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#1 matt

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    Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:41 PM

    Hi Everyone,

    Just curious if anyone else is having the same dilemma that I am. We are planning on getting married in the Riviera Maya area next Feb/Mar timeframe. We haven't picked a date or resort yet because prices have not been released. I feel like I'm behind in picking a date because I know that they are limited, but I don't want to commit to a place w/ out knowing the prices.

    How are you all solving this problem? It seems like most of you go ahead and just pick the resort you want, reserve a date, and then wait for prices to be released. This freaks me out a little because I don't want to end up picking a resort that many of my guests cannot afford.

    Any suggestions??

    Thx..

    Matt

    #2 JessicaM

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      Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:44 PM

      Hi Matt,

      My wedding isnt till June 2008 and I had Tammy (Host) request rates from Dreams for my dates. They gave the rates to her for that time and we already have our room block complete!! If you are working with a TA I believe they can request the rates from the resort that way. Hope that helps.
       

       


      #3 Heidi

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        Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:45 PM

        Matt - I ABSOLUTELY was in the exact same boat as you! I wanted April 08 in Jamaica, but the resorts weren't releasing their rates until May. So, unfortunately - I had to wait until then! Are you working with a travel agent? My TA was able to get me rates about a week or two before they were available online. GOOD LUCK!!!
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        #4 matt

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          Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:47 PM

          Hmmmm....

          Tammy told me a couple of weeks ago that the resorts I was looking at in Riviera Maya hadn't released their prices yet. Maybe Los Cabos and Riviera Maya are on different schedules.

          I also requested info on Dreams (Tulum vs. Los Cabos) and apparently those aren't available.

          Thanks for the heads up.

          Matt

          #5 MikkiStreak

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            Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:48 PM

            When we first met with our travel agent, she gave us some suggestions to look at for resorts based on criteria we gave her. She also gave us a sample of what the pricing for those resorts had been based on previous years during that time of year. So right there, we had an idea of what our guests might spend.

            Then, I'd start looking at resorts and email her a list so she could get wedding information for us and a list of wedding related prices for us. That way, we could look at our wedding expenses too.

            We wound up making our decision before rates were published at our resort, and since a lot of the all-inclusive resorts treat their wedding department separate from their reservations department, we were able to submit the necessary paperwork to reserve our date for the wedding.

            Then, once the rates are published, a TA can negotiate room blocks, package pricing for the travel/accommodations, etc...

            #6 JaimeLynne

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              Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:48 PM

              I would agree with going through a Travel Agent - as someone else stated, the host of these forums, Tammy, is a TA. If you don't have someone else in mind, maybe you could try going through her.

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              #7 JaimeLynne

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                Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:50 PM

                Quote:
                Originally Posted by matt
                Hmmmm....

                Tammy told me a couple of weeks ago that the resorts I was looking at in Riviera Maya hadn't released their prices yet. Maybe Los Cabos and Riviera Maya are on different schedules.

                I also requested info on Dreams (Tulum vs. Los Cabos) and apparently those aren't available.

                Thanks for the heads up.

                Matt
                *Doh* guess I was a little late on this...

                ~ Jaime & Martin ~
                "Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"

                We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!

                We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!


                #8 matt

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                  Posted 24 May 2007 - 02:55 PM

                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by hln321
                  I wanted April 08 in Jamaica, but the resorts weren't releasing their rates until May.
                  Yeah...it seems that every other place besides Riviera Maya releases their prices almost a year out. I'm looking at 9 months right now and there aren't any prices. It's starting to freak me out a little. :)

                  Matt

                  #9 JaimeLynne

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                    Posted 24 May 2007 - 03:02 PM

                    Quote:
                    Originally Posted by matt
                    Yeah...it seems that every other place besides Riviera Maya releases their prices almost a year out. I'm looking at 9 months right now and there aren't any prices. It's starting to freak me out a little. :)

                    Matt
                    Jeez, that does stink! I'm planning on getting married in RM as well, but not until Summer of '09!! (I can't imagine what the prices are going to be like then...) So I will keep checking this thread to see how it works out for you. GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

                    ~ Jaime & Martin ~
                    "Rain or Swine! 2-0-0-9"

                    We had 24 people attend our wedding in Las Caletas, Mexico on May 24th, 2009!

                    We all stayed at The Marriott in P.V., and Honeymooned at The Royal Plantation in Ochos Rios, Jamaica!


                    #10 TATrisha

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                    Posted 24 May 2007 - 04:11 PM

                    I'm not really any help, as I am searching for 08 rates as well... however, I may be in assistance by reminding you that Easter will be in March next year, so prices will be VERY high around that time.

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