1/23/2023     by Guest Contributor

Q&A with Real Couples

Working with a travel agent can pay big dividends when it comes to your wedding budget. Specialized destination wedding and honeymoon expert agents work with engaged couples to coordinate groups, simplify planning and maximize relaxation throughout the process. Hear from five couples who worked with agents to craft their dream wedding and idyllic honeymoon.
Wedding Couple

LATOYA & TYRON

Wedding destination: Negril, Jamaica

Why did you and your fiancé choose this location?
We were looking for something that was family-friendly, and food selection played a major role. Also, we were looking for the most beautiful venue to have our wedding ceremony, finally deciding on Karisma by Azul. 

What were your favorite parts of your wedding?
Having our families witness us saying, “I do!”

Favorite part of the destination?
It feels like you’re in a whole other world. I loved that we — and when I say “we” I mean everyone — were treated like royalty

What advice do you have for other couples planning a destination wedding?
If you don’t want to be stressed, get a destination wedding planner. They can let you know all the ins and outs that Google will not tell you. Someone in the travel agent’s office has most likely been to where you want to go, and they can give you firsthand experiences.

How did using a travel agent make honeymoon planning better?
I was so relaxed, so I had the pleasure of not being a bridezilla. Anything I asked — if I needed to add or change something — my travel agent had no problem doing. They made wedding planning such a breeze. 

 

Wedding Couple

DUSTYN & CAILLIE

Wedding destination: Negril, Jamaica

Why did you and your fiancé choose this location?
We always thought Jamaica was beautiful, and we liked knowing that the flight was not terribly long.

What were your favorite parts of your wedding?
Our gorgeous wedding ceremony!

Favorite part of the destination?
There were so many options for activities to do. The resort was wonderful, so just hanging out was a lot of fun too.

What is one unique tip you have for couples taking a honeymoon?
Bring an insulated cup with a place for a straw to keep your beachy drinks nice and cold.

How did using a travel agent make honeymoon planning better?
We were especially grateful to have a travel agent with us during this process, as we had been dealing with the pandemic for two years of planning. Our travel agent was the best — extremely patient with all the many questions we and our guests had. It was a huge peace of mind to have her to call if we needed her. I couldn’t imagine trying to pull off this trip without her!

 

Wedding Couple

CHRIS & SARAH

Honeymoon location: Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia

Why did you and your fiancé choose this location?
When searching for a honeymoon location, we wanted something that would provide us with a good mix of adventure and relaxation. We also wanted somewhere out of the country with a beautiful beach. Our travel agent recommended St. Lucia as a location that would address all our wishes. We also wanted a resort that was quiet and less of the party scene, as we were looking for plenty of relaxation after planning our wedding. Sandals Halcyon could not have been more perfect! It was quiet and relaxing, but we also had the option of traveling to the other Sandals Resorts on St. Lucia for different food and entertainment options.

What were your favorite parts of your honeymoon?
Our day on the catamaran cruise. We took a catamaran out to different parts of St. Lucia where we toured the island, made stops at waterfalls, swam in the mud baths and ate fresh coconut. On the way back, we enjoyed too many delicious rum punches! We also enjoyed a couples’ massage in the beautiful garden beside the beach. It was so relaxing to free the stresses of wedding planning together and was one priority on our honeymoon bucket list. We could not have been happier with our experience.

What is one unique tip you have for couples taking a honeymoon?
Do not be afraid to go over your initially planned budget, because it is something you and your significant other will remember forever. Even though it may be a bit more expensive, if it is something you really want to do, do it. The memories will last you a lifetime, and in 10 years, you won’t remember the cost of that extra excursion that really made your trip.

How did using a travel agent make honeymoon planning better?
Our travel agent was incredible to work with. In fact, we had such an amazing experience that we used her to help us plan our trip to Italy for our two-year anniversary. When planning your trip, tell them everything you are looking for! She helped us pick the perfect honeymoon destination and made our experience completely stress-free. We did not have to worry about transportation or accommodations. It was a wonderful trip, and we will continue to use a travel agent in the future because our honeymoon experience was so flawless.

 

Wedding Couple

JULIA & GEORGE

Honeymoon location: St. Lucia

Why did you and your fiancé choose this location?
We wanted to relax on the beach, but also have the adventure of mountains and rainforest to hike, a volcano to see and experience the culture of being in another country. It was also nice to be in a similar time zone to cut down on traveling time.

What were your favorite parts of your honeymoon?
We loved hiking the largest mountain in St. Lucia, Gros Piton, and taking a catamaran around the island.

Favorite part of the destination?
We loved meeting the people of St. Lucia and learning about the history of their country.

What is one unique tip you have for couples taking a honeymoon?
Sandals did a wonderful job of making us feel taken care of with the food, drinks, activities and the overall beauty of the resort, but it is important to do some excursions outside of the resort to take in the culture of St. Lucia.

How did using a travel agent make honeymoon planning better?
Our travel agent made sure we were prepared for the whole process. This trip was one of our first trips outside of the country, and our first experience at an all-inclusive resort. Our travel agent helped us make sure we had all our documents and health screenings accounted for while traveling internationally during the pandemic. She gave a great recommendation on where to stay, made sure that all our transportation was taken care of and helped us find vetted excursions for what we wanted to do. 

 

Wedding Couple

SAM & SARAH

Honeymoon location: Athens & Mykonos Greece

Why did you and your fiancé choose this location?
We wanted a scenic location that was also focused on relaxation.

What were your favorite parts of your honeymoon?
The scenery, people and atmosphere were so beautiful, amazing and romantic.

Favorite part of the destination?
Enjoying the scenic evening sunsets from our amazing suite. We had a stunning view of the Aegean Sea from our suite and loved watching the beautiful sunsets and boats out on the sea every night.

What is one unique tip you have for couples taking a honeymoon?
If you’re booking excursions, remember to leave a few days with nothing booked to really enjoy and relax with your partner.

How did using a travel agent make honeymoon planning better?
Having our travel agent book and plan everything for us was so easy and convenient. She had everything ready and sent to us before we took off on our honeymoon. Even during our trip, she would send us messages with updates on our flights. She made it easy and relaxing for us and was a huge help through all of it.

 

Get in touch with one of our travel agents today to plan your destination wedding or honeymoon.

 

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