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#1 koonz99

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    Posted 27 April 2009 - 12:41 PM

    Hey everyone. I just wanted to start a thread about 2009 pricing because there are a lot of us who are having very difficult times figuring out prices for our weddings in 2010. Most of the prices quoted by our travel agents are extremely high forcing us to reconsider where we are planning on going. So if the 2009 brides are willing to help us a bit by giving just a little info it would be of major help to all of us planning a 2010 wedding. We can use these prices as a rough guideline plus 10% to help us decide on our location.

    2009 Brides can you give us the resort, time of year, city of departure, length of stay and price.

    This would be of major help to everyone. Thanks in advance.

    #2 jetsbride

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      Posted 27 April 2009 - 02:15 PM

      Here is the pricing that I got...
      Riu Palace Riveria Maya (RPRM)
      Departing November 6, 2009

      1 Week
      Edmonton/Calgary - $1821 per adult based on double occupancy, $1431 per child
      Edmonton/Calgary - $2350 per adult based on single occupancy
      Toronto - $1701 per adult based on double occupancy, $1311 per child
      Toronto - $2230 per adult based on single occupancy

      2 Weeks
      Edmonton/Calgary - $2582 per adult based on double occupancy, $2011 per child
      Edmonton/Calgary - $3640 per adult based on single occupancy
      Toronto - $2462 per adult based on double occupancy, $1891 per child
      Toronto - $3520 per adult based on single occupancy

      Taxes
      Edmonton - $263.25
      Calgary - $268.50
      Toronto - $176.50

      #3 gemstone

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        Posted 27 April 2009 - 09:06 PM

        Unfortunately what I learned from my DW planning is that the better rates/prices came when we got closer to our wedding date. We were married April/09 in RM and the prices we were quoted back in April/May 2008 from various travel agents from different tour operators were a bit high. We waited a little longer and got our group rates around Sept/Oct 2008 and they came down and there were more incentives.
        I think booking too far in advance you will pay more because the tour operators are assuming they will sell out and want to get top dollar. When the dates get closer and they still have a lot of vacancy, then they start to drop the prices.
        The only risky thing with this is that we needed to secure our wedding date at the actual resort about a year out to make sure we had a spot. Catch 22
        If you want some quotes nad pricing, let me know. We were married at Iberostar Paraiso Beach and got quotes for Edmonton, CAlgary, Vancouver, and Toronto departures for April for Iberostar Beach and Maya.

        With the economy the way it is now, hard to say what is to come for pricing. Especially given the current Conquest situation.
        If you pick a location/resort you like, reserve the date with the WC at the resort and then wait a few months till Winter brochures/specials at least come out and then call a few TA's to see what pricing is like. Will probably make a difference.

        Hope all goes well.

        Gen
        Happy planning.

        #4 svetayasofiya

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          Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:51 PM

          Great thread idea!
          I am not in such a rush to book like everyone else here seems to be. I thought DW were supposed to relieve the pressure of local weddings and having to book everything one year in advance! Anyway....... I am reluctant to book my wedding without travel pricing out because if the resort I want is too expensive I will go elsewhere. To secure a date with the WC at a resort, is there money involved? 2010 wedding packages aren't even out yet so I don't know how people can be booking dates.
          Anyway.... I am planning a Feb 2010 wedding and the resort of choice does up to 6 weddings a day. I would like to think that that many weddings already occurring before I am willing to book the trip in August / September is highly unlikely. And if they are all booked, I am fairly flexible with my dates (week before or week after). It's all good. Got a West Coast attitude here. BC transplant living in Montreal.

          #5 JOSIE

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            Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:11 AM

            Hi Ladies. I'd definitely love to help and provide our info on pricing! First some background info: We're getting married at the RIU Palace Riveria Maya on Nov 28, 2009. I'm in Chicago, IL but have guests traveling from Alaska, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Texas, and Wisconsin. We hired a TA (I actually paid $30 dollars on the website Wedding Destinations and Planning | Destination Weddings .com - they assigned me a really helpful agent who helped me pick my resort and is in charge of all of our travel packages).

            Here are the quotes she sent me:
            For 5 days, 4 nights. These Estimates include:

            - roundtrip airfare
            - all taxes
            - round-trip transportation to the airport
            - room price

            Please note, the prices listed below are AVERAGE, and it may be possible to get cheaper packages. Price, of course, will fluctuate depending on how long you'd like to stay.



            Chicago O’Hare $ 1053 per person
            Houston Bush $ 994 per person
            San Antonio $ 1098 per person
            Pittsburgh $ 1174 per person
            Anchorage $ 1582 per person
            Kansas City $ 1149 oer person

            In addition to this, we've had several guests book airfare on their own, and have had at least 4 people get direct flights to cancun on American Airlines for $250 round trip!!! These guests are staying 4 nights and their total cost is only $900 per person!

            Last but not least, I decided on the RIU RM because their wedding package was amazing. Ceremony set up for 50 people, and dinner included (with cake) for 50 people, and the price was only $1,500!!!!!!!!!!!

            I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions or need more info!
            11.28.2009

            #6 jetsbride

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              Posted 29 April 2009 - 11:20 AM

              Josie - your guests from Alaska are only paying $1582!!! I am in Edmonton Alberta and the price I got is $300 more then that. What are the taxes you are paying? What travel company did you use?

