Organizing your group, booking tips and advice needed!
Posted 10 June 2009 - 04:57 PM
I was hoping some of you experienced brides could shed some light on the whole group booking situation. I am scheduled to get married in February of next year. I have always been a bit of a last minute traveler but I understand with a group (and a wedding!) you can't exactly be... However, how soon must one really book? I see some people have booked over a year ahead. Why? My experience has always been the closer to the date the better the deal. We are currently 8 months off and my TA is pressuring me to book now. I will book soon, but how do I convince my guests to book so far in advance too? Is it better to just forgoe the group booking (and therefore potential freebees) and let everyone book on their own at their own leisure? I mean, what are the advantages of booking as a group so early in advance and paying rates that I feel are higher than people could get as a couple if they waited until November.
Please shed some light on this for me, as I am trying to figure out what to do. Feeling a little frazzled and stressed. I want everything to work out, but I am not in any rush...... my fianc© doesn't even have a passport! LOL
Advice, tips or any kind of help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:06 PM
She did put a deposit down for 10 pple so likely all the immediate family will take these rooms but we cant help thinking that pple who wait a bit more will get better deals so those who book early are the ones who get stuck paying more.
Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:08 PM
Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:10 PM
If you want to gamble, sure you can maybe find it cheaper by waiting. But I'd never gamble that much for our wedding. That's just me though!
Posted 10 June 2009 - 05:56 PM
Posted 10 June 2009 - 07:29 PM
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:18 AM
You can also get extra perks from the hotel for booking so many rooms - like a free welcome reception, etc etc.
Right now we are in a recession, so of course booking last minute is not as risky, as people are cutting back on vacations. But this is your wedding!!!! Don't you want the best room!?
Posted 15 June 2009 - 04:38 PM
Well... we'll book soon, because like people said before, we have to be there, it's our wedding! All I can do is let the rest of our group know the details and not stress over who decides to book now and who doesn't. I really don't think the price will go down. She has quoted us 7 days/nights from Montreal at the Barcelo Maya Beach $1880 CAD tax in. It's expensive and makes me wonder how people afford the Barcelo Maya Palace! but I also know this is a decent price for a week from Mtl.
I guess the whole reason to book as a group is to try to get a free trip... but all the carriers seem to want us to fly from the same city in order for this to apply... impossible for us to have the numbers add up... we are flying from 5 different cities. I am hoping maybe we can get some sort of deal on the wedding itself... if everyone comes who say are coming, we should have 20-25 rooms booked...... is this going to get me anything? The cost of this wedding is starting to keep me awake at night.
Posted 18 June 2009 - 05:50 PM
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