(Closed) Travel Agents to use or not? For destination wedding

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I can’t speak to those specific travel agents, but using a travel agent to book our honeymoon was one of the best choices we made!

Post # 4
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128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you have a membership with AAA most offices have travel agents that will work with you to plan your honeymoon. (Admittedly I work in a small AAA branch office but I really am not biased…the agents are fabulous and are knowledgeable about destinations all over the world).

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

We hired a wedding coordinator and she works with a travel agent, they came as a package deal… shes been super helpful, so awesome, and easy to work with… this still does not make rounding up your rsvp’s easy… this is one part of the wedding i wish was OVER!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper

i worked with a travel agent who specializes in destination weddings so she was also super helpful in getting me set up with my planning and she was familiar with the wedding departments at various resorts – another bonus. 

Post # 7
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113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am using the travel agent referred to me by purpleunicorn. So far I couldn’t be happier with my choice to use her. She set up a pretty awesome wedding website for me, her communication is great, and she really knows what she is doing since she has a ton of experience with destination weddings. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

@newloves1975:  Awesome! Glad to hear you are working with Kathy! Are you getting married in Jamaica or elsewhere?

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We did not use a travel agent bc we found better deals on our own. We did however suggest a travel agent to our guests who were interested in using one. Only 2 couples ended up using the TA. We do have a wedding coordinator though, and that has been super helpful.

I think it depends on what your needs are and maybe where your guests are travelling from, etc.

Post # 10
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113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@dynamic_duo:  Mexico. Kathy has really been great too! I’m so glad I decided to use her. I love the wedding website she put together!

Post # 11
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2607 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Maybe a destination wedding would be different, but using an agent for our honeymoon was a big fat FAIL for us!

We went in with the package all picked out, told her the resort, the dates, the prices etc… just to see if maybe she had a better suggestion.  All she could come up with was crummy 3 star places for MORE money.  She finally found the resort we were looking for, but nearly booked us on the wrong airline, costing us more money, and losing the direct flight.

THEN… she booked us for the WRONG MONTH.  We only noticed AFTER packing and getting ready to leave for the airport.  We called the airline directly, and they couldn’t help us since we’d booked through an agent.  Then, they were closed for three days, so we couldnt talk to anyone… they don’t even have a call centre!

SO.. in the end, I should have just booked with the airline’s travel department myself, using Trip Advisor for advice on the resort. The agent brought no special knowledge, no additional discounts (in fact she cost MORE) and made almost every mistake you possibly can during a travel booking.  At least she had the right country.  pfft.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

my goodness, I feel like I haven’t been on here since forever!  I have tons of advice to share about my destination wedding and now I am helping my cousin plan her’s.  It is contagious!  Once you go to 1 destination wedding, you are forever hooked.  There is just something very different about spending several days with your guests vs 1 event that is a blur.  So, I promise to be on here more often.  I used VIP Vacations.   Never heard of Beach Bum..don’t think I want to be a bum either, more of a VIP!  HA!  Anyway, we did contact destinationweddings.com and I got a sense that it was the “luck” of the draw as to who became your contact.  I love working with VIP.  I would recommend my agent, Jennifer.  I now think of her more as a wedding whisperer because she was so helpful, so “on top” of things and literally saved me so much stress!  you can google Jennifer at VIP Vacations, or message me and I can give you their contact info.  I promise to check in here more often! 

Post # 13
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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.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper

We did it all ourselves and saved a ton of money in the long run because of it. I of course obtained quotes from TA’s but they all came in much higher with non-direct flights with huge lay overs on budget airlines!

Post # 15
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1468 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

@baskets:  What did you end up doing and how did it turn out?

Post # 16
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I am a little biased here because I am a travel agent who does a lot of destination weddings Laughing  So, yes, I would suggest using a travel agent.  

Look for someone who seems very knowledgeable and also someone whom you feel comfortable with.  Don’t be afraid to ask for references.  A good agent will take all of your ideas and wishes into account but also make some suggestions of their own.  They will not only know  the beautiful resorts for a vacation but also the ones that do weddings well.  There will be a lot of small details that need to be taken care of and a good destination wedding planner will help with everything.  

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