Post # 1
My FI and I live in PA, and our wedding is in Orlando, FL in April 2013. Most of our family/friends are on the east coast, so this is a destination wedding for most.
Our wedding is at a resort hotel with reasonably priced options nearby.
Do I need to set my guests up with a travel agent? Flying from PA to Orlando is pretty easy, and with the Internet, I just figured people would book their own trips.
Post # 3
I don’t think it would be expected or required, but it might be nice to give out the name and number of a couple of agents if you’re inviting anyone who might not be internet savvy. I know I have a couple of people in my family who wouldn’t know how to use the internet to book flights and things, but they’re in the minority.
Post # 4
We had this same dilema. We’re in Vancouver Canada and the wedding is in the Mayan Riviera, we ened up sorta doing both. We organized group rates for the resort and flights and are gving everyone the option to use the group rate or book on their own.
Most group rates have a minimum number of people required to get the deal. Ours is only 10 people and I know for sure we can get that and if we have more they get the rate too!
Post # 5
I tried booking a block of rooms for my Florida wedding(that everyone is either driving several hours to or flying to). Huge mess (long story) so I ended up just putting a couple of links to various hotels in the area on my wedding website. I also put info about recommended airport to fly into, etc.
Post # 6
depends if there will be a great group discount for you all. its trickier for the bride and groom though as theyre often staying extra days for honeymoon, but it can save guests a fair bit of money.
it also depends on the payment options. i found a travel agent that offered great rates but one person had to make all the payments. so i automatically said “hell no im not handling 50+ persons money, everybody can arrange their own travel” haha