FI and I are still using Destinationweddings.com for our wedding. We are currently working with Becki and she has been great so far. I had posted back in May about needing to switch TA's because the first one named Michelle we were working with seemed so incompetent. It worked out either way because I found out she ended up quitting the company.
We ended up finding the resort ourselves by doing research and going on reviews in Trip Advisor.com. I'm sure any TA can give great reviews for a resort because they probably get a commission. Because of that my FI and I put our trust in people that actually visited these locations by doing our own research, reading reviews and looking at pictures that VISITORS took not professional photos.
There have been so many times we traveled at a hotel and the resort or the room looks nothing like the pictures on the website.
So yeah, Destinationweddings.com is somewhat of a glorified travel agency. Once all the travel arrangements have been set, you pretty much then work with the WC at the resort for the wedding.
The positives have been that Becki has been very helpful with my guests. Some had to change travel plans, others had to either add or remove a guest from their travel arrangements. She would respond right away with any questions or concerns. Plus DW.com has a payment plan on their website that helped my guests pay for the trip at any time of the day.
Other agencies we looked into you had to either call them to make payments or go to the agency location which was inconvenient since they had â€œbankerâ€™s hoursâ€.
Our wedding is in 3 weeks, so by then I should have more information on how everything all went. Whats more important is on how things go ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING and once you get to your destination than when PLANNING the wedding.
I would rather have planning the wedding to be hectic and the wedding day go PERFECT than the other way around. Or preferably both go perfect.