| Originally Posted by MelissaH |
We had everyone book their own thing too - much cheaper than a group rate and it was better because people on smaller budgets booked over at the Maya Beach and Caribe sides, and then people with bigger budgets booked at the Tropical and Colonial...it worked out really well for us (but we're all pretty easy going and it didn't matter to us that we weren't all staying together).
The only thing we did was give out our TA info in case they wanted to book through her.
Group rates not very group appealing?
Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:28 PM
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Posted 16 April 2008 - 12:50 PM
Our resort wasn't too big so even though we were all in different towers, we were able to easily meet up or communicate. The first thing I did upon arrival was get everyone's room number.
Posted 16 April 2008 - 02:43 PM
The negative was that we didn't use all of the rooms we reserved (because people suck!) so we did lose some deposit money.
However, with the group rate, we will all be in the same area of our hotel, we get an upgrade to a suite, and we got our 11th room free for 2 guests, so that will pay for all of my wedding extras!
I did find some cheaper rates online, so I called my TA who contacted the resort. Basically asking the advantage of the group rate and if they would price match, which they did! So, it never hurts to ask.
Also, by us booking the whole package, we got much better flight times--everyone will be in Jamaica by 12:00 noon and we don't have to leave until 12:00 noon. The same flights now are $950 that we paid $425 for!
The best part is that we have people flying in from 4 different cities, yet we all meet in Memphis and fly the same plane down to Jamaica, so it will be kinda like a charter flight!
Posted 16 April 2008 - 03:41 PM
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 11:31 PM
i am having this problem with 3 weddings in june, 1 in october, 1 in november, 1 in december where the hotel is sold out and there are no more rooms left....luckily for all but 1 of the weddings they blocked a bunch of rooms so they were set aside for their wedding guests.
can you imagine booking your wedding, booking vendors, paying deposits, sending out invitations to have your guests not be able to stay at the same resort as you....?
people should consider getting group blocks if:
1. the resort is really popular and sells out often
2. the date is during high season
3. your group is kind of slower to book their rooms etc.
4. your wedding is in say 2009 but you want to try to lock in 2008 rates.
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