Travel Agent? CheapCaribbean.com?

posted 3 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
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Sugar bee
  • 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 # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@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 # 9
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Helper bee

@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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

@Love_That_Never_Ends I booked the Excellence Punta Cana (adults only) for my Jan 2015 wedding.  I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

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