Booking your destination wedding shouldn’t be a rush job conducted online at the last minute for some package of dubious value in wherever isn’t booked solid. It should be a leisurely, planned affair where you work with a travel agent to create the wedding of your dreams. You’re only going to get married once and you ought to make it the most awesome experience that you can. With that in mind – here are 5 questions you should ask your travel agent before you book a destination wedding:
Where Have Other Couples Been And Loved? Unless you have the destination already firmly picked out in your head; it’s a good idea to get some ideas about where you might want to hold the wedding. Talk to your travel agent about other couples in similar circumstances, where did they do? What did they want from their wedding? What was their feedback?
This will also help you get a feel for whether the agent has a real passion for this work or it’s just another service in a long line of travel services. Wedding specialists are likely to shine when they answer this question.
What Does It Take To Get There? You don’t ask this question just for yourselves, you also ask it for your guests. Will people need passports? Will they need visas? What are the pros and cons of travel at that time of year? What are the flight costs likely to be (this will be approximate)?
These are the questions your guests are going to be asking of you; so it’s best to be prepared to answer them.
What Currency Do They Use At The Destination? You may also want to check if there are other acceptable currencies. The Aussie dollar isn’t widely accepted outside of Australia but the US Dollar often is and it can be easier to source than some relatively obscure currency and the rates are often better.
Getting value for money from your destination wedding is important and so is getting the right money.
What Elements Of The Destination Wedding Can Be Customized? You’re not leaving things up to chance and that means, you want to know what lays within your control and what’s being dealt with by the destination team.
This can help ease your mind that you’re making the right decision on the destination and allow you to tailor your day to your needs and your guests’ needs too.
Is There Anything Else Important We Should Know About The Destination? It’s also a good idea to take a high level overview of the destination as a whole. Sure, you’re getting married but you’re also likely to be spending some time there after and before the wedding; why not make sure that it’s the right place for being together at those times too?
Talk To Your Travel Agent You want to talk to your travel agent about your destination wedding. The more you drill down into the details; the more you can be sure that you’re getting exactly what you need. You can’t get that from a website. You can only get it from a wedding travel specialist, like me. So call me today and let’s put your dream wedding into motion[M1] .
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Thinking about getting married overseas? Want the dream location to go with your perfect day? That’s awesome but here are the things that you need to know before you start planning that once in a lifetime trip.
You Can Save Money I’ve found that you can save money on a destination wedding. The reason being, other than the high prices of doing things in Australia, that you reduce your guest list substantially. Where maybe 140 people turn up to an Australian wedding bash, around 50 will join you at a destination. However, don’t forget that you’ll probably end up entertaining people for a bit longer at a destination than you would back home too – so don’t expect ridiculous cost savings. You only get those if you cut corners on quality and you don’t want that.
You May Find That Some Guests Moan About It You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs and you can’t plan a destination wedding without somebody moaning about the costs of flights and hotel. It’s important to remind people that they aren’t required to come that it’s a voluntary process. In my experience, everyone who does go to a destination wedding will have a good time; it’s a vacation as much as it is as chance to join your happiest day and people tend to enjoy the time off.
You May Need To Try Something New It’s good to have an idea of what your wedding should be like but please try to remember that going abroad means that some things are different from Australia. Talk to your travel agent and work out what’s really important early (so you can ensure your destination caters to your priorities) but don’t be afraid to try something new for less important items. That’s half the fun of going overseas.
You Should Think About Your Most Important Guests At The Planning Stage A wedding at Everest Base Camp might be awesome if all your guests are rugged, fit 20-somethings but if you want your 85 year-old grandmother to share your special day; you might want to think about a slightly different option. That doesn’t mean you have to abandon your key themes but you’ll want to talk to your destination wedding travel agent and make sure that you can find a place that balances your dreams and the basic needs of your guests.
You Want A Travel Expert and Not A Travel Package Yes, that’s me. Your wedding day is too important to leave to chance and it shouldn’t be a cookie cutter experience that anybody else can have. That’s fine for a quick vacation (in fact, it’s often perfect) but you want your wedding day to be special and most importantly, you want it to go smoothly. Getting married overseas can be an amazing experience but only if all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Don’t leave it up to chance. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, you’ll be in good hands, so call me when you’re ready to talk about your plans.
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