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Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:31 AM
Out of town and destination weddings have a different time frame than others. We will not be married until 10/10/10, We figured that should give plenty of planning time for family and friends that would like to attend. However, can anyone give me suggestions or examples of your schedules for sending STD, Invites, getting final counts, etc?
When do deposits typically need to be made for group cruises?
Thanks for the help!
edit: I think what I am really looking for is what worked for the brides that have already been through this. I am petrified that I won't be giving enough time to everyone or that there are things I need to take into consideration that I haven't already. Many brides are doing OOT bags, but since most of my guests will be attending the wedding shoreside, and I'm not certain how many will go on the cruise after, should I consider making them too? I'm so confused...
Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:39 AM
Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:43 AM
As for OOT bags, they aren't just for cruise brides, people make them for their normal weddings for people who come from far away to welcome them to the area so I think they are a great option to help welcome guests but are completely optional, you should feel like you have to do them if it is getting too confusing figuring out who to give them too. When I started I guessed that around 50 people would come to the wedding and started buying things that I could find later if I needed them (ie tissues and puzzles), and then once I had a final count I bought the actual bags and more specific things. And I was right about my guestimation, I have 44 coming so it worked out well. Hope this helps!
Posted 29 July 2009 - 10:46 AM
Posted 29 July 2009 - 11:00 AM
| Originally Posted by Sheeoni |
Thanks for the quick response Andrea. I guess my problem is that since we're still in the beginning of the planning phase, I don't know how many people are interested in attending or not, attending just the wedding, or attending the wedding AND the cruise. Do I need that information first before I contact an agent to book rooms? Thats sorta what your post seemed to say. May I ask which travel agency you used since they allowed you to spread out payments? I'm not sure if that is a common practice but would be super helpful. The prices for the cruise we're looking at seem to be truly reasonable for 5 day cruise so I think overall, it's affordable, but all this is a little overwhelming just yet. I am going to look at your planning thread and maybe if anyone else has some information regarding how they proceeded, I'd appreciate it. =)
Posted 29 July 2009 - 09:53 PM
While it is good that cruise pricing is usually available to lock in much earlier than land vacations...it sometimes makes it hard for guests to really decide what they want to do (for example, right now you cannot even buy airfare for 10/10, so if that is a determining factor for everyone, they probably won't deposit a cruise now without knowing air prices). So if you want to secure a group rate (which normally requires a min of 8 cabins), keep that in mind. And also remember that if you hold a group of cabins and then fall below the cruise line's minimum, there might be penalties the rest of the group has to pay.
Every cruise line is different so if you need more details on this part of the planning process...just let me know
Posted 02 August 2009 - 03:38 PM
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