Your destination wedding with a tour operator
Always wanted to tie the knot by Caribbean shores or toast your groom with ouzo on a Greek island? There’s nothing more romantic than a destination wedding, but they can be a nightmare to plan! You could consider hiring a tour operator to organise your celebrations. They can manage the whole event, from the ceremony to the reception and even the honeymoon! Here are some pros and cons.
On the spot local advice
Some advantages of entrusting your overseas nuptials to a holiday operator are:
- They have experience of local laws and customs.
- They know the best hotels and restaurants to host the event.
- Many of these firms offer wedding packages which include a special honeymoon deal. This can be very budget-friendly for couples watching the pennies!
Amongst the disadvantages, I would highlight:
- There is usually a lack of personalisation.
- There may be another couple saying ‘I do’ at the hotel on the same day. It’s a busy industry!
- It’s more difficult for you to monitor how your wedding planning is going. You may not want the stress, but you do want to be kept in the loop.
Limited destination choice
First Choice and Thomas Cook have years of experience as holiday organisers. As far as their destination wedding business goes, they have planners onsite who can answer all your questions about your chosen resort, and there are some fun destinations on their website.
What about choosing the glitz and glamour of a Las Vegas wedding like Mr Selfridge star Katherine Kelly? Thomas Cook can make that happen!
The tour groups’ relationship with hotels across the globe means they can offer discounts for guests’ accommodation as well as other perks. But, and it’s a big but, these operators only offer wedding deals sold by their own company, so the destination choice is limited.
I would prefer to use an independent operator with a wider choice of resorts more tailored to individual needs!