Client and Guest Management Is a Big Part of the Caribbean Destination Wedding Planner’s Job — Alissa the Intern’s Blog

Hola!

I am finding it hard to believe that June is already well underway! May was definitely a busy wedding month, but it was a good chance for me to jump right into things here at Weddings in Vieques. Time flew by and now that things are settling down
here a little with the big rush of weddings having passed, I am doing a little reflecting on my first few weeks here. Overall, everything has gone really well and I’m constantly learning new things.

For anyone who has ever been involved in the preparation and execution of a wedding, you probably have a pretty good idea how much work it is. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this internship is watching a bride and groom’s wedding day unfold-a
wedding that they have been planning for many months and sometimes even years. Executing a destination wedding requires a lot of planning, though. With that said, if you hire a wedding planner, you are relieved of a ton of the stress because you have someone whose job it is to focus on all the details and to tie up all of the loose ends, ensuring your wedding goes smoothly.

As a weddingplanning crew, we constantly have to be turned “on.” We are closely involved with most of the clients from the time they step foot on the island up until they leave. We spend time greeting the clients upon arrival in Vieques and helping them get acquainted with the island. We are also engaged in their welcome parties, beach parties, wedding rehearsals, wedding ceremonies, and any other events that they choose to have. We have to put a lot of energy into these things in order to ensure that they are a success. We don’t just set things up and take things down – we have to visit with the guests and be available to
answer questions and trouble shoot at all of the events. Not only that, but clients have¬†Weddings in Vieques’ contact information
in case any questions or problems arise during their wedding week. As long as there is a bride and groom on the island, we must be turned “on” so that we can cater to their needs.

Also, everycouple is different. Some couples are very low-maintenance and self-sufficient while others have more questions and need more assistance. That’s just one of the many things we have to adjust to and prepare for. I was completely exhausted after two of our bigger weddings because it really does take a lot of enthusiasm and energy to execute a three or four day stretch of events; but in the end, seeing a bride and groom’s satisfaction makes it all worth the effort!

On a very different note, I have learned that I am a mosquito magnet. I have not one, not five, but sixteen mosquito bites on my legs. Now, don’t worry; if you’re in Vieques all the mosquitos will be following me so you have nothing to worry about! But in all reality, the mosquitos generally aren’t bad here; we just got off that unusual stretch of rain so they are a little worse for a few days
following the rain until they start to die off again. Also, I spent one evening in an area that I knew was more prone to mosquitos. To top it off, I can only recall one instance in which I was smart enough to use bug repellent so I should probably hold myself accountable for a good portion of the bites. You would think I would have built up some immunity to mosquitos by now because I
deal with a lot of them every summer in Nebraska but nope, still really sensitive to them. What makes me mad is that I swear I am the only one down here who has any mosquito bites; that’s good for everyone else but I would rather not take one for the team in this instance. For whatever reason, the mosquitos just seem to be attracted to me. With that said, please take a moment to learn from my experience. If you are in Vieques, just like any other place, use some common sense (do as I say, not as I do J). If you use common sense, you should have no issues while you’re here.

That’s all for now. Adios!

Alissa

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