Planning a destination wedding is surely a very exciting and memorable experience. But as thoughts of organizing travel for 50 guests, planning from hundreds (or thousands!) of miles away and potential language barriers creep in, it can quickly become very overwhelming. Don’t be discouraged! We’ve broken down the initial planning process into these 3 steps to help ensure that your destination wedding goes smoothly and is everything you've dreamed of and more. Keep reading to see how easy it can be!
We know, the thought of planning a destination wedding can definitely be a daunting task, but by breaking the initial planning down into these 3 steps and working with the right travel agent (we can’t stress this enough!) you can have a stress-free and unforgettable event. Just see what we can do!
We’d love to be the agency to help you through this process. We’ve been planning destination weddings since 1998, and it is all we do. No cruises, no Disney, no family vacations to distract us from focusing on your wedding day. And since our services to you are FREE (yep, you heard that right!) why not give us some time to show you how we can help. You don’t need to do this alone.
Wondering what the difference is between these experts, and who you really need and why? You’re not alone. Keep reading to learn who you need on your side as you plan your destination wedding in Mexico and the Caribbean.
A wedding coordinator is a resort employee responsible for creating and managing all aspects of the wedding events taking place at the resort. Your wedding coordinator will help you schedule venues, entertainment and vendors. There is no cost for the services provided by wedding coordinators.
A wedding planner is an independent professional hired to organize your wedding, create the aesthetics and atmosphere for your day, and manage all vendors. A planner usually works with the resort wedding coordinator on your behalf. They are a liaison between the couple and the resort. Wedding planners can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the size and complexity of your wedding.
Destination Wedding Travel Agent
Let’s face it. For many, images of the old school travel agency of My Big Fat Greek Wedding come to mind when the words “travel agent” are tossed around. For years, agents have tried to break away from this dated title and instead use labels such as travel advisor, architect, engineer and designer. But at the end of the day, all are true. With today’s online technology, just about anyone can book a trip. But planning a destination wedding thousands of miles from home in a foreign country for 20-200 guests is way, WAY more complicated than just booking a trip. An experienced destination wedding travel agent is worth her weight in gold when it comes to keeping you organized, guests informed and everything moving seamlessly and smoothly. Your agent should:
Finding and hiring a destination wedding travel agent should be the first step in your planning process. Before diving into resort options, choosing a wedding date or even picking a destination, do yourself a huge favor and spend some time talking to a few potential destination wedding travel agents. As with any professional, you may need to pay a deposit or a retainer to secure their services. You may even be asked to pay for their advice and expertise. Would you expect anything less from an expert?
So what about the wedding coordinator and planner?
You definitely will want the assistance of the resort’s wedding coordinator. She knows the ins and outs of the resort itself and is able to bring your wedding vision into reality. We suggest finding several inspiration photos (Pinterest is great for this!) to share with her, along with your budget. She will help you create the vibe you’re going for and offer suggestions and tips along the way.
For most destination weddings, a wedding planner is not necessary. Your travel expert and wedding coordinator should be able to handle everything for you. However, if you are planning a very large or lavish wedding with a lot of details and events to manage, a wedding planner is a good investment. As the saying goes, it sometimes takes a village!
The expert wedding travel agents at Romance Travel Group do one thing and we do it well… we plan destination weddings! After nearly 25 years, our expertise, connections, processes and experience are unrivalled. We are consistently named “best” and “top” agency in the wedding and travel industry. One peek at the hundreds of 5-star reviews is proof of the attention and care that goes into each wedding we take on. We know it is a big step, but we promise that your nerves will turn to excitement after just one 30-minute call with our team. What are you waiting for? Sign up to talk to one of our wedding experts today.
Not sure if you need a destination wedding specialist? We're here to help! Here's 5 reasons NOT to use one:
1) You want to spend time researching 100’s of resorts, reading 1000’s of reviews, and looking at photoshopped photos in hopes of getting lucky and picking the right resort
Don't want to do this? A wedding travel agent will do all the necessary research to match your interests and budget - so you don't have to.
2) You don’t mind waiting weeks and weeks for the wedding coordinator to reply to your emails, if they reply at all
Don't want to wait? A wedding travel agent offers a quick turnaround and is always up-to-date with the latest changes.
3) You prefer to have all your guests call and text you millions of questions about booking a room, room rates, airport transportation, passports, and travel in general
Don't want the questions? A wedding travel agent will work with each of your guests to make sure they are well taken care, all so you can focus on being the bride.
4) You enjoy being responsible for organizing and preparing international travel for large groups of people
Don't want to organize? A wedding travel agent is an expert on the details and will prepare each guest for their international trip.
5) You want to be stressed out for the next year while you try to plan your wedding day
Don't want the stress? A wedding travel agent is definitely what you need!
Think you'd be better off without a wedding travel agent? Think again! Your wedding is a time for you to focus on being the bride. Leave all the travel and guest details to the experts. This is what we do. You will be so happy to have us on your side. Contact us through the button below to start the planning process!
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For a destination wedding, you need both a travel expert and wedding expert to help you prepare for the big day! And here's why!
Travel Expert Benefits
When you work with a travel expert, they will literally take care of every detail for both you and your guests from the moment of booking, until you arrive home. More specifically, you can expect them to:
Wedding Coordinator Benefits
Speaking of wedding coordinator, you'll absolutely need one of these for your destination wedding! Your wedding coordinator will:
Well, there you have it - why you need BOTH a travel expert and wedding coordinator for your big day in paradise. Curious how to get started? We'd be glad to help! Simply click below to connect with us, today!
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