Welcome She2013 & congratulations!
I booked my wedding at RPRM for April 2, 2013. I went ahead and booked 25 rooms to start through TA Wndy Hicks with Wright Travel. I found her on here through all the wonderful brides raving about her. She is wonderful to work with. She was able to give me group rates this far out. Because I am getting married Easter 2013 Break I wanted to book as soon as possible since that is a busy school holiday week for families. They are not giving many incentives at this time, however, Wendy assured me that if the rates go down throughout the course of the year, we can ask the resort to match the rate for my group.
Not sure what your budget is, but the resort is not really offering and "incentives" this far out...although I am sure as time gets closer there will be better deal that we can ask to have credited to our group rate. Quotes are based on a 3 Night Minimum - For 7 nights (including transportation to & from the airport) - we got a quote of like $1600 per person.
I believe the symbolic ceremony is the same as a religious ceremony. They are not "legally" recognized although you receive a "symbolic certificate of marriage." My FI & I are having a Civil Ceremony there which is the legal ceremony.
I am not 100% sure on the cocktail hour/reception details as of yet...we will have over 20 people so given that i hope to have a DJ and do some type of cocktail hour/reception, but syill have not figured that part out yet. I guess based on my budget and how many people decide to book I will then make those decisions.
Keep in touch - I would love to plan alongside you~
My name is Emily, and I'm really considering RPRM to be the number one choice on our destination wedding. Everyone's photos & reviews are just stunning. I just have no idea as where to begin, I'm not good at planning and get stressed out to quickly, ha. Lets hope once I confirm everything it'll die down just a little. I am planning on having a symbolic ceremony April of 2013. (Does anyone know if the religious ceremony is what they call the symbolic ceremony?)
Also I can't get any quotes on the rooms yet, so I don't want to book a place that is way out of price for my family & friends that are coming, so I don't know when I should reserve my date. Also I got word that with under 20 people, I can't have a cocktail hour or reception, does anyone think I can find away around this? Because I'd really like to have some drinks & dancing with my friends and family afterwards that did travel all that way for us.