So when my fiancee and I first started discussing a destination wedding about four months ago we agreed that February 2012 would be the best time for both us and our friends and family to travel. At that time I went to a local TA who told me that we had plenty of time to make up our minds where we wanted to go as most resorts don't typically even release their room rates for the new year until around August/September. Now that the "official" engagement has happened a couple of weeks ago and I have started doing some research I see that many have already booked their weddings for next year! I'm trying not to panic here but am I justified in saying that I may have chosen the most clueless TA ever?
Are there TA's out there who will help us choose a resort or do we need to figure this out on our own and then have the TA just arrange travel for our guests? I'm at a total loss as to where to start and I've only been engaged for two weeks!!! We just don't want to have our hearts set on something and then find out that they are fully booked for weddings already. I've looked up most of the resorts that are popular in the reviews here and they are all coming up at $2000 per person from our city (Ottawa, ON) with airfare for a week. We've been to weddings in the past 2 years in Riviera Maya and Jamaica and they both cost us 1500, is that due to normal increase in travel expenses or is it just because a good TA can get us a better deal?
Sorry for all the questions, let's just narrow it down to, "Where do I start?"