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Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Book Your Wedding or Rooms Directly with a Resort

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Sure, you've gotten serious about your wedding planning, and that means

you're ready to lock in the resort where you will wed. However, before you

pick up the phone and book directly with a resort or hotel, 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:

You Might End Up Spending More

Sure, you might think that booking directly with the resort will save you some bucks,

but that's not always the case. Resort managers are aware that 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, discounts, and

package deals that aren't available to individual customers. They can help you compare

prices across different resorts and make sure you get the best value for your money.

You Could Get Slammed With Fees

It is so upsetting to see couples get blind-sided with fees based on the group contract.

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.

You'll Be Left with Stressful Tasks

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


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.

You'll Miss Out on Personalized Service & Experience

Keep in mind that the resort might be handling your wedding along with a dozen other

unrelated events at the same time. 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.

Communication Issues May Cause Problems

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, reaching the right people quickly can be a


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 make sure everything is set up perfectly for your big


At first, Booking your destination wedding or honeymoon direct seems like a

simple decision. But it's not always the best choice. That's why it's smart to

engage destination wedding & honeymoon experts to help you locate the

perfect resort, negotiate an unbeatable rate, and optimize your travel plans.

By teaming up with a good consultant or planner, you can ensure that

everything goes off without a hitch—and that's something you won't regret.

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

30-minute consultation with me today. I will do my best to help you make

your dream wedding a reality. Schedule your consultation today! If you do not see a time that will work for you, email me to see if we can work out another time.

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 get ready for a truly magical and unforgettable destination wedding.

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