              #7 JOSIE

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                Posted 29 April 2009 - 02:19 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by jetsbride
                Josie - your guests from Alaska are only paying $1582!!! I am in Edmonton Alberta and the price I got is $300 more then that. What are the taxes you are paying? What travel company did you use?

                That was the original quote, and it actually went down recently! I'm going to be honest and say I have no idea what the actual tax breakdown is, beause she sends the quote as a package, and specifies that taxes are included, but it doesn't list out exactly what they come to.

                Our TA works with a number of different "tour operators" (travel companies) to package and determine the cheapest rates. Essentially she "shops around" for the best price. Each guest fills out a request form with information specific to them, and she finds them the best deal. She also has been very helpful for matching rates they find online.

                I know this isnt very specific, but I hope it helps!
                11.28.2009

                #8 jetsbride

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                  Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:35 PM

                  Wow, it doesn't seem like my TA does much for us after hearing the deals you got. our TA won't be competitive with any internet rates. She claims they are doing more work for me then any website could ever do....I don't really see that.

                  #9 JOSIE

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                    Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:41 PM

                    That's silly! She doesnt seem very helpful at all! I've had awesome luck with our TA through destinationweddings.com if you want her information its smothered all over my website! you can even see what the "request a quote" page looks like, etc.

                    I don't know what your arrangement is with her, but maybe you have time to switch?
                    11.28.2009

                    #10 Adlergray

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                      Posted 29 April 2009 - 03:53 PM

                      Hey there

                      We are Having our wedding at
                      Blue tulum Resort and spa -Tulum, Mexico

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                      Our dates are Dec 14-20, 2009
                      we are from Chicago but most of our guest are from every where else

                      our Plane tickets were $290.00 per person on cheap tickets

                      The resort pricing from our travel agent with transfers-


                      3 nights - $574.00 per person


                      4 nights - $749.00 per person


                      5 nights - $923.00 per person


                      6 nights - $1,098.00 per person

                      7 nights - $1,274.00 per person


                      Wedding Package prices and descriptions-

                      FREE Wedding Package

                      Service of judge
                      On site wedding planner
                      Preferential location of room
                      Bride’s bouquet
                      Boutonni¨re
                      Wedding cake up to 25 people
                      Decorated wedding arch or gazebo
                      Chairs for 25 people no covers
                      Semi private dinner in restaurant 25 pax
                      Dinner restaurant and add the cost of the wedding dinner.
                      Romantic breakfast in bed
                      Pressing of wedding dress
                      Honeymoon package
                      *$800 usd
                      *Minimum 10 rooms or more for 7 nights


                      Tulum Wedding Package

                      Service of on site wedding planner
                      Service of judge/minister
                      Wedding set up with white covers on chairs and white covered table
                      Decorated wedding gazebo or arch with fabrics
                      Brides bouquet
                      Groom boutonniere
                      Wedding cake for up to 25 guests
                      Sparkling wine toast for up to 25 guests
                      Pressing of wedding dress
                      Semi private dinner in one of speciality restaurants up to 25 guests
                      20% off spa treatments for bride + groom
                      Preferential location of room
                      Extra amenities in room each day
                      Champagne and chocolate strawberries on arrival
                      Honeymoon breakfast in your room
                      Honeymoon package
                      Late check out if required
                      $900 Over 25 guests, $30 usd additional
                      *Minimum 10 rooms or more for7 nights
                      Blood tests $200 extra


                      Sian Kaan Wedding Package

                      Services of judge/minister
                      Services of onsite wedding planner
                      Blood test
                      Preferential location of the room in category reserved
                      Luxury Brides bouquet
                      3 boutonnieres for groom and witness
                      2 corsages for bridesmaid or mother
                      Wedding cake up to 40 people
                      Manicure pedicure for bride and groom
                      Hair and make up for the bride
                      White covered chairs for ceremony up to 40
                      Table for the ceremony covered in white
                      Decorated gazebo or arch
                      Isle runner with rose petals
                      Semi private dinner in specialty restaurant
                      Romantic breakfast in bed
                      1 hour private cocktail
                      Special amenities in the room daily
                      Pressing of brides dress
                      Separate room to use for dressing on day
                      $2400 up to 40 guests
                      *Minimum 10 rooms or more for 7 nights

                      Ultimate Package
                      Service of Judge –minister paperwork and blood test
                      Service of wedding planner
                      Preferential location of room in category booked
                      Pressing wedding dress
                      Hair + make up for bride
                      Manicure and pedicure for bride
                      Brides Luxury bouquet
                      2 corsages and 2 boutonnieres
                      White chairs covers for the ceremony + luxury decorated gazebo or wedding isle Runner with rose petals
                      Wedding cake for guests up 50
                      Bottle of Moet champagne in room with romantic decoration and candles +strawberries on wedding night
                      1 hours cocktail
                      20% off spa treatments
                      Romantic breakfast in bed
                      Private dinner in restaurant or on beach up to 50
                      Tables decorates with candles
                      Massage for bride and groom
                      Honeymoon package including aphrodisiac amenity in the room
                      Ipod music for the ceremony + for dancing after reception
                      $3,200 usd up to 50 guests / over 50, $48 usd per person extra
                      *Minimum 15 rooms or more for 7 nights



                      For more info see thread
                      http://bestdestinati...om/forum/t39829





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