Hi! My name is Harmony Skillman and I am a full service travel agent – including destination wedding planning services.
I currently don’t charge any fees for destination wedding planning, and I assist with all aspects of the travel side of your destination wedding.
Destination Weddings I Have Planned:
Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana, April 2023
Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas, June 2023
Beaches Turks and Caicos, Re-tie the Knot, August 2023
Grand Palladium Vallarta, April 2024
Sandals Negril, November 2024
How to Plan a Destination Wedding with Harmony Skillman
How does planning a destination wedding with me work? First, I go over what you and your finance are looking for in a destination and resort. Are you have a religious ceremony? Legal ceremony? or just civil? Are you looking for a beach wedding or a chapel/gazebo/rooftop, etc.
How many guests are you anticipating and are you inviting children?
Then I ask some of the same questions I would ask you if you were planning a honeymoon or vacation. Do you like small or large resorts? Beach/pool? Are you looking for golf, tennis, spa, excursions, paddleball or anything else to help narrow down all the options.
YOU CAN CLICK HERE FOR MY DESTINATION WEDDING INQUIRY FORM
Then I ask for YOUR budget with your travel and wedding. Budget is always tricky, but I say to my couples, pick the resort YOU are most interested in, and if your guests are interested they will come!
Then I send a proposal with both what a stay at the resort would cost for your guests, and the wedding planning info.
Once you decide on a resort, I put you in touch with the resort wedding planning team. From there, they take over planning for your big day, while I get to work on securing a room block (if you need 10 rooms or more) for your group. If you are looking for 9 rooms or less, we link the group with a code and sometimes there are small discounts on a group code.
The vendor I use for room blocks is great, we a dedicated group coordinator, the risk to holding rooms is usually low (as long as you release unused rooms by a certain date) and their rates are always FANTASTIC.
Once you decide on how many rooms to hold (and in which category) contracts are sent out and signed, and a small deposit is made by the bride/groom – that deposit does goes go towards your wedding room.
Then I set up a google form, with an easy link you can send to your guests. That puts them right in touch with me, with all the info they need to book. I will do a google spreadsheet to keep track of who has booked and share that with the wedding couple.
Closer to the wedding, I make sure everything is confirmed with the transfers and hotel, and work to get the wedding couple any applicable hotel freebies based on the size of the group.
Since I am a full service travel agent, and book these destinations beyond weddings, I assist with any excursions your guests want to do and helpful info for them to maximize their time in the destination. After all, we want then to enjoy their vacation as well as your special day!
Destination Wedding Planning Assistance
Interested in my free destination wedding planning services? Then please reach out today! THIS FORM will help get you started – I look forward to working with you!
More Articles to Help you Plan Your Destination Wedding
How to Plan a Destination Wedding at Sandals Resorts (or Beaches if you have kids invited!)
Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review – here you can have a Catholic destination wedding in a gorgeous chapel that overlooks the beach
Beaches Turks and Caicos Review – the perfect resort for an all-ages wedding!
Beaches Negril Review – another great option for an all ages wedding. Get married on the gorgeous seven mile beach.
Hilton Playa del Carmen Review – this is a super fun resort, great for groups of friends who are looking for five star amenities, with a great price point. There is an incredible rooftop terrace overlooking the beach, perfect for your ceremony or reception
Sandals Grande Antigua Review – one of my favorite Sandals resorts. Sandals is an all couples resorts (king beds in all rooms, double occupancy only) there are gorgeous, large lawns for big outdoor weddings, and rooms in a variety of price points for your guests.
Hyatt Ziva Puerto Vallarta – If you want a beach wedding, with the best sunsets, this is the resort for your destination wedding!
Hard Rock Riviera Maya – This is a large resort so if you have a big wedding, this could be a great option. There are beautiful gazebos for weddings and receptions spaces for 100s of guests.