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Editor’s Note: for this Best Wedding Planners in Vancouver Spotlight, we had the pleasure of interviewing Marsha, from Marsha Steeves Destination Weddings.
Where have you been featured?
Canadian Traveller, Vancouver Sun, Perfect Wedding, Perfect Love
What types of weddings do you specialize in?
We do “Destination Weddings.” We specialize in Ethnic weddings, i.e. Sikh and Hindu. We also do a lot of Jewish, Persian and Chinese ceremonies as well. We quite often do “Fusion Weddings” a blending of the two cultures & religions, this can be a little more challenging but fun.
Why do couples love working with you?
I do ask them how they heard of us and they usually are referred for the better part. They recognize the many years of experience and when they come in for a consultation they typically mention they are very relieved at the end, feeling confident and seeing we know our product well. Also, I really pride myself most in the way that I run my business with integrity.
What do you love most about being a wedding planner?
What I love most is the reward. The reward that you receive on the “day of” when you see it all come together, what you have worked on over the last year. When you see it all flow without a hitch and finally the smiles on their faces and you know they are so happy and so proud of their day. It kind of makes all the stresses you’ve experienced to get here all dissipate away and this becomes the big picture. Just one more success story for you but the real reward is in knowing that you help make their most important dream come true!
How did you get started?
I have been in the Travel Industry for the past 30 years. When destination weddings first became the trend I was right there at the right time and was the first in the Coast to arrange destination weddings – both travel and wedding planning and on an international basis. I can honestly say “The Travel Industry” has been the biggest joy of my life. I can’t image reliving my life and doing anything different for my career! I do believe that this passion has truly been the key to my success!
What budget range do you cater to?
I would say a bit of all. The average budget is about $1,800 – $2,300 (per person). Sometimes they only have $1500 for the guest travel package and this is hard these days to meet.
What typically happens at the beginning of the process when someone contacts you?
I set up a consultation to have them come to our wedding lounge. I recommend they discuss their fiancé prior to the consultation the basic things: needs, preferences and budget. I have them fill out and questionnaire prior to coming in and this gets them thinking as well.
I then do a presentation of our services and start my dialogue to gather as much information as possible and get to know their styles and what’s most important to them. At that point, I know right away the best destination and resort experiences that would probably best suit them. I provide my recommendations and ask them to do a bit of homework for me. My team than does the research and prepares the initial proposal. It usually takes about one month to narrow it right into the perfect destination wedding experience for them.
We had the best wedding week at the Moon Palace and can’t thank you enough for all of your help and hard work. We had an amazing time!! and our guests did too. The resort was perfect for our group and everything ran smoothly. It was all amazing and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thank You!
-Aly & Adam
The team at Marsha Steeves Destination Weddings were incredibly FABULOUS!!! From our first meeting, we felt so welcomed into the office and were given all the information we needed to make the best decision for where we would like to have our wedding. I would have to say that my group was extremely difficult to deal with, I don’t even know how Jennica did it. I came to tears on a few occasions because of cancellations, name changes and all kinds of different demands from the group. Jennica was always professional, friendly and willing to help. She has so much patience and truly is an asset to the travel team.
Our wedding planner Goga, as well as the on-site planner, did everything they could to make sure we had our dream wedding! We couldn’t have been any happier with the way everything turned out. It was a magical and beautiful day and everything we had hoped for, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of everyone at Marsha Steeves Destination Weddings. We have recommended this company to everyone we know that dreams of having a destination wedding, we hope a few of our other family and friends book as well. The team is FANTASTIC!!! Our family and guests loved the special greeting from Marsha Steeves and the check-in poster that was set up for us when we arrived at the airport. Truly a great experience to commence the trip! We had the best vacation and experience in Mexico and we can’t THANK the team enough for everything they did for us and making our dream come true.
-Jennifer & Danny
Thank you, everyone! Wanted to say thank you on behalf of Mike and I on everything you have done for us, everything was amazing. Dreams hotel surely went above and beyond, service was 5 star. Most of the couple on the trip were upgraded to the honeymoon suite. From the beginning of our journey Marsha you reassured us everything would be wonderful and it truly was. Jennica then took over and if I can give her a 10-star rating how she goes above and beyond I would…wait, I think I just did. Jennica makes everything so seamless and takes over each problem and making it a resolution.
Goga, thank you for meeting up with me and spending HOURS on end trying to ensure I had the best wedding possible working around the clock with the hotel. Couldn’t have done it without you guys! I would highly recommend anyone even considering a destination wedding to use Marsha’s company as they strive to provide professionalism, reassurance and make the months leading up to your big day as stress-free as possible! Thank you again!
Love Mike and Kitti