Destination Wedding Venue Reviews
I’m Ashley, SkyBride’s founder, and a former destination bride. I started this business because I know the challenges of planning a destination wedding firsthand. I also know the tips, tricks, and secret locales for my destinations usually reserved only for locals, because I have lived abroad, as have other SkyBride consultants. We bring this knowledge, network, and on-the-ground savvy to you, because every couple deserves the perfect day.
Each couple begins with a free consultation. This is a chance for both parties to identify if there’s a good fit for working together. We discuss logistics, what planning has been done, and where we go from here. We’ll answer any questions you have, and ask a few of our own.
The Planning Process
SkyBride has a different approach than many to wedding planning. We apply a planning framework taken from my days as a software project manager – the Agile framework. Agile focuses on a few things: short iterations of work, regular communication, collaboration, and output as the measure of success. At SkyBride, we do the same. We break the planning process into “sprints,” and set outcomes for the end of each sprint. We collaborate across consultants to provide the best wedding possible. We communicate regularly with you, and at the end of each sprint, we present you with our completed deliverables. At the beginning of each sprint, we look at our list of things to do and identify the most pressing things, which are prioritized first. You’re involved in this process, but we’ll tell if there are things that must be done in order to meet deadlines or secure a contract. Otherwise, priorities are up to you if you want them to be.
Why This Works
Agile is a proven framework for getting things done. We love it for a number of reasons:
It provides transparency
You know what we’re working on at any given time. You know when we expect to begin working on other things, and the priority order of each item.
It assures regular check-ins
This framework requires commitment on both sides, but it pays off. You get a chance every sprint to review what we’ve done and let us know if anything doesn’t match with your ideas or desires. We can fix issues easier this way, because we know right away.
It provides redundancy
With Agile, you never have to worry about what would happen if your consultant is out of commission for some reason. Agile allows any consultant to step in and know exactly what has been done, what is left, and what is blocking our progress.