Do I really need a Wedding Planner?

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, which means plenty of convenience and direct flights to and from. And Chiang Mai, especially in the winter, offers ideal weather for your wedding—typically sunny and cooler temperature.

Tong & Tum’s wedding in 2017 was casual, intimate, and down-to-earth.

But I don’t want a ‘fancy’ wedding ceremony.

We get it—you would prefer a ‘casual’ event with your closest friends and family, anywhere from 50 to 100 people… something lower maintenance, down-to-earth, and ‘out of the box’.

You simply don’t need all the bells and whistles.

This maintains intimacy, while taking full advantage of The Heritage House & Garden’s existing European-style design and architecture, as well as the lush backdrop of the Chiang Mai hills.

However, it is a destination wedding, and you’re planning this from abroad. This means you’re relatively in the dark about which vendors are best suited for you, whether it’s a caterer, floral specialist, or entertainer.

Not mandatory, but highly recommended for these reasons:

1. Planning a wedding can be a dedicated job.

And as a family business, we don't have a dedicated planner.

2. You’re abroad.

A local planner can help you organize local vendors and and carry out your plan while you're not here.

3. More time, less stress.

Having a dedicated person can take a huge weight off of you and your partner, leaving you with more time, and less stress.

4. There’s different types of planners.

Many wedding planners are expensive and you can’t justify the cost because you want a simple wedding. However, it is possible to negotiate the cost down based on your needs.

There are three types of wedding planners:

  1. Full-service planners are there help you from start to finish, from the crafting of the vision, to coordinating activities for the guests, to the day-of operations. Basically every step of the wedding process.

  2. A-la-cart planners are more personalized, allowing couples to build their dream weddings based on their unique style and needs.

  3. Day-of coordinators are perfect for couples that want to handle all of the planning themselves. However, they don’t want to worry about the wedding day logistics. A day-of coordinator makes sure everything goes just as you’ve planned. You’ve picked the date, the site, the vendors, and now you can choose just how much help you need to execute. This usually includes support and problem-solving throughout the event day.

Our previous guests have felt that a wedding planner, whether full-service or a-la-carte, is a reasonable expense considering that the cost of hosting a wedding in Chiang Mai is already significantly lower than weddings in most Western countries.

If you are interested in a planner, we would be happy to make an introduction to our trusted contacts from years of experience in the local wedding industry.

A “planner” too much? Try a Day-Of Coordinator.

This way, you (the bride and groom) can be as carefree as possible. Well, no wedding is ‘carefree’, but at least you can limit the logistics and operational matters!

Again, a wedding planner is not mandatory. However, we strongly encourage you to have a Wedding Coordinator to execute your wedding the day-of. If you don’t have a Wedding Coordinator, we can provide you one, in-house.

We’ll handle a lot of the groundwork locally while you’re abroad, as well as assist on the day-of setup. Some of these tasks include:

  1. Finding and managing vendors

  2. Wedding day sequencing

  3. An overall resource to delegate tasks to

Contact us if you’d like to discuss the above. We’re happy to elaborate.