Brides have so many questions about destination weddings! I personally want to answer these questions and help guide you through the process.
Why would I book through Travel by Erin vs direct or on a large website?
Great question! We are destination wedding and honeymoon specialist. We have traveled to almost all the resorts and destinations that you are thinking of for this very special event. You will have one person throughout the entire process, dealing directly with the resorts, while saving you time and money!! We do all the research for you; the contracts, the timelines, speaking with your guests to arrange their travel and accommodations, and create a personalized web presentation about your wedding. We will negotiate the best rates for you, and our services are free to you. Since you are not calling a hotline, and only dealing with one person to coordinate all of the details, this makes your wedding planning stress free!
How much does a destination wedding truly cost?
This is another one of the questions I am asked the most. A destination wedding can be very cost efficient, or, it can be as elaborate and decadent as you would like. Typically, most couples pay for the wedding event, their stay at the resort, along with their own airfare, while the guests usually pay their own costs. Most resort wedding packages typically start around $900+ with the average being $3900 – and will typically include the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. However, not all wedding packages are the same, for example some include 20 guests while others may include up to 40. It is good to have someone like us that has worked with these resorts and knows the true inclusions for each wedding package. This way you are able to review and compare all of the options for your dream wedding without experiencing sticker shock! Contact Travel by Erin for the exact pricing of your dream wedding.
How much does it cost to stay at the resort?
There are some great incentives for 2019 and 2020 travel. Depending on the resort, rates start around $180+ per person per night and go up depending upon amenities. That rate you will be quoted is all inclusive; so, all meals, drinks, taxes and gratuities are included in that sample rate. This is a nice way to do a wedding, your guests will be able to relax since everyone pays the flat rate in advance, everyone access to the same food and drinks, and there is no stressing about budgets while attending the event! There are many options from budget, mid- level, and luxury resort packages with everything in-between. When you are hosting a group, it is always best to pick a resort with a variety of restaurants and quality food so you and your guests have options. Not all resorts are the same, and with our experience, we will help you select the perfect location for your wedding.
What about the deposit?
When you book a destination wedding through Travel by Erin, you will receive reduced deposit amounts for your wedding packages, and resort deposits. Sometimes we can even negotiate your wedding package deposit to be waived and just put a deposit on the rooms. You could book your entire trip with as little as $500 down, or up to $100 per room, much of this will depend on the contract and agreements that we are able to negotiate for you.
Are there benefits for booking a wedding?
Yes, there are!! Depending on the property that you select, and the contract, there is the potential for you to earn some rebates for hosting a wedding at the resort! Some resorts are very generous with their rebates, but this is all based on how many people travel, and how long they stay. These rebates are given to you when you return home from your wedding. It is our job to find these rebates, and make sure you are credited them; we will be working on this while you are enjoying your destination wedding.
How do you get paid, are you really free?
Yes! Our services really ARE free to you! Every time a vacation is booked online for a resort, all-inclusive trip, Disneyworld etc. there was already a commission built into these rates designated for a booking agent to represent you. However, if you choose to book direct or online, the money that was available for an agent to represent you, is not passed on as a savings to you, the website instead keeps it as a profit. So yes, we truly are free to you, since there is already money built into the online rates for me to represent you!
How do I find out more?
I want you to feel comfortable, and confident about working with us, head on over to Wedding Wire where you can read reviews other brides have posted about their experience. We would love to assist you with creating the wedding of your dreams, romantic travel is our passion!