A Reflection on 13 Years of Destination Wedding Planning

Every year we celebrate a birthday and this year it’s 13!  It feels both exciting to say that, but also a bit of a relief.  

Making it through the last couple of years has been hard for everyone.  

And as a business owner in an industry where gatherings are what we do, it’s been quite a challenge to say the least.  

For a while it’s just been about surviving.

And now that we’ve gone from postponements and cancellations to this massive wedding boom, it’s quite the change!

Drastic is the best word for it.  

Roller coaster is the best way to describe how it feels.

Wedding couple on a carousel shot by associate photographers for a Sonoma destination wedding by Destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Chrisman Studios)

But it’s not a bad thing necessarily.  The ups and downs teach you. They make you grow and learn and figure out what you want for the future.

No matter how long you’ve been in business there are always things to learn. Things to make the next wedding better, to understand how to handle a difficult situation, to push your creative process further.  

As I was reflecting on the last few years (and all my years for that matter), I realized there are 3 comments I get from every wedding I orchestrate:

The couple is so happy and thankful that they could really enjoy this time with the people they love. And they are thrilled that it turned out even better than they imagined. Yay!

The guests come up to thank me and tell me that the details and events were so thoughtful and fun. And in turn they tell the couple that it’s the best wedding they’ve ever been to. Yay!

And vendors say that I’m the best planner they’ve ever worked with. That I’m super organized and on it and they like my designs because they’re different. Yay!

Newlyweds jumping for joy at their Caribbean destination wedding in Anguilla by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Savanah Loftus)

I’m not usually one to congratulate myself, if anything I never think I’m good enough. But I realized just recently that these are really amazing comments (I know, I know).

Now I’m sure not all guests or all vendors think this about me.

But to hear it at every wedding feels… pretty darn great.

It means how I plan and design weddings resonates with people. That the weddings I help create bring joy and delight.  And that feels awesome!

Am I perfect?  No and I never will be.  And no wedding is ever perfect.

But I do work hard at creating an experience and celebration that is one to remember.

And as a part of all this reflection, I’ve also been thinking a lot about our services and what we’re best at.  And as a result, I’ve made the decision to streamline our services.  

To simplify instead of diversify.  

I’ve been offering a few different services for a number of years now, but going forward I’ve decided to just focus on what we do best, complete destination wedding weekends.

To be honest, it hurts me a little bit to be pulling back from some of our other services. Because I want to help everyone I can!

But it’s the right decision for the company and to be able to serve our clients best.  

And I am excited to be able to purely focus on creating these multi-day memorable and meaningful experiences.  

A smitten bride and groom at their Calistoga Ranch multi-cultural wedding by destination wedding planner Mango Muse Events
(Photo credit: Emik Nikora)

All of this to say, that it’s exciting, relieving, and a little bit tiring to be celebrating 13 years.  

But it’s all happy nonetheless!  

And I’m so grateful and happy to be here.  

To be doing something I love. To be working with amazing couples. And to be creating exciting, different, unique and fun destination weddings.

As always, thank you for being here and for being a part of the Mango Muse Events family.  And I can’t wait to see what the upcoming year brings!

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