Originally Posted by MsHarryWinston
Thanks thats great to know!
Ok well then next questions...
A) Did you go with a local travel agent or did you find a random one online? I live in a small city and I'm not sure if I should just use one of ours or find someone who "specializes" in destination weddings.
None of the wedding packages seem to include a dinner. They have cake and a cocktail hour but I'm not seeing anything about private dinners. Is that a huge extra charge?
I sent away for more info but I love hearing first hand from the brides. And for some reason I dont "qualify" to view PDFs on here yet.
It was definitely cheaper for our guests not to mention there's a ton of amenities that are included with the group rate (especially if you have a large group). I've been checking Expedia, Hotwire and the resort's website periodically and our contracted rate is always much lower.
Not to mention, one of the ways I was able to convince my guests to use our travel agent was by letting them know that a lot of times they oversell rooms at resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean. When that happens, they start moving guests to their "sister" properties. When you're part of a group, they won't break the group up so you don't have to worry about some of your guests getting moved to a different property.
We went to the Now Jade Resort in Riviera Maya in April to celebrate my brother's 50th birthday, they were oversold and were sending some of their guests to their sister property, Now Sapphire. I've heard Now Sapphire is a really nice property but I wouldn't have wanted any of us to get sent there. Because we booked as a group we weren't split up.
We went with www.destinationweddings.com. My brother and sister in law used them when they got married in DR a couple years ago and my sister in law said they were great so I decided to use them as well. They specialize in Destination Weddings and our travel agent Pam has been great to work with. We were able to book our block of rooms and give our guests about 6 weeks to put down their deposit. That was in May and even though we've since released the block, they're still honoring the same contracted rates for our late guests that are just booking now.
The Excellence of Love Wedding Package includes the Silver Menu for 20 people and the Gold Excellence Wedding Package includes the Gold Menu for 20 people. They both include cake and cocktail hour for 20 people as well. Last email I received it was $45 per person over the 20 that's included. That $45 covers cocktail hour, cake and dinner.
Hope this helps!