(Closed) Travel Agent or Not? That is the question!

posted 9 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We didn’t get a travel agent.  Our guests came from all over, with a large group from one area.  However, since people were treating this as a vacation, even people from the same area were coming and going at different times and wanted to stay at different levels of hotels, so it was just easier to let everyone plan on their own (and with priceline, they got some pretty good deals, possibly better than a travel agent).  We did get a room block at the resort where we had the wedding, but in hindsight, we probably didn’t even need to do that since less than 1/3 of our guests booked through the room block.  I know some people got travel agents for their group when the wedding was at an all-inclusive resort where they had packages (ours wasn’t).

Post # 5
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671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I’m also a Destination Wedding bride (in March) and we’re not using a travel agent.  Our wedding website provides helpful airport info… all of the options and how many hours’ drive the city is from each, our preferred hotels, etc.  People so web-savvy that I really don’t think a travel agent is necessary.  I’m also finding those that are not web savvy are reaching out to those who are and enlisting their help.  NICE. 

Post # 6
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483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

No travel agent-the fee isn’t worth it! 🙂

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Hello,

I have been lurking for a while but wanted to leave a post on this. I’m planning a Destination Wedding and started out using a planner. Her services were free so I just figured I could see how things would work in the beginning. Then I realized I could get better deals just going off the hotel’s website and other travel sites. Not only that, but a lot of my guests travel to Jamaica frequently. So I’m sure they know what they’re doing.

It’s a convenient and nice gesture to think of your guests’ needs but I think it’s truly helpful for you if an agent can get you some really sweet deals plus upgrades. If guests need your help on travel deals, they’ll let you know I’m sure.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

i am getting married at Sandals in St. Lucia!  We have 6 couples coning thus far.  I have been using VIP Vacations and Jennifer. She was free, created a wedding website and our save the dates and she is a Destination Wedding bride herself so she totally relates to prices, stress, etc.  Even the knot.com filmed her wedding.  I highly recommend using her.  I didn’t want to deal with all my friends/family travel questions and why not use someone that is free?  http://www.travelbyvip.com  LOVE them!  Total A+ vendor

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Good question I plan to use a travel agent because I do not want to have anything to do with money questions. Our travel agent will set up payment plans for our guests which will make the entire process easier and more convenient for our guests. I’ve contacted two agents ant neither charge a fee. they both said they are paid by the vendors (resorts). We haven’t gotten any numbers yet but if it looks like we can get it cheaper ourselves I will deff cancel her services.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am getting married in June in the bahamas. We were going to get a travel agent, but found out that the rates they offered were a lot higher than rates guests could get on their own. We did get group rates at the hotels though, which i think will help out a lot. 

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