(Closed) Do travel agents help with DW?

posted 11 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We are using a travel agent to coordinate the travel plans for our guests. It helps a lot because I know how many people have booked (and who they are). It also takes a lot of stress off of me and my Fiance because we can just refer people to the travel agent when they start asking too many questions!

Post # 5
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

totally use one!  They are free and some really know what they are doing.

My Ta is even a destination wedding bride.

http://www.travelbyvip.com is their website…check out all their weddings! 

Post # 6
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

we are doing a Destination Wedding to Jamaica. We are using our travel agent and she gets better deals then we could get. I tried to do it by myself when we went a few months ago to check the resort out and then she did it, and her quote was $1200 cheaper then what i was going to book for.

So when we sent out our save the dates, i included our travel agents info on a little card i made. The guest love it.

Post # 8
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Our travel agent helped with:
– getting us a group price reduction
– ensuring that all the group was on the same flight
– we gave her our invite list and she made the follow-ups to ensure that everyone was booked and paid on time, that avoided huge headaches for us
– getting in touch with the hotel wedding coordinator
– ensuring that the hotel wedding coordinator answered our questions in a timely manner

Well worth it. We worked with Marlin Travel – I don’t know if they’re in the States…

Post # 9
256 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@egb- I am getting married in Punta Cana this September. Where did you get married?

Post # 11
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

@SoontobeWalsh: We got married at the Melia Caribe Tropical. I totally recommend this place. It’s a Spanish chain. No pics will do justice to the place, it’s so, so, so beautiful. Incredible. And we had fantastic food. They also do many many weddings, ours was organized in like, one hour once we got there, and it went very smoothly. Check it out!

Post # 12
4 posts

I got married last year and used HotelPlanner.com for my guest accommodations. It’s a free service and you can reserve blocks of rooms for your guests. The cool thing about it was all the surrounding hotels bid on your group and you can really get a low rate. Their customer service was great, it was like having a personal travel agent without the fees. Since my wedding was a desitnation for all my guests, including my husband and I, the accomodations was one of the first things I wanted to take care of. I hope this helps!

Post # 13
746 posts
Busy bee

If you’re shopping around for a travel agent, here are a few things to look out for:


1. How long have they been in business?

2. Why are they recommending a resort or destination? Have they personally been to this resort or destination within the last three years?

3. What professional orgranizations do they belong to?

4. What professional certifications do they carry?

5. Will they monitor your booking for flight schedule changes and promos that come out after you’ve booked?

6. Can they ensure that you won’t get bumped to another resort upon arrival?

7. Will they personally be available while you’re traveling?

8. What kind of travel insurance do they offer?

9. Do they have any references? Are you able to find good reviews about them online?

10. Can they offer you a honeymoon registry?

Here are some things that are big red flags:

1. If they ask you to pay for your trip in cash-run! In some states, this is a violation of the seller of travel law. Always pay for travel with a credit or debit card.

2. If they don’t offer you travel insurance, or can’t explain what it covers.

3. If they seem to only sell one resort chain.

4. If they haven’t traveled anywhere within the last few years.

5. If they just throw prices at you without getting to know you first. Again price and value are not the same. It won’t matter how good of a deal it is if you’re uncomfortable the entire time you’re there.

If they are handling your destination wedding, they should also handle all the travel arrangements for you and your guest and secrure any promos that your elidgable for, based on the size of your group.

Post # 14
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2005

I like working with Teri Hurley of Endless Love Travel.  Hiring an agent makes it so much easier for the couple and the guests.  She can be the travel contact for your guests and they can contact her for their own reservations.  Agents also know of all of the current travel deals too.  For destination weddings, I always suggest setting up a wedding website and including all of the wedding details and the travel agent’s contact information so that the guests can contact the agent.  Hiring an agent is a lot less stressful for you too!  Good luck and have a great wedding!



Post # 15
2 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

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Do you mind sharing your travel agent’s contact info?  We’re planning our wedding in Jamaica Nov 2011.

Thanks so much!

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