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Travel Agents' Secret to Success: Part 2

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Travel Agents' Secret to Success: Part 2

Planning a honeymoon or a destination wedding can be a stressful process without the help of an expert. These days, many couples are trusting online sources when choosing their destination, hotels, and vendors—however, as great as the Internet is, it can also cause a lot of problems that can really put a damper on your special day. Many honeymooners and newlyweds-to-be are also unsure of what they actually want in a destination—the place you've been dreaming of may not actually be what you were expecting. What can you do to avoid these hassles? Put your faith in a professional travel agent! We caught up with Monica Velasco from AzulBlue Journeys to get some expert advice about planning a successful excursion with your sweetheart.

 

What are the benefits of using a travel agent when planning your honeymoon?

You want to remember your honeymoon for the right reasons, not for the wrong ones. Today, everything looks so wonderful on the Internet and people think they're choosing a good venue, but when they arrive, they're let down. You need to make sure you have someone who has been to this place or someone who knows the ins and outs and can guide you.

A lot of the time, people don't really know what they want. It's just part of my job to dig a little deeper and ask questions about why they want to go to a particular place and what attracts them to it. That conversation usually leads to a wake-up call that helps them decide what's the best fit for them as a couple.

How should couples budget for the honeymoon of their dreams?

I feel like it kind of works in the opposite way. Plan a honeymoon that works for your budget, not a budget that works for your honeymoon. Set aside a budget for your honeymoon and then work with a travel agent to decide where you can go and what's realistic. People don't know where they can go or how much they need in order to get there. Tell your travel agent how much you're willing to spend and then give them your wishlist and they will help you go from there.

What are some things that couples should be aware of when planning a destination wedding?

Flexibility is number one! The most important thing the couple should realize is that they need to be flexible when planning a destination wedding. The most common factor being weather—you cannot control the weather.

Unfortunately, a destination wedding is not for every couple. There are many who are not good destination wedding candidates because they like to experience things before the actual day and that's just not always possible when you're a whole world away. However, many resorts that offer destination weddings are now allowing couples to come beforehand, at a lower cost, to test drive the wedding, taste the food, and test the vendors. I would highly recommend doing that if at all possible.

Couples should also be aware of their guests' budgets. They need to talk with their guests beforehand and let them know they're having a destination wedding and ask them if they would be willing to come and how much they would be willing to spend. 

Release your control of things to your travel agent and the wedding coordinator. Delegate and let them do things for you, so you can simply enjoy your big day.

What is one of the top misconceptions you find that couples have when planning their honeymoon?

Many people think that because it says they have booked an ocean-view room online that they're going to have a full view of the ocean and that's not always the case. It happens all the time! If an ocean view is what they want, couples should request an ocean-front room.

Also, many newlyweds try to make a vacation out of their honeymoon. A honeymoon is simply not a vacation. I always tell my clients that they are going to be a basket case the first two days after the wedding. They're going to need that time to relax and unwind. Treat your honeymoon as a time to take it all in together, to digest and bask in the glow of the whole wedding. Have fun and do things, but don't overdo it. Allow time for yourself.

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