A destination wedding can be exciting but daunting to plan and organize so it is important to find someone who knows the language as well the culture. Today we have the pleasure to have Laura Dova from Laura Dova Weddings to share with us her experiences planning international weddings. She speaks 4 languages and has cultural roots spreading across several countries. Read on to learn more about how a Switzerland wedding planner Lara Dova can help make a destination wedding to go off without a hitch.
Q: Hi Laura, thanks for taking time to share a little about you and your career as a wedding planner. You’ve lived in 5 different countries and studied in Paris before becoming a wedding planner. What an adventure! How did you make the decision to become a planner? And what is it about planning weddings that drives you in your career?
A: Hello, I know, I can’t even believe it myself I’ve lived in so many different countries and studied Wedding Planning in Paris.
I’ve always known I wanted to be an event planner but I also wanted to have a job where I could expand, work on my creativity and have intimate and very close relation with the couples. Wedding planning seemed like the perfect job for me. I also wanted to be surrounded by different culture, that’s why I specialized in Destination Wedding Planning.
Q: Having lived is so many countries probably gives you an edge to the competition when it comes to international wedding planning. What sort of skills do you offer that sets you above the rest? Are there any perks that draw you to this area of wedding planning?
A: I would say my first strengths is my polyglotism. I speak perfectly four languages which makes it easier for the couple but also for their families. The second one would be that I am myself in a multicultural family, from Brazil to Russia, passing by England and Italy, I truly have a multicultural family and it makes it easier for me to understand the different culture and totally embrace the family diversity to turn it into something beautiful for the wedding day.
I would describe myself as being precise and perfectionist as a Swiss, talkative and outgoing as an Italian and always looking for elegant and sophisticated as a French !
Q: When it comes to planning a wedding there is so much to keep track of. This is especially true when planning an international wedding where the couple cannot physically be present throughout the entire process. What is your process in keeping everything organized so that everything runs smoothly?
A: Every couple is unique so they all work in different ways.
Some of them are super responsive and others are very easy going and not answering emails in weeks. I try to adapt my tools depending on their personalities.
All of them receive a personalized timeline of every month, from now to the wedding day, for them to know exactly how the year will go and what we will focus on for each month. It is very reassuring for them and helps them focusing on what’s important.
Q: Tell us a little about your services. When is the best time to start working with a planner?
A: I have two type of service.
The first one is the “full wedding planning” where I take care of all the vendors researches and I’m there on the wedding day to coordinate everything.
The second is is the “partial wedding planning” I only organize the vendors the couple asks me to, and having me on the wedding day is an extra. I propose this service, as I often have really small weddings in the Swiss Alps, and they do not need me on the day.
My difference is that I don’t offer packages, as for me every couple is unique and I could not propose the same vendors to two different couples.
The best time to start planning for me is one year and a half before the wedding. But most of the couples contact me around one year before the wedding.
Q: You’ve created some inspiring weddings so far in your career. Where do you see your successes taking you in the future?
A: Thank you very much !
I do like to make a lot of projects, I think it is very important to keep challenging yourself.
A few years ago I was laughing with my friends telling them I would create a school for wedding planning in Switzerland and last year I did. So this was an amazing achievement for me.
Switzerland is still very late on new wedding trends so my goal is to show everybody how beautiful and unique a wedding can be; I’m working on it with a secret project that will be out in a few months :)
And of course, planning other beautiful and inspiring weddings to make brides and grooms happier than ever.
Thank you to Laura for sharing her knowledge with us! Destination weddings do have some unique challenges so a destination wedding planner like Laura Dova would certainly help make the process run smoothly. For more information about Laura Dova check out her website Laura Dova Weddings.