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Ok so looking back, maybe I misunderstood a bit. I blocked out 25 rooms (but we've already booked 27, yay!) We had a month to get enough people to put down a 5k deposit. So I guess that works out to $200 per room. I asked guests to put down a deposit and then we paid whatever was left of the 5k. Since some people paid in full straight away, ended up only being about 1200 and we're getting that refunded this month now that I have 50 some odd guests booked! Whoo hoo!
First of all, Congrats on getting that many rooms booked! I hear that's a tough job in itself. ;-)

I just wanted to share with you that I too am using DW.com and was told by our TA that we needed not put down deposits for our guests unless they do not do so within 30 days of notification. We were told that each guest must place a deposit of $200 per room and that if they do not, we will be responsible for paying the deposits. It sounds like we may have received conflicting information, but I could be wrong. Anywho, I hope this adds to the "info pot" in some way or another. :-)

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Ladies, I have a question! The resort is telling my TA that in order to block a group of rooms for May 2011 we have to put up $300 a room. Did you guys run into this? My TA was a bit taken aback with the price. I knew we might have to put something down. Now with that said it's not like I have to block rooms but to get the current promotion they are running you do. Any Advicehuh.gif?
Side Note: Current promotion if you block or outright book 20 or more rooms you get 20% off room rates and 20% off private events
I think that's pretty standard. My resort charged the same thing to block the rooms. But as people put money down, it will be credited towards your stay.

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Amy, your pictures are amazing. You look beautiful and whatever made you both cry like that - priceless. The photos captured your love and commitment perfectly. Your TTD dress is amazing and I love the sexy pearls. Congrats!!!!

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Aw Amy!!!! I am SPEECHLESS!!!!! Absolutely beautiful and precious and so wonderful!!!!
Lindz, I love your new siggy pic. You have such good outfits in all of them. How many outfit changes?

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Ladies, I have a question! The resort is telling my TA that in order to block a group of rooms for May 2011 we have to put up $300 a room. Did you guys run into this? My TA was a bit taken aback with the price. I knew we might have to put something down. Now with that said it's not like I have to block rooms but to get the current promotion they are running you do. Any Advicehuh.gif?
Side Note: Current promotion if you block or outright book 20 or more rooms you get 20% off room rates and 20% off private events
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Unfortunately, that's about right. Ours was $150 per adult, so essentially the same.

This is the eternal question when considering a group contract: Get one, lock in the rates and promotions but put down the deposit, OR don't get one, risk rates going up and/or the resort selling out (this last one might not be much of a concern with AS).

For us, we did the group contract and blocked 13 rooms. However, we already had our guest list at that point and told our guests that if they wanted to come under our contract and with our lower, negotiated prices, they had to put down the $150. We never even considered fronting the $$ ourselves. Our guest list was only immediate family, though, so that made it easier.

If you do put up the money, don't worry you'll get it back. When room balances come due, your TA will credit you back the money as your guests pay for their rooms. It can go to pay off your own room or they might reimburse you once it's all said and done. Each TA is a bit different.
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I got 20% off rooms with 10 or more booked and 20% off special events with 15 or more rooms booked that's with the "bride and groom stay free package" we also got "free anniversary nights". Just this week I got the "get a free cocktail reception" when booking with a GI consultant added. This is all through Destinationweddings.com. But of course I also see what the other girls on here are getting and ask for it. (For example the free cocktail prty promo.) I am also doing the sky wedding and when i booked you had to do it with the silver or gold package but I saw that some of the other girls did it with the pearl package...and so I asked TA at DW.com and we made that work too. Thanks to this forum, already got a lot of upgrades and am saving a lot of money. (Still over budget but just by a couple of thousand and getting most things I want.)

Oh and my guests only needed to put down $100 per person to reserve the rooms. Again through DW.com. My TA can be sooooo slow, so much so that I've had to complain to her boss (didn't help) but I guess it was worth it because seems like I am getting a good deal.

