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  • Writer's pictureNicole Lawrence

What You Need To Know Before You Book Your Destination Wedding Directly With a Resort

You’re planning your destination wedding in the Caribbean or Mexico and have not yet booked a venue. You searched for "wedding resorts" and found an appealing resort. It's relatively affordable, has a decent rating on TripAdvisor, and looks beautiful in its online photos. You might wonder: Should I quickly pick up the phone and book with this resort? Not so fast! There are a few things to consider.

Here are some of the reasons I recommend avoiding booking your destination wedding directly with the resort.

Let's dive in and discover why it's not the best idea:

1. You Might End Up Spending More

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Sure, you might think booking directly with the resort will save you some bucks, but that's not always the case. Resort managers know it's a one-time deal with you, so they may try to maximize their profits.

On the other hand, a destination wedding specialist or consultant will have solid connections with resort management and can often score special rates that aren't available to individual customers. They can help you compare prices across different resorts and ensure you get the best value for your money.

2. You Could Get Slammed With Fees

Shocked African American couple

It is so upsetting to see couples get blind-sided with fees based on the group contract, which will increase the costs of their destination wedding. Essentially, when rooms are held for a group, there are attrition dates and cancellation penalties. If you don’t pay attention to those and have empty rooms in the group, or if your guests cancel their room when there are cancellation penalties, couples can be stuck holding the bag and have fees they weren’t expecting.

This is why most destination wedding couples will learn from the mistake of others and choose to work with a travel professional who specializes in destination wedding group travel.

3. You'll Be Left with Stressful Tasks

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Photo by Yan Krukau

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it's a destination wedding. While the resort will take care of the wedding-specific infrastructure, there are dozens of other aspects to manage. Juggling all these tasks from afar can be incredibly stressful.

Hiring a wedding planner or working with a destination wedding specialist can alleviate much of that stress. They can handle the logistics, coordination, and communication with the resort, allowing you to focus on taking care of your loved ones and ensuring their comfort and enjoyment during the wedding preparations.

4. You'll Miss Out on Personalized Service & Experience

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Photo by Min An

Keep in mind that the resort might be handling your wedding along with a dozen other unrelated events simultaneously. The best they can offer is a dedicated manager, but that doesn't really qualify as a personalized service.

A destination wedding consultant can work closely with you to understand your dream wedding ideas and preferences. They'll customize the event to reflect your style, theme, and budget, ensuring that all the details are taken care of. They can also connect you with top-notch photographers, decorators, and entertainers to make your wedding experience truly memorable.

5. You'll Be Busy Troubleshooting on Your Big Day

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No matter how meticulously you plan your event, unforeseen hiccups may happen at critical moments. And when they do, the resort may leave you to handle them on your own.

Having a dedicated wedding planner or travel agent by your side can be a real lifesaver in such situations. They've dealt with similar cases and know how to quickly troubleshoot problems, ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly.

6. Communication Issues May Cause Problems

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Let's face it, the customer service at some exotic and remote destination wedding resorts isn't always as speedy as we'd like. If you need to communicate changes or get information to help with your planning, quickly reaching the right people can be challenging.

Booking directly with these resorts may lead to communication difficulties. They might not respond to your emails promptly, and if you manage to get them on the phone, they might keep you waiting until you're frustrated.

On the other hand, a reputable event management service or wedding planner knows how to connect with the right person quickly and relay your messages effectively. They might even have local contacts to ensure everything is perfectly set up for your big day.

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Photo by Gad Samuel

So if you're looking for a stress-free destination wedding where your wedding vision can be realized without having to do it all yourself, consider working with a destination wedding specialist. You may even find it isn't considerably more expensive, especially saving you a lot of time, money, and hassle in choosing your vendors and negotiating your own contract directly with the resort.

If you are in the middle of trying to figure out your destination wedding, or just feel like you need a helping hand. Hit the easy button, and schedule a free consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make your dream wedding a reality.

By entrusting the planning to professionals, you can focus on cherishing precious moments with your partner and loved ones, knowing that every detail is expertly taken care of. So, embrace the support and guidance a wedding planner or travel agent can offer and prepare for a truly magical and unforgettable destination wedding.


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