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What does a destination wedding travel agent do?

Updated: Jan 29

Planning a Jamaica destination wedding can be an exciting journey, but as you start thinking about all the details, decisions and research involved, it can quickly become overwhelming. With a full-time job or other commitments, finding time and energy to plan can be challenging, even with a helpful family member. 

But what happens when a family member’s opinions become too much or the wedding weekend arrives and they want to ditch all their responsibilities and enjoy the fun?

This is where a destination wedding travel agent can step in and alleviate the stress, guide you through the decision-making process and ensure that you and your loved ones can fully enjoy your time in Jamaica.

couple on balcony
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, Jamaica

What is the difference between a destination travel agent and a destination wedding planner?

If you're dreaming of having a Jamaica destination wedding, you might be wondering whether you need a destination wedding planner or a destination travel agent.

What's the difference between these two professionals and how can they help you plan your big day? In this blog post, we'll go over the roles and benefits of each one to help you decide if you need one or both of them.

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What does a destination wedding planner do?

A destination wedding planner is someone who specializes in planning weddings in different locations around the world.

They can help you with everything from finding and booking your venue, to hiring vendors, to coordinating logistics, to designing your décor, to managing your budget.

A destination wedding planner can also handle any legal requirements or paperwork that might be involved in getting married abroad.

Hilton Rose-Hall, Jamaica

What does a destination wedding travel agent do?

A destination travel advisor is someone who specializes in booking travel arrangements for couples and their guests who are traveling to a destination wedding.

We can help you with everything from finding and booking your flights, to securing group rates at hotels or resorts, to arranging transportation, to creating itineraries, to providing travel insurance and emergency assistance.

A destination travel agent can also offer expert advice on the best time to visit your chosen location, what activities and attractions are available there and what cultural norms or etiquette you should be aware of.

Are destination wedding travel agents free?

The cost of using a destination wedding travel agent varies wildly. The cost can range from free all the way up to $2500.

ariel view of beach and pool
Iberostar Rose Hall, Jamaica

So which one do you need?

Well, it depends on your preferences and needs. Some couples might prefer to hire both a destination wedding planner and a destination travel advisor for their peace of mind and convenience.

Others might choose to hire only one of them.

Here are some factors to help you decide:

Your budget: Hiring a professional can save you money in the long run by negotiating better deals with vendors and suppliers, avoiding hidden fees or taxes, and preventing costly mistakes or mishaps.

However, hiring a professional also comes with a fee that might vary depending on their experience level, services offered, location chosen, etc. You should compare different options and packages before making your choice.

Your vision: If you have a clear idea of what you want for your wedding day and how you want it executed, hiring a destination wedding planner can help you bring it to life without any stress or hassle.

If you're more flexible or open-minded about your wedding details and just want to have fun with your loved ones in an amazing place, hiring a destination travel agent can help you find the best options for your travel needs and preferences.

Your guests: If you have a large number of guests traveling with you or if they have different needs or expectations for their trip (e.g., dietary restrictions, accessibility issues), hiring a destination travel agent can make things easier for everyone by taking care of all the arrangements and providing support before and during the trip.

Your time: Planning a destination wedding can take up a lot of time and energy that could otherwise be spent on other aspects of your life (e.g., work commitments) or enjoying your engagement period (e.g., date nights).

Hiring either a destination wedding planner or a destination travel agent can save you time by doing all the legwork for you while keeping you informed and involved throughout the process.

outdoor wedding setup
Couples Tower Isle, Jamaica

Ultimately, whether you hire either one or both depends on what works best for YOU. There's no right or wrong answer here - just different options that suit different couples.

We hope this blog post has helped clarify some of the differences between what a destination wedding planner does and what we do as destination wedding travel agents.

If you're interested in working with us as your Jamaica destination wedding travel agent, take the next step by scheduling a complimentary consultation today.


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