(Closed) Travel agent to use or not to use when planning a destination wedding?

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
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224 posts
Helper bee

I would absolutely use a travel agent.

I’m not having a destination wedding myself, but my friends are and they’ve used a travel agent. When we’re booking our flights and accommodation, we have to use the same agent and give them the couple’s account number. That way, should anything terrible happen and the wedding doesn’t go ahead, all the guests will get a refund for the holiday.

I think it’s an great thing, because I wouldn’t be going there if my friends weren’t getting married and I’d be so frustated if it didn’t happen and I spent a lot of money/booked time off work and I didn’t get to see their wedding whilst I was out there!

Post # 4
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400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I am having a destination wedding in Jamacia. We let our guest know that they could book directly through the resort or with our travel agent (prices were the same give or take $50.00) If you have a wedding code for your guest to use you may be forced to have guest book directly with the resort or directly with the travel agent!! Our guest are booking through both and some found rooms for cheape at another resort. Oh we are getting married at Sandals Montego Bay.

Hope this helps feel free to message me if you have any questions

Post # 7
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

OMG I don’t know about all agents but I told my Fiance not to hire one and well he did anyway. I had already done most all the work. The agent worked directly for the resort, basically she is free but I can tell now why.  She did nothing but try to talk my Fiance into spending more money one things by telling him she is getting him a deal or if you pay for this we will throw in this but in reality it was have been free anyway.  

She makes money off how much she can get you to spend at the resort.  She has done nothing but P me off.  She told him since we have so many guests staying we get a room upgrade…OMG I got us a ocean view room with a private balcony, the so called upgrade the view of a public pool and your balcony is totally public and if you open your sliding glass doors any guests at the pool and see right in! I was livid and had him cancel her so called upgrade. The fact was NO ONE wanted those room and our honeymoon room I booked was on high demand so they tell you it’s an upgrade so you take it and then they can sale someone else your room for the week. She also told us we get a free rehearsal dinner and that was lie, when I found out I called her and then she said well don’t your Fiance want to buy one anyway for the guests. I yelled at her and said “WHY one God’s green earth would I pay for a dinner when I already have reservations for all of us at one of the all inclusive restaurants on the resort, if you have zero best interests in us as your clients you should making sure we avoid stupid cost not spending more but then you would not make as much money right!” OMG she has caused more fights and pain then anything I wish he never hired her. 

I say if you are a good researcher and planner doesn’t bother with an agent they get their money one way or another.

 

Sorry for the rant this “Agent” has been a thorn in my side and relationship from the day of hire.

Post # 8
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462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

So far our TA has been fabulous, she takes the stress away of “helping” guests book their room and flights. She also has tried her best to match the rates on the internet with the rates given to us by the group sales department of the hotel.

So far we have 44 people booked and the wedding isn’t until 10/20/12. One of the perks to using a TA who works directly w/ the hotel is they can try to get extra perks for you based on how many guests you have attending and staying at the resort. For ever 10 rooms booked we get a free 3 night stay at the hotel. We are hoping to have all of our stay paid for along w/ a Jacuzzi suite.

lmk if you have any other questions on the TA experience.

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