When to Book
It all depends on where you’re going and how many people are travelling with you and of course, your budget. If you are looking to get married at the popular resorts in the Caribbean then you generally want to do some price shopping with tour operators. They generally don’t release their pricing for the upcoming Fall/Winter season until 6-9 months prior to departure. This doesn’t mean that you can’t book your trip but tour operators will have competitive pricing when it comes to booking groups and the best way to get this pricing is through a travel advisor who specializes in Destination Weddings. Booking your Destination Wedding with a tour operator can save your guests a substantial amount of money instead of booking the hotel rooms and flights separately and on your own. When using a travel advisor you can sometimes get extra amenities and special pricing along with the fact that you are always taken care before and during your trip.
If you are going somewhere exotic for your wedding such as the Maldives, French Polynesia, Africa or Australia, you can certainly book your wedding well in advance and again check with a travel advisor as they will provide you advice on visa’s, permits, ideal spots to get married, accommodation choices, travel advisories and of course local customs.
Which Destination is Right for You
If you have no idea of where to go and you don’t know what it will cost you, check with a travel advisor first. This will not only save you time but the aggravation of choosing a location that is completely out of your budget. Generally when I meet face to face with my clients for a free consultation, I will have both the bride and groom complete a checklist of what style of vacation they are looking for to help me narrow down the long list of destinations to choose from. From here I will look at their budget and put together a short list of options.
Location is Booked, What’s Next?
I develop for you a customized Destination Website at no cost that includes a customized web page to feature your wedding details that you can update and modify and include a personal message. An online registration page is created where your guests can RSVP for your destination wedding and an email to your invitees with the destination wedding details and a link to the RSVP page.
If this isn’t enough, what about the gift of a ‘Travel Wedding Registry’? If you’re looking for that dream Destination Wedding but can’t afford it, your guests, friends or family will have the opportunity to purchase a wedding gift for you from the gift of a travel gift registry to offset some of the costs to make your wedding even more magical. A credit card transaction is authorized by your guest via a secure web page.
Who Takes Care of the Wedding Details?
As your travel advisor, I also act as your personal liaison with your wedding coordinator to orchestrate all your wedding day arrangements to create a magical experience of a lifetime. Your only job is to count the number of days until you depart for your trip. There can be nothing more stress free than planning a Destination Wedding if you have hired the right Destination Wedding Specialist.
Congratulations & Enjoy!