Step One was finding Island Bliss Weddings. The hard part is now over, you have help! You have guidance! You have an expert at the touch of your keypad or dial of your phone! This seemingly overwhelming process is now streamlined and easy to navigate with our assistance and years of destination wedding experience. So Step Two is to take a nice sigh of relief and pat yourself on the back for making the best decision so far in this wedding planning process (minus maybe your amazing selection of a future spouse!).
The first thing you will want to do is email us. Email is always preferred over the phone – we are not in our office 5 days a week, 8 hours a day, but often on site at events, setting up, tearing down or helping that beautiful bride down the aisle. So email us and we can get back you much quicker than a phone call. Your first email should tell us a little about what you have envisioned for your wedding day…will you arrive by boat or plane? Do you plan to stay on St. Thomas or St. John? How many guests do you think you’ll have or will it be just the two of you? Are you wanting to host a reception or just a nice causal beachside dinner?
Once we receive your email, we will send you our information guide which is page after page of frequently asked questions and we’ll also begin to help you formulate a plan for your wedding day. The first of which, will be to determine if you need a package or a custom event.
What does that mean? Well, we offer two different destination wedding planning services. One is to allow you to choose one of our many packages we have listed for our St. Thomas events and our St. John events. These packages are geared towards brides that mainly just need help with a ceremony and maybe just some advice for a nice lunch or dinner (or even a sunset sailboat ride!). All of our packages are 100% customizable – we are absolutely happy to remove services or add them to make the package a perfect fit for the two of you. To do this, take a look at our listed packages and then send us an email with a list of items you don’t necessarily want or need and a list of items that you think you may like to add. We’re happy to send you a customized quote on the perfect destination wedding package for you.
The second service we offer is full planning assistance from your welcome party to your farewell brunch. This is a customized event with a flat rate wedding fee for our services (you’ll never be charged more for extra emails or phone calls) and a la carte services from musicians to centerpieces, to favors to flowers. Contact us to receive a quote based on current pricing.
Once we know what direction is best for you, we break down the wedding planning process like a layer of wedding cake. First we’ll focus on the venue for the ceremony & reception, then we’ll nail down that timeline. Second, we’ll book your officiate for you and ask you to choose a photographer (you can choose one of our recommendations, choose one that you find on your own – or even bring one with you!). We’ll then focus on catering & reception music if needed. The other elements, such as flowers, wedding cake, ceremony and reception setup with flow easily over the course of our planning.
At all times, you’ll have a dedicated wedding coordinator on your team to help answer questions, offer advice and assist you with creating the destination wedding of your dreams!