So, you have decided to plan a destination wedding and all of the great fun that that implies. But before you hop onto the world wide web and attempt to arrange all of the details yourself, have you considered the option of hiring a professional travel agent? Not only will this option save you a lot of effort and heartache, it will also save you time and money. Believe us when we tell you that a travel agent's expertise can make all of the difference between a destination wedding that comes off well and one where there are many issues that you have you crying your eyes out. Keep in mind that even though you can hop onto the web and make some plane and hotel reservations, a knowledgeable travel agency has great expertise in knowing locations all over the world. And by knowing locations we mean event knowing areas down to the neighborhood level. Answer this question, do you want to show up to your chosen destination only to find that your hotel is in a slum area or a high crime area? Don't you think that it will be great to know that you have someone in your corner that eats, breathes and sleeps travel. You want to have confidence that you and your guests will end up exactly where you need to be when you need to be there. And let's face it, your schedule has to be pressed as it is, why take on a new project when you can hire someone that will take care of all of those pesky details. Don't you want to be stress free as you arrive in your wedding location. As you search for the right travel agency for you and your wedding, pay attention to this guide and you cannot go wrong.
As you start your search for quality travel agencies, we have a few tips to give you that we believe will lead you in the right direction if you are to find professional quality candidates. For the most part, you should be able to accumulate as many candidates as you need via three main sources. You can start just by talking to your friends, family, and coworkers. Hopefully you get an affirmative from someone that you talk to and they have had a great experience with a travel agency. This is a great way to get first hand knowledge about a high quality candidate. Another great source that must be part of your search criterion is the world wide web. Do a Google search for “travel agencies in the St. Louis area.” Start perusing the websites and make sure that you only pick out companies that strike you as being of high quality. You especially want to read reviews from customers that they have provided service to in the past. If you like what you read, add their name to your list. Also, talk to your wedding vendors about any candidates that might possibly be part of their contact list. Once you have a few travel agencies to check into, setup a time to visit their location and have a chat.
How many people will be attending your destination wedding? Any candidate will want to know this and will need the number in order to talk to you in an educated manner about what is possible and what is not. Unless everyone that will be attending your wedding is independently wealthy, you need to stress to any travel agency that you speak with that you want them to keep the cost as reasonable as possible. What kind of packages so they usually design for wedding groups? Can the length of stay vary for each of your guests? How much experience does the agency have in planning destination weddings? Make sure you ask for references. Do they charge for their services? If they say yes, we recommend that you get up, walk out and move to the next candidate on your list. Any reputable travel agency should be paid via the vendors that they work with. When you feel really comfortable and confident with one of the agencies you speak with, it is time to plan your amazing destination wedding.