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Destination wedding

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Destination wedding

My daughter wants to book a destination wedding package in Feb of next year. We are just starting to look into it. Any experts here who can give some advice ?
What would be the best way to book a package like this . Thru a travel agent or directly with the resort ? Whatever way we do it flights will need to be included.
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Not an expert, but I can tell you what we did.

We dealt directly with the wedding coordinator at the resort we knew we wanted to get married at (having visited it twice before). For us to reserve a date and location we wanted at the resort, we had to send them confirmation of a booking.

After we booked and reserved the date, we then setup a group deal with AC for the guests a couple months later.

I know alot of the companies (AC, Westjet, etc) have wedding packages, so that might be a good option too.
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If you don't know where you will want to do some research. There are a lot of good websites that cover the legal and logistical differences along with the normal destination information.
For packages in general a travel agent is suggested not sure if a large package you might get a better deal booking directly.
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petrpuck wrote:
Aug 7th, 2018 8:35 am
My daughter wants to book a destination wedding package in Feb of next year. We are just starting to look into it. Any experts here who can give some advice ?
What would be the best way to book a package like this . Thru a travel agent or directly with the resort ? Whatever way we do it flights will need to be included.
Thanks
it depends on the country, hotel and even on the number of people, but on average, you will get more value when dealing with a travel agent or wedding planner/travel agent. Just make sure they are experienced or they have a potential to mess it up( I've seen it a number of times over the years - from booking wrong rooms to wrong flights, wrong airports, wrong pricing given, wrong number of people, etc). Nothing wrong with shopping around so you can contact both parties.
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Thanks for the replies. I see now I wasn't to clear in my original post. i am going to leave the wedding stuff up to her and her boyfriend. What i was wanting to know is , what is the best way to book flights and rooms for the guests. I assume if we are booking for 60 people we will get a better price for the AI packages. So would we be better dealing directly with the resort or with a travel agent ?
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petrpuck wrote:
Aug 7th, 2018 9:58 pm
Thanks for the replies. I see now I wasn't to clear in my original post. i am going to leave the wedding stuff up to her and her boyfriend. What i was wanting to know is , what is the best way to book flights and rooms for the guests. I assume if we are booking for 60 people we will get a better price for the AI packages. So would we be better dealing directly with the resort or with a travel agent ?
While people expect better prices for AI packages for groups, it's rarely the case due to how flight fare classes are setup.

Best thing you can do for a group is to shop around. A travel agent can get you prices from multiple companies. You can also try going directly through the airlines to see what you can get, e.g. Transat group request or air canada, or sunwing

Also travel agents will sometimes give you quotes for companies/hotels where they can get the highest commission.
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As Jimmy Fallon said..."Bad enough I have to go to another wedding, now I have to use up my vacation time too??"Smiling Face With Open Mouth
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smacd wrote:
Aug 8th, 2018 7:39 pm
As Jimmy Fallon said..."Bad enough I have to go to another wedding, now I have to use up my vacation time too??"Smiling Face With Open Mouth
In fact, if you don't wanna go to another wedding, you got the perfect excuse : "Sorry, I would love to go, but I don't have any more vacation time"
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petrpuck wrote:
Aug 7th, 2018 9:58 pm
Thanks for the replies. I see now I wasn't to clear in my original post. i am going to leave the wedding stuff up to her and her boyfriend. What i was wanting to know is , what is the best way to book flights and rooms for the guests. I assume if we are booking for 60 people we will get a better price for the AI packages. So would we be better dealing directly with the resort or with a travel agent ?
I would book it as a package (too many what ifs that I won't bore you with to do it all seperately).

Which resort do you have in mind? I can tell you who the best tour operator would be.

Booking through the resort directly will most likely be in USD and def not in our favour and who knows come final balance what the exchange will be like. You absolutely do not want to deal with the hotel directly in the event of issues (trust me). Resort contracted pricing is already finalized for winter 2019 (tour operators completed this months ago).

Find a large agency that has a wedding department (they all do: itravel, Lux, red tag, sell off, marlin etc) or the tour operator directly. They will deal with the actual details of getting your guests there and will in turn secure your wedding date. In regards to finite details of the actual wedding they already have the contacts of the resort's wedding department. Dealing with a travel agent you can copy them on your emails so incase something doesn't go as planned you have a secondary person working for you.

The agent will put together group pricing and you will have X amount of time (a few weeks / a few months even) depending. That will give your guests the time to make arrangements and call in to secure deposits. There are additional bonuses available to weddings (free upgrades, free seats, free rooms) that will be offered depending on Group size / resort.

Depending on which resort/destination I can better direct you to which agency/tour operator would be in your favour.
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Don't forget to take residency and other requirements into account. We got married in Jamaica because it only required 48 hours residency and no blood test. We don't trust random people in Mexico to do blood work.

Other places require you to meet with the mayor/governor or place an ad in the paper. Or incredibly long residency requirements.

We also brought our own photographer for the same price as the hotel's resident photo studio, around $4000 including AI package.
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