I tried to answer your questions to the best of my knowledge but I had my wedding there a year ago now (time flies!) so some things may have changed...
Originally Posted by stylishmeNC
Hi everyone... I am relatively new to this forum but I am seriously looking at Gran Bahia Principe for my wedding. We are thinking of getting married at the end March 2012 and have made initial contact with the resort for availability. However I have some questions that I thought you all might be able to help me with...
1) Did you have to book your stay with the resort before you reserved your wedding day? Or can I reserve the day and then book a little later when we have travel plans more figured out (and also I can decide which resort to stay at).
The resort will confirm the availability of the date of your choice however they won't book you until you are confirmed to stay at the resort (that way they avoid turning away brides that want the same date and then you don't actually end up booking). You'll also have to decide which resort you're staying at since that's where you wedding will be (choice of restaurants, ceremony location, etc). We hadn't officially booked our trip yet when we reserved our date but I provided our quote number and they were happy with that.
2) Are you using a travel agent? If so, does this save money... like are they able to get group rates? -- We will be having quite a few people coming from all over the US so I thought it might be nice to have a travel agent to help coordinate everyone's travel.... thoughts?
We used a travel agent and found the best benefit was to let someone else deal with guests travel questions and collect payments. They also provided a pretty decent group discount however a similar price could be found online. The other benefit was the travel agency would assist with any flight changes or cancellations, or any problems that might arise, whereas if you book online you're at their mercy.
3) This one might be for the brides that have already had their weddings there... but I am a little confused on the whole pricing of dinners and drinks. As the resort is all inclusive, is just for a more private event and then for private event staff?
Like Sunshine said, your dinner and drinks at an al a carte are included in your wedding package. They say it's semi-private but they don't actually take any reservations until 2 hours after your dinner starts so you technically have the whole place to yourself. If you want a private dinner on the beach or by the pool, you pay per head for the meal (minimum 50 people) and per head/per hour for the bar service after dinner. GBP was one of the only resorts we could find that gave you the option to have the dinner included, most other resorts you pay for you wedding dinner per guest.
Any help would be much appreciated and if you have anything that you want/need to send me for clarifications, etc. I can be reached at TuinBlecha@gmail.com.
Thanks in advance!
Hope that helps!