Planning a wedding is hard work! Now imagine planning a destination wedding in a different country than your own. It can be a challenge, but definitely doable in Tuscany!
There are many who embark on the adventure, taking on the challenge of organizing everything themselves here in Tuscany. But from posts on our forum, I know that things can get complicated. From not knowing which vendors to contact and to trust to finding out they don't speak enough English to understand your requests, I often recommend asking for assistance from a local wedding planner to help make your dream wedding in Tuscany come true.
While a wedding planner can plan every single detail, the best wedding planner for you will be the one that helps you to the right degree to allow you to enjoy the planning and excitement of organizing one of the most important days in your life together. Whether you need assistance with only the legal documents, finding the right hairdresser or make-up artist, I recommend Cindy Salgado.
Cindy is a warm, solar person who herself went through the organization of her own wedding in Tuscany as a foreigner and from afar. Originally from Mexico, she fell in love with an Italian and has been living in Florence for almost a decade. For over half that time, she has been helping others like herself plan the perfect wedding experience in Tuscany and Italy.
I met with Cindy a few weeks ago to ask her what she offers that makes her a great wedding planner, and I was really impressed with her professionalism and integrity. First off, she has met and worked with a lot of vendors and at many locations, creating a select list of those she trusts and continues to work with. But she does not offer packages at all, nor does she impose any vendor on the couple she works with. She offers solutions and various proposals at every step. Every single wedding is unique and has to be treated as such. She will help you plan the nitty-gritty as well as the general creative theme that will make all of your guests fall in love with Tuscany as well.
Cindy is the perfect wedding planner for you:
- if you want the whole "Tuscan experience" of enjoying the views, great food and romantic atmosphere and share it with your guests
- if you want direct contacts with suppliers and venues, with the advice of a local wedding planner in selecting the best one for your wedding
- if you want assistance with just a few aspects of wedding planning, or want her to take care of everything so that you are completely stress-free
- if you want someone you can trust to take care of your needs, giving you a high quality service and guiding you along the way
First off, Cindy wants to make sure she and every couple interested in her services will be able to work together to make their dream wedding come true. She offers a free consultation as the first step, where you can discuss your plans and ideas, no matter how wide or vague or detailed, and see whether you make a good match. Just like you took months or years to decide on your life partner, you cannot go with the first wedding planner you contact ;-). You have to establish trust and be confident that she will be taking care of you here in Tuscany while you are back home.
As you talk to Cindy, you will see that she inspires and earns that trust. One thing I found pretty unique is that she says that, while she helps bring the right people together to create wonderful experiences, one of the most important things she does is give credit where the credit is due. The flowers will be marvelous, as will the food... and she makes sure the couple knows who the people behind the scenes are (the caterer, the florist, the the DJ or band). So she offers suggestions and tells you their names, what they'll do and lets you choose which one you want, offering of course those she already knows will be perfect for your wedding but giving you room for choice.
If you and your guests are coming across the world to Tuscany for your dream wedding, it truly has to be magical. Cindy will make sure you and your guests enjoy every aspect and have fun! From organizing rehearsal dinners the day before the wedding to wine tastings or tours or cooking classes on the day after the main event, you and your guests will have more than just one day to treasure forever in your memories. She offers assistance in organizing the entire experience of enjoying Tuscany and for that reason alone is worth contacting her if this is what you're looking for.
If you've already started the wedding planning process yourself, and only want select help in certain matters, she is also available to assist in those select areas. As Cindy says, every wedding is unique and one of the most important days of your life. Her goal is to make sure you attain your dream and will go the extra mile to make sure to help as much or little as you want her to.
Watch the videos and testimonials on her website, and you will see she is successful in what she does. She's a wedding planner as well as a designer. She works in Tuscany as well as in other locations in Italy. Because she's here and has worked with and seen the variety in gorgeous, spectacular settings and works with professional suppliers, once she gets to know you she will be able to recommend a Renaissance villa or garden over a Medieval castle, assuring your wedding guests will enjoy great Italian food and the enchanting landscape in Tuscany as the backdrop to your magnificent wedding in Tuscany!
Ready to start the process? Head on to Cindy's website and contact her for your first consultation!
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