What should I do?
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:08 AM
Fi and I got engaged in January.. We knew we wanted to have a DW, and we both thought it would be fun to go to mexico.. but we had a lot going on for the next few months (moving, school, etc), so we were looking for places to have a DW, but also pretty distracted. Originally we thought we wanted to go to Dreams Tulum.. but then we heard that the beach was crappy, and for the money, we thought we would go somewhere else. We looked into Dreams Huatulco, but it was like a concrete jungle (and his parents, who had been to Las Brisas Huatulco, said they wouldn't stay there), so THEN we found Las Brisas Ixtapa. We liked it because the beach was great, the food was supposed to be great, rooms all ocean facing, etc.. BUT it's not a true all inclusive, PLUS there was limited space for when we wanted to go. SO we got in touch with a travel agent (who requested $200 just for starting the process of looking). I paid it because at this point, we needed some help. She recommended Iberostar Rose Hall beach, and RIU ocho rios in jamaica, as well as somewhere in st. Lucia. We LOVED both the rose hall and the RIU, and we thought we'd do it. But Rose hall's wedding packages seemed WAY more expensive than the RIU, so we decided to go with RIU. We got quotes for Jan 16-23 of $1780, and while we still felt a bit uncomfortable about the price, we decided to go for it. THEN we couldn't get a wedding date with the RIU. SO we booked a later date with the RIU, and tried to get new prices (leaving on Jan 18th (from TO)), but these prices are even more expensive ($1820). I know it's not THAT much of a difference, but for us we are really uncomfortable with asking people to pay that much (the company has a promotion where the 16th person is free, so we were going to apply that to the original quote so that the first 15 people who book could go for $1673 - which psychologically just sounds better to me). Argh.. i don't know what to do.. I feel like I'm driving my TA insane, but at the same time, we are paying her! and we have so many guests who want to come, she'll make tons of money when we all book.. Part of me wants to try to get a date at the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach, but since they only do one wedding a day, that might be tough..
I'm sorry to spend so much time venting, I just don't know what to do.. we're really not comfortable with that price, but we want to get something booked! (we are trying to get married in january 2010).. part of me is superstitious though, and wondering if it's so hard to get it booked, is it the wrong place? argh..
thank you for listening!
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:32 AM
I found picking the resort to be the hardest part of the whole thing. I probably researched more than 20 in 5 different locations.
Are you totally committed to January?
If you love one resort, find out which days are available for them and for you and book that based on availability.
I don't think you'll go wrong with either hotel - they're both awesome - just look at all the BDW reviews.
Maybe make a list of what you like about each one - amenities vs pricing vs dates etc...it might help you see things more realistically and help you make a better decision.
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:36 AM
Good Luck sweetie!! And just think - this is the hardest part. After you settle on a resort the rest is easy!!
Posted 07 May 2009 - 11:46 AM
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Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:05 PM
and if your TA is huffing and puffing b/c u can't make up ur mind...then she's not the best of TA's. she's suppose to be patient and help u in deciding on the resort and be sensitive to the amount of $ u want your guests to spend! at least that's what my TA's doing!
good luck with your search!
Posted 07 May 2009 - 12:28 PM
I think if the price is something thats really bothering you (like it did at me first) then you have to make a choice, and decide whats most important to you.
A. Going to a "not so expensive" resort (and remember you do get what you pay for) so that more guests will go OR
Booking and planning your wedding at a resort of your dreams with a limited amount of guests
People will always have an opinion, no matter the price. And imagine how you'll feel if you book a resort because its mroe affordable, and you STILL dont get a big turnout!? I would be pissed!
Price was definitely an issue for us--we had some "complaints" that RIU/Jamaica was a lot of money....but in the end, it was OUR wedding, and we done what WE wanted. Wed didnt force anyone to book--we found out our immediate fam would be going and that made us happy--so we booked....and guess what? There's over 30 of us going....anyone who really wants to go--will go...THE END....for the sake of a couple hundred extra? Who cares.......!
And yes--HAVING said all that...maybe you could think about moving your date....the most expensive season is Jan-April.......although I will tell you---we depart toronto the first week of may--and our group quote was 1900 tax in.......so 1780 is super good (if it incls tax) DO IT!!!!
Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:34 PM
I meet again with the TA on Monday to discuss 2 destination and 4 resorts. For us it's too about the price and the accomidations. I'm struggling with this too... and I'm frustrated. Dreams is my first choice but not when it comes to price.
I guess I'll have to wait and see what they say on Monday..I'll keep ypu posted:)
Stay positive, and the others are right...It's your wedding and do what makes you(and you fience) happy:)
Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:40 PM
Posted 07 May 2009 - 03:52 PM
It really is always difficult to find the right place but once this decision is made (which for me was finally just telling my TA to just book it cause I didn't care anymore!) the only real thing you'll have to worry about is paperwork. All the rest is just extras and you're smooth sailing!
I think you'll be happy with either of those resorts. I would totally recommend RIU Tropical Bay in Negril but I do think it's a little more expensive than ROR because it's a RIU "palace" which is higher quality. Anyway, whatever you decide remember that it's your wedding and the people that want to be there will not back out because of a couple of hundred dollars (but I know what you mean about $1600's sounding much better!). People will always complain but hey...they don't have to come if they don't want to!!
I hope you're able to get this part over with quickl and have a happy planning experience from here on!!
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