Hi! I've been following this thread for a while as I'm planning to get married at Dreams Tulum on January 2, 2015.
I'm SO DISTRAUGHT however... the new price they quoted me this week was 30% more than the initial estimate back in November! Did this happen to anyone? Were you able to negotiate down???
I am actually having my wedding just 5 days after you, January 7th! Congrats!
Not sure what you mean by the "quoted prices"...Do you mean the wedding package prices? Or the prices to hold the rooms?
My best friend's mom has her own small travel agency. She originally told me to get in touch with the airlines (like JetBlue, as i am flying out of NY) and the hotel directly, as sometimes they provide better deals. JetBlue laughed at me, as when i contacted them it was still over a year before the departure...So they told me to wait until about June to get back to them, as they have not finished with the pricing that far ahead yet.
And the hotel quoted me $237 for the cheapest room (so just for the hotel for a week stay you would end up paying about $1660) My travel agent laughed at that. She said that Apple Vacation will have deals and with the flight, it should end up being under $1500. Do not worry! I just checked AppleVacation for my days, and it still comes up pretty steep ($2000 per person) - but it is still waaaaaaay ahead of time. The airlines still do not know their schedules, so the prices are very volatile.
Realistically, you should start to see the prices go down closer to June/July. At that point, monitor AppleVacations website, and perhaps, give their wedding ppl a call, to see if you can secure a block. I know, i am itching to book everything already as well!