Would you get married without an officiant to make your wedding legal or a not provide a meal for your guests? In my opinion, a successful, stress free wedding relies on having the right professionals onboard to plan and execute your wedding celebrations. There are many guests who are savvy travellers and are used to doing their own bookings online through expedia or many other other travel sites however, booking one trip for yourself and coordinating a trip for a group going to a wedding in destination is vastly different.
Pictures this scenario: you send out an email telling your guests that you are getting married in Jamaica and the date. Everybody is excited to get started and you let them know to do their own booking and meet you there. Your guests are coming from multiple gateways and you have singles, couples and families. Your guest count is 50. Can you imagine your life over the next few months when each guest calls you repeatedly to check which tower everybody else is booking on; what kind of price they are getting; do you think this is a good rate; are you going to do anything fun like an excursion because they have to shop for a cuter bikini for that; are transfers included when you book all inclusive; can you drink the water there; is it safe to go out to town; how far is the airport from the hotel and the list goes on.
Picture a second scenario: you do your due diligence and meet with several travel agents to see what they can offer. You choose an agent who is also a certified destination wedding planner and therefore provides full service for your group. They are able to knowledgeable discuss each property that you are considering; offer you options for doing you wedding offsite; produce quotes for each property and also quotes for onsite vs. offsite wedding receptions; be the point of contact for all your guests and as they are extremely knowledgeable and specialize in Jamaica, they can field every question that comes up; they become the liaison between you and the venue so you never have to deal with multiple persons during your planning; they find you the best rates; book all travel, transfers and excursion; is even able to suggest some special excursions based on what your group might like; be onsite to assist with all your details on the ground; deals with getting Aunty Alice’s luggage that didn’t make it on the flight and has everything sorted for her while she waits for delivery; transfer you quietly to another property for your honeymoon for a few days away from everyone else and make sure you are aware of the flight credit you earned to go back to destination for your first anniversary.
Do you still wonder if a travel agent is necessary? Do you want to have a smooth, stress free wedding planning experience in destination? I wholeheartedly encourage you to find a Certified Travel Agent who is also a Destination Wedding Planner so that you can relax and enjoy the process of planning your wedding celebrations in paradise!
The staff of Bridal Affair Destinations are certified by the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada as Wedding Planners and Destination Wedding Planners as a specialized certification. Bridal Affair Travel TPI is associated with Travel Professionals International and is certified by the Tourism Industry Council of Ontario (TICO).