Hope that helps you.
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Ok so looking back, maybe I misunderstood a bit. I blocked out 25 rooms (but we've already booked 27, yay!) We had a month to get enough people to put down a 5k deposit. So I guess that works out to $200 per room. I asked guests to put down a deposit and then we paid whatever was left of the 5k. Since some people paid in full straight away, ended up only being about 1200 and we're getting that refunded this month now that I have 50 some odd guests booked! Whoo hoo!
I believe the deposit for blocking a group of rooms is standard. I'm going through DW.com too so I had the same promotions as Amanda. I also blocked 25 rooms and there was no way I was coming up with $5000 to put on the rooms so I too told people that they needed to make their deposits in a month or risk the price going up. The price never went up. In fact, if you go on the hotel's website they're running a special and the rooms are like $200 cheaper than what my group rate was but anyway I think if you tell people they need to make their deposits in order to lock in their rates they will do it and you won't have to come out of your pocket with the money.

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Aw THANK YOU!

I also have total wedding envy of this wedding:

http://bestdestinationwedding.com/fo...wedding-59902/

It makes we want to do mine all over again but do it this way!

I love these colors...I have been wanting to do orange, fuschia and blue but everyone I talk to is like ehhh thats weird. I even made a lil color board lol.
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Ladies, I have a question! The resort is telling my TA that in order to block a group of rooms for May 2011 we have to put up $300 a room. Did you guys run into this? My TA was a bit taken aback with the price. I knew we might have to put something down. Now with that said it's not like I have to block rooms but to get the current promotion they are running you do. Any Advicehuh.gif?
Side Note: Current promotion if you block or outright book 20 or more rooms you get 20% off room rates and 20% off private events
MY TA said it was $100 per person deposit needed. I had told the majority of my guests I was doing a DW so they were aware I would be booking once I signed the contract I told everyone to book bc the resort fills up fast (Im at AB and the rate isn't guaranteed). The rooms flew. We have 35 rooms booked already. It sounds scary at first but don't stress it or just block the rooms you know people will book and then add to the group contract.

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Thanks for all the feedback ladies!!! You guys are wonderful. I cut and paste alot of what you guys said and sent it to my TA. I am sure we will get this worked out but I got a little stressed over it. Right now I have 25 verbal yes so I am sending out an email to say look people once we do this you need to BOOK ASAP! I think I was more concerned with coming up with $7500 on the front end. Again THANK YOU LADIES! Your the best!

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First of all, Congrats on getting that many rooms booked! I hear that's a tough job in itself. ;-)

I just wanted to share with you that I too am using DW.com and was told by our TA that we needed not put down deposits for our guests unless they do not do so within 30 days of notification. We were told that each guest must place a deposit of $200 per room and that if they do not, we will be responsible for paying the deposits. It sounds like we may have received conflicting information, but I could be wrong. Anywho, I hope this adds to the "info pot" in some way or another. :-)

Nope I don't think that it's conflicting. I had to put down the deposits after the 30 days. Enough of a deposit to equal 5k. After 30 days we were short about 1200 so I paid this difference. Now that we have so many guests booked, that's getting refunded. I did have to aks for the refund though. MY TA at DW.com did not refund as guests booked. Hope that helps

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Aw Amy!!!! I am SPEECHLESS!!!!! Absolutely beautiful and precious and so wonderful!!!!
Thank you so much!! love.gif

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Amy, your pictures are amazing. You look beautiful and whatever made you both cry like that - priceless. The photos captured your love and commitment perfectly. Your TTD dress is amazing and I love the sexy pearls. Congrats!!!!
Thank you! Oh man, I don't know what made us both cry, I was crying at the bottom of the stairs, stopped briefly to start my walk, turned the corner, looked at him and he was crying and I burst back into tears, which continued for a little up there and then we both stopped and were fine for the rest of the ceremony until walking back down the aisle. It felt like so much pent up emotion and anxiety and something I'd been looking forward to for such a long time.

Thanks that TTD was so comfortable until I got into the ocean and it weighed like 200lbs after that I swear. The pearls are real and a gift from my Aunt who was in Shanghai earlier this year. My photographer couldn't believe I was gonna do a TTD with them in the ocean smile41.gif

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Lindz, I love your new siggy pic. You have such good outfits in all of them. How many outfit changes?
I'm going to guess 4? Maybe 5... she's so damn cute, I wish I had more outfits in mine!

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