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#31 Sammygurlj

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    Posted 22 April 2009 - 03:40 PM

    It sounds like one of those TA registries gone wrong. You know the thing where you set up an account with the TA for people who want to give you a gift, they can just give them any amount and they give it to you after. But this seems totally off, it is like forcing your guests to give you a gift which is completely wrong. If they want to give you a gift of their own free will that is great and really appreciated but it is wrong to force someone to give you a gift.

    #32 steveandjenn

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      Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:13 PM

      Yeah, we've stated that we don't want any gifts as we have everything that we need. We also received the free trip deal, with every 16th free - but I've passed that on to a couple of our guests who would have a difficult time being there otherwise - and we definitely want them there. As it stands, especially the economy the way it is, I will be paying for 4 or 5 people to come, plus the two on the free trips - but it's more important to me that these people are there.. unfortunately when most of your friends are in college, that's the way it is!

      #33 cougs

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        Posted 22 April 2009 - 06:28 PM

        yeah just wanted to say there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a free trip gained from multiple bookings for yourselves. you are bringing in the business, and there are usually incentives for doing so. no one should feel badly about benefiting in this way.

        however, forcing each guest to pay a little extra (that will go toward a free trip), especially without their knowledge, is just shady and tacky.

        #34 Danyelle

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          Posted 25 April 2009 - 08:54 AM

          Wow! Sorry, but to me that seems really tacky and sneaky and I'm shocked the TA suggested it. I dunno if that's normal or whatever, but it sounds shady as hell.

          #35 ErinB

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            Posted 25 April 2009 - 09:00 AM

            I did round up the price, but not by $50 or $100, we're talking like $10 or so. I think one package price was $1467.82 so I said $1475. With the group rate it was cheaper than if people had booked independently so I wasn't scamming them for money.

            I had a small cushion of about $300 that went to pay for additional costs so my guests wouldn't have to pay more than the original amount and the published price on my website. Anything that was left over went back into the wedding so all guests could enjoy.

            I'm OK with that (obviously since I did it, LOL) but I wouldn't raise prices to pay for any specific people.

            #36 emme

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              Posted 18 June 2009 - 11:58 PM

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              hah! i can't believe she called you.

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              Nice!!! I agree...

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              #37 MissJenna

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                Posted 20 June 2009 - 08:52 PM

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                Originally Posted by chloe55
                Our TA does a lot of destination weddings and she told us that she recently had a bride who asked her to add $50 onto all her guests trip and then give her the money so that it would cover the cost of her wedding. She also did not tell the people that she was doing it. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard that, but it does sound like this may be something that some people do.
                HA HA HA that is classic. I wonder what kind of balls you have to have to do that...and not think twice about it. LOL

                #38 BillysBride

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                  Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:37 PM

                  Not only does it scream "tacky"...it skates perilously close to illegal in my mind. lol
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                  #39 rodent

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                    Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:58 PM

                    I agree with all that has been said. I think it's wrong and since the TA reads this forum I hope this encourages her to stop doing that. And why the best man & MOH? does that mean the other bridesmaids are paying an extra $50 each so the MOH travels for free? Not fair!

                    As far as taking the free flights or free room accumulated from booking so many people, I think that is completely fine. I've also heard of prices dropping $10-$20 and the TA credited the couple with that money instead of each guests. Our prices dropped about $10, but our TA credited that to each guest. If it went to us we would have turned around & given it back to the guests be adding something for them to the trip. We probably would have covered lunch at the group excursion with that extra money. I would feel like it needs to be something that goes directly to the guest, not extra flowers or something like that.




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