If I read back through all the blogs I have written, I realize that I never stressed how important it is to know “WHO” you are using to help you plan your destination wedding. Let’s face it, this is the most important date of your life and most likely it is the most important travel planning you will ever make. It is really crucial to do your homework and ask some key questions. Just because you may have a travel agent that you have used in the past, doesn’t mean that this agent knows everything there is to know about planning a destination wedding.
Here are a few ways to ensure you are getting someone good to work with. First, look for an agency that truly focusses on destination weddings and group travel. When you find a few, then review their testimonials. Most agencies will post them on their website and if there are a lot of testimonials, then you certainly know that this agency focuses on destination weddings and has happy clients. However, you still need to dig a little deeper. Next, see how long they have been in business and check their credentials. I realize that since I was a destination wedding bride that I can relate to the stresses and give my wedding couples first hand suggestions that I learned in planning my own wedding, but just because I got married abroad, that doesn’t mean instantly that I am an expert on destination weddings. To truly know all the ins and outs of weddings, it requires training and up to date education, PLUS putting those skills to use and planning weddings on a daily basis. At VIP Vacations we strive to continually educate and learn about new legalities, and new resorts. We proudly list our credentials that display our hours upon hours of education. We plan more than 50 weddings a year and still insist on constant education and certifications. You wouldn’t go to a doctor who didn’t finish medical school, so why would you not ensure that your wedding planner has as certifications about their trainings? To prove my point, here is a link to VIP’s credentials: http://www.travelbyvip.com/vip_destination_wedding_credentials.html.