One of the most important decisions you can make when planning your wedding or honeymoon in another city, state, or country is to work with a reputable travel agent. For most couples, the planning stage that involves travel is time consuming and a bit overwhelming. However, by working with an expert that understands travel and all the associated factors, you can focus on the other aspects of the wedding and honeymoon, leaving the details to a professional.
A great advantage of using a travel agent is that they are privilege to discounts and promotions that the average person is not. This means that for the same amount of money, they can typically offer you far more. Qualified travel agents can find all the hidden ways of saving money as well as recommend places that you might not otherwise consider. Therefore, once you know your wedding and/or honeymoon will be in a different location from where you live, start the process of locating a good agent. The key is to choose an agent that is a member of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), which means they are trained and certified. If you were planning a cruise, then look for an agent that is a member of the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA).
Keep in mind that for this type of travel, you will be spending hard-earned money so you want someone that will be respectful of your budget and personal preferences. Another important factor when choosing an agent is one that is skilled in organization. This is especially important if you will have guests traveling from other cities, states, or countries to join the wedding. You want an agent that has good communication and the ability to keep things flowing smoothing from a number of different angles.
A good agent will work with your set budget and not try to convince you to spend more. Remember that most travel agents work on some type of commission. Therefore, if you tell an agent you have a $4,000 budget and he or she consistently tries to push that number up, then you need to look for another agent. Instead, you want an agent that can take that $4,000 budget and create an amazing trip for you with all the extras.
For you as the couple, it is important that you do research on your own as well. For instance, if you plan to take your honeymoon to Ireland, get on the internet and do some research about the various cities, activities, events, historical sites, hotels, restaurants, and so on. This way, you will be working with the agent, helping guide him or her to some of the things that you found appealing. This is beneficial in that the travel agent can then put a honeymoon trip together based on exact things of interest.
Finally, a good travel agent will provide you with as many free upgrades as possible, making your trip something to remember. The travel agent should tell you about travel security advisories, information on needed paperwork, and medical inoculations required for your destination of choice. In other words, a good agent should take your dream and be able to work with and for you to make it a reality.