico; Curaçao; Montreux, Switzerland; Aruba; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Como. Italy
New York City
Jennifer Zabinski of Jennifer Zabinski Events builds trust and confidence with her clients, then follows through by creating the wedding of their dreams. The Amalfi Coast offered the perfect backdrop for this colorful destination wedding in Italy, with the blue of the water perfectly complemented by the blue-hued chairs and linen.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Bracciano, Italy; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Cancun, Mexico; Amalfi, Italy
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Lynn Easton of Easton Events has become synonymous with Southern luxury, but she and her team of talented wedding and event planners often take their sought-after services overseas. This destination wedding in Thailand was tropical elegance at its finest, with colorful and lush florals along the aisle, on the reception tables, and throughout the celebration.
International wedding locales include: Phuket, Thailand; Aix-en-Provence, France
Reagan Kerr of Reagan Events has produced stunning luxury weddings at some of the best venues in Charleston and the surrounding areas, but it’s this destination wedding in Lake Como that caught our attention. Sea-foam hued décor accents complemented the stunning Italian scenery, while timeless details like tapered candlesticks completed the couple’s vision.
International wedding locales include: Como, Italy; Valett, France
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN TENNESSEE
Sara Fried and her team at Fête Nashville Luxury Weddings know that when it comes to destination weddings, the magic is all in the details. This stunning destination wedding in France is the perfect example of that professional attention to detail, from the custom invitation and paper goods to the dainty French macarons waiting at each reception seat.
International wedding locales include: Bordeaux, France; Paris, France
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN TEXAS
Co-owners Taylor Cozard and Brittany Zahora of Unveiled Bliss work tirelessly to ensure their couples have a stress-free planning experience and a seamless wedding celebration. And this destination wedding in Banff looked like it was anything but stressful, with a picturesque mountain backdrop, romantic ceremony setting, and refined reception details.
International wedding locales include: Alberta, Canada; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Tulum, Mexico
Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed recognizes the importance of representing what’s most important to her couples in all aspects of their wedding celebration. The custom-constructed ceremony structure at this destination wedding in Turks & Caicos was the perfect example of that attention to detail, which allowed the couple to get married on the beach without the mess of the sand.
International wedding locales include: Turks and Caicos Islands
Doyin Fashakin of Doyin Fash Events is accustomed to planning luxury events wherever her clients desire, which has earned her an impressive roster of repeat hosts and a strong vendor network. This destination wedding in Dubai began with nuptials exchanged at the foot of a stunning Dubai landmark and ended with a wow-worthy reception that brought luscious white florals and dreamy candlelight to a richly hued space.
International wedding locales include: Paris, France; Dubai, UAE; Cancún, Mexico
Crystal Frasier, of Crystal Frasier Weddings, produces weddings that are elegant, timeless, and customized to each couple whom she works closely with throughout the planning process. This destination wedding in Cancún featured nuptials exchanged against an ocean backdrop followed by a dreamy reception under swaying up-lit palms.
International wedding locales include: Cancun, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Natalie Kiran Laskowski & Chelsea Leigh Wenner of Kiran and Leigh share a passion for design and travel, which is evident in every perfectly curated wedding from the dynamic duo. This destination wedding in Italy puts that love for design on display, featuring a monochromatic reception tablescape complete with elegant white florals and complementary crystal details.
International wedding locales include: Como, Italy; Playa Del Carmen, Mexico; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Portofino, Italy; Rait, Scotland
With more than 15 years of experience in luxury events and hospitality, Julian Leaver of Julian Leaver Events knows how to produce a wow-worthy wedding experience for both the couple and their guests. This summer garden destination wedding in Mexico is truly stunning, with small details like a custom-monogrammed dance floor with a suspended installation above.
International wedding locales include: San Miguel De Allende, Mexico; Tuscany, Italy; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Ravello, Italy;
Lexi McWhinney of The Savvy Consultants says that her couples are her ultimate inspiration for their wedding celebrations, which means that each of her events is highly curated and customized. This destination wedding in Jamaica was truly unique with peach and white florals and palm fronds representing the couple’s vision and the tropical setting, while acrylic accents added a modern touch.
International wedding locales include: Negril, Jamaica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Chioma Adure Nwogu-Johnson of Dure Events has planned celebrations all over the world, including St. Lucia, Dubai, and Turks & Caicos. Her weddings are elegant, opulent, and romantic — and is there anywhere more romantic than Paris? This Parisian destination wedding featured stunning photo ops in front of some of the city’s most memorable sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
International wedding locales include: Dubai, UAE; Paris, France; Cancun, Mexico
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Jamésa Alexander of Jayne Heir Weddings & Events and her team of expert planners leverage a boutique planning approach and creative storytelling to produce unique wedding celebrations. This vibrant and colorful destination wedding in the Dominican Republic is filled with custom details, from the metallic monogram that is showcased on the dance floor and the menus to the acrylic aisle beautifully floating over the pool.
International wedding locales include: Lombardy, Italy; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The event planners that Jeannette Tavares of Evoke Design and Creative has assembled into her talented team each bring something unique to the table, including past experiences as floral designers, caterers, fashion designers, and more. This destination wedding in Barcelona combines all of those areas of expertise, showcasing beautifully-curated bouquets, laser-cut menus, and more.
International wedding locales include: Lisbon, Portugal; Sitges, Spain; Porto, Portugal; Mykonos, Greece; Venice, Italy
Destination Wedding Planners Based Internationally
We also recognize that some couples may want to hire a wedding planner who is based in the international destination where they will soon exchange vows. Below are a few of the expert wedding planners we adore for their expertise — and convenient locations — in the Caribbean, Europe, and Mexico.
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN THE CARIBBEAN
Marva Monroe of Chic Bahamas Weddings and Events brings an impressive background in hospitality and tourism to her clients, and she has more than 20 years of experience planning weddings throughout the Bahamas, including Nassau, Exhuma, and more. This romantic waterfront wedding in Exuma combines modern touches like a triangular arch with classic details.
International wedding locales include: The Bahamas
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN EUROPE
When it comes to luxurious weddings in Ireland and across Europe, Tara Fay, of Tara Fay Events, is known for her inventive design and meticulous attention to detail. This garden wedding in Ireland combined traditional lush greenery with opulent chandeliers for a perfect — and incredibly memorable — wedding reception.
International wedding locales include: Birr, Ireland; Wicklow; Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Cork, Ireland; Adare, Ireland; Málaga, Spain
Nancy LaTart, of Fête in France, has planned stunning, romantic weddings all over France, from the countryside in the Loire Valley to the shimmering streets of Paris. This four-day wedding celebration in Burgundy featured too many incredible details to name, but some of our favorites included a greenery-adorned white tent, custom cocktail stirrers, and two very special (and furry) guests.
International wedding locales include: Paris, France; Condecourt, France; Burgundy, France; Montréal, France; Loire Valley, France; Grasse, France; Lombardy, France
DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNERS IN MEXICO
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Not only does Arianna Ocampo of Del Cabo Weddings work hand-in-hand with U.S.-based luxury planners to create stunning, over-the-top weddings, but her team produces full-service celebrations for clients from all over the world. This winter wedding in Cabo San Lucas proves that even when it’s chilly, Mexico is a great spot for a beach wedding when you have the right planner.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Illeana Reyes of Romantic Cabo Weddings curates thoughtful multi-day wedding celebrations that include plenty of activities for her couples and their guests to enjoy, from golf and pool parties to dinners on boats and bluffs. This destination wedding in Cabo San Lucas married romantic and rustic vibes for a gorgeous celebration that included unique touches like glasses of champagne that assigned seating and a cigar bar.
International wedding locales include: San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas — Mexico
Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur
Emmanuel Vega of Emmanuel Vega Events is skilled at knowing what his couples want (often before they do) then promptly over-delivering on their vision, all with a kind and dedicated demeanor. This Cabo San Lucas-set destination wedding combined a beach aesthetic with modern elegance for a truly memorable gathering for a very happy couple.
International wedding locales include: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
People Also Ask…
What should a couple consider when trying to decide whether to hire a planner in their destination or closer to home?
When trying to decide between a planner near you or your destination, consider the following factors:
A planner in the wedding destination will likely have a better knowledge of the area and its vendors, which can be particularly important for destination weddings where you may not be as familiar with the local vendors and customs.
Think about your communication preferences; if you prefer in-person meetings, it may be more beneficial to hire a planner closer to home. You should also consider any personal connections you may have to wedding planners in either location.
Michelle Rago of Michelle Rago Destinations adds, “A couple should consider the conditions of working in their chosen destination and who has the experience suited to any of those challenges. For example, certain destinations require a great deal of importing goods through customs, which can be a challenge and requires important local partnership.”
It may be helpful for you to weigh the pros and cons of both options and speak with planners in both locations to determine which option is the best fit. Regardless, hiring a planner is definitely the way to go when preparing for your destination wedding.
Now that people are traveling again, what trends are you seeing in destination weddings?
Rago, an expert in destination events, shares, “We are seeing both lengthier events and increased guest engagement overall. Couples are opting for longer weekends — closer to 5-day celebrations — and guests are excited to celebrate and be included in these experiences. Couples are being generous in their planning and guests aren’t turning down any opportunities.”