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#7331 JDubya

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    Posted 10 August 2013 - 12:40 PM

    My wedding is in 3 months. I started getting prices from WC only about 1 month ago. The exception to that is Arrecife, who started giving me prices months and months ago, which have kept changing since then.

    #7332 KatLew

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      Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:17 AM

      Ok so we set a date finally. August 4, 2014. Gulp. So excited and nervous! We are inviting 50 guests. I was wondering if anyone was planning to do wedding favors still for destination? As with the prices on poolside reception... I was emailed these prices after asking for them by the wedding coordinator so i don't know it's all really confusing :-(

      #7333 KatLew

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        Posted 11 August 2013 - 04:20 AM

        Hey we plan to book our trip today or tomorrow... Or at least sometime this week. Is it best to book it through travel agent? Expedia? What do you all suggest? Thanks :-)

        #7334 lgerry

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        Posted 11 August 2013 - 07:43 AM

        Originally Posted by KatLew 

        Hey we plan to book our trip today or tomorrow... Or at least sometime this week. Is it best to book it through travel agent? Expedia? What do you all suggest?

        Thanks :-)

        Hi! If you're having about 50 guests, I would highly suggest working with a TA!! They really help to keep everyone organized and you don't have to do any of the arranging for your guests (which I predict being a nightmare).

         

        The rate we got from our TA was about the same... For example, our rate through TA for the GBP Akumal is $1758 (incl taxes) for 1 week in Jan '14. Expedia does not sell Akumal, but Tulum rates for the same week right now are $1781. So really there is not much price difference, and we get a free trip for every 16th person from Air Transat!!  Other carriers offer the same sort of incentive deals when you do group bookings. But honestly, just to relieve the headache of trying to organize 50 people alone, I would recommend a TA.

         

        Hope this helps!

        Liz 



        #7335 KatLew

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          Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:03 AM

          Thank you. Can the travel agent work around everyone's different schedules for the group? I know some people are staying 9 days, others wil be staying 4 or 5, and a few may be flying in from overseas.

          #7336 lgerry

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          Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:07 AM

          The majority of our group lives in Regina, but our TA has also made arrangements for those flying out from Winnipeg and Calgary too. Also, some are doing 1 wk air & land, where others (including us) are doing 2 wks air & 1 wk land, and yet others are doing just 5 days land. So I think they can pretty much do whatever combo your guests want.



          #7337 KatLew

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            Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:40 AM

            What did you guys do about elderly who are/were unable to make it to the destination wedding? My grandma is 84 and her health hasn't been the greatest in recent years and she will not be able to travel. It breaks my heart because she is my last alive grandparent, and also the mother of my mom (and my mom passed away when I was a teen). Your advice and thoughts are much appreciated.

            #7338 KatLew

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              Posted 11 August 2013 - 08:42 AM

              Igerry... Do you just basically tell your guests the day of your wedding and then provide them with the travel agent you are working with? Thanks.

              #7339 lgerry

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              Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:10 AM

              We sent out invites way in advance. We decided to forgo the STD's and just sent our invites out last Feb (I believe) with an RSVP date of Oct 1st. In the invite we put a card with our TA's contact info and we just put the date of our wedding. We also set up a wedding website with our TA contact info on it and included the link to the website in the invite. On the website we included lot's of travel info, including the dates we would be travelling.



              #7340 KatLew

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                Posted 11 August 2013 - 09:26 AM

                How far in advance does the resort need an official head count so I can provide guests with a decent RSVP date?




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