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So if tell my guests to RSVP a month to me is that ok? .... I mean technically they could book their trip a couple days before, but i would rather know a number at least a month in advance.

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I sent out my actual invitations one rat in advance with the address of our wedding website. All the travel info was on there already. People need to know a year in advance how much it will be, what the exact dates to request off for vacation are, and about how much to save. Go through a travel agent!!! With Jubilee Travel via AirTransat we have every 11th or 13th (can't remember which) person free. You can do what you want with that amount, so for example my FI and I are using it for ourselves so our 2 weeks are essentially free except the tax. A travel website won't be giving you that. Also, I'm getting a 6pc free luggage set and a $250 gift card for our next trip by booking through Jubilee. They have been invaluable organizing all our guests from 3 diff cities, some of which are staying longer or spending their 2nd week at a diff resort to mix it up. The travel agent was also able to take a deposit from each guest and hold the quoted price. We then had 10 months before we had to pay for the entire trip, and she reserved whole sections of the plane (people flying Vancouver to Cancun on nov 3 especially beware! Lol) so we can all be seated together.

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Pfffft I'm not paying for anybody! Lol. But I could. We have 4 or 5 free. For every 11th or 13th (like I said, I forget which) that person is "free" for the cost of the trip ($1179 for a one week package). It's up to the bride and and groom what we do with that 1179. We could use it towards our own 2 week trip, we could pick certain people and have they trip paid for, or split the money (so in our case 4 or 5 x 1179) between all 55-60 guests so we all get a bit of a discount. Because my FI and I are staying for 2 weeks and providing everybody with a trip to Xel-ha, we are going to allot ourselves our trip's worth so ours is free, and whatever is left over we will give to our parents so they have a discount on their total price. That's a huge benefit of a travel agency.

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If I had been thinking I would have put a "free" trip towards a photographer. But I wasn't, and the date passed long ago where we had to put down our deposits.

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Same with us, for every 11th person that booked we got a free ticket up to 4 max..BUT we found out later and are now dealing with this is, if the airline doesn't fly in or out of the city our guest are flying out of they don't count towards your tickets cause they have to book flight and hotel seperate which is insane, it ends up costing our guests almost twice as much. We had 44 people so we got 4 free tickets and then found out that 5 wont count cause Sunwing doesnt fly into that province... So we added a few more people cause we plan on helping out family members who can't afford to go with these tickets but because Sunwing is sold out of rooms for the time were there our agent now has to book flight and hotel seperate which means we might not even get all 4. Might not be the same for you but I just wanted to give you a heads up cause our agent never told us this.

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Originally Posted by KatLew View Post

So if tell my guests to RSVP a month to me is that ok? .... I mean technically they could book their trip a couple days before, but i would rather know a number at least a month in advance.

 

It's really up you, My FI and I booked in February 2013 and had everyone put there deposits down by May 2013 . It was just the way our agent had it set us cause were going through destinationweddings.com so we have a travel agent who is dealing with everyone and we had a deadline to meet. Everyone that has booked with our agent will all be on the same plane down and will be there the same amount of time so that was nice, being able to travel with everyone and spend extra time with them is why we had everyone book so far in advance.

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