I believe wedding packages abroad offer excellent value for money and can make the organisation of your wedding easy and stress free.
Below I've put together an overview of what's typically included in destination wedding packages and outlined what I perceive to be the benefits and disadvantages of organising your wedding this way.
Traditionally wedding packages were mainly offered by larger Tour Operators who had a specialist division within their company dedicated to organising weddings. Although this is still very much the case today, many independent travel companies who are solely focused on planning weddings have also joined the market - which I believe, is great news!
Whilst Tour Operators (...think Thomas Cook, First Choice, Sandals etc.) only offer packages sold by their own company, independent travel companies (...such as HolidaysPlease, Perfect Weddings Abroad etc.) promote packages available from many different companies. This puts them in a great position of being able to offer a wide range of overseas wedding locations and being able to find you a package that most closely suits your needs.
Unlike Wedding Planners, who you deal with through the entire planning process and on the day itself, if you choose to organise your wedding through a travel company you will have two different points of contact. The first will be with a booking agent in your home country - they will help you choose your wedding location and type of package and your second point of contact will be with the on-site wedding co-ordinator at the location your wedding. Generally you will not have any contact with the wedding co-ordinator until you get to your wedding destination.
Most wedding packages have a set formula and only offer small variations for personalisation. However due to the large numbers of weddings organised each year, you should be guaranteed to receive a very professional service and a tried and tested package.
If you book a wedding package abroad your wedding ceremony and reception will usually take place in a hotel or resort. Most travel companies have an affiliation with a number of hotels in each area and you can choose the package at a hotel that best suits your requirements.
If you book through a Tour Operator many companies often provide attractive extras and discounts such as room upgrades and free accommodation.
Many Tour Operators also offer packages which include additional items, such as music, videography and larger wedding receptions.
The more comprehensive the wedding package abroad the more it will cost.
Holidaysplease.co.uk is a friendly and experienced company who won the 2013 /14 online travel agency of the year.
What I love about them is that you receive impartial advice on the best wedding destinations as they are not owned by a Tour Operator.
They can provide you with independent advice and ideas for your wedding abroad and help you find the best wedding holiday packages.
Use the form below as a quick and easy way to contact them for further advice about planning a destination wedding
We didn't want the stress of organising things ourselves so were pleased with our decision to use a Tour Operator although it was very difficult knowing nothing about what would happen until we actually arrived in Sri Lanka. The only part taken care of in England was copies of the documents that they required. The wedding was good value for money if you consider what we would have spent getting married in England with all our massive families present! It was a lot cheaper than we thought it was going to be and it was the most perfect day so we can't complain at all!
I think in hindsight we probably could have organised the wedding ourselves if we dealt with the hotel direct but we really wanted a no hassle wedding, which by booking through a Tour Operator was exactly what we got, all we really had to do was turn up on the day!
I would recommend a Tour Operator if people, like us, want a stress-free wedding but if you want to be directly involved and want to know the progress of the arrangements every step of the way then it would be best to book it yourself or find a local Wedding Planner who can keep in more constant contact with you.
Sian & Michael, Married in Sri Lanka