Post # 1
I’d really like some direction here. My FI and I have decided we want to go to an all-inclusive for our DW. We have been to a Jamaican all inclusive and booked through CheapCaribbean.com with a positive experience. We have found a resort in the Dominican Republic La Romana that we really like. It looks great, with good reviews, and at our price point (both our flight/lodging is right on target, and the extra $3,000 for the wedding package on the resort)…
Now, our dilemma… Should we book through a travel agent? Should we book through CheapCaribbean? Should we use http://www.destinationweddings.com?
I’m hoping that whatever route we go, will give us the same great deal that cheapcaribbean can offer us… I would go through them but I am apprehensive on how to coordinate with guests (We are inviting 100 people, but only 25 or so will probably actually go)… Can we instruct everyone to book through CheapCaribbean? What if the resort we choose runs out of rooms or something like that, for all the procrastinator bookers?,..
Any and all thoughts would be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
Have you looked into beach bums? They’re mostly online, so you get the same great deals as CheapCaribbean, but they also have live ageants and they apparently have a lot of experience booking groups for destination weddings. I haven’t used them personally, but one of my coworkers used it for a big family vacation in Punta Cana. We’ll probably use them for our HM
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I don’t have a whole lot of experience in this area, but I’d recommend talking to all your options, if you use an agent they may be able to “block” a set of rooms with the hotel help ensure your guests have a chance to book, or they may know of a sister-hotel that can help if they do run out.
Same goes for rates, instead of hoping that you can match the rates, call and ask. They can tell you that info without obligations.
Post # 5
Thank you so much for the Beach Bums recommendation. I love their website, and I love how it’s free! Don’t need to pay $50 to merely start the process, unlike destinationweddings. I emailed a travel agent this morning and received a response in a few hours, letting me know that she received my inquiry and will get back to me in 24 hours, now I’m impressed so far!
Post # 6
@Love_That_Never_Ends: my FI and I are having our DW in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. We are going through a travel agent from Atlanta, and we are so glad we decided to go that route. She works her butt off, and makes EVERYTHING on our end so much easier. She is getting us the best rate possible, and had also initiated the contact with the wedding coordinators and helped us get that all set up.
The nice thing about this is that she is able to block off 10 rooms at a time. So, when our guests go to book theirs, they’ll go thru our travel agent, also.
They are not always able to price match what you find on cheap carribbean, orbitz, etc, though…as she tells us, we have think in terms of “apples to apples”…i.e., what you find on cheap carribbean may be a good deal, but it may ONLY be available for 1 or two rooms. So for example, one of yours guests can go book a room at one cheap price, and another guest could get online and try to do the same thing 5 minutes later, but the deal that person 1 had might be gone.
Just from my experience, I’d definitely recommend a travel agent.
Post # 7
@Love_That_Never_Ends: we just booked our dreams la romana DW! We used destinationweddings.com- highly recommended!!
Post # 8
@FutureMrsM87: Would you care to share your resort costs and your wedding package costs?
We are now thinking Dominican Republic… Maybe Dreams Palm Beach, but I might lean towards an adult only…
Post # 9
@Love_That_Never_Ends: Sure! We are paying $2300 per couple. That’s including air, hotel transfer and 4 nights/5 days at the dreams la romana. They have a free ceremony package that we are using (if you book 5 double rooms). It includes the location, (beach, gazebo, or pier- we are doing the pier), groom boutineer, bride bouquet, and simple cake. We are eating at the “Wine Cellar” which is “Free” if you buy 100$ in wine, but it’s private – and much cheaper than the other dinner options. I thought it was a little silly to pay for a dinner when it’s an all inclusive resort. I think we are going to be right around $5k with our travel/hotel expenses!
Post # 10
@Love_That_Never_Ends I booked the Excellence Punta Cana (adults only) for my Jan 2015 wedding. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!