Meet Ruth Stirling
Hello! I am Ruth Stirling, a Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Specialist with over 20 years of experience in planning these very special trips. My goal is to turn your dream honeymoon into a reality! I have a high standard of customer service. I will meet with you either in person, on the phone or by email to answer all your questions and assist you in planning the most special trip of your life.
There is never a fee for my services. I am a Certified Sandals Specialist Platinum, which means I have sold over 250 Sandals trips.
My extensive, and continuing education in the travel industry has included training by tourist boards of some of the most popular destinations - Bermuda, Hawaii, Austria, and many of the Caribbean Islands to name a few. Further training has been an ongoing process by many of the most popular travel suppliers, which include Sandals Resorts and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
I also have several innovative ideas that may be of value to you when you are making your plans. I have gift certificates that your family and friends may purchase to assist you financing your honeymoon, suggestions for a "Honeymoon Shower", and a very popular $25.00 referral program. Everytime you refer someone to me, and they book a trip, I will send you a $25.00 VISA gift card that you can use anywhere VISA is accepted.
A Conversation with Ruth
Tell us a little bit about your company.
Ruth Stirling Travel is a home-based agency with a very experienced agent specializing in different areas of the travel industry. I have 30 plus years in the industry with the last 20 years dedicated to honeymoons and destination weddings.
How did you get started in this business?
I was a stay-at-home Mom, about to become a single parent and wanted to find a "fun" job. I attended college and graduated at the top of my class with an Associate's Degree in Travel and Tourism. As the saying goes, the rest is history.
What differentiates you from other businesses in your field?
Because I am home-based, I am free to meet clients when it suits them, unlike store front agencies with set hours. I am very customer service oriented, and my goal is to take a client's dream, and their budget, and give them a trip with memories to last a lifetime.
Why do you like working with weddings?
I love the challenge each couple gives me. Everyone is different with expectations, ideas, needs regarding travel time, and budgets. I particularly like working with destination weddings - whether it's just the couple going alone, or traveling with friends and family.
What is the most difficult conversation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
I always make sure a couple knows what documents are needed for an off-shore wedding. In one case, I got a call from the resort saying the groom had lost his birth certificate en route to the resort. I was able to convince the WV Bureau of Vital Statistics to send a copy of the groom's birth certificate via overnight mail to Jamaica. Since that time, I get documents ahead of the departure and send them to the resort by Certified Mail.
From a vendor's perspective, what is the best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
I actually have two pieces of advice. If they intend to travel out of the US, get passports immediately. Since the bride will be traveling under her maiden name she can get her passport changed when she returns by producing her marriage license.
The second idea is to visit your travel agent before you set your wedding date! Check the location you are interested in to see what rates are like at different times of the year, what the weather may be like. You don't want to spend your honeymoon looking out the window at rain!
What or who motivates you?
I'm motivated by my clients. Each couple is very different, and I need to keep constantly updating and training regarding destinations so that I am able to give the best advice. Your honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip!
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I enjoy time spent with family and friends, travel and reading, and I'm always making plans for Christmas!
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I love my kitchen and am a "scratch cook" - nothing out of cans or boxes.
I also love paper crafting. I make greeting cards and party favors.
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