So here’s the big question…
“Should I hire a destination wedding travel agent?”
The answer is YES, and you’ll soon find out why!
So don’t go planning your destination wedding all alone. Build confidence! Explore this list below, crafted by experienced agents.
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- Whats is a Destination Wedding Travel Agent?
- Reasons To Hire A Destination Wedding Travel Agent
- Reason 1 – They Know The Destination Very Well
- Reason 2 – They Can Unlock Exclusive Discounts
- Reason 3 – They Can Book The Accommodations
- Reason 4 – You Get A Stress Free Wedding!
- Reason 5 – They Can Help You Book Activities
- Reason 6 – They Can Help You Plan Other Events
- Reason 7 – Their Services Are For Free!
- Reason 8 – They Know The Local Laws
- Reason 9 – They’re Able to Contact The Resort Faster
- Tips For Finding The Right Travel Agent
- What Questions To Ask A Destination Wedding Travel Agent?
Destination wedding travel agents are like regular travel agents, BUT they specialize in destination weddings.
So, why use a destination wedding travel planner?
Agents have experience in:
– weddings in different countries.
– all-inclusive resort weddings and destination wedding packages.
– working with local venues and suppliers.
– helping you and your guests book accommodation.
– negotiating the best prices.
They also help you choose the:
✓ wedding package
They also manage logistics and transportations for your guests.
So, it’s clearly not the travel agent in your local strip mall!
The best part? They’re usually free!
They earn a commission from booking guest travel, just like regular travel agents.
With their expertise and connections, your destination wedding planning will be smooth sailing.
So, here are 7 reasons why you’d want to work with a destination wedding specialist. 👇
Reason 1: They Know The Destination Very Well
A destination wedding travel agent is an absolute pro when it comes to their destinations.
They’ve likely visited these resorts, seen venues, and explored wedding packages so you can choose wisely and avoid any disappointments.
They know each location intimately.
For example, we at Paradiseweddings.com are pros at Mexico and the Caribbean. Think Cabo, Vallarta, Cancun, Tulum, Dominican Republic and Jamaica!. Other travel agents may know more about destination weddings in Europe like Italy, France, Spain or Greece.
Bottom line… you want a specialist. Someone who can help you explore venues, the best wedding packages, and take care of your guests.
Interested in an all-inclusive resort wedding? Explore resorts here.
Reason 2: They Can Unlock Exclusive Discounts
If you’re looking to snag some amazing discounts and promotions for your destination wedding, it’s a good idea to hire a destination wedding travel agent!
We often have access to unpublished deals that you might not be able to find anywhere else.
We also know whether you’re getting the best price because of our experience with the resorts.
Reason 3: They Can Book The Accommodations
It’s too risky to let your guests book their accommodation. Do things right, reserve a block of rooms.
Imagine this… it’s all sold out!
You’ve confirmed your wedding date with the resort or venue, and the save-the-dates are sent.
Suddenly, 1 month before your wedding, you find out that the resort you wanted everyone to stay at is booked solid.
So, what now? You have to tell everyone who dragged their feet that they need to stay at a neighboring resort. No drinks by the pool or late-night parties for them. 😭
What’s the solution? A “Room Block”
A destination travel planners will help secure a block of rooms with the resort. It’s an art, believe me, we’ve organized 100’s of destination weddings.
Once that’s done, you know your guests will experience this adventure together.
Your agent also ensures your guests have all the info they need, like details on the resort, room options, pricing, and payment plans. Your nights and weekends will be saved from them asking you the oddest questions!
And if anyone has special requests, your agency will ensure those are taken care of too.
Reason 4: You Get A Stress Free Wedding!
Planning a destination wedding on your own can be seriously stressful and time-consuming.
That’s when a destination wedding travel agent saves the day.
Who wants to take on all the lifting alone? Consider them your free personal assistant who’s planning 100’s of destination weddings.
With their expertise, you’ll have more time to enjoy the lead-up to your big day without worrying about all the nitty-gritty details.
Reason 5: They Can Help You Book Activities
Not every guest will want to veg by the pool. Some will want things to do and adventures they can Insta!
A destination wedding travel agent can help make that happen by putting together exciting activities for you and your guests.
Whether it’s exploring a new city, snorkeling in a cenote, or chartering a catamaran to a secluded island, your agent will make sure they have plenty of fun on your wedding getaway!
Reason 6: They Can Help You Plan Other Events
Your destination wedding celebrations don’t have to begin and end at the ceremony.
You can plan so much more, and we can help you do just that.
From bachelor/ette parties to bridal luncheons, from a private cocktail hour to a rehearsal dinner, we can help you organize all the events.
They can even help you organize welcome parties and farewell lunches.
Reason 7: Their Services Are For Free!
Believe it or not!
One of the best things about working with a destination wedding travel agent is that you don’t have to pay a single penny for their services!
That’s right! There’s no service fee or hidden costs – we’re totally free to work with.
Reason 8: They Know the Local Laws
Destination wedding travel planners have got your back when it comes to the legal side of things too.
They can help you with the paperwork required to legally get married at your dream destination.
Reason 9: They’re Usually Able to Contact the Resort Faster
Maybe you’ve already been through this – you liked a resort, you filled up their contact form, and now you’re waiting for them to respond.
Sadly, some resorts can be a VERY slow in getting back to you. They’re also slow in general for your guests.
But don’t worry, your travel agent can take that burden off your shoulders. They likely have direct contact with the right people at the resort.
So, they can make a quick call and handle all the communication on your behalf.
1. Find the Right Match
Do you want to get married in Mexico/Caribbean or Europe? Finding the right match starts here.
Let’s say it’s a wedding in Mexico. Now find 3 companies that specialize in Mexico and get to know them. Meet with each and decide who you’re most comfortable with.
You may have to explore a few options before finding the perfect one for you.
2. Experience Matters
When it comes to planning destination weddings, experience plays a significant role.
While your vacation agent might be great, look for travel agents who specialize in destination weddings.
For example, we at Paradiseweddings.com have organized 100’s of weddings across Mexico and the Caribbean.
So we have the experience, the expertise and the insights needed to make your wedding a success!
3. Communication is Key
Staying connected with your travel agent throughout the planning process is important.
When consulting with potential agents, ask about their communication preferences and how you can reach out to them.
And establish clear expectations right from the start.
4. Don’t Settle
Don’t settle for just any travel agent.
Take your time to find the one who truly understands your vision and can bring it to life.
Look for someone who shares your enthusiasm and has a genuine passion for creating unforgettable wedding experiences.
5. Trust Your Instincts
Ultimately, trust your instincts when selecting a travel agent.
If something feels off or doesn’t align with your vision, keep searching.
The right travel agent will make you feel confident and excited about your destination wedding journey.
Here are some questions you should ask a destination wedding travel agent before hiring them.
- How long have you been planning weddings?
- How many weddings have you helped plan so far?
- How many weddings do you do a year?
- Why are you recommending these resorts; have you planned weddings here before?
- Why are you recommending the venues and what makes them the perfect fit for me?
- Do you have photos and testimonials of weddings you have planned?
- Can you visit these locations with me before I commit?
We also recommend doing a bit of your own research.
Take a peek at their website and social media pages, and see if they’ve won any awards like we have. (sorry, had to go there)
That way, you’ll have a better sense of what they’re all about.
So much goes into planning a destination wedding.
There are many things to keep track of, which can feel overwhelming.
But don’t worry, we can help with that!
Our award-winning wedding planners have planned 100’s of weddings in Mexico and the Caribbean and can help plan yours too!
Can’t wait to hear from you!