Travel agency or direct booking?
Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:09 PM
Thanks in advance for your help,
Posted 25 April 2010 - 01:54 PM
A friend of ours is getting married at the Paradisus in May and we liked how she communicated with us (very quick and efficiently) and had established a comfort level with her. When we decided to book our wedding at Secrets, we knew exactly who we were going to use.
On the other hand, you might be able to work directly with the hotel's group sales dept. yourself - it's purely up to you. As a fellow bride, I would leave that part of the wedding in the hands of someone you know and trust....and ALWAYS make sure you receive and sign a contract concerning your room block - helps to protect you and your guests against those horror stories.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 01:54 AM
like jaccat15 says - be sure you have signed contracts in place, that way its all there on ink and paper. also save all your email correspondence and print them out to bring with you for reference in the event of any descrepencies.
Posted 26 April 2010 - 11:35 AM
Posted 28 April 2010 - 10:15 PM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 10:23 PM
Posted 29 April 2010 - 10:54 PM
Also, the hotel isn't going to help you with the organization of your group. I know that the TA's here on the forum all specialize in destination weddings and we all make sure that everyone in your group has flights booked, has transfers to and from the airport, that the wedding coordinator and the concierge are aware of who the members of your group are, when they are arriving, and that you are well taken care, answering your guests questions, answering your questions about the wedding planning portion, and the list goes on and on...
Using a TA that primarily books vacations is a lot different than working with a TA that works primarily with destination weddings and there are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that brides & grooms aren't aware of, a lot of time and effort goes into getting everyone's travel arrangements made.
And in regards to whether or not orbitz has better prices. Check out the review someone posted a few weeks ago about their guests being bumped from Dreams Cancun, that had booked on orbitz. If the resort is overbooked, they will bump guests that booked through online discount sites first, doesn't really seem worth it to save a couple bucks!